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Public Morals
Created by Edward Burns
Written by Edward Burns
Directed by Edward Burns
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Original network TNT
Original release August 25 (2015-08-25) – October 20, 2015 (2015-10-20)
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Public Morals is a ten-episode American police drama television series, which is created, written, executive-produced and directed by Edward Burns who is also starring. Set in New York City in the 1960s, the show focuses on the Public Morals Division of the New York City Police Department and its officers' attempts to deal with vice in the city, while managing their personal lives as Irish Americans. The series aired from August 25 to October 20, 2015, on TNT. The network collaborated with Amblin Television, Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, and Aaron Lubin as producers.[1] On December 15, 2015, TNT canceled the series after one season.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "A Fine Line" Edward Burns Edward Burns August 25, 2015 (2015-08-25) 2.14[5]
2 "Family is Family" Edward Burns Edward Burns August 26, 2015 (2015-08-26) (online)
September 1, 2015 (2015-09-01) (TNT)
3 "O'Bannon's Wake" Edward Burns Edward Burns August 26, 2015 (2015-08-26) (online)
September 8, 2015 (2015-09-08) (TNT)
4 "Ladies Night" Edward Burns Edward Burns August 26, 2015 (2015-08-26) (online)
September 15, 2015 (2015-09-15) (TNT)
5 "A Token of Our Appreciation" Edward Burns Edward Burns September 22, 2015 (2015-09-22) 0.63[9]
6 "A Good Shooting" Edward Burns Edward Burns September 29, 2015 (2015-09-29) 0.65[10]
7 "Collection Day" Edward Burns Edward Burns October 6, 2015 (2015-10-06) 0.62[11]
8 "No Crazies on the Street" Edward Burns Edward Burns October 13, 2015 (2015-10-13) 0.53[12]
9 "Starts with a Snowflake" Edward Burns Edward Burns October 20, 2015 (2015-10-20) 0.50[13]
10 "A Thought and a Soul" Edward Burns Edward Burns October 20, 2015 (2015-10-20) 0.49[13]


Creator Edward Burns began working on film scripts about Irish-American New York City police officers and Irish-American gangsters when executive producer Steven Spielberg suggested he write a script about his father's experience on the NYPD, while on the set of Saving Private Ryan. Though Public Morals did not draw from those scripts, Burns' research for them helped establish a foundation for the television series.[14] In May 2015, TNT placed a 10-episode order for the series.[1] While producing the series, Burns incorporated references to some of his favorite police and gangster films, including references to The Hustler, The Godfather, The French Connection, and Mean Streets, among other films.[14]


The series premiered on TNT on August 25, 2015.[15] All other episodes were released on demand before they were broadcast on TV: episodes 2–4 on August 26, and the remaining episodes on September 5, 2015.[16]


Public Morals received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the series has a rating of 81%, based on 27 reviews, with an average rating of 7.1/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Public Morals is a worthy mob crime drama, with a strong leading man and a talented supporting cast counterbalancing cliché-ridden dialogue."[17] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 69 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[18]


  1. ^ a b Kennealy, Tim (May 7, 2014). "Ed Burns-Steven Spielberg Police Drama 'Public Morals' Greenlit by TNT". TheWrap. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 15, 2015). "'Public Morals', 'Legends & Agent X Canceled By TNT". Deadline. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ Kroll, Justin. "Katrina Bowden Lands Leading Role in TNT's 'Public Morals'". Variety. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Brian Dennehy & Neal McDonough Join Steven Spielberg's 'Public Morals'". Deadline. 
  5. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 26, 2015). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Tuesday Cable Originals(&Network Update):8.25.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved August 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 2, 2015). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Tuesday Cable Originals(&Network Update):9.1.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  7. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 10, 2015). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Tuesday Cable Originals(&Network Update):9.8.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  8. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 16, 2015). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Tuesday Cable Originals(&Network Update):9.15.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 23, 2015). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Tuesday Cable Originals(&Network Update):9.22.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  10. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 30, 2015). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Tuesday Cable Originals(&Network Update):9.29.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  11. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 7, 2015). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Update: 10.6.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  12. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 14, 2015). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Update:10.13.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (October 21, 2015). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Update:10.20.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b McKittrick, Christopher (August 25, 2015). "Ed Burns: An Independent Force". Creative Screenwriting. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  15. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 6, 2015). "TNT Moves 'Public Morals' to Premiere August 25, 'Legends' Shifts to Fall". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  16. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 4, 2015). "TNT to Release Entire Season of 'Public Morals' for Labor Day Binge (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  17. ^ "Public Morals (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Public Enemies: Season 1 reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 24, 2015. 

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