‘Copper’ aka Five Points, the TV show

I’ve been traveling the last few days and haven’t been able to get a blog posting up about the season finale of ‘Mad Men’, but I promise one within the next couple days.

 In the meantime, another television show will take on New York City history later this summer. ‘Copper‘ is a ten-part British production making its debut in August, detailing the adventures of an Irish cop in mid-19th century Manhattan. Now, I’ve been dreaming of somebody making a Five Points television show literally for years. Although personally I was hoping for a ‘Boss-Tweed-meets-Boardwalk Empire’-type show, this will have to do for now.


 So what do you think? There’s one brief shot of what appears to be Paradise Square, and there’s definite mention of Cow Bay (considered the most dangerous section of Five Points). But the rest of it just looks like the set of an standard western. Fingers crossed for a tense and well-researched new drama this summer. You know I’ll be all over this.

To catch up on the history of Five Points, give our two podcasts on the subject a listen — Five Points: Wicked Slum and Five Points: The Fate of Five Points

6 replies on “‘Copper’ aka Five Points, the TV show”

Two years later, I’m watching season two of Copper streaming and Gods of Gotham catches my eye in the bookstore. Enjoying the book immensely. 20 years separate the two narratives, but wow they are very similiar.

Well, thank you for posting that little trailer, now I know not to waste time watching this, what appears to be a, cliche driven, smart-ass humor filled “drama,” that attempts to be a period piece but uses modern colloquial language, idioms, and language oddly modern sounding, along with ridiculously mixed accents, that have no meaning, are irritating and out of place. The look is one of some 80’s western, where EVERYONE needs to take a bath. Desperately.

My God, do you really expect people to look at such filth all the time? I know, I know, I am well familiar with the period in the Five Points, yes, yes, roaches, rats, bugs everywhere, but, my God, this is supposed to be entertainment, not a means to evacuate accidentally ingested poisons from one’s stomach.

Given this, what kind of historical accuracy can we expect to find buried in all that filth and hip language? I can guess. . .

Looks good. Wouldn’t it be great to do some Law and Orders as period/costume pieces? The locations would refer to neighborhoods that no longer exist, the people would use Victorian-era slang. The opening theme-song would be played on a fiddle. The panorama would show NYC without any skyscrapers and the Brooklyn Bridge half-way completed. The “bonk-bonk” must be included of course.

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