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'Public Morals': EW review

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JoJo Whilden/TNT

Public Morals

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
seasons:
1
run date:
08/25/15
performer:
Ed Burns, Michael Rapaport, Katrina Bowden
broadcaster:
TNT
genre:
Crime, Drama

We gave it a B

New York City in the 1960s. Sound familiar? But don’t expect any Don Drapers here: This is Hell’s Kitchen, not Madison Avenue. Edward Burns produces, writes, directs, and stars on this nonprocedural period drama about a corrupt but fair-minded cop squad charged with enforcing the city’s morality laws. And while the setting and subject matter are gritty, the show is a bit too slick; Burns and his partner (Michael Rapaport) often talk like they are on Mad Men. Gloss aside, Morals can be impressive in its slow-burn storytelling, and scenes are often visually stunning. Imagine a basic-cable Boardwalk Empire—interesting, but not intriguing just yet. B

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