Public Morals

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Public Morals

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A very short-lived series by Steven Bochco and Jay Tarses that was a comedy set in the morals department of the New York City Police department. It has a link to the series NYPD Blue because a recurring character from that series, "Upstairs John" Irvin, made the move to this series. Due to the short life of this series, it remained to be seen whether "Upstairs John" would rejoin the squad at the 15th precinct. He did. Despite that, I would hesitate to call this a spin-off, though an argument could probably be made. After all, Dennis Franz did take his Norman Buntz character from Hill Street Blues to Beverly Hills Buntz, a comedy series that lasted a lot longer than this series. What little I know about the series, other than what I saw in the only episode originally aired in the United States, was that the pilot had much raunchier humor. That humor might have been the only thing that could have saved this series. Thanks to Arthur L. Lortie for digging up the basic information about the unaired episodes. Much thanks to Ian Johns for filling in those missing descriptions.
CBS Broadcast History: Wednesdays: October 1996: Wednesday 9:30/8:30cmoreless
Julianne Christie

Julianne Christie

Corinne O'Boyle

Jana Marie Hupp

Jana Marie Hupp

Sgt. Val Vandergoodt

Bill Brochtrup

Bill Brochtrup

PAA John Irvin [ not in pilot ]

Donal Logue

Donal Logue

Det. Ken Schuler

Joseph Latimore

Joseph Latimore

Off. Darnell "Shag" Ruggs

Peter Gerety

Peter Gerety

Neil Fogarty

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • That bad, huh?

    2.0
    This happens to be the shortest-lived police shows ever on Network TV. Public Morals is a show about an NYPD Vice Squad that tried to keep the rampant activities of various social deviants under control. This in itself may sound like your routine NYPD police drama, but it happens to be a sitcom & a rather ill-bred one at that.



    Steven Bochco & Jay Tarses were responsible for this crude mess that was so poorly received by both the critics & viewers, it was axed by CBS after a single telecast on Oct. 30, 1996. In actuality, 13 episodes were produced, but given how subpar the show was, we should be thankful said episodes never saw the light of day.



    At least one of its principals, Donal Logue is now in a better show, FOX's Gotham.moreless
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