Public Morals

CBS (ended 1996)


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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