|Created by||Edward Burns|
|Written by||Edward Burns|
|Directed by||Edward Burns|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television|
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
|Original release||August 25 –|
October 20, 2015
Public Morals is an American police drama television series, created, written, executive-produced and directed by Edward Burns. Set in New York City during 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. On December 15, 2015, TNT canceled the series after one season.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||US viewers|
|1||"A Fine Line"||Edward Burns||Edward Burns||August 25, 2015||2.14|
|2||"Family is Family"||Edward Burns||Edward Burns||August 26, 2015(online) |
September 1, 2015 (TNT)
|3||"O'Bannon's Wake"||Edward Burns||Edward Burns||August 26, 2015(online) |
September 8, 2015 (TNT)
|4||"Ladies Night"||Edward Burns||Edward Burns||August 26, 2015(online) |
September 15, 2015 (TNT)
|5||"A Token of Our Appreciation"||Edward Burns||Edward Burns||September 22, 2015||0.63|
|6||"A Good Shooting"||Edward Burns||Edward Burns||September 29, 2015||0.65|
|7||"Collection Day"||Edward Burns||Edward Burns||October 6, 2015||0.62|
|8||"No Crazies on the Street"||Edward Burns||Edward Burns||October 13, 2015||0.53|
|9||"Starts with a Snowflake"||Edward Burns||Edward Burns||October 20, 2015||0.50|
|10||"A Thought and a Soul"||Edward Burns||Edward Burns||October 20, 2015||0.49|
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. In May 2015, TNT placed a 10-episode order for the series. 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.
The series premiered on TNT on August 25, 2015. 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.
Public Morals received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the series holds an approval rating of 82% based on 28 reviews, with an average rating of 7.06/10. 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." On Metacritic, the series has a score of 69 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".