Aug 232012
 

I was genuinely excited when I heard that Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson, the creators of the ground-breaking Homicide: Life on the Street, had a new show about an Irish-American detective in New York City near the end of the Civil War. While the story of a tough, handsome copper who battles corrupt superiors and wealthy businessmen with the help of a kind-hearted prostitute is not the most original idea, it looks like the writers did their research. Set in the aftermath of the Draft Riots, when working-class white men angered that they would be drafted into the army killed more than a hundred blacks, the black community is moving away to Brooklyn, thus showing that emancipation was far from universally popular.

Set in a period when law enforcement was harsher, forensic science was in its infancy and race relations were far from smooth, this should be worth watching.