Public Morals: Season 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

Public Morals: Season 1 (1996)



Critic Consensus: Producer Steven Bochco's Midas Touch goes bust in the criminally unfunny Public Morals, an ill-conceived sitcom that -- even when censoring its cruder language -- proves to be little more than a mean-spirited farce.


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A risqué Steven Bochco-produced comedy about a group of New York vice-squad officers. He copped to taking `a lowbrow approach' with a show that was `kind of raunchy,' but viewers weren't buying and this became a celebrated turkey, which was pulled after only one episode.

Critic Reviews for Public Morals: Season 1

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (11)

NYC vice-squad cops trade sleazy rejoinders in a non-stop quipfest that has not a smidgen of actual human feeling in its entire pilot episode.

October 20, 2021 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The raunchy humor has more to do with juvenility and lazy writing than plot development. Some banter Is clever, but then Cracked magazine occasionally manages a few good lines, too.

October 19, 2021 | Full Review…

The biggest disappointment this fall. From Bochco, we've come to expect much better.

June 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Public Morals has plenty of talent in front of and behind the camera; what it needs is time to find solutions to its myriad creative problems.

January 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Two of Hollywood's classiest producers, Steven Bochco and Jay Tarshes, made one of the year's most classless shows. Besides, it's not funny.

October 20, 2021 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

CBS promised it would be the Barney Miller of the '90s, but executive producer Steven Bochco's provocative new ensemble comedy about the detectives in New York's public-morals squad has none of that show's sharp wit.

October 20, 2021 | Full Review…

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