BBC America aired the first episode of Copper on Sunday. I was very suitably impressed. Not only do they have the settings down beautifully--relatively as a lot of the settings are slums--they also seemed to have a no-holds-barred mentality on handling the darker aspects of the show. There are police shoot outs, murders, racial tensions, prostitutes, child prostitutes, class warfare considerations and, of course, police corruption, and none of them done in a sensationalist way, but rather handled with a sort of quiet determination.
I genuinely can't imagine a show quite like Copper running on regular television in the US. I don't think it would have been handled as well. Premium cable channels, maybe, but not on regular television.
The show is set back when the western expansion was in full swing, but it takes place in New York City. It's interesting to see someone take on the wild wild east for a change of pace.
I'm looking forward to watching the show develop. If you have chance to catch it, I'd recommend you give it a shot.