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      Season 1 – Wiseguy

      1987 Crime Drama Mystery & Thriller List
      82% 11 Reviews Tomatometer A brash, streetwise Italian is an undercover agent for the Organized Crime Bureau. He goes from one assignment to the next, busting dangerous criminals while putting himself in danger, much to the chagrin of his conservative family and friends, who believe him to be a mobster. Read More Read Less Watch on Peacock Stream Now

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      One of the first serialized network dramas, Wiseguy powerfully depicts the criminal underworld with bombastic swagger and wit.

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      Previous Episode 1 Aired Sep 16, 1987 Pilot After serving an 18-month prison sentence to establish his cover, Vinnie infiltrates the Atlantic City crime empire of Sonny Steelgrave (Ray Sharkey). Details Episode 2 Aired Sep 24, 1987 New Blood A grandstanding prosecutor's public intention to indict a major crime boss endangers Vinnie's cover and the OCB's plans. Details Episode 2 Aired Sep 16, 1987 Pilot After serving an 18-month prison sentence to establish his cover, Vinnie infiltrates the Atlantic City crime empire of Sonny Steelgrave (Ray Sharkey). Details Episode 3 Aired Oct 1, 1987 The Loose Cannon Vinnie's girlfriend, a police widow, knows he is a cop; his biggest threat comes from Sonny's unbalanced nephew. Details Episode 4 Aired Oct 8, 1987 The Birthday Surprise Vinnie risks blowing his cover by going to the police to investigate the death of his prizefighter cousin. Details Episode 5 Aired Oct 15, 1987 One on One When the local police break up several of Sonny's secret deals, Vinnie must fabricate another informant. Details Episode 6 Aired Oct 22, 1987 The Prodigal Son Vinnie tries to avenge his mother's mugging but is devastated that she hasn't forgiven him for his "criminal" existence. Details Episode 7 Aired Oct 29, 1987 A Deal's a Deal A washed-up lounge singer (Billy Vera) incurs Sonny's wrath when he asks to be let out of his contract. Details Episode 8 Aired Nov 5, 1987 The Marriage of Heaven & Hell: The Ascension Vinnie learns Sonny's impending wedding to a mobster's daughter may also be a prelude to a bloody gang war. Details Episode 9 Aired Nov 12, 1987 The Marriage of Heaven & Hell: No One Gets Out of Here Alive After accusing Vinnie of betraying him to his archrival, Sonny realizes Vinnie is a federal agent. Details Episode 10 Aired Nov 19, 1987 Last Rites for Lucci Still guilt-ridden over Sonny Steelgrave, Vinnie risks his life to save a friend marked for death by a local politician. Details Episode 11 Aired Jan 4, 1988 Independent Operator Sensing Vinnie is still tired from the Steelgrave case, McPike sends him on a "safe" assignment. With Kevin Spacey, Joan Severance, William Russ. Details Episode 12 Aired Jan 11, 1988 Fascination for the Flame Profitt embarrasses an associate on the latter's wedding day; the associate retaliates by abducting Profitt's sister. Details Episode 13 Aired Jan 18, 1988 Smoky Mountain Requiem Vinnie's intention of leaving the operation prompts Mel to offer him control of the country's largest cocaine distribution network. Details Episode 14 Aired Jan 25, 1988 Player to Be Named Now Mel Profitt (Kevin Spacey) uses a former girlfriend (Jane Brucker) as a sexual pawn in a power game with a rival. Guest star: Joan Severance. With Jonathan Banks. Details Episode 15 Aired Feb 1, 1988 The Merchant of Death As Vinnie allows himself to be seduced by Susan, he is also made the fall guy for Mel's latest blackmail scheme. Details Episode 16 Aired Feb 8, 1988 Not for Nothing McPike and Lococco (Jonathan Banks, William Russ) search for the hitman (Robert Mangiardi) who shot Vinnie (Ken Wahl). Details Episode 17 Aired Feb 15, 1988 The Squeeze After Mel's arms deal falls through, Vinnie sets up a drug deal with the mob, unaware Lococco knows who he is. Details Episode 18 Aired Feb 22, 1988 Blood Dance Mel will not back a would-be ruler's plans to overthrow a Caribbean nation, then becomes obsessed with a voodoo curse. Details Episode 19 Aired Mar 14, 1988 Phantom Pain Arrested for murder, Susan tells Vinnie she is pregnant with his child; Lococco refuses to kill Vinnie. Details Episode 20 Aired Mar 21, 1988 Dirty Little Wars McPike closes the Profitt case, leaving Vinnie to confront Lococco about the CIA's overthrow of Isle Pavot. Details Episode 21 Aired Mar 28, 1988 Date With an Angel Knowing Lococco is risking death to testify before a Senate committee, Vinnie will sacrifice his cover to corroborate the story. Details Next
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      Previous Tom Shales Washington Post Wiseguy deposits blank-faced lump Ken Wahl onto the screen for a preposterous and desultory crime saga about a sullen undercover cop who infiltrates the mob and will spend each episode almost getting found out, but miraculously squeaking through. May 29, 2019 Full Review Diane Werts Newsday It's almost impossible now not to see the show as a precursor of The Sopranos in its emotional dilemmas, raw confrontations and inbred violence (and huge body count), leavened with ironic humor. But Wiseguy is rich in its own right. own right May 29, 2019 Full Review John J. O'Connor New York Times Mr. [Ken] Wahl has the kind of brooding good looks that could attract ratings. May 29, 2019 Full Review Josh Jackson Paste Magazine Often overlooked in the discussion of great TV dramas, Wiseguy nevertheless remains an integral bastion in the development of American televised storytelling. May 28, 2019 Full Review Chris Ball Cleveland Plain Dealer The CBS show broke ground with stories that lasted multiple episodes, or story arcs, a technique that is now commonplace. May 28, 2019 Full Review Alan Bunce Christian Science Monitor Ken Wahl makes a likable, Rocky-ish Vinnie, clean cut but sufficiently hoodish to be credible as a henchman in the organization he will spend the series trying to undermine. May 28, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews Next
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      Previous ed m Fun show. The first two seasons were interesting. Third season was shaky. Fourth season was pointless. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/24 Full Review Audience Member i think Sonny(Ray Sharkley) is the best in series a wonderful performance. When he was die, series like unmeaning but anyway a nice mafia , Police show. And before The Sopranos, one of the best work from 1987. But i was angry producers for killing Sonny :) Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Next Post a review

      Season Info

      Network
      CBS
      Rating
      TV-14
      Genre
      Crime, Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date
      Sep 16, 1987
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