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 Frank McPike (74 episodes, 1987-1990)
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 Daniel Benjamin 'Lifeguard' Burroughs (74 episodes, 1987-1990)
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 Vinnie Terranova / ... (65 episodes, 1987-1990)
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Vinnie Terranova does time in a New Jersey penitentiary to set up his undercover role as an agent for the OCB (Organized Crime Bureau) of the United States. His roots in a traditional Italian city neighborhood form the underlying dramatic base throughout the series, bringing him into conflict with his conservative mother and other family members while acting undercover as syndicate enforcer. The segments, which ran several shows each, included in-depth and empathetic characterizations of the players on both sides of the law. Scenarios include the underbelly of the recording industry, protection rackets, international arms dealing, foiling white supremacist plotters, uncovering a government conspiracy to set up a compliant new head of state in a third-world country, and Vinnie's final reconciliation with his Italian mother and her new husband, the purely legendary Mafia figure Don Aiupo. Written by Barlow Pepin <mbpepn@sbcglobal.net>

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His first wrong move will be his last.

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In the episode "To Die in Bettendorf", Sid insults an overweight customer who can't find shoes in her size - exactly as Al Bundy does many times in Married with Children (1987). See more »

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Sonny Steelgrave: In my neighborhood, possession is nine tenth of the law. The other ten - we don't care about.
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Followed by Wiseguy (1996) See more »

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Nights In White Satin
Written by Justin Hayward
Performed by The Moody Blues
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TV doesn't get any better than this
7 February 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Thank God for those reruns, allowing those of us who weren't smart enough to tape it at the time to do so now! There isn't anything I don't like about this series, other than the fact that it ended. Great acting, great scripts, great production values - this is a production everyone involved with can be proud of. It was unique and ahead of its time in that watching it now I don't think it looks or feels dated at all. There are some great contemporary crime dramas on TV now, but none with the arc structure that made Wiseguy so compelling. Even though the story lines ran in arcs, each episode is eminently watchable in and of itself. Gosh, I miss it, and I sure miss Ken Wahl.


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