Wiseguy (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 ... See full summary »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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 Frank McPike (74 episodes, 1987-1990)
Jim Byrnes ...
 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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Büyük Tuzak  »

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Trivia

Jim Profit on the TV series Profit (1996) was named after Mel Profitt and partially based on both Mel Profitt and Sonny Steelgrave. See more »

Quotes

Charles Shagrass: You're McPike?
Frank McPike: Most of the time. I was Batman in the third grade, but that seems to be in the past.
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Referenced in Free Enterprise (1998) 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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