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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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 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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Billy Bob Thornton auditioned for the role of Mel Profitt. 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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Referenced in House of Cards: Line of Succession (2014) See more »

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Try a little tenderness
Written by Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly and Harry M. Woods
Performed by Otis Redding
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Intruiging premise

WISEGUY was tv series which featured a undercover department of justice agent going so far undercover into the underworld until he is like them. The series featured continuing story arches and each week a deeper and deeper inflitration into the underworld of the mob and trying to avoid detection.Years, ahead of it'stime the series came into being following the cop frenzy stirred by MIAMI VICE, yet this was a totally different concept. WISE GUY recieved good reviews and was quite popular during it's run and had a brief ressurection in the 1990's. A quality program to some and more than "just another cop show." I have seen a few not the entire series.


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