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 <email@example.com>
His first wrong move will be his last.
Did You Know?
At the beginning of season 4, it was implied that Vinnie Terranova had been killed (in reality Ken Wahl
had a dispute with the producers and was written off of the show). However, Vinnie (and Wahl) returned for the Wiseguy
(1996) TV movie with the season 4 events having been erased from the series continuity as though it never happened. See more
In my neighborhood, possession is nine tenth of the law. The other ten - we don't care about.
Referenced in Bullets Over Hollywood
Try a little tenderness
Written by Jimmy Campbell
, Reginald Connelly
and Harry M. Woods
Performed by Otis Redding See more