Unsub (1989– )

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A special team of FBI forensics experts investigates serial murderers and other unsolved violent crimes.

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Complete series cast summary:
 John Westley "Westy" Grayson / ... (8 episodes, 1989)
 Ann Madison (8 episodes, 1989)
 Tony D'Agostino (8 episodes, 1989)
 Jimmy Bello (8 episodes, 1989)
 Alan McWhirter (8 episodes, 1989)
Andrea Mann ...
 Norma McWhirter (8 episodes, 1989)
 Ned Platt (8 episodes, 1989)


A special team of FBI forensics experts investigates serial murderers and other unsolved violent crimes.

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Mystery | Thriller





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3 February 1989 (USA)  »

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Crimini misteriosi  »

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Stephen J. Cannell's 1989 version of "CSI"
12 February 2004 | by (US) – See all my reviews

UNSUB (Unknown Subject). This was one of the best of the Stephen J.Cannell Productions that ran in the 80's on NBC. David Soul's John Grayson was a far cry from his "Hutch" of years before and as the leader of the Justice Department Behavioral Science Lab, he and his crew used all the latest methods of scientific and intuitive discovery in order to hunt down the "unknown subjects" that performed the current week's gruesome crime. Just like other Cannell shows of the time (like "Stingray" and the first season of "Hunter" among others) it sported a stylish soundtrack of songs written and performed by composer Mike Post. The short lived series also featured fine performances by Kent McCord (formerly of "Adam-12"), M. Emmett Walsh, Richard Kind (later to co-star on "Mad About You" and "Spin City") as well as Jennifer Hetrick (who would later co-star as Captain Picard's love interest "Vash" on Star Trek: the Next Generation"). The similarities between this show and today's major hit "CSI" are astounding and really make me wonder if the creators of "CSI" may have been inspired by this short lived series which ran only 8 episodes. Another astounding fact is that the villain of the very first episode was played by none other than Paul Guilfoyle (a frequent Cannell villain back then) who would later co-star on "CSI" as Captain Jim Brass. IF you ever get the chance, this show is one that's worth catching, especially the 2 part episode (#6 & #7) which features Jason Bernard as a charismatic Bishop who proves to be just as evil as the Devil himself. Another quality show that was never allowed time to build an audience and just may have been 10 years or more ahead of its time. Just thankful, that like "Stingray" and "J.J. Starbuck", I was smart enough to get this one on tape during its original airing. Shows like this are few and far between and getting more scarce all the time, I just really wish it had ran a lot longer.

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