Wiseguy (1987–2009)
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This was the pilot for the hit series. Ken Wahl stars as Vinnie Terranova, a Justice Department agent reassigned to the Organized Crime Bureau (OCB) as a "wiseguy", a specially trained deep... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Wahl ... Vinnie Terranova
Jonathan Banks ... Frank McPike
Jim Byrnes ... Daniel Benjamin 'Lifeguard' Burroughs
Ray Sharkey ... Sonny Steelgrave
Gianni Russo ... David 'Dave' Steelgrave
Robert Miranda Robert Miranda ... Tony Greco
Jessica Steen ... Tracy Steelgrave
Gerald Anthony ... Father Peter Terranova
John Wesley ... Hawthorne
John M. Jackson ... Daryl Elias (as John Jackson)
Jack Ging ... Sheriff Lewis Butcher
Mark Rolston ... Renaldo Sykes
Leon Pownall Leon Pownall ... Stan D'Amato
Adrianna D'Baron Adrianna D'Baron ... Raya Montenegro
A.C. Peterson ... Rico (as Alar Aedma)


This was the pilot for the hit series. Ken Wahl stars as Vinnie Terranova, a Justice Department agent reassigned to the Organized Crime Bureau (OCB) as a "wiseguy", a specially trained deep undercover agent. To help support his cover, Vinnie has just finished serving 18 months in a New Jersey prison. Vinnie is frustrated that he can't tell his mother that he is a government agent and not the criminal that he is now perceived to be. He wants out of the assignment, but after a friend is killed while investigating the Steelgrave crime family, Vinnie decides to go after them. He first picks a fight with the ruthless Sonny Steelgrave; impressed, Steelgrave offers him a job in his organization, and Vince begins the arduous task of living continuously undercover. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com> [EDITED]

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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When this episode originally aired, it featured the song "Domingo" by the Swiss electronic band Yello. See more »


When they meet Sykes at the motel, after the shooting has begun there is a shot where Vinnie avoids two bullets which impact the door behind him. The shot changes to show the shooter and then returns to the shot of Vinnie in front of the door however the bullet holes in the door from the previous shot are missing. See more »


Renaldo Sykes: Norman Winfield created the greatest single-hand weapon to date, capable of firing more than twenty rounds per second. It is also a compact rocket launcher.
Dave Steelgrave: Yeah, and I got a toaster that makes popcorn. So what?
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Follows Wiseguy (1987) See more »

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Early Sopranos
18 March 2005 | by ProvaloneSee all my reviews

This was a fantastic piece of television history. I believe it would be safe to call it an early Sopranos. I know the plot is a different feel,but I guess to be fair, I would say a cross between the Sopranos and Miami Vice.I am sorry the Ken Wahl has not done anything else. Wouldn't it be cool if he guest starred on the Sopranos as an undercover cop? IT COULD HAPPEN!! I mean think about it, He could be part of a 5 or 6 episode arc, he infiltrates the "family" by becoming the Bada Bing manager and then he gets "whacked" when he is caught calling in to McPike. What a great cameo!! I mean com on, a piece of 80's history being intertwined with the sopranos, who would not like that?

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16 September 1987 (USA) See more »

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