Long before Donnie Brasco brought similar drama to the big screen, Ken Wahl brought charisma, credibility, and chutzpah to his small-screen role as Vincent Terranova, a handsome 30-year-old agent with the FBI s Organized Crime Bureau. As conceived by co-creators Stephen Cannell (of The Rockford Files and The A-Team fame) and Ken Lupo, Wiseguy followed an innovative story-arc structure, allowing Vinnie s deep-cover missions to last only as long as necessary to bring each case to a sensible conclusion. Since copied by countless TV shows, this unique approach to storytelling attracted a devoted following of viewers addicted to the self-contained plots that forced Vinnie, his sourpuss OCB handler Frank McPike (Jonathan Banks), and disabled covert liaison Dan Lifeguard Burroughs (played by double-amputee Jim Byrnes) to achieve their objectives.

Genre: Action and Adventure

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    • Episode 21

      Date With an Angel

      aired: Mon, Mar 21, 1988

      Roger Loccoco in effect signs his own death warrant by testifying to a Senate comnittee about a cabal within the U.S. intelligence community, but to back him up he needs Vinnie to testify as an O.C.B. operative -- testimony that would end Vinnie's career as an uncercover agent.

    • Episode 20

      Dirty Little Wars

      aired: Mon, Mar 14, 1988

      With Mel and Susan Profitt undone, McPike begins dismantling their empire, but Vinnie demands to stay on the case to get to the bottom of Roger Lococco's ties to a rogue CIA operation to stage a Caribbean coup d'etat.

    • Episode 19

      Phantom Pain

      aired: Mon, Feb 22, 1988

      After Susan is arrested for Mel's murder, Vinnie refuses McPike's order to pull out of the Profitt case, because Susan, who has seemingly lost her grip on reality, has told him she is pregnant with his child.

    • Episode 18

      Blood Dance

      aired: Mon, Feb 15, 1988

      After rejecting an offer to finance a coup d'etat in the Caribbean, Mel Profitt becomes obsessed with a supposed voodoo death curse, and Vinnie, horrified, can only watch as Mel's personality begins to disintegrate.

    • Episode 17

      The Squeeze

      aired: Mon, Feb 8, 1988

      When Mel Profitt's armaments deals go sour, he sends Vinnie back East to set up a narcotics import distribution deal with the mob.

    • Episode 16

      Not for Nothing

      aired: Mon, Feb 1, 1988

      Small-time hood Aldo Baglia notices a photo of Vinnie in a newspaper, and tracks him down and shoots him for revenge.

    • Episode 15

      The Merchant of Death

      aired: Mon, Jan 25, 1988

      Vinnie retrieves secret records that enable Mel Profitt to blackmail a French official into buying munitions.

    • Episode 14

      Player to Be Named Now

      aired: Fri, Jan 8, 1988

      When Mel's former girlfriend shows up, begging for readmission to the Inner circle, he humiliates her, using her as a sexual pawn in a power game with a rival, but for Vinnie, forced to watch it happen, the worst is yet to come.

    • Episode 13

      Smokey Mountain Requiem

      aired: Mon, Jan 11, 1988

      Vinnie tells Mel Profitt he is leaving to go hare to New Jersey, but Mel offers him the biggest cocaine distribution network in the country -- a plum that Vinnie feels is too juicy for any undercover cop to turn down.

    • Episode 12

      Fascination for the Flame

      aired: Mon, Jan 4, 1988

      Vinnie, now a bodyguard for the Profitts, gets his first trial by fire when Mel Profitt, the brilliant but paranoid overlord of an international crime empire, disrupts the wedding of an associate, who retaliates by kidnapping Susan.

    • Episode 11

      Independent Operator

      aired: Mon, Nov 9, 1987

      Vinnie's assignment to check out a contract killer leads him into a huge global contraband syndicate -- an operation that far exceeds the scope of the Steelgrave family -- overlorded by brother and sister Mel and Susan Profitt.

    • Episode 10

      Last Rites for Lucci

      aired: Thu, Nov 12, 1987

      In the aftermath of the Steelgrave case, Vinnie tries to vindicate himself of his lingering feelings of betrayal and disloyalty by risking his life to save an old friend from the Brooklyn neighborhood who has a contract out on him.

    • Episode 9

      No One Gets Out of Here Alive

      aired: Thu, Nov 5, 1987

      An outraged Sonny Steelgrave accuses Vinnie of betraying him to his arch-rival, then realizes the devastating truth -- that his paisan is an undercover Federal agent

    • Episode 8

      The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

      aired: Thu, Oct 29, 1987

      Sonny's impending marriage to a syndicate boss' daughter begins a supposedly businesslike realignment of "families, " but Vinnie learns that the wedding is a pretext for a bloody gang war.

    • Episode 7

      A Deal's a Deal

      aired: Thu, Oct 29, 1987

      Sonny's cruel punishment of a lounge singer who wants out of his contract triggers a cascade of events that leads to Vinnie's being photographed with McPike -- a photo that is to be delivered to Sonny.

    • Episode 6

      Prodigal Son

      aired: Thu, Oct 22, 1987

      After his mother is mugged in Brooklyn, an enraged Vinnie sets out to find the punk who did it, but when he visits his mother in the hospital, it breaks his heart that she still won't forgive him for his life of "crime."

    • Episode 5

      One On One

      aired: Thu, Oct 15, 1987

      When the local cops put the heat on Sonny Steelgrave and bust up several of his secret deals, he smells a rat in the inner circle and Vinnie finds himself the number one suspect.

    • Episode 4

      The Birthday Surprise

      aired: Thu, Oct 8, 1987

      When Vinnie's young cousin, a boxer, is found dead of an apparent drug overdose, Vinnie jeopardizes his cover by going to "legals" -- the coroner, the homicide cops -- to get them moving on what he knows was a murder.

    • Episode 3

      The Loose Cannon

      aired: Thu, Oct 1, 1987

      A psychopathic murderer posing as Sonny's nephew double-crosses Sonny and holds Vinnie's girlfriend Gina hostage.

    • Episode 2

      New Blood

      aired: Thu, Sep 24, 1987

      In an attempt to take over Sonny Steelgrave's business, mob head Paul Patrice frames Sonny for several murder attempts he makes on the life of the special prosecutor investigating Sonny.

    • Episode 1

      Street-wise undercover Federal agent Vinnie Terranova is released from the prison after serving a false rap to establish his cover, and infiltrates the organized crime Syndicate in Atlantic City--where, with one slip of his cover, he could

      aired: Wed, Sep 16, 1987

      Street-wise undercover Federal agent Vinnie Ternanova is released from prison after serving a false rap to establish his cover, and infiltrates the organized-crime Syndicate in Atlantic City--where, with one slip of his cover, he could end up a dead man.

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