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When you grow up in certain areas of the country you know who the connected people are. You know who has connections. You know who can supply the unavailable. You know who can get things done. These people who you know as friends, relatives and neighbors are called wiseguys.

Some people in your neighborhood take that path and others take the opposite road. You took the straight and narrow path. Now you are giving up your name and everyone you love so that you can fight against the illegal activity. You go to prison under an assumed name. While in prison you make contacts and your story gets check out. From the first day you are in constant danger. If you are discovered you will probably not survive. The tension is palpable. The wearing on your nerves is extreme. Finally you reach a point where you may not be sure which side you are on in the battle against organized crime.

This is the premise of the show Wiseguy. This is not just a crime drama, but a rich melding of characters who are at once good and bad regardless of which side of the law they are on. You get to see the dark side of the good guys and the good side of the bad guys. The lines become blurred between right and wrong. You can be as conflicted as the characters of the show as you are not really sure who to cheer for. What makes this possible is excellent stories that build around excellent characterizations by the stars. The main characters are backed up by an excellent supporting cast. The hero is often torn because he likes things about the people he is trying to bring to justice. His opposite number finds himself wondering what it is about the hero that bothers him so. The excellent stories meld with strong performances to draw you deeply into the program.

4 Seasons, 77 Episodes - Canceled
September 16, 1987
Drama, Action & Adventure
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Wiseguy Full Episode Guide

  • Santana goes after a group of high school drug dealers who shot his niece after she witnessed the murder of her high school principal

  • Hillary asks Frank and Santana for help in a lawsuit involving defective aircraft parts

  • When his brother-in-law disappears, Santana is drawn into a web of police corruption

  • Convinced of Santana's loyalty, Guzman tells him to deliver $85 million in bearer bonds to El Salvador. After Santana is captured by Salvadoran soldiers, a team of agents arrest Guzman as he tries to save himself with info about Terranova's killers

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