Crime Story

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  • TV-14
  • 1986
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.3  (3,344)

Crime Story is a crime drama television series that aired on NBC from 1986 to 1988. The series stars Dennis Farina as Lieutenant Mike Torello, an emphatic detective in the organized crime task force in Chicago, who sets out to take down notorious crime boss Ray Luca (Anthony Denison).

The first season of the show revolved around the pursuit of Luca, as Torello and his team investigate his various criminal activities. Luca is portrayed as a ruthless and cunning gangster who is not afraid to use violence and intimidation to achieve his goals. Meanwhile, Torello is shown to be a dedicated and honest cop who is willing to go to great lengths to catch the bad guys.

As the series progresses, we see various other characters introduced, including Pauli Taglia (John Santucci), Luca's right-hand man, and Frank Holman (Bill Smitrovich), a member of Torello's team. These characters add depth to the storyline and help to build the tension and drama of the show.

One of the standout performances in the series is by Anthony Denison, who is excellent as the menacing Ray Luca. He is a charming and charismatic villain who commands the respect of his criminal associates and instills fear in those who oppose him. His portrayal of Luca is chillingly realistic and provides a fascinating insight into the world of organized crime.

Another standout performer is Dennis Farina, who is excellent as the tough and streetwise Torello. He is a dedicated cop who is not afraid to bend the rules to get the job done. He is also a complex character who has a troubled personal life, which adds depth to the series.

Stephen Lang does a great job as the ruthless federal prosecutor, John Boyle, who is also trying to take down Luca. His character provides an interesting counterpoint to Torello, as he is willing to use any means necessary to get a conviction.

Other notable performances come from Steve Ryan as Torello's partner, Ted Levine as a hired killer working for Luca, and Andrew Dice Clay as a small-time criminal.

The show is set in 1960s Chicago, and the attention to detail in the sets and costumes is impressive. The series also features an excellent soundtrack, which includes classic songs from the era.

In addition to the investigation of Luca, the show also explores various other storylines, including Torello's relationship with his wife (Johann Carlo) and his ongoing battle with alcoholism. These personal storylines add depth to the characters and help to make the show more engaging.

Overall, Crime Story is an excellent crime drama that is well worth watching. It features great performances, an engaging storyline, and a fantastic setting. It is a must-watch for fans of the genre and anyone looking for a gripping and entertaining television series.

Crime Story is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (44 episodes). The series first aired on September 17, 1986.

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Going Home
22. Going Home
May 10, 1988
Luca (Anthony Denison) offers Mike a deal: Abrams' life in exchange for his heroin. Guest stars Pam Grier, Jonathon Brandmeier.
21. Escape
May 3, 1988
Mike makes a deal with one of Luca's rivals to get Danny out of prison.
20. Pursuit
April 25, 1988
In a Latin American nation, Torello is frustrated by Luca's cozy relationship with the local government until he gets his own inside contact.
The Hearings
19. The Hearings
April 5, 1988
Flashbacks recall Luca's past dealings as his alleged connection with the government is probed at Senate hearings.
18. Byline
March 29, 1988
A hard-drinking reporter (Tom Signorelli) intimates he's working on a big story while on a Las Vegas "pleasure" trip.
The Brothel Wars
17. The Brothel Wars
March 22, 1988
Torello and Nate lack jurisdiction over a crooked county government trying to run a Chicago acquaintance out of business.
Road Runner
16. Road Runner
March 15, 1988
Torello is careless in trying to recapture an escaped con from Arizona, whose state troopers want him too - dead or alive.
Pauli Taglia's Dream
15. Pauli Taglia's Dream
March 8, 1988
In a dream, Taglia recounts the atomic blast and the subsequent interrogation by and escape from government agents.
Last Rites
14. Last Rites
February 9, 1988
While Torello (Dennis Farina) spreads the word about Weisbord's imminent death, Luca resorts to extortion, and "science fiction", to save his mentor.
Protected Witness
13. Protected Witness
February 1, 1988
A Chicago hood on the run from his former boss is a potential federal witness, if Torello can find the man before Luca does. Guest stars Billy Zane, Laura San Giacomo.
Femme Fatale
12. Femme Fatale
January 19, 1988
A beautiful woman asks Torello to find her father, a gambler who owes money to a loan shark.
Seize the Time
11. Seize the Time
January 12, 1988
Torello sets out to prove that Iris's partners at the Moulin Rouge are laundering drug money through the casino. Guest stars Pam Grier.
Moulin Rouge
10. Moulin Rouge
January 5, 1988
Reporter Susanne Terry (Pam Grier) is reunited with Abrams (Stephen Lang) when she investigates the firebombing of a black-owned nightclub casino.
9. MIG-21
December 15, 1987
Torello learns that the defecting Soviet pilot (George Dzundza) he's assigned to guard will have only one night of freedom, so he decides to help him make it memorable. Meanwhile, Torello meets Luca's newest employee.
Love Hurts
8. Love Hurts
October 8, 1987
Luca becomes obsessed with a movie star who not only is attracted to power, but wields some of her own.
Little Girl Lost
7. Little Girl Lost
November 24, 1987
A PI is killed before he can tell Torello (Dennis Farina) the details of a murder, sending the Strike Force on a search for a possible witness, who is also wanted by Luca (Anthony Denison). Guest stars Steven Weber.
Robbery, Armed
6. Robbery, Armed
November 10, 1987
Torello's birthday celebration is halted when Danny (Bill Smitrovich) is shot in a restaurant men's room, leaving only a one-word clue concerning the identity of the gunman.
5. Shockwaves
November 2, 1987
A Federal order concerning a Government "asset" creates chaos for the Strike Force; Kordo and Goldman (Jay O. Sanders, Andrew Dice Clay) fear for their futures; Abrams decides to close the book on his career.
Atomic Fallout
4. Atomic Fallout
October 27, 1987
Torello investigates a Weisbord smuggling operation and a federal employee suspected of several brutal murders, but the attorney general's office refuses to help, claiming a need to maintain "plausible deniability."
Always a Blonde
3. Always a Blonde
October 20, 1987
Joey (Bill Campbell) becomes obsessed with "rescuing" a hooker who was his high-school sweetheart; and the Strike Force encourages a bandleader to help nail a marijuana importer linked to Senterro.
Blast from the Past
2. Blast from the Past
September 28, 1987
Julie's new husband (David Soul) is taken hostage in a Tucson bank robbery. Guest stars David Soul.
The Senator, the Movie Star, and the Mob
1. The Senator, the Movie Star, and the Mob
September 21, 1987
Torello's strike force serves subpoenas at a meeting of crime bosses; a senator (Kevin Spacey) holds hearings on casino skimming; Nate catches a dangerous fever; and Torello romps with a star who shines not so brightly.Guest stars Kevin Spacey.
Where to Watch Crime Story
Crime Story is available for streaming on the Image Entertainment website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Crime Story on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Microsoft Movies & TV, The Roku Channel Free, Apple TV and Peacock.
  • Premiere Date
    September 17, 1986
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (3,344)