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Crime Story, from NBC, is a drama set in the United States during the early 1960's. The show follows the exploits of two very different groups, the mob and the police who are sworn to stop them. Crime Story is unique in that it is filmed in a serialized format where the story was shot continuously throughout the season, rather than being broken down in to specific hour long episodes.

The main law enforcement character on Crime Story is Lieutenant Mike Torello, played by Dennis Farina. Lieutenant Torello is the head of the Organized Crime Strike Force and is tasked with taking down the mafia. He is helped along in his goal by the other officers Detective Walter Clemmons (played by Paul Butler), Detective Nate Grossman (played by Steve Ryan), Detective Joey Indelli (played by Bill Campbell) and Sargent Danny Krychek (played by Bill Smitovich). In addition, public defender David Abrams (played by Stephen Lang) helps Lieutenant Torello with his task, urged on by the fact that his father had had a relationship with the mob during his childhood.

The mafia is represented on Crime Story by young mob member Ray Luca (played by Anthony Denison). Ray started his life of crime in Chicago, IL and moved quickly up through the ranks. He leads his crew, including Frank Holman (played by Ted Levine) and Pauli Taglia (played by John Santucci), as they rob their way to riches. Ray is originally on his own, until he catches the eye of seasoned mob boss Manny Weisbord (played by Joseph Wiseman). Manny hires Ray to head to Las Vegas, NV to watch over his casinos. Manny can't communicate directly with Ray, due to his fear of being arrested, so he has his second in command Max Goldman (played by Andrew Dice Clay) direct Ray in his notorious deeds.

Crime Story is a gritty crime drama that delves in to the not so pretty side of the mafia and the complicated lives of the officers who tried to stop the spread of mob related crimes.

Image Entertainment
2 Seasons, 44 Episodes
September 17, 1986
Crime, Drama
8.4/10
Cast: Dennis Farina, Bill Smitrovich, Steve Ryan, Billy Campbell
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Crime Story Full Episode Guide

Season 2 22 full episodes
  • Episode 22 - Going Home

    Luca (Anthony Denison) offers Mike a deal: Abrams' life in exchange for his heroin. Guest stars Pam Grier, Jonathon Brandmeier.

  • Episode 21 - Escape

    Mike makes a deal with one of Luca's rivals to get Danny out of prison.

  • Episode 20 - Pursuit

    In a Latin American nation, Torello is frustrated by Luca's cozy relationship with the local government until he gets his own inside contact.

  • Episode 19 - The Hearings

    Flashbacks recall Luca's past dealings as his alleged connection with the government is probed at Senate hearings.

  • Episode 18 - Byline

    A hard-drinking reporter (Tom Signorelli) intimates he's working on a big story while on a Las Vegas "pleasure" trip.

  • Episode 17 - The Brothel Wars

    Torello and Nate lack jurisdiction over a crooked county government trying to run a Chicago acquaintance out of business.

  • Episode 16 - Road Runner

    Torello is careless in trying to recapture an escaped con from Arizona, whose state troopers want him too - dead or alive.

  • Episode 15 - Pauli Taglia's Dream

    In a dream, Taglia recounts the atomic blast and the subsequent interrogation by and escape from government agents.

  • Episode 14 - Last Rites

    While Torello (Dennis Farina) spreads the word about Weisbord's imminent death, Luca resorts to extortion, and "science fiction", to save his mentor.

  • Episode 13 - Protected Witness

    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.

  • Episode 12 - Femme Fatale

    A beautiful woman asks Torello to find her father, a gambler who owes money to a loan shark.

  • Episode 11 - Seize the Time

    Torello sets out to prove that Iris's partners at the Moulin Rouge are laundering drug money through the casino. Guest stars Pam Grier.

  • Episode 10 - Moulin Rouge

    Reporter Susanne Terry (Pam Grier) is reunited with Abrams (Stephen Lang) when she investigates the firebombing of a black-owned nightclub casino.

  • Episode 9 - MIG-21

    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.

  • Episode 8 - Love Hurts
  • Episode 7 - Little Girl Lost

    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.

  • Episode 6 - Robbery, Armed

    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.

  • Episode 5 - Shockwaves

    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.

  • Episode 4 - Atomic Fallout

    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."

  • Episode 3 - Always a Blonde

    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.

  • Episode 2 - Blast from the Past

    Julie's new husband (David Soul) is taken hostage in a Tucson bank robbery. Guest stars David Soul.

  • Episode 1 - The Senator, the Movie Star, and the ...
Season 1 21 full episodes
  • Episode 21 - Ground Zero

    Torello (Dennis Farina) anticipates a move by Luca to get to Taglia (John Santucci) or the jury. Later, Torello heats things up between Luca and a hood who, with Weisbord's support, tries to move in on his turf.

  • Episode 20 - Top of the World

    The now aggressive strike force manufactures dissension within Luca's ranks and takes advantage of his excesses. Guest stars Deborah Harry.

  • Episode 19 - The Pinnacle

    Luca sends Taglia and Holman to sabotage a neighboring casino; Torello's inside man witnesses actions that could bring Luca down.

  • Episode 18 - The Survivor

    Torello's relationship with the ex-wife of one of his men uncovers disturbing information about the man, who allows a slip in the force's security. Guest stars Julia Roberts.

  • Episode 17 - The Battle of Las Vegas

    Luca tries to install his candidate for union president during a strike; a former employee crosses Luca's path; Torello thinks there's a traitor in his ranks. Guest stars Stanley Tucci.

  • Episode 16 - The Kingdom of Money

    Torello (Dennis Farina) asks a debtor being strong-armed to help him link slot-machine skimming and loan sharking in the casinos to Luca (Anthony Denison).

  • Episode 15 - Torello On Trial

    Abrams (Stephen Lang) helps Torello (Dennis Farina) with his testimony about Holman's charges; Weisbord calls a council to deal with dissenters; Luca says his goodbyes.

  • Episode 14 - Fatal Crossroads aka Fortune in Mens ...

    Torello (Dennis Farina) is subpoenaed upon his return from the West; Luca can't coax Abrams to his side; Weisbord's future plans are challenged by others wanting profits now.

  • Episode 14 - Fatal Crossroads (aka Fortune in Men'...

    Torello (Dennis Farina) is subpoenaed upon his return from the West; Luca can't coax Abrams to his side; Weisbord's future plans are challenged by others wanting profits now.

  • Episode 13 - Strange Bedfellows

    The Feds buy Holman's claim that Torello is a dirty cop; Joey interrupts Luca's visitors; Luca learns Holman may still be a legal asset despite causing his impending indictment.

  • Episode 12 - Hide and Go Thief

    Torello has to split his men up when a woman is held hostage by a crazed gunman just as Holman is spotted in an Indiana diner (Ted Levine). Guest stars Fred Savage, Michael Madsen, David Caruso.

  • Episode 11 - Crime Pays

    Mike Torello's obsessive pursuit of Ray Luca is recalled through flashbacks. Guest stars Michael Madsen, Lorraine Bracco

  • Episode 10 - For Love or Money

    A small town honors the MCU after the bust of a jewelry-heist team connected to Luca; Krychek takes a special interest in one of the busted henchmen. Guest stars Gary Sinise.

  • Episode 9 - Justice Hits the Skids

    Torello mourns his loss, then searches for Holman; Susan is attacked while doing a story on heroin; Luca declares himself the sole Chicago fence. Guest stars Pam Grier.

  • Episode 8 - Old Friends, Dead Ends

    A lawyer thinks Torello is involved with Kehoe and Luca, who moves to have an indictment against himself and Bartoli quashed. Guest stars Christian Slater, Eric Bogosian.

  • Episode 7 - Pursuit of a Wanted Felon

    The Torellos take what may be their last vacation; the FBI corners Holman in Toledo; Weisbord's expansion plans include Torello's war buddy (Mark Hutter). Guest stars Pam Grier.

  • Episode 6 - Abrams for the Defense

    A reporter helps Abrams in his defense of a tenant who assaulted a slumlord; Torello promises a despondent Julie a vacation. Guest stars Ving Rhames, Pam Grier.

  • Episode 5 - The War

    Luca's superiors blame him for the debacle in St. Louis, prompting him to seek advice from Abrams; Torello leaves a gift for Luca after the MCU halts his truck hijackings; Julie enters the hospital. Guest stars Miles Davis, Michael Madsen.

  • Episode 4 - The Saint Louis Book of Blues

    To ensure his takeover of a sports-betting operation, Luca sends Holman to St. Louis, where a politically motivated sheriff is overly friendly to Holman's MCU tail.

  • Episode 3 - Shadow Dancer

    Torello introduces himself as a "friendly" cop to one of Luca's burglary crew after the crew's new man kills a woman; and the Torellos get some good news.

  • Episode 2 - Final Transmission

    A psychopathic killer becomes the Major Crime Unit's top priority; Torello learns of Luca's plans for a nationwide sports-betting operation; Julie wants to start a family.

  • Episode 1 - Pilot

    In the series pilot, Lt. Mike Torello (Dennis Farina), the head of Chicago's Major Crime Unit in the early '60s, has a personal interest in a case involving the son of a close friend who gets mixed up with mobster Ray Luca (Anthony Denison.

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