Wiseguy

Wiseguy

  • TV-14
  • 1987
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.8  (2,163)

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.

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Seasons
Changing Houses
9. Changing Houses
December 31, 1969
Santana goes after a group of high school drug dealers who shot his niece after she witnessed the murder of her high school principal
Dead Right
8. Dead Right
December 31, 1969
Hillary asks Frank and Santana for help in a lawsuit involving defective aircraft parts
Point of No Return
7. Point of No Return
December 31, 1969
When his brother-in-law disappears, Santana is drawn into a web of police corruption
Witness Protection for the Archangel Lucifer
6. Witness Protection for the Archangel Lucifer
December 8, 1990
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
La Mina
5. La Mina
December 1, 1990
Santana learns the details of Guzman's money laundering operation and comes face to face with the drug lord who cost him his job as a Federal prosecutor
The Gift
4. The Gift
November 24, 1990
Santana impresses Guzman with his trustworthiness and finds himself getting deeper into Guzman's operations, a move that endangers his father and Dahlia
Black Gold
3. Black Gold
November 17, 1990
The arrival of a shipload of Haitian "boat people" in Miami inadvertently interferes in Santana and McPikes's plans to catch Guzman in an illegal act, and opens up a new case
Fruit of the Poisonous Tree, Part 2
2. Fruit of the Poisonous Tree, Part 2
November 10, 1990
When Vinnie disappears, McPike fears he has been kidnapped by a Salvadoran death squad, and his investigation locks him into a with Michael Santana, a disbarred Cuban-American Federal prosecutor contracted by Vinnie shortly before he disappeared
Fruit of the Poisonous Tree, Part 1
1. Fruit of the Poisonous Tree, Part 1
November 10, 1990
While Frank is in Washington to talk to Paul about returning to work, Dan calls to say Vinnie missed his last check-in. Frank goes to Vinnie's house and finds evidence that he was kidnapped. Despite Paul's objections, Frank begins his own investigation, finding out from Carlotta that Vinnie was looking into the death of a priest in El Salvador. Frank follows the trail to Miami and Michael Santana, a disbarred Federal prosecutor, and the last person Vinnie contacted.
Description

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.Wiseguy is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (77 episodes). The series first aired on September 16, 1987.

Wiseguy is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Wiseguy on demand at Amazon, Vudu, The Roku Channel Free, Sling, Tubi TV, Pluto TV and IMDb TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 16, 1987
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (2,163)