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Vinnie Terranova (Ken Wahl) does time in a New Jersey penitentiary to set up his undercover role as an Agent for the O.C.B. (Organized Crime Bureau) of the United States. His roots in a traditional Italian city neighborhood form the underlying dramatic base throughout the series, bringing him into conflict with his conservative mother Carlotta (Elsa Raven) and other family members while acting undercover as a syndicate enforcer. The segments, which ran several shows each, included in-depth and empathetic characterizations of the players on both sides of the law. Scenarios include the underbelly of the recording industry, protection rackets, international arms dealing, foiling white supremacist plotters, uncovering a government conspiracy to set up a compliant new head of state in a third-world country, and Vinnie's final reconciliation with his Italian mother and her new husband, the purely legendary Mafia figure Don Rudy Aiuppo (George Petrie).

Country: United States

Type: scripted

Status: Ended

Language: English

Release Date: September 16, 1987

Also Known As: Panikos ston ypokosmo, Un flic dans la mafiaWiseguy, Homem da Máfia, Kampf gegen die Mafia, Умник, O Homem da Máfia, El astuto, 英雄本色, Oltre la legge - L'informatore, Neuvonantaja, Умник (телесериал), L'espavilat, Büyük Tuzak |  See more »


Company Credits

Production Co: Stephen J. Cannell Productions

CastSee full cast »

George Cheung
as Chin
Deni Ilicic
as Ziggy
Beverly Todd
as Dora
Ken Jenkins
as Paul Beckstead
Kim Gerbrandt
as Cherise
Max Reimer
as Agent
Dee Jay Jackson
as Cabbie
Nestor Serrano
as Kiki Vanno
Peter Hanlon
as Loomis
Becca Allen
as Screaming Woman
Jay Brazeau
as Gino
Ray Stricklyn
as Senator Pickering
David Wilson
as Dr. Auricchio
Roman Podhora
as Jeff
Fredric Lehne
as Winston Chambers III

Seasons & Episodes

Season 1

1987 | 21 Episodes

Season 2

1988 | 22 Episodes

Season 3

1989 | 22 Episodes

Season 4

1990 | 9 Episodes


Awards & NominationsSee full list »

Artios Award 1988


Artios Award

Best Casting for TV, Dramatic Episodic

Edgar 1988



Best Television Episode

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