Crime Story

NBC (ended 1988)


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  • This noir thriller chronicled the lives of police officers as they battled the mob. Dark and intense, it only ran two seasons, but set the pace for shows to follow.

    Dennis Farina played Lt. Michael Torello of the Major Crimes Unit, in a race to capture rising mob kingpin Ray Luca. The show did not compromise in its depiction of the evil and violence that wracked the underworld. It began in Chicago, and moved in its second year to Las Vegas.

    Key roles included the aforementioned Farina, along with Bill Smitrovich as Sergeant Danny Krychek, Stephen Lang as idealistic attorney David Abrams, Anthony Denison as Ray Luca and reformed real-life ex-con John Santucci as Ray's henchman Pauli Taglia. Without the stellar writing and atmospherics of "Crime Story," shows like "Law and Order," "NYPD Blue" and "Homicide: Life on the Streets" would have lacked the inspiration that brought them such substance and believability.

    This was a fantastic series. Shame it was only on for two years, but it's now out for home release. See it. It tops most novels and films of this genre. You will not be able to forget it.