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Published:February 7th, 2011 18:36 EST
Wiseguy: The Collector's Edition DVD Review

Wiseguy: The Collector's Edition DVD Review

By Garrett Godwin

His first wrong move will be his last

By the mid-late 1980s, the late Stephen J. Cannell created, wrote, and executive produced The A-Team, Hardcastle & McCormick, Riptide, Hunter, Stingray, and 21 Jump Street.  Though attacked by the critics, these shows made Cannell very wealthy, and they continue to remain pop culture and cult favorites among fans today.

Wiseguy starred Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Ken Wahl as Vinnie Terranova, agent for the Organized Crime Bureau (OCB) whose assignments take him so deep cover that he walks a thin line between being on the right side and the wrong side of the law.  Aired on CBS from 1987 to 1990, the series gave Cannell back the critical acclaim he once had since The Rockford Files (1974-80, NBC) with James Garner as ex-con turned private detective anti-hero Jim Rockford, and the short-lived but unforgettable 1980 Tenspeed and Brownshoe with Ben Vereen and Jeff Goldblum about a con man and a stockbroker who teamed up to fight crime as partners of a detective agency.

With the exception of the "Dead Dog Records" arc, the DVD contains all 68 episodes -- including the brief fourth and final season with Steven Bauer (Scarface) as disbarred federal prosecutor Michael Santana.

Hailed by many as the precursor to The Sopranos and Donnie Brasco, Wiseguy may have paved the way for others like HBO`s The Wire and FOX`s 24, so nail this Collector`s Edition right now.