A hard-boiled cop battles the mob in early '60s Chicago in an edgy and stylish serialized drama that's filled with gritty period flavor. The storylines follow the intertwining relationships of gruff Lt. Mike Torello, rising mobster Ray Luca and attorney David Abrams. Created by Michael Mann.
Part 1 of three. In a Latin American nation, Torello is frustrated by Luca's cozy relationship with the local government until he gets his own inside contact. Maria: Assumpta Serna. Santos: Humberto Elizondo. Ortega: Pedro Damian. Danny: Bill Smitrovich.
Flashbacks recall Luca's past dealings as his alleged connection with the government is probed at Senate hearings. Senterro: Ismael East Carlo. Dance: Richard Sobel. Sen. Baxter: Guy Boyd. Sen. Deming: Victor Slezak.
A hard-drinking reporter (Tom Signorelli) intimates he's working on a big story while on a Las Vegas “pleasure” trip. Gavin: Anthony Lattanzio. Senterro: Ismael East Carlo. Col. Dance: Richard Zobel. Dixie: Jennifer Evans.
Torello and Nate lack jurisdiction over a crooked county government trying to run a Chicago acquaintance out of business. Leon Barsky: Michael J. Pollard. Judge Harmon: William Hickey. Sheriff Cray: Trey Wilson.
While Torello (Dennis Farina) spreads the word about Weisbord's imminent death, Luca resorts to extortion---and "science fiction"---to save his mentor. Dr. Corbet: Richard Green. Corrine Millet: Mary Ward. Lester: Joe Maruzzo. Lieutenant Peterson: Nick Georgiade.
A Chicago hood on the run from his former boss is a potential federal witness, if Torello can find the man before Luca does. Frankie: Billy Zane. Theresa: Laura San Giacomo. Vito Magio: Vincent Caristi. Luca: Anthony Denison. Danny: Bill Smitrovich.
Reporter Susanne Terry (Pam Grier) is reunited with Abrams (Stephen Lang) when she investigates the firebombing of a black-owned nightclub casino. Iris: Margaret Avery. Rollie: Dexter Gordon. Byron Ross: James McDaniels. Lieutenant Van Alden: John Seitz.
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. Dennis Farina, Anthony Denison. Vasi: Jan Triska. Carruthers: David Pierce.
Luca becomes obsessed with a movie star who not only is attracted to power, but wields some of her own. Teddy: Pam Gidley. Nathan Hill: Bruce McGill. Senterro: Ismael East Carlo. Roberto Mendoza: Michael DeLorenzo.
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). Vince: Tim Guinee. Goldman: Andrew Dice Clay. Holiday: Steven Weber.
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. Dennis Farina, Steve Ryan. Costa: John Michael Bolger. Stark: Mark Margolis.
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. Brenda: Amy Morton. Bernholz: Bill Handhardt.
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.” Col. Walker: Timothy Carhart. Lt. Col. Dance: Richard Zobel. Jorge Senterro: Ismael East Carlo.
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. Dennis Farina, Paul Butler. Dawn: Britta Phillips. Keech: Tony Maggio.
Torello's strike force serves subpoenas at a meeting of crime bosses; a senator (Kevin Spacey) holds hearings on casino skimming; Nate catches a dangerous fever; and Torello romps with a star who shines not so brightly. Dennis Farina, Paul Butler. Pamela: Jenny Wright. Sugarman: Chuck Adamson.