The BEST Episodes of Crime Story

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2021

Network: NBC

Chicago police lieutenant Mike Torello (Dennis Farina) wages an epic battle against organized crime in Michael Mann's arresting combination of cops and robbers, prime time soap, and film noir. Like Eliot Ness and the Untouchables, Torello and his Major Crimes Unit (MCU) have a formidable opponent in Ray Luca (Anthony Dennison), a young, ambitious thug who'll do whatever it takes to claw his way to the top.

Love Hurts

#1 - Love Hurts

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 8, 1987

Luca falls for an actress in a movie he is financing and discovers she is more than even he can handle.

star 10.00
3 votes
MIG-21

#2 - MIG-21

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 15, 1987

A defecting Soviet pilot becomes custody of the Strike Force, which learns of plans to use him in a spy swap.

star 10.00
5 votes
Byline

#3 - Byline

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 29, 1988

Torello's writer-friend plans to take down Luca by exposing him in an article.

star 10.00
2 votes
Pursuit (1)

#4 - Pursuit (1)

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 26, 1988

Torello and his men chase Luca to Mexico where they will get no help from the US Government.

star 10.00
2 votes
Going Home (3)

#5 - Going Home (3)

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 10, 1988

Torello and his men catch up to Luca in Mexico and force him to escape but they all get trapped inside a pilotless airborne plane.

star 10.00
3 votes
Moulin Rouge

#6 - Moulin Rouge

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 5, 1988

The Justice Department tries to deal with troubles at a new nightclub - including bombings, extortion, and racial threats - owned by a beautiful black woman.

star 9.80
5 votes
Seize the Time

#7 - Seize the Time

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 12, 1988

Torello cannot identify the source of a money-laundering operation. Clemmons reveals his suspicions about Iris's new casino partner.

star 9.80
5 votes
Protected Witness

#8 - Protected Witness

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 2, 1988

In return for the man's testimony, Torello offers government protection to a Chicago mobster with a contract on his life.

star 9.75
4 votes
Last Rites

#9 - Last Rites

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 9, 1988

After Manny is stricken by a heart attack, Luca demands that he be the first heart-transplant recipient. Max convinces Steve to put a hit on Luca.

star 9.75
4 votes
The Brothel Wars (aka Desert Justice)

#10 - The Brothel Wars (aka Desert Justice)

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 22, 1988

The Justice Department must deal with crooked cops and feuding brothel owners when Pauli's prostitute-girlfriend is murdered.

star 9.67
3 votes
The Hearings

#11 - The Hearings

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 5, 1988

Luca is finally brought to court on racketerring charges but the trial is postponed when a military emergency happens in Vietnam.

star 9.67
3 votes
Blast from the Past

#12 - Blast from the Past

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 29, 1987

Torello confronts his feelings for Julie when she asks him to rescue her kidnapped husband, who is a doctor forced to tend to one of his injured kidnappers.

star 9.50
6 votes
Directors: Eugene Corr
Writers: Ken Solarz
Top of the World (aka The King in a Cage)

#13 - Top of the World (aka The King in a Cage)

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 6, 1987

Luca's jubilation over his growing business turns to fear that his associates are setting him up. Luca's insatiable lust for violence proves his undoing when he rapes Pauli's girlfriend. Pauli testifies for the prosecution in Luca's trial.

star 9.40
5 votes
Writers:
The Senator, the Movie Star and the Mob

#14 - The Senator, the Movie Star and the Mob

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 22, 1987

An overzealous senator outrages crime bosses by subpoenaing them to appear before an organized crime commission. An actress with a shady past falls for Torello.

star 9.25
4 votes
Always a Blonde

#15 - Always a Blonde

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 20, 1987

Joey sees a former girlfriend in Las Vegas working as a prostitute.

star 9.25
4 votes
Little Girl Lost

#16 - Little Girl Lost

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 24, 1987

An investigator searching for a man's girlfriend, who happens to be Weisbord's granddaughter, is murdered before he gives information to Torello. Luca offers a drug-addicted Abrams a position on his staff.

star 9.20
5 votes
Shockwaves

#17 - Shockwaves

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 3, 1987

Luca returns to Vegas with immunity to work for the US Government, causing revenge-minded Abrams to resign in frustration and Torello unable to get near Luca.

star 9.17
6 votes
Robbery, Armed

#18 - Robbery, Armed

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 10, 1987

A Chicago thug, preparing for the heist of a Las Vegas casino, shoots Krychek on the eve of Torello's birthday.

star 9.17
6 votes
Atomic Fallout

#19 - Atomic Fallout

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 27, 1987

Torello follows a crazed killer into Mexico, unaware his quarry will lead him to an arms-for-drugs operation run by an alive-and-well Luca.

star 9.00
7 votes
Writers: Ken Solarz, Peter Lance, Tom Towler
Roadrunner

#20 - Roadrunner

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 15, 1988

While escorting a prisoner and his girlfriend, Torello is trapped in the desert and stalked by corrupt lawmen who want the prisoner.

star 9.00
2 votes
Writers: Gail Morgan Hickman, Ken Solarz, Tom Towler
The Survivor

#21 - The Survivor

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 13, 1987

Torello falls in love with a Justice Attorney's former wife, only to find out that the attorney has been molesting his adopted daughter. Molestation charges jeopardizes the Unit's investigation of Luca.

star 8.86
7 votes
Directors: Alan Myerson
Writers:
Fatal Crossroads (aka Fortune in Men's Eyes)

#22 - Fatal Crossroads (aka Fortune in Men's Eyes)

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 9, 1987

Torello is subpoenaed to testify for Luca. An enraged Abrams jumps to Torello's defense. Luca orders Torello and Abrams killed.

star 8.83
6 votes
Directors: Gary Sinise
Writers:
Hide and Go Thief

#23 - Hide and Go Thief

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 12, 1986

Indelli and Krychek must deal with a tense hostage situation. Torello travels to Indiana to make his move on Frank Holman.

star 8.80
5 votes
Directors: Francis Delia
Writers:
Old Friends, Dead Ends

#24 - Old Friends, Dead Ends

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 4, 1986

Torello confronts his new friend, now laundering money for the Mob. Federal investigators indict Luca and Bartoli.

star 8.67
9 votes
Directors: Bobby Roth
Writers:
Escape (2)

#25 - Escape (2)

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired May 3, 1988

Torello and his men save Danny from certain death while Luca is told by a top military commander that he is nothing in Mexico.

star 8.67
3 votes