The BEST Episodes of Crime Story
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Mar 20, 2021
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.
#2 - 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.
#3 - 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.
#4 - Byline
Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 29, 1988
Torello's writer-friend plans to take down Luca by exposing him in an article.
#5 - 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.
#6 - 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.
#7 - 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.
#8 - 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.
#9 - 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.
#10 - 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.
#11 - 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.
#12 - 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.
#13 - 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.
#14 - 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.
#15 - 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.
#16 - Always a Blonde
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 20, 1987
Joey sees a former girlfriend in Las Vegas working as a prostitute.
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - 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.
#20 - 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.
#21 - 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.
#22 - 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.
#23 - 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.
#24 - 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.
#25 - 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.