The Octopus

The BEST episodes of The Octopus

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

First broadcast in Italy in 1984, The Octopus (La Piovra) is an international blockbuster, running 18 years and producing nine follow-up series. The title of this classic Mafia thriller says it all, evoking the image of a secret criminal culture extending its tentacles into every layer of society.

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Quinta Puntata
star
9.00
8 votes

#1 - Quinta Puntata

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/25/1984

Cattani hides the truth about his daughters disappearance from his wife and colleagues while at the same time fighting opposition in his work place.

Directors: Damiano Damiani
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Episode 4
star
9.00
5 votes

#2 - Episode 4

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 8/22/1990

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Episode 5
star
9.00
3 votes

#3 - Episode 5

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/28/1990

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Codename: West
star
9.00
3 votes

#4 - Codename: West

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/14/1992

A desperate chase is given by The Core and two countries magistrates to catch the new drug lords that are aiming at deluging drugs into Europe's Eastern countries from a former Nazi concentration camp in the West.

Return to Sicily
star
9.00
2 votes

#5 - Return to Sicily

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/5/1995

Several characters return to the little town where, years ago, the police commissary Cattani was set up and murdered by the Mafia.

Episode 3
star
8.80
5 votes

#6 - Episode 3

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 8/21/1990

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The Man of the Letters
star
8.67
3 votes

#7 - The Man of the Letters

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/7/1992

The hideout of Tani Cariddi in deep Africa becomes known - and again, the retired detective and the retired criminal must come to grips with violent action in Europe.

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Episode 2
star
8.60
5 votes

#8 - Episode 2

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/15/1990

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Sesta Puntata
star
8.50
10 votes

#9 - Sesta Puntata

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/26/1984

Cattani tries to settle the score with his enemies.

Directors: Damiano Damiani
Look Out for Saverio
star
8.50
2 votes

#10 - Look Out for Saverio

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/12/1995

Saverio comes home to reunite with Nuzzio against the higher powers of the Mafia, but these are alert and after him, after torturing his mistress in St. Petersburg. Also after him, is his wife, still under the protection of Oleg, Saverio's bodyguard.

Episode 1
star
8.50
2 votes

#11 - Episode 1

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/26/1999

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Primera Puntata
star
8.47
72 votes

#12 - Primera Puntata

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/11/1984

Corrado Cattani replaces the murdered Palermo chief of police Marineo.

Directors: Damiano Damiani
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Paola
star
8.36
11 votes

#13 - Paola

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/12/1986

Police Inspector Cattani fights a losing battle to save his loved daughter's sanity, after what she suffered (see "La Piovra", original mini-series). He loses her, and his only trusted magistrate in the fight against The Octopus.

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Episode 1
star
8.33
6 votes

#14 - Episode 1

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/14/1990

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The Trap
star
8.33
3 votes

#15 - The Trap

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired 12/13/1992

Not one but several traps are set from both sides of the law.

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The Killing Attempt
star
8.25
4 votes

#16 - The Killing Attempt

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/30/1992

Police detective Davide Licata survives badly wounded, so much so that his personal and love life will be affected.

Terza Puntata
star
8.18
38 votes

#17 - Terza Puntata

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/18/1984

Cattani focuses his investigation on rich business men, while his private life is getting more and more difficult.

Directors: Damiano Damiani
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Friends in Common
star
8.14
7 votes

#18 - Friends in Common

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/13/1986

Cattani is approached by the Number 2 of his best friend in Rome to conspire against him, and ends up fighting for his life in prison, against thugs who are friends of his worst enemy. Cattani must swallow his pride, and recurs to the lustful Contessa who has other friends in common.

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Secundo Puntata
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8.13
40 votes

#19 - Secundo Puntata

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/12/1984

Cattani discovers what happened the night Marineo was murdered, but the information is dangerous.

Directors: Damiano Damiani
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Return to Rome
star
8.00
9 votes

#20 - Return to Rome

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/19/1986

Cattani's love life is as confused as his behaviour; he sleeps with the enemy, and is recruited to ITALA, the cultural association for the study of the ancestral popular traditions of Italy, The Octopus by another name.

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Vengeance
star
8.00
8 votes

#21 - Vengeance

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/20/1986

It leaves an acrid taste in Cattani's mouth, as he loses yet another important ally, and severes his ties with the beautiful Contessa, when he wakes up fire in enemy ground.

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Destiny
star
8.00
7 votes

#22 - Destiny

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 1/27/1986

Cattani's takes one year leave without pay from his desk job at the Intelligence Services, and then destiny presents him with a couple of revenge opportunities against the tandem of corrupt politicians and mafia expatriates, again at heavy personal cost.

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Good and Evil
star
8.00
8 votes

#23 - Good and Evil

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/5/1987

After the mafia killed his family, and a number of people who trusted him, Cattani sees a couple of criminals condemned to light sentences only. A DEA team brings him back from the mountain retreat with good monks, to the evil world of a drugs-for-arms deal. Solace comes in the form of new affections for a banker's daughters, who look like his lost wife and daughter.

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To the South Again
star
8.00
7 votes

#24 - To the South Again

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/20/1987

Cattani meets Giulia again at her mother's funeral, and research and luck bring him up North to Rome, in order to discover the way to the South again, from where a ship will depart with an illegal arms cargo.

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Episode 6
star
8.00
4 votes

#25 - Episode 6

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/20/1989

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