''Crime Story'' was Creator/MichaelMann's dark and gritty answer to ''MiamiVice'', set amid the dregs of 1960s Chicago and later UsefulNotes/LasVegas. Detective Mike Torello and his band of rogueish officers track mobster Ray Luca as he goes from small-time racketeer to casino mogul.


!!This series has examples of the following:

* BigBad: Ray Luca is about as big and bad as it gets.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Luca and his crew are unequivocally bad, but Torello and his band of officers kill at will and defy legality to catch the bad guys.
* TheCameo: Stratosphere owner Bob Stupak plays a casino owner in one episode.
* MetaCasting: Series star, Dennis Farina was actually a former Chicago Police and had actually once arrested former jewel thief John Santucci, who played Ray Luca's criminal sidekick, Pauli Taglia.
* NoEnding: [[spoiler: A third season never materialized, thus the show ends on a {{Cliffhanger}}]].
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: Ray Luca, though it's left somewhat ambiguous whether he is BackFromTheDead, since he is quite clearly blown up in a nuclear bomb test at the end of season one. In a case of ChemistryCanDoAnything he is revived by scientists for reasons unknown. This plot point is best left ignored.]]
* RealSongThemeTune: Del Shannon recorded a new version of his best-known song, "Runaway," for the show.
* VivaLasVegas: The second season of the show is mostly set here. The city is shown to be a teeming hive of underworld activity and [[spoiler: a member of Torello's crew develops a gambling problem.]]