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GenreCrime drama
Created by
  • Richard Di Lello
  • Julian Neil
  • Bernard L. Nussbaumer
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Richard Di Lello
  • Danny Aiello
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Rysher Entertainment
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 23, 1997 (1997-09-23) –
January 13, 1998 (1998-01-13)

Dellaventura is an American crime drama television series created by Richard Di Lello, Julian Neil and Bernard L. Nussbaumer, that aired on CBS from September 23, 1997 to January 13, 1998.


A former New York City detective who is now a private detective takes on cases where the legal system has failed.[1]



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Above Reproach"TBAFrank AbatemarcoSeptember 23, 1997 (1997-09-23)
The career of a future DA is threatened by an ex-con.
2"Pilot"TBARichard Di LelloSeptember 30, 1997 (1997-09-30)
A woman wants Dellaventura to trap the man who raped her.
3"Music of the Night"TBATBAOctober 7, 1997 (1997-10-07)
Dellaventura wants to prove that a recording executive murdered a singer. A man wants Dellaventura to find the woman he met on the subway.
4"Joe Fallon's Daughter"TBATBAOctober 14, 1997 (1997-10-14)
A cop friend of Dellaventura was murdered and Dellaventura works to clear his name after $47,000 was found in his locker.
5"Clean Slate"TBATBAOctober 21, 1997 (1997-10-21)
A friend of Dellaventura who was a U.S. Marshal is found murdered.
6"Fathers"TBATBAOctober 28, 1997 (1997-10-28)
A priest asks Dellaventura for help when ex-gang members are accused of murder.
7"Hell's Kitchen"TBATBANovember 4, 1997 (1997-11-04)
Dellaventura helps an ex-con who was forced into taking part in a robbery.
8"In Deadly Fashion"TBATBADecember 2, 1997 (1997-12-02)
A fashion designer is threatened when she agrees to go along with her business partner's shady business practice.
9"With a Vengeance"TBATBADecember 4, 1997 (1997-12-04)
10"Dreamers"TBATBADecember 11, 1997 (1997-12-11)
Someone is keeping a racehorse from winning.
11"The Biggest Miracle"TBATBADecember 16, 1997 (1997-12-16)
The crew goes undercover to find out who is stealing toys from a toy store. Dellaventura helps a boy find his father and a candle in the church is spontaneously lighting.
12"David and Goliath"TBATBAJanuary 6, 1998 (1998-01-06)
Dellaventura tries to prove that a man with cancer has been wrongfully imprisoned.
13"Made in America"TBATBAJanuary 13, 1998 (1998-01-13)
A woman's mother disappears. A young couple from two different cultures are having problems with their parents.


Dellaventura was described as "essentially a rip-off" of The Equalizer.[2]

A review in the TV Guide noted:

As the tough-talking, larger-than-life private eye, Aiello redefines the concept of swaggering, and that voice-over narration("Sometimes things have a way of working themselves out. Sometimes they don't. This time they did.") has to be heard to be believed. But the big problem -- at least in the pilot -- is that Dellaventura and his gang are so infallible and self-assured that the viewer never doubts that good will vanquish evil. There's simply no suspense. Imagine The Equalizer without a single thrill.[3]


  1. ^ TV Guide. "Dellaventura Episodes". TV Guide. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
  2. ^ "Dellaventura' is impossible to take seriously". Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  3. ^ TV Guide, Volume 45. Triangle Publications, 1997.

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