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Miami Vice (1984–1990)

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The adventures of the vice squad detectives of the Miami Police Department.

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Series cast summary:
 Detective James Crockett (111 episodes, 1984-1990)
 Detective Ricardo Tubbs (111 episodes, 1984-1990)
 Detective Gina Calabrese / ... (111 episodes, 1984-1990)
Olivia Brown ...
 Detective Trudy Joplin / ... (111 episodes, 1984-1990)
 Detective Stan Switek (110 episodes, 1984-1990)
 Lieutenant Martin Castillo (106 episodes, 1984-1990)
 Det. Larry Zito (58 episodes, 1984-1988)


Stubble-faced detective Crockett lived in a sailboat guarded by his alligator Elvis. His partner Tubbs was a black New York cop looking for his brother's killer. Together they took on the Florida drug world. The show influenced men's fashions toward Italo-casual and interior decor toward the Miami look. Very trendy music and unusual guest performers. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Release Date:

16 September 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gold Coast  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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| (111 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(season 1)| (Seasons 2-5)| (5.1 surround) (DVD version)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


NBC executives were initially against casting Don Johnson because he had starred in four failed pilots. See more »


In the beginning of the episode "Calderon's Return, Part 1", a hired assassin, supposedly one of the best in the world, is seen putting on surgical gloves to keep his fingerprints off the gun he is about to use. However, before he puts on the gloves, he moves the gun off of them by touching the gun butt with his fingertips. See more »


[at shooting range]
Kern: New Bren-10's pretty nice, ey Burnett?
Sonny Crockett: It's all right.
Kern: Got the Eagle inside, you want to try it?
Sonny Crockett: Some other time, Kern.
Kern: Haven't seen you in a while.
Sonny Crockett: Been pretty busy.
Kern: Still keeping in touch with the Cazadores?
Sonny Crockett: That bunch of daisies?
[laughs scornfully]
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Crazy Credits

Three episodes of the series have these additional songs playing at the closing credits instead of the show's original theme song: "Calderone's Return": Tina Turner - "What's Love Got to Do With It?"; this song plays over footage of Crockett and Tubbs riding a speedboat, plus flashbacks of Tubbs and Angelina. "Phil the Shill": Phil Collins - "Life is a Rat Race" and "Freefall" (final episode): Terry Kath - "Tell Me"; this song plays over a montage of scenes from the show. See more »


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One of the best showcases for what the 80s were all about
22 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

At the time of writing, the anti-80s sentiment that was so strong particularly in the 90s has more or less disappeared. Finally, we can again appreciate this strange decade's fashion. Miami Vice was cutting-edge, the coolest of the coolest, and a must-see for those fascinated by 80s aesthetics. Some of the episodes are actually slow and contemplative, focusing much more on building a cool atmosphere rather than on endless action scenes. Somehow, it captures much of the optimistic "no problem" attitude of the decade that has recently been dismissed as "kitsch". At least, this is the case for the first couple of seasons. The speculative elements that at the time raised some criticism look innocent and almost charming compared to what's being shown today. You can see cool design, cool clothes, cool architecture, cool attitudes, cool cars, cool boats, listen to cool music. Though one may like or dislike the style, everyone will see that there has been put quite an enormous effort into all this. As for the stories, they fit the spirit of the series quite well - they're interesting enough to catch your interest - never complex, but not devoid of intriguing and well-developed characters. This is simply one of the best showcases for what the 80s were all about.

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