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

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 Memphis look. Very trendy music and unusual guest performers. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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28 September 1984 (USA)  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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| (111 episodes)

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(season 1)| (Seasons 2-5)

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(Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The soundtrack LP went to #1 and stayed there for 12 weeks, making it the most successful TV soundtrack of all time. Jan Hammer received a congratulatory phone call from Henry Mancini, whose music from Peter Gunn (1958) was the previous record holder (it was #1 for 10 weeks in 1959). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Izzy Moreno: Your partner looks kinda intense today.
Det. Stan Switek: I haven't seen him like this since 1983 when he chased a guy who stole a hubcap from the bug van.
Izzy Moreno: Have we already had the scene where I ask what this is all about and you say, "Shut up, we ask the questions".
Det. Stan Switek: I don't know, did we, Lar?
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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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In The Air Tonight
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Pure 80's!
11 April 2001 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I remember back in 1985, when I was in Grade 9, the teacher wanted to have the students talk about themselves. We were given a personal questionaire, then we would divulge our answers. When it came to our favorite T.V. show, 18 out 30 students said "Miami Vice". And that's how I was introduced to this show.

Running during the years when NBC was dominate in prime-time and daytime (1984-1991), when the other networks were struggling, as opposed to the pathetic NBC we have now, Miami Vice was probably the second most popular show in the U.S., after The Cosby Show.

Miami Vice is a crime-drama about two detectives, Sonny Crockett(Don Johnson) and a transplant from New York, Ricardo Tubbs (Phillip Michael Thomas) who fight crime in Miami. Unlike other by-the-book cop shows, this one brought back the cool trend brought in years back with Starsky & Hutch. The men are dressed in cool pastel clothes (Johnson became quite a fashion plate during these years), have a sleek white Ferrari, and certainly have 80's panache in dealing with criminal element.

Like many programs during the "Flashdance" era, there is music in the background at all times, but Miami Vice played the current hits as well. It was a big honour for artists to have their music played on the show.

Of course, today the show is a bit dated, and a lot of people think that Don Johnson dominates too many episodes, but he was THE MAN, and PMT didn't mind playing second fiddle (who was hotter than Don?). Still, as a lover of the 80's this show is a must-watch for me. Too bad it's on the more pathetic TNN (WE GOT POP!!), but I tolerate it. Also, Don Johnson's current hit "Nash Bridges" is good, too. He may be a little heftier, but that voice and his fashion sense haven't changed.


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