Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami.
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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 <>

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Release Date:

16 September 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gold Coast  »

Box Office


$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?


Many of the television critics who praised the show in its first season made reference to the series' music, a combination of songs by artists like Glenn Frey, Phil Collins and Kate Bush and original music by Jan Hammer, the former keyboardist for the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Frey and Collins made cameo appearances in some episodes of the series. 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 »


Izzy Moreno: I thought we were going to have a meaningful diabolical time.
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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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Simply the best TV series ever made.
6 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although made for television this show portrayed a real street presence not often found in the public domain. Having lived through this period and witnessed, first hand, the "drug culture," and its effect on the population, the program stands as a warning to those who want to experiment, the nightmare to the general population, and the ever-present danger and bravery of the police who try to cope with this never-ending misery. The daily antics of Crocket and Tubbs, the characters they meet, the villains and the heroes of their streets,make the reality palatable while at the same time shrouding their discomfort with humor, e.g., Izzy, material breaking down, glitzy surroundings. Well worth watching many times over.

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