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Miami Vice: Season 4: Episode 22 -- An explosion causes Crockett (Don Johnson) to believe he is really his undercover persona, murderous drug dealer Sonny Burnett.
Miami Vice: Season 4: Episode 21 -- A man (Guy Boyd) who once conned Crockett (Don Johnson) into helping him gain freedom from death row threatens Sonny and his pregnant wife (Sheena Easton).
Miami Vice: Season 4: Episode 20 -- The girlfriend of a notorious narcotics kingpin critically wounds Crockett (Don Johnson) during a drug bust. With appearances by William Russ and Glenn Frey.
Miami Vice: Season 4: Episode 19 -- Crockett has another encounter with Frank Mosca, a seemingly untouchable mobster who killed one of Crockett's closest friends.
Miami Vice: Season 4: Episode 18 -- Crockett and Tubbs try to solve a series of slayings involving drug dealers.

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Seasons:
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Release Date:
28 September 1984 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The adventures of the vice squad detectives of the Miami Police Department. Full summary »
Awards:
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 28 nominations See more »
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Deserving Of It's Legendary Status See more (67 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 211)

Don Johnson ... Detective James Crockett (111 episodes, 1984-1990)

Philip Michael Thomas ... Detective Ricardo Tubbs (111 episodes, 1984-1990)

Saundra Santiago ... Detective Gina Calabrese / ... (111 episodes, 1984-1990)
Olivia Brown ... Detective Trudy Joplin / ... (111 episodes, 1984-1990)

Michael Talbott ... Detective Stan Switek (110 episodes, 1984-1990)

Edward James Olmos ... Lieutenant Martin Castillo / ... (106 episodes, 1984-1990)

John Diehl ... Det. Larry Zito (56 episodes, 1984-1987)
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Series Directed by
John Nicolella (9 episodes, 1985-1987)
Richard Compton (8 episodes, 1987-1990)
Leon Ichaso (5 episodes, 1986-1988)
Vern Gillum (5 episodes, 1987-1989)
Don Johnson (4 episodes, 1985-1988)
Jim Johnston (4 episodes, 1985-1988)
David Jackson (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
Colin Bucksey (4 episodes, 1987-1989)
Virgil W. Vogel (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Paul Michael Glaser (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Rob Cohen (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jan Eliasberg (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Aaron Lipstadt (3 episodes, 1986)
James Quinn (3 episodes, 1987)
Georg Stanford Brown (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Lee H. Katzin (2 episodes, 1984)
David Anspaugh (2 episodes, 1985)
Abel Ferrara (2 episodes, 1985)
Michael O'Herlihy (2 episodes, 1985)
Mario DiLeo (2 episodes, 1986)
Gabrielle Beaumont (2 episodes, 1987)
Paul Krasny (2 episodes, 1988)
George Mendeluk (2 episodes, 1988)
Michelle Manning (2 episodes, 1989)
Russ Mayberry (2 episodes, 1989)
Alan Myerson (2 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Writing credits
Anthony Yerkovich (111 episodes, 1984-1990)
Dick Wolf (15 episodes, 1986-1988)
Michael Duggan (10 episodes, 1986-1988)
Joel Surnow (9 episodes, 1984-1986)
Daniel Pyne (8 episodes, 1984-1988)
Robert Ward (8 episodes, 1988-1989)
Dennis Cooper (7 episodes, 1985-1988)
Robert Palm (7 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Schulian (7 episodes, 1987-1988)
Maurice Hurley (6 episodes, 1984-1988)
Peter Lance (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
Scott Shepherd (5 episodes, 1988-1989)
Ken Solarz (5 episodes, 1988-1989)
Alfonse Ruggiero (4 episodes, 1984-1988)
Chuck Adamson (4 episodes, 1984-1986)
Peter McCabe (4 episodes, 1987-1989)
Allan Weisbecker (3 episodes, 1984-1988)
Paul Diamond (3 episodes, 1985-1988)
Marvin Kupfer (3 episodes, 1985-1987)
David Black (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jack Richardson (3 episodes, 1988-1990)
Terry McDonell (2 episodes, 1985-1989)
Miguel Pinero (2 episodes, 1985-1988)
John Leekley (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
John Mankiewicz (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Frank Military (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jim Trombetta (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Michael Ahnemann (2 episodes, 1986-1988)
Robert Crais (2 episodes, 1986-1988)
David Jackson (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Michael Piller (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Priscilla Turner (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Raymond Hartung (2 episodes, 1988-1989)
Rob Bragin (2 episodes, 1989)
William T. Conway (2 episodes, 1989)
Gustave Reininger (1 episode, 1986)

Jeremy Lew (unknown episodes)
Jack Thibeau (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Michael Mann .... executive producer (111 episodes, 1984-1990)
Richard Brams .... co-producer / producer / ... (109 episodes, 1984-1990)
Donald L. Gold .... co-producer / co-producer: Miami / ... (83 episodes, 1985-1990)
Michael Attanasio .... co-producer / associate producer (67 episodes, 1986-1990)
John Nicolella .... producer / supervising producer (44 episodes, 1984-1986)
Daniel Sackheim .... associate producer (42 episodes, 1986-1988)
Patti Kent .... associate producer (40 episodes, 1984-1986)
Frederick J. Lyle .... associate producer (40 episodes, 1984-1986)
Dick Wolf .... co-producer / co-executive producer (39 episodes, 1986-1989)
Liam O'Brien .... consulting producer / supervising producer (38 episodes, 1984-1986)
Ed Waters .... supervising producer (21 episodes, 1985-1986)
Scott Shepherd .... supervising producer (21 episodes, 1988-1990)
Robert Ward .... co-executive producer (21 episodes, 1988-1990)
Thomas Cajka .... associate producer (20 episodes, 1988-1990)
Dennis Cooper .... co-producer (19 episodes, 1986-1987)
Diane Isaacs .... associate producer (19 episodes, 1988-1990)
Kerry McCluggage .... supervising producer (13 episodes, 1986-1987)
Christopher Morgan .... producer (8 episodes, 1987)
George E. Crosby .... co-producer / associate producer (7 episodes, 1984)
George Geiger .... co-executive producer / co-producer (7 episodes, 1987)
Anthony Yerkovich .... executive producer (6 episodes, 1984)
Michael Piller .... co-producer (5 episodes, 1987)
Michael Duggan .... co-producer (3 episodes, 1986-1989)
Kathleen M. Shea .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1989)
Michael B. Hoggan .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Original Music by
Jan Hammer (90 episodes, 1984-1988)
Tim Truman (20 episodes, 1988-1990)
John Petersen (14 episodes, 1987-1988)
 
Series Cinematography by
Oliver Wood (53 episodes, 1986-1989)
Tom Priestley Jr. (26 episodes, 1985-1986)
Duke Callaghan (15 episodes, 1984-1985)
James A. Contner (11 episodes, 1985)
Michael McGowan (3 episodes, 1987-1990)

Dave Gist (unknown episodes)
Bill Hinckley (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Robert A. Daniels (27 episodes, 1984-1989)
Michael D. Ornstein (21 episodes, 1985-1988)
Michael B. Hoggan (15 episodes, 1984-1989)
Kevin Krasny (11 episodes, 1987-1989)
Douglas Ibold (10 episodes, 1985-1987)
Dick Williams (6 episodes, 1988-1989)
Casey O. Rohrs (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert L. Sinise (5 episodes, 1988-1989)
Steve Shultz (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Jack Horger (2 episodes, 1984)
Eric A. Sears (2 episodes, 1984)
Barry B. Leirer (2 episodes, 1985-1986)

C. Cory M. McCrum-Abdo (unknown episodes)
Alfonse Ruggiero (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Bonnie Timmermann (89 episodes, 1985-1990)
 
Series Production Design by
William McAllister (4 episodes, 1987)
Michael Helmy (3 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Art Direction by
Jeffrey Howard (40 episodes, 1984-1986)
Eva Anna Andry (21 episodes, 1987-1988)
Francis J. Pezza (18 episodes, 1986-1987)
Pamela Marcotte (17 episodes, 1988-1990)
Michael Helmy (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Norm Baron (2 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Robert Lacey Jr. (108 episodes, 1984-1990)
Steven Potter (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Costume Design by
Jodie Lynn Tillen (23 episodes, 1984-1985)
Eduardo Castro (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Richard Shissler (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Bambi Breakstone (21 episodes, 1985-1986)
Bobbie Read (20 episodes, 1988-1990)
 
Series Makeup Department
Mary Ann Valdes .... hair stylist / assistant hair stylist (55 episodes, 1984-1988)
Jay Cannistraci .... key makeup artist / makeup artist (11 episodes, 1985-1990)
Nick Troiano .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1985-1989)

Allan A. Apone .... key makeup artist (unknown episodes, 1985-1988)
 
Series Production Management
Lou Fusaro .... unit production manager (33 episodes, 1985-1990)
Donald L. Gold .... unit production manager (24 episodes, 1984-1987)
Brooke Kennedy .... unit production manager (20 episodes, 1985-1986)
Steven Felder .... unit production manager (16 episodes, 1986-1987)
Tikki Goldberg .... unit production manager (14 episodes, 1984-1985)
G. Warren Smith .... unit production manager (9 episodes, 1987)
Penny Adams .... unit production manager (7 episodes, 1984)
Ellen Rauch .... unit production manager (7 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ronald Martinez .... unit production manager (5 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruce Solow .... second assistant director / first assistant director (23 episodes, 1988-1990)
Michael Attanasio .... second assistant director (21 episodes, 1984-1989)
George Fortmuller .... second assistant director (19 episodes, 1984-1985)
Chip Chalmers .... first assistant director (19 episodes, 1987-1989)
Robert D. Nellans .... second assistant director (17 episodes, 1986-1987)
Marty Eli Schwartz .... first assistant director (15 episodes, 1984-1986)
Robert D. Simon .... first assistant director (15 episodes, 1988-1989)
Hope R. Goodwin .... second assistant director (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
James Quinn .... first assistant director (11 episodes, 1984-1987)
Steven Felder .... first assistant director (9 episodes, 1985-1987)
Joel Segal .... second assistant director (9 episodes, 1985-1986)
John Liberti .... first assistant director (9 episodes, 1986-1987)
Scott Laughlin .... second assistant director (8 episodes, 1989-1990)
Garry A. Brown .... second assistant director (7 episodes, 1987)
Herb Gains .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 1984-1985)
Richard Peter Schroer .... second assistant director / first assistant director (6 episodes, 1984)
Ellen Rauch .... first assistant director / second assistant director (5 episodes, 1984-1986)
Magdalen M.T. Brick .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 1986)
Nick Smirnoff .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1987)
Jan DeWitt .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1987)
Bob Bender .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1985)
Leonard R. Garner Jr. .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1984)
Jerome M. Siegel .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1984)
Robert E. Warren .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1984)
Jay Tobias .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1986)
Roger Mills .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1989)

Tommy Burns .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Michelle Marx .... assistant director: second unit (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Charles Guanci Jr. .... assistant property master / props (111 episodes, 1984-1990)
Michael Metzel .... carpenter / construction foreman (89 episodes, 1985-1990)
Joel Lang .... visual consultant / kinetic sculptures (24 episodes, 1988-1990)
Maria Chavez .... artistic consultant (16 episodes, 1988-1990)
Dean Taucher .... visual consultant (15 episodes, 1986-1987)
Michael Z. Hanan .... visual consultant (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Nick Rafter .... artistic consultant (4 episodes, 1988)
Peter Politanoff .... visual consultant (2 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Sound Department
Joe Foglia .... sound (65 episodes, 1986-1990)
John A. Larsen .... supervising sound effects editor / sound editor (45 episodes, 1984-1987)
Michael R. Tromer .... sound (38 episodes, 1984-1986)
Ron Scelza .... sound (22 episodes, 1985-1986)
Joseph D. Citarella .... sound mixer (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Scott Hecker .... supervising sound effects editor (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Grover B. Helsley .... sound mixer (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ed Callahan .... sound editor (21 episodes, 1988-1990)
Mark P. Stoeckinger .... supervising sound effects editor (21 episodes, 1988-1990)
Robert R. Rutledge .... supervising sound effects editor / sound editor (14 episodes, 1984-1985)
Howard Neiman .... supervising sound effects editor (7 episodes, 1987)
Gus Mortensen .... sound (5 episodes, 1984-1985)
Vincent Nuccio .... sound (5 episodes, 1987)
Scott Blynder .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Bernie Blynder .... sound (3 episodes, 1988-1989)

Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Simon Coke .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Craig Harris .... special surround sound design: sweeps week show (unknown episodes)
Harry B. Miller III .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Glenn T. Morgan .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Bob Newlan .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Norto Sepulveda .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Gary Vaughan .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Mark Weber .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Jay Wilkinson .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Bruce E. Merlin .... special effects technician (89 episodes, 1985-1990)

John Patteson .... special effects assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Jim Michaels .... visual effects producer (68 episodes, 1984-1987)
 
Series Stunts
Ernest Robinson .... stunt double: philip michael thomas / stunt coordinator / ... (111 episodes, 1984-1990)
Paul Nuckles .... stunt coordinator (89 episodes, 1984-1988)
Jay Amor .... utility stunts (27 episodes, 1985-1987)
David S. Lomax .... stunt performer / stunt double: Philip Michael Thomas / ... (25 episodes, 1984-1990)
Tom Bahr .... stunts (21 episodes, 1985-1990)
Bobby J. Foxworth .... stunt coordinator / stunt double (19 episodes, 1984-1990)
Michael R. Long .... stunt performer / stunts (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
John Ashby .... utility stunts (2 episodes, 1985)

Andrew Castillo .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Dave Gist .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Luke Halpin .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Robert Paisley .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
James Roberts .... lighting technician / electrician (68 episodes, 1984-1987)

Nik Petrik .... first assistant camera: "c" camera (unknown episodes)
Doug Schwartz .... second assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Owen Stephens .... rigging gaffer (unknown episodes)
Jeff Wolf .... first assistant camera: second unit (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Cheryl Louden-Kubin .... casting: Miami / casting assistant / ... (104 episodes, 1984-1990)
Lori Wyman .... casting: Miami / casting assistant / ... (65 episodes, 1986-1990)
Dee Miller .... casting: Miami (61 episodes, 1984-1987)
Marjorie W. Morhaim .... casting assistant (43 episodes, 1987-1990)
R. Colette Hailey .... extras casting / casting assistant (39 episodes, 1984-1986)
Bonnie Timmermann .... casting: New York (22 episodes, 1984-1985)
Carolyn Stopher .... casting assistant (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
Yonit Hamer .... casting: Miami (3 episodes, 1986)
Maria Lombardi .... casting assistant (3 episodes, 1986)
Michael Dock .... casting assistant (2 episodes, 1986)
Ellen Jacoby .... casting: Miami (2 episodes, 1986)
Robert Jacoby .... casting assistant (2 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kristy Aitken Hernandez .... costume supervisor / set costumer (72 episodes, 1986-1990)
Milena Canonero .... costumes / costumes: in collaboration with Richard Shissler (24 episodes, 1986-1987)
Lynette Bernay .... costume supervisor / assistant costume designer (21 episodes, 1985-1986)
Richard Shissler .... costumes (12 episodes, 1986-1987)
Robert Musco .... wardrobe supervisor (3 episodes, 1986)

Gregory B. Peña .... key costumer (unknown episodes, 1985-1989)
 
Series Editorial Department
Marc Wielage .... telecine colorist (43 episodes, 1987-1990)

Richard Brassaw .... assistant film editor (unknown episodes)
Scott Klein .... master colorist (unknown episodes)
C. Cory M. McCrum-Abdo .... post-production coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Jan Hammer .... composer: theme music / performer: title theme / ... (109 episodes, 1984-1990)
Ron S. Herbes .... first assistant music editor (89 episodes, 1984-1988)
Jerry Cohen .... music editor (61 episodes, 1984-1987)
Dino A. Moriana .... music editor (43 episodes, 1987-1990)
Michael Thompson .... musician: electric guitars (21 episodes, 1988-1990)
Frederick J. Lyle .... music coordinator / music consultant (8 episodes, 1984)
Charles Paley .... music editor (7 episodes, 1984)
Phil Galdston .... music consultant (4 episodes, 1987)
Ken Kushnick .... music consultant (4 episodes, 1987)
David Passick .... music consultant (4 episodes, 1987)

Bradley Carow .... assistant music editor (unknown episodes)
Jerry Sanford Cohen .... music editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Richard P. Pecora .... driver (111 episodes, 1984-1990)
 
Series Other crew
T. Rafael Cimino .... marine coordinator (104 episodes, 1984-1990)
Steven Bawol .... location scout / production assistant (46 episodes, 1985-1987)
Carole Myers .... publicist / event producer (45 episodes, 1984-1989)
Dennis Cooper .... executive script consultant / story editor (32 episodes, 1985-1986)
Michael Duggan .... executive story consultant / story editor (31 episodes, 1987-1988)
Elayne Schneiderman .... assistant to producers (22 episodes, 1984-1985)
Joel Surnow .... executive story editor / executive story consultant (22 episodes, 1984-1985)
Sherry Thorup .... location manager (22 episodes, 1984-1985)
Daniel Pyne .... executive story editor (22 episodes, 1985-1986)
Eduardo Castro .... collaboration (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
John Mankiewicz .... story editor (21 episodes, 1985-1986)
David Black .... story editor (21 episodes, 1987-1988)
Peter McCabe .... executive story editor (21 episodes, 1988-1990)
Ken Solarz .... executive story consultant (21 episodes, 1988-1990)
Suzanne Waite .... script supervisor (21 episodes, 1988-1990)
Raymond Hartung .... story editor (16 episodes, 1988-1990)
Joan Egan Foglia .... assistant to producers (15 episodes, 1989-1990)
C. Cory M. McCrum-Abdo .... production assistant (14 episodes, 1984-1985)
Robert Palm .... story editor (12 episodes, 1988)
Peter Lance .... story editor (10 episodes, 1988-1989)
Maurice Hurley .... story editor (6 episodes, 1984-1985)
Ronald L. Carr .... location manager (4 episodes, 1984)
John Schulian .... story editor (3 episodes, 1987)
Kevin Williams .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1987-1990)

Fabio M. Arber .... key production assistant / location manager (unknown episodes, 1984-1989)
Dean Taucher .... visual consultant (unknown episodes, 1986-1987)
Mayo Sanchez .... location manager (unknown episodes, 1988-1989)
Betty Bennett .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Tom Brocato .... publicist (unknown episodes)
Tim Dinan .... assistant production office coordinator (unknown episodes)
Daniel Kellison .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Nick Sloan .... stand-in (unknown episodes)
Sam Tedesco .... location manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Thanks
The Doors .... special thanks (1 episode, 1985)
Kay Talbott .... dedicatee (1 episode, 1988)
 

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Runtime:
48 min | USA:60 min (including commercials) (111 episodes)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (season 1) | Stereo (Seasons 2-5)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M (DVD rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (2007) (DVD) (self applied) | Finland:K-15 (DVD) (2005) (season 1) | Iceland:12 (some epiosodes) | Iceland:16 (some epiosodes) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Norway:11 (DVD rating) | Singapore:PG | UK:18 (one episode) | UK:15 (some episodes) | UK:12 (some episodes) | USA:TV-14

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Initially, Jeff Bridges and then Nick Nolte were considered for the role of Sonny Crockett. At the time it was not seen as lucrative for movie stars to venture into television.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Quotes:
Sonny Crockett:Damn, these birds are noisy. At least they're not in a cage, sort of a natural habitat.
Det. Ricardo Tubbs:Kind of like an alligator in a sailboat.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "ALF: Oh, Tannerbaum (#1.12)" (1986)See more »
Soundtrack:
In The Air TonightSee more »

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48 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
Deserving Of It's Legendary Status, 5 December 2003
Author: KathyAndPaul from Norwich England

Ah. This brings back memories.

One of the seminal TV shows of the 80's it is sadly remembered more for it's style, music and fashion content than anything else. Which is unfair as it was also brilliantly acted. Then there is the scream of it's being "unrealistic" due to the fact the cops are wearing armani designer lables and driving a ferrari...WHOLY wrong. The characters are supposed to be undercover cops posing as drug dealer playboys. To have them driving a ford and wearing second hand costumes and cop uniforms would be unrealistic as drug dealers tend be very stylish and showing off thier wealth like a peacok. Urgo the Organised Crime Buerau Vice unit have to fit in. Ussually well written (irellevant of if or not it's the first two seasons gritty realism or the remaining three seasons which were more formulaic).

Season One started off with a pilot that is extrememly lame. And indeed while enjoyable the earlier episodes which followed weren't up to much either. But then along with the (shock) death a lead character early in the season and a new theme tune the show found it's foot. Thanks to the American viewing public for sticking by the show in it's developmental stage. Once Season 1 gets going properly it's a rollercoaster ride of spills and thrills which looked flashy and also delivered plot and characters that kept your attention. Best Episdoe: "Hit List" (aka: Caulderone's Return Part 1). Worst Episode: "Give A Little Take A Little".

Season 2 is more of the same really. Characters are developed more but the plotlines and style remain the same. Best Episode: "Definitley Miami". Worst Episode: "Tale Of The Goat".

Season 3 Shows an definite change of tact for the show. But it works incredibly well and is IMHO the best of the lot. The actors have grown into their characters by this point and can make them totally convincing and sympathetic. The voilence is as action packed and sizling as ever. And the look on Don Johnson's face when his ferrari Daytona gets destroyed is an amazingly comical moment. Best Episode: Too may to choose from really but Johnson's sanity slipping on a case in "Shadows In The Dark" is amazing stuff up there with Pacino and DeNiro in the acting stakes "Forgive Us Our Debts" comes a very close second. Worst Episode: "Viking Bikers From Hell".

Season 4 is the least of the bunch. The stories try to return to a more realistic style but fail totally in their delivery. There are a few good moments but for the most part the stories get very boring. Also someone had the bright idea to cancel Miami Vice and slip a new show called "The Adventures Of Sonny Crockett" on in it's place. In this new show where Crockett and Tubbs were equal partners in the show and the rest of the OCB crew were FAR more than extras who had plenty to bring to the table. in this season we're greeted to a show where Tubbs is reduced to nothing more than a sidekick and the rest of the the OCB are also rans with the exception of some very poor filler episodes. Best Episode: "Mirror Image". Worst Episode: Too many to choose from but "Death And The Lady" is the lowest of the low with only a memorable guest appearence by Paul Guifoyle (sp?) Better known nowadays as Brass in C.S.I. playing a seriously weird villian.

Season 5 is my second fave season after Year 3. Everyone is back on a level playing field again as "The Adventures Of Sonny Crockett" are canned after one season and Miami Vice returns. Jan Hammer takes his music with him to pastures new but Tim Truman arrives with some amazing and atmospheric work for the season that I personally consider to be the best of the bunch when it comes to the music. The realism is out the window with the producers realising that the previous years "high drama" approach had been a complete failure it was time to make sure the final year was a hard hitting full on gunfest. There are OCCASIONAL breaks from this with a couple of comedy episodes "The Lost Maddonna" works brilliantly with Micheal Chiles -I THINK that's his name- from The Shield playing a New York art detective in a genuinley amusing episode. However "Miracle Man" is dire beyond words and is actually painfull to watch making it the worst MV episode. There is some effective character work in there too and the plots while aiming towards a big finish still come across well. The first episode resumes where Season 4 finished with Crockett suffering amnesia believing he really IS a drug dealer and putting on a brilliant "villian" performance. The cliff hanger ending ot the season opener is IMHO the BEST TV cliffhanger ever shown with Crockett (still on planet memory loss) and Tubbs going at it. The story arc is resolved in the seasons best offering "Redemption In Blood". The rest of the season focuses on the other members of the OCB and makes it obvious Crockett is burned out with it only being a matter of time before he either quits the Police Force or gets himself killed. Thankfully the show saw sense to finish while it was ahead and while the final story "Freefall" does not have a great plot the story OOZES in atmosphere and has a sense of farewell to it that is brilliantly realised in the final scene where Crockett and Tubbs bid each other farewell. Best Episode: "Redemption In Blood". Worst Episode: "Miracle Man".

Maybe one day people will remember the show for the reasons it deserves more than the style and the music. I can but hope.

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