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Miami Vice: Season 5: Episode 21 -- Tubbs' old flame, Valerie, returns to Miami to assist an old friend and her goddaughter. Tubbs wants to renew his relationship with Valerie, but she is intent on rescuing her friend from the threats of a drug dealer.
Miami Vice: Season 5: Episode 20 -- Agent Joey Harden returns to assist Crockett as part of a new division, Youth Crime Unit, that was formed by a previous partner. The YCU investigates a college professor that has created a new designer drug, Bliss.
Miami Vice: Season 5: Episode 19 -- A vigilante believes he is a superhero, Miracle Man. His efforts to rid Miami of "drug dealing slime" interfere with Tubbs and Switek's operations.
Miami Vice: Season 5: Episode 18 -- Mob boss Al Lombard, believed killed in the 1st season finale, returns from 'vacation' to visit his son and the grandson whom he has never seen.
Miami Vice: Season 5: Episode 17 -- Crockett and Tubbs embark on what they see as a suicide mission. They are recruited by a Special Drug Taskforce to escort the corrupt dictator of Costa Morada, a revolution-ravaged Latin American country.

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28 September 1984 (USA) See more »
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The adventures of the vice squad detectives of the Miami Police Department. Full summary »
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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 28 nominations See more »
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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)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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

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Trivia:
Denzel Washington was considered for the part of Ricardo Tubbs.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:
Izzy Moreno:In this life the low road sometimes takes you a more interesting route.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Friday Night Action Series from the mid-1980's!, 25 February 2005
Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

"MIAMI VICE"-A Crime Drama Series Produced by Universal Television. Produced by Michael Mann. Number of Episodes Produced: 114 for NBC-TV. First Telecast of the Series: September 16,1984. Last Telecast of the Series: July 26, 1989.

NOTE: Michael Mann was also the show's creator as well as executive producer and sometimes head writer for several episodes,which he also directed. The series was filmed on location in Miami,Florida.

This show was one of NBC's Biggest Hits of the mid-1980's and it continued to remained so until the end of the decade. This show was a Friday Night Institution for five years of its run(1984-1989)and it went up against some tough competition including several shows that consisted of "Dallas","Falcon Crest",and others not to mention the newsmagazine "20/20",which was the prime-time lineup for Friday nights. The pulse and rhythm of a glamorous resort city of Miami,Florida was the juxtaposed against the seamy haunts of the drug underworld in this gritty action series,which made heavy use of rock music backgrounds and music video effects,not to mention some of the most violent content ever conceived for television happened on this show since it was shown later on Friday nights at the 10:00 hour. Sonny Crockett(Don Johnson)was a rough-edged Miami vice detective who lived on a sailboat called "St. Vitus' Dance",that was guarded by his dyspeptic pet alligator,Elvis,named after the singer Elvis Presley. Ricardo Tubbs(Philip Micheal-Thomas)was a black ex-New York street cop who had to come South to find the drug dealer who murdered his brother. They were an unlikely but effective team,working undercover on the flashy Gold Coast and down the seedy alleyways that made the city of Miami such a city of contrasts. Often they sped around town in Sonny's black Ferrari-Spider sports car(which was later upgraded to a state-of-the-art Ferrari Testarossa,custom-made just for the show). Lt. Castillo(Edward James-Olmos)was their moody superior,and Gina(Saundra Santiago)and her partner detective Trudy(Olivia Brown)were a hip female undercover team,while the other team consisted of Stan(Michael Talbott)and Larry(John Diehl)became the conventional backup.

The stylish,MTV-influenced series(music by rock composer Jan Hammer)was a smash hit that the show itself was one of the top-ten shows in the Nielsens for the first three seasons of its five year run,and was Emmy nominated twice,and transformed struggling actor Don Johnson into a major sex symbol,and made Philip Micheal-Thomas,who was an unknown actor at the time with several movies to his credit,became the heartthrob of fans.especially the women during the mid-1980's. It was also around the time the show was on the air,the soundtrack to the television series,Miami Vice,composed by Jan Hammer became a huge hit,and it was from the album that the show's theme song went on to win both the AMA(American Music Awards),and the Grammy for best instrumental score.

Getting to the character of Sonny Crockett,played by Don Johnson was an rough looking but cool as a cucumber with his expensive pastel sports jacket worn over a T-shirt,with stubbly beard,no socks,and an angry scowl started a fashion trend for those who were into the macho/grubbly look. Female characters on the show fawned over him-and usually got blown up or shot for their trouble. His partner,Ricardo Tubbs was the opposite,a clean cut individual who was always armed with weapons for any situation that came up and usually sometimes to bail Crockett outta a tight problem with some vicious murderer or ruthless drug lord. As for Crockett himself,he was a divorce widow who estranged wife and son were rarely seen,and later a quickie bride player by singer Sheena Easton appeared in several infrequently segments,occasionally as Caitlin Davies(for that one season during the 1987-1988 season)in the show's third season.

This hip-series attracted many famous celebrities,who were normally seen in TV acting roles to do cameos roles. This show had singers from the 1950's(Little Richard,Chuck Berry),the 1960's(James Brown,Eric Clapton),the 1970's(Patti LaBelle),the 1980's-a lot of music from that decade(Phil Collins,Tina Turner,Journey,Ted Nugent,Neil Young,Peter Gabriel,Gloria Esteban to rap groups like The Fat Boys and others)that really influenced this show. Other special guest stars included Watergate felon G. Gordon Liddy,who made quite an impression in the role of a sneaky Real Estate broker;also seen fleetingly were such special guest stars as boxing promoter Don King,boxing champ Roberto Duran,comedian Tommy Chong,the chairmen of Chrysler corporation,Lee Iacocca,and the President of NBC-TV,Brandon Tarkioff,as a bartender!

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