Miami Vice (1984–1990)
Brenda: How do you go from this tranquility to that violence?
Sonny Crockett: I usually take the Ferrari.
Sonny Crockett: You just got to learn to go with the heat, Rico. It's just like life. You just gotta keep telling yourself, no matter how hot it gets, sooner or later there's a cool breeze coming in.
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: Should I write that down?
Sonny Crockett: You've got to know the rules before you can break 'em. Otherwise, it's no fun.
Sonny Crockett: I get these occasional urges for stability in my life.
Sonny Crockett: Man, it's so hot you could fry an egg on my face.
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: Hope I never get that hungry.
[During an auction]
Sonny Crockett: The secret to success, whether it's women or money, is knowing when to quit. I oughta know: I'm divorced and broke.
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.
Sonny Crockett: People in stucco houses shouldn't throw quiche.
Ira Stone: These days money comes from all kinds of places.
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: Yeah, well, my money comes from my pocket. Now do you wanna do business?
Izzy Moreno: You know what they say about architecture, it's like frozen music.
Christine von Marburg: All I know about you is that you drive a Testarossa and you live on a boat.
Sonny Crockett: First a junkie, now a hooker. I think I've been in the business too long, I'm starting to fall for the players.
Sonny Crockett: [to lawyer] What did you do, trade in your conscience when you passed the bar?
Sonny Crockett: Knowing the answers doesn't make it any easier, does it?
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: In this job you're lucky if it doesn't make it any harder.
Sonny Crockett: It's like taking nose candy off a baby.
Izzy Moreno: In this life the low road sometimes takes you a more interesting route.
Sonny Crockett: Do you think this makes us even?
Laurence Thurmond: No, not at all. Is was just the best I had to offer.
Sonny Crockett: Aw, the hell with it. You want to be dead? Bang, you're dead.
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: [During heat a wave] Man, I can dig tropical, but this is out of bounds.
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?
Sonny Crockett: [Describing his ex-wife] She left me at Sears, and had me cryin' all the way to Walgreens.
Vincent 'Vinnie' DeMarco: If Miami hasn't got it, they haven't invented it yet.
Det. Gina Navarro Calabrese: I wonder what the price of silence is in Haiti.
Roberto 'Nico' Arroyo: To what do I owe this pleasure?
Det. Gina Navarro Calabrese: I wanted to see how you chill out after a rape.
Sonny Crockett: Hate waiting, feel like a character in a Becket play.
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: Since when do you know Becket?
Sonny Crockett: Charlie Becket, works down the shoeshine, writes plays on the side.
Brenda: This is America, you need to be in debt, only way banks can get money back.
Izzy Moreno: I thought we were going to have a meaningful diabolical time.
Sonny Crockett: Nice to know there's still a little poetry left in the world.
Det. Stan Switek: Do you think that guy practices at being a tubesteak?
Sonny Crockett: You know what I like about you, Rickles? Not a damn thing - backstroke.
Street lady at bar: Hey, handsome, why don't you buy me a drink?
Rickles: Because I wasn't born yesterday.
[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?
Sonny Crockett: I'm putting together a whole new group of people. Men that take life seriously.
Sonny Crockett: 200 miles out there, there's men sitting in nuclear submarines just waiting to put us in their crosshairs. Who's gonna protect us, mister? The Army? They're a bunch of toy soldiers. Half-breds! Women! Homosexuals! That's who is protecting our country!