Miami Vice (1984–1990)
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Brother's Keeper 

Miami detective Sonny Crockett reluctantly teams with New York cop Rico Tubbs when both of them end up pursuing a drug dealer who killed their partners.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Scott Wheeler
Caroline Crockett
Trini DeSoto
Leon Jefferson (as Mykel T. Williamson)
Olivia Brown ...
Miguel Pinero ...
Esteban Calderone
Eddie Rivera
Michael Santoro ...
Corky Fowler
Jossie DeGuzman ...
Maria Rivera


Miami Vice cop Sonny Crockett is working undercover to get a Columbian drug lord. When he tries to bust a man who is apparently in business with the Columbian he discovers that the man is New York cop who is also after the Columbian. They both agree to work together but the New York cop is keeping something from him. While the New York cop suspects that someone on Crockett's team might be on the take. Written by

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16 September 1984 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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The Ferrari Daytona Sypder convertible that featured in the first two seasons of the show was one of two replica kit cars built on a 1980 Corvette chassis with Ferrari hardware by Tom McBurnie for importer Al Mardikian. The cars were bought for the show after Mardikian lost them to the IRS. See more »


When Crockett and Rivera are riding in Corky Fowler's car the background changes between freeway and business area as it cuts from character to character. See more »


Sonny Crockett: [after discussing Sonny's college football successes, Tubbs asked why wasn't he in the pros] Some Southeast Asian conference.
Ricardo Tubbs: Vietnam?
Sonny Crockett: [sarcasm] No, Coney Island...!
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Seminal television
8 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If we're lucky, we get to witness a game changing moment in popular culture. The Beatles on Ed Sullivan. May 25th, 1977. The debut of MTV. Another one of those moments was September 16th, 1984. That was when Miami Vice debuted on NBC. With a blend of exceedingly high production values and MTV-era attitude, it not only became an instant hit, it forever changed the face of prime time TV.

The pilot movie "Brother's Keeper" is a slam-bang opener, perfectly setting up the characters and the premise and wrapping it up in a package that was light years ahead of anyone else at the time. For a show that was fueled so strongly by the zeitgeist of that moment in time, this first episode holds up exceptionally well 30+ years later.

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