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
Trini DeSoto
Leon Jefferson (as Mykel T. Williamson)
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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Did You Know?


Larry Wilcox decided to audition for the role of Detective James 'Sonny' Crockett to keep his career active. This was after he was dropped from the CHiPs (1977) TV series and it was canceled in 1983. Larry Wilcox and Don Johnson were the last two finalists and the producers of Miami Vice (1984) had difficulties choosing between them. Unfortunately for Larry Wilcox, the producers decided against him because they felt going from one cop role to another would not be a good fit for a new TV show; after they revealed he played police officer roles in previous TV shows. As a result, Don Johnson was chosen for the role of Detective James 'Sonny' Crockett. See more »


You can see someone wearing a white short sleeve shirt in the mirror when Crockett and Tubbs are searching the ransacked apartment. See more »


Sonny Crockett: ...then Mr. GQ here makes a special guest appearance from New York!
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References Father Knows Best (1954) See more »


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Crockett and Tubbs excellent debut
22 July 2013 | by (Novelist of The Final Version) – See all my reviews

A New York street cop goes to Miami to take down a murderous head of a drug cartel. Meanwhile, after an undercover operation goes wrong a Miami Vice detective finds himself after the same perp'.

Episode 1 of the atmospheric, gritty yet pastel cop show, Brothers Keeper part 1 sets the foundation to many of the stronger episodes of the series. The clothes, guns, drugs, clubs, music, speed boats and cars are a part of the appeal, but it's the characters that are the glue that holds it altogether. Michael Philip Thomas and Don Johnson are perfectly cast, in this episode inadvertently stepping on each other's toes at first then agreeing to work with each other. There's some tension in this outing notably a car bomb, later an assassination then the conflict between the leads.

Overall, part one is a great pilot episode and its not hard to see why the series continued.

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