Miami Vice: Season 1, Episode 1

Brother's Keeper (16 Sep. 1984)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama
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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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When this pilot script was being considered at NBC, an executive wrote the note "MTV Cops" to summarize the show. That nickname stuck. See more »


Spotlights were used along with the fixed street lights to illuminate the road during the Camaro/boat chase. The temporary lights are on hydraulic scissor stands and are visible in most of the chase sequence. See more »


Sonny Crockett: You ever consider a career in southern law enforcement?
Ricardo Tubbs: Maybe I have...
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References The Hollywood Squares (1965) See more »


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Written by Phil Collins
Performed by Phil Collins
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One of the finest television pilots you'll ever see
23 February 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

The two-part story, "Brother's Keeper", is an excellent introduction to "Miami Vice". Often screened as a feature length episode, this pilot introduced "Sonny" Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs to the world and changed forever the expectations people would have of television. "Brother's Keeper" has feature film production values, a great cast (including a young Jimmy Smits), a splendid soundtrack and a sizzling script.

Don Johnson's performance as Crockett is flawless. Every scene with this actor is excellent. Philip Michael Thomas as Tubbs is the perfect sidekick and the chemistry between the two characters is a key factor to what makes the series so memorable.

This pilot has an appearance by Martin Ferrero as Trini DeSoto. Ferrero was later to become a regular in the show, as informer (and light relief) Izzy Moreno.

No matter how many times I watch this pilot, I can't help feel the original '80s vibe and excitement as Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" accompanies the high-speed night-time action. This is television that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Dramatic, gripping, witty and sexy, "Miami Vice" remains perfect television.

8 out of 10. A great pilot but the best was yet to come.

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