Resplendent with authentic 1980s music, fashion, and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami, Florida.
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Wednesday, June 28, 1989

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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 11 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Don Johnson ...  Detective James Crockett 111 episodes, 1984-1989
Philip Michael Thomas ...  Detective Ricardo Tubbs 111 episodes, 1984-1989
Saundra Santiago ...  Detective Gina Calabrese / ... 111 episodes, 1984-1989
Olivia Brown ...  Detective Trudy Joplin 111 episodes, 1984-1989
Michael Talbott ...  Detective Stan Switek 110 episodes, 1984-1989
Edward James Olmos ...  Lieutenant Martin Castillo / ... 107 episodes, 1984-1989
John Diehl ...  Det. Larry Zito / ... 57 episodes, 1984-1988
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Storyline

Stubble-faced detective Crockett lived in a sailboat guarded by his alligator Elvis. His partner Tubbs was a black New York cop looking for his brother's killer. Together they took on the Florida drug world. The show influenced men's fashions toward Italo-casual and interior decor toward the Miami look. Very trendy music and unusual guest performers. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Although Lt. Martin Castillo rarely engaged in the show's many shootouts, his weapon of choice was a Colt Trooper Mk V 357 magnum with a six inch barrel. It's improbably large for a plain-clothes officer whose duties are primarily administrative. It may have been an attempt to remind Sonny Crockett who has the bigger gun. See more »

Goofs

In numerous episodes, the primary characters are involved in career-ending shootings and yet none are terminated as police officers, nor prosecuted for the offense. Some killings are clearly intentional murders, yet the detectives continue in their roles as if nothing happened. See more »

Quotes

[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?
[laughs scornfully]
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Three episodes of the series have these additional songs playing at the closing credits instead of the show's original theme song: "Calderone's Return": Tina Turner - "What's Love Got to Do With It?"; this song plays over footage of Crockett and Tubbs riding a speedboat, plus flashbacks of Tubbs and Angelina. "Phil the Shill": Phil Collins - "Life is a Rat Race" and "Freefall" (final episode): Terry Kath - "Tell Me"; this song plays over a montage of scenes from the show. See more »

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One of the best drama cop shows I have ever seen!
30 June 2005 | by SonicStuartSee all my reviews

I know that I never got to see Miami Vice when it was out but I know it did end a year after I was born. I got to see the show on DVD and I thought it was just classic and cool! From the way the show is made it looks more like a movie than a TV-series. The show revolves around two cops, Detective James "Sonny" Crockett (Don Johnson) and Detective Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) and their adventures solving crimes around Miami! Stubble-faced detective Crockett lived in a sailboat guarded by his alligator Elvis. His partner Tubbs was a black New York cop looking for his brother's killer. Together they took on the Florida drug world. The show influenced men's fashions toward Italo-casual and interior decor toward the Memphis look. This show aired on NBC from 1984-1989 and lasted 5 seasons and I was amazed my this real neat series when I first watched it especially on the way it was made and such, plus I think Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas are one cool and memorable TV team to remember. I remember that 5 years later after Miami Vice ended, Don Johnson did another detective series called "Nash Bridges" which lasted 6 seasons on CBS! If you like this series then you would also like Nash Bridges!

User Rating: 10/10

BOTTOM LINE: A FANTASTIC SERIES!


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Official Sites:

-Making-of season 5

Country:

USA

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

16 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miami Unworthiness See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (111 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1 surround) (DVD version)| DTS (DTS HD Master Audio 5.1) (Blu-ray release)

Color:

Color
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