Television series about a wealthy mystery man who runs a detective agency via a speakerphone and his personal assistant, John Bosley. His detectives are three beautiful women, who end up in... See full summary »
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
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During pre-production, Don Johnson wanted Sonny Crockett to be "more of a cowboy", and suggested "a lot of denim, V-neck sweaters and cowboy boots". He was really unsure how the heavy use of pastel and bright colors would fit his character's macho, no-nonsense persona. Producer Michael Mann and costume designer Jodie Lynn Tillen saw Crockett as more of a beach bum. Johnson relented, and as a result became one of the biggest fashion symbols of the 1980s. See more »
In the beginning of the episode "Calderon's Return, Part 1", a hired assassin, supposedly one of the best in the world, is seen putting on surgical gloves to keep his fingerprints off the gun he is about to use. However, before he puts on the gloves, he moves the gun off of them by touching the gun butt with his fingertips. See more »
Street lady at bar:
Hey, handsome, why don't you buy me a drink?
Because I wasn't born yesterday.
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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 »
This really was a seminal show, the atmosphere, camera angles, juxtaposition of music and scenes, drama, action, and especially downbeat endings which were quite unusual and unique at the time, gave the show a unique nihilistic tone. So many stand out episodes and scenes, the acting, especially by Johnson was outstanding, and Oscar worthy IMO. Each Season is quite distinctive in tone, and for me it was always must see television, with extremely high quality production values. This show had plenty of style, but there was plenty of substance, with some of the best writing ever in television series. I own the box set, and have to say, that I rate it right up there with the likes of The Sopranos (9.3 on IMDb). Punchy and Groundbreaking, definitely worth a look. The scenes at night speeding through Miami to a thumping soundtrack are truly breathtaking! Highly Recommended!!
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