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Miami Vice 

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Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami.
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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 10 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Don Johnson ...  Detective James Crockett 111 episodes, 1984-1990
Philip Michael Thomas ...  Detective Ricardo Tubbs 111 episodes, 1984-1990
Saundra Santiago ...  Detective Gina Calabrese / ... 111 episodes, 1984-1990
Olivia Brown ...  Detective Trudy Joplin / ... 111 episodes, 1984-1990
Michael Talbott ...  Detective Stan Switek 110 episodes, 1984-1990
Edward James Olmos ...  Lieutenant Martin Castillo / ... 107 episodes, 1984-1990
John Diehl ...  Det. Larry Zito 58 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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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

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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Runtime:

| (111 episodes)

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Stereo (Seasons 1-5)| Dolby Digital (5.1 surround) (DVD version)| DTS (DTS HD Master Audio 5.1) (Blu-ray release)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Mann was inspired to create the show's trademark pastel color scheme after a visit to a paint store. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Sonny Crockett: Hate waiting, feel like a character in a Becket play.
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: Since when do you know Becket?
Sonny Crockett: Charlie Becket, works down the shoeshine, writes plays on the side.
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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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Redefined the '80s with it's distinct style
11 July 2011 | by captgage-1See all my reviews

I don't care what the Don Johnson detractors think, this show is still distinct to this day! I'm glad it won Emmys without pretending to be Masterpiece Theater. This how had a distinct visual style and distinct lingo, which I still use today (esp. "Jou got it, meng!"). And the year is 2011! LOL Don Johnson plays Detective Sony Crockett, a troubled cop who one day meets up with Rico Tubbs, a New York police detective who comes to Miami to avenge the death of his brother. Thus, a legend was born, along with a working relationship and a friendship.

I got a bit fed up with so many people bitching that MV was no good in the 3rd season just because it got darker and more depressing. No, it wasn't QUITE the same, but that was the idea of MV. It's good to see IMDB users such as yarborough sticking up for Season 3, though I think his assessment of the series overall was pretty harsh. There were many episodes I really liked besides those he mentioned and those I've mentioned, granted his opinion is somewhat agreeabl whjen it comes to Season 2.

Critics whined that the music video format would be old hat, but who cares? It's still around, just online instead of on MTV or VH1 much anymore, for gosh sake!!! Miami Vice, despite its detractors, brings back memories of when I was in college too. It reminds us what a fun, memorable decade the '80s were. Thank God for DVD box sets. And as for the casting, it's like a who's who of guest stars, many of whom would take Hollywood by storm: Bruce Willis, Julia Roberts, David Strathairn -- along with other famous entertainers such as Miles Davis and Phil Collins.

Kinda annoyed me when the 2006 movie came out. A friend of mine liked it because "It's not a Don Johnson thing. It had a storyline." This series had HALF A DECADE of story lines. I still can't forget "Evan" to this day, or "Return of Calderone!" Two of the best TV eps ever! Don't get me wrong: the movie isn't bad for what it is. I just got a bit tired of people hating on this show just because they didn't like Johnson. At least he was colorful. Long live Miami Vice, pal!


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