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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After Larry Wilcox was dropped from CHiPs (1977), he decided to audition for the role of Detective James 'Sonny' Crockett to keep his career active. Wilcox and Don Johnson were the last two finalists for the role, and the producers had trouble choosing between them. They decided against Wilcox because they felt going from one cop role to another would not be a good fit. See more »
Despite being "undercover" police officers, both Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs appear in situations where drug dealers and other criminals would be able to discover that they are not who they claim to be. Suspects are even brought in their offices and can see that Tubbs and Crockett are sworn law enforcement officers. See more »
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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