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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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Cast

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 / ... 106 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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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

16 September 1984 (USA) See more »

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Gold Coast See more »

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$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)

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Initially, Jeff Bridges and then Nick Nolte were considered for the role of Sonny Crockett. At the time it was not seen as lucrative for movie stars to venture into television. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sonny Crockett: You've got to know the rules before you can break 'em. Otherwise, it's no fun.
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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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In The Air Tonight
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Alligators, boats, fast cars and undercover police...
9 February 2016 | by Paul Magne HaakonsenSee all my reviews

I can't really claim to be a fan of the numerous crime-solving TV shows that constantly pop up on the TV again and again. But being a young teenager in the mid-Eighties, I did of course watch "Miami Vice". And I can say that it was actually a good show back in the day.

The music in the TV series was one of the more memorable of music from the mid-Eighties. And who hasn't heard the timeless theme music from "Miami Vice". It is just one of those tunes that you never forget once you heard.

The series is about Detective James Crockett (played by Don Johnson) and Detective Ricardo Tubbs (played by Philip Michael Thomas). Crockett is a relatively carefree man who lives on a sailboat, which is guarded by a trusty alligator named Elvis. Tubbs is a New York police officer who is looking for the man who killed his brother. These two very different men team up to bring down the Florida drug and crime world.

The two main characters were very well-fleshed out and had lots of background story, and equally much character development throughout the series, which really helped build up a solid and memorable TV series. And they had cast two good actors for the roles; two actors who have great on-screen charisma and also capable of holding their own on the screen.

Of course, as crime shows go, then there is a certain level of predictability that permeates each and every episode. But creators Anthony Yerkovich and Andres Carranza still did manage to put together a solid TV show that captivated the audience week after week.

And as this was a mid-Eighties TV crime show, then it wasn't soiled by the usage of ridiculous computer tools, software and other such unrealistic tools that are often seen in crime TV shows today. And that does add a certain level of believability to the series.

"Miami Vice" was a great TV series back in its day. And I will say that it can still be watched today. However, I doubt that the people whom are growing up with today's crime shows will find overly much enjoyment in "Miami Vice", as it might be a bit crude and gritty compared to today's fancy and CGI galore crime shows.


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