TV series about a wealthy mystery-man who runs a detective agency via a speaker-phone and his personal assistant, Bosley. His detectives are three beautiful women, who end up in a variety ... 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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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 »
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 »
Alligators, boats, fast cars and undercover police...
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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