Miami Vice (1984–1989)
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Cool Runnin' 

Crockett and Tubbs must enlist the help of an unreliable petty thief to bust a drug operation run by a trio of homicidal Jamaicans.


Lee H. Katzin


Anthony Yerkovich (created by), Joel Surnow | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Don Johnson ... Detective James Crockett
Philip Michael Thomas ... Detective Ricardo Tubbs
Saundra Santiago ... Detective Gina Calabrese
Michael Talbott ... Detective Stan Switek
John Diehl ... Det. Larry Zito
Olivia Brown ... Detective Trudy Joplin
Gregory Sierra ... Lt. Lou Rodriguez
Charlie Barnett Charlie Barnett ... Nugart Neville 'Noogie' Lamont
Larry Riley ... Detective Bobby Price
Belinda Montgomery ... Caroline Crockett
Lionel Pina ... Detective Jake Estaban
Jerry Mayer ... Detective Alessi
Parris Buckner Parris Buckner ... S.W.A.T. Leader
Cynthia Caquelin Cynthia Caquelin ... Patty
Maria Chavez Maria Chavez ... Teresa


Crockett and Tubbs must enlist the help of an unreliable petty thief to bust a drug operation run by a trio of homicidal Jamaicans.

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Did You Know?


This episode marks the debut of Charlie Barnett as informant Noogie Lamont aka "The Noogman". He would go on to reprise the role of Noogie in a further five episodes. See more »


At the start of the two-van car chase, the chase van has one defective headlight. A few seconds later, both headlights work just fine. See more »


Nugart Neville 'Noogie' Lamont: Anytime, anytime y'all need the Noog-man? You know where I'll be at, you know? You know what I'm sayin'? Ha ha ha ha! What's my name? Noo-gie!
[begins rapping as he gets in car with his girlfriend]
Nugart Neville 'Noogie' Lamont: Say the beat don't stop 'til the break of dawn, I say skip, child, what can I say? I can't feel the mornin' inside my OJ! So I just take half, suss the mic... Trick or trail! I said, hey, baby, by the way, what's your name? She said I go by the name of Lois Lane. You can be my boyfriend, you surely can...
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References Serpico (1973) See more »


Well of Souls (Feel the Spirit)
Performed by Wailing Souls
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Another strong early "Vice" tale
2 March 2007 | by DVD_ConnoisseurSee all my reviews

From the dramatic pre-credits sequence involving an unexpected shooting and a high-speed chase involving two vans, "Cool Runnin'" is an exciting and witty episode that is not short of real emotion.

As with so many episodes of the series, this is an example of excellent television. It is simply a joy to behold - every scene is a gem. Although "Miami Vice" has a gritty edge to it, there's always an element of escapism to the proceedings, even if it's just an opportunity for the viewer to admire the beauty of Miami itself. Not all of the scenes are set in beautiful surroundings, of course. This tale certainly has its seedy locations and they add genuine atmosphere to the proceedings.

In this episode, Crockett and Tubbs realise they're both prepared to cut corners in order to get the right result.

The late, great Charlie Barnett makes his first appearance in the series as the likable Neville 'Noogie' Lamont.

8 out of 10.

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Release Date:

5 October 1984 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

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


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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