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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, Florida.
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Wednesday, June 28, 1989

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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 11 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Don Johnson ...  Detective James Crockett 111 episodes, 1984-1989
Philip Michael Thomas ...  Detective Ricardo Tubbs 111 episodes, 1984-1989
Saundra Santiago ...  Detective Gina Calabrese / ... 111 episodes, 1984-1989
Olivia Brown ...  Detective Trudy Joplin 111 episodes, 1984-1989
Michael Talbott ...  Detective Stan Switek 110 episodes, 1984-1989
Edward James Olmos ...  Lieutenant Martin Castillo / ... 107 episodes, 1984-1989
John Diehl ...  Det. Larry Zito / ... 57 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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Trivia

The renovation of Art Deco buildings in South Beach that was taking place at the time. This renovation trend is often said to be partially influenced by "Miami Vice" as, because from the beginning of this show, producers would repair and re-paint damaged buildings so that they would form an acceptable background to the footage they were filming. Other initiatives subsequently followed suit, eventually leading to the revitalization of the South Beach area. 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: Knowing the answers doesn't make it any easier, does it?
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: In this job you're lucky if it doesn't make it any harder.
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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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Referenced in True Stories (1986) See more »

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Seems even more amazing now than it did then
26 September 2011 | by vailsySee all my reviews

I won't bore you with what I think are the best episodes, but season 2 was where I started watching it originally as a kid and I've revisited the show again on DVD just recently some 25 years later

The things that strike me now are that Don Johnson is a damn fine actor, Jan Hammers music was and is awesome, and the show had a noticeable upturn in production values from around about 'Yankee Dollar' onward - from that moment we have real on-set undubbed dialogue, proper location ambiences, camera shots onboard speed boats. It really does get awesome from here. I just watched the episode and loved it

You can tell that Mann is primed and ready to get into film work at this point and really had honed his skills as a Producer

All I can tell you is if you've never seen it, watch the show. It has Edward James Olmos who went on to star in my other favourite TV show of all-time 'Battlestar Galactica'. Don Johnson who really should be recognized for his acting talents imho and some of the coolest music you will ever hear in a TV show in Season 2. I'm definitely not talking about the pop music btw, but the Jan Hammer tracks - if you like vintage retro synths you will absolutely love it

While some of the fashion styles might seem silly now, interestingly Miami Vice had a huge influence on popular culture and fashion during the 80's rather than vice versa. I still think Sonny and Crocket look slick most of the time, but some of the extras do look like aliens from outer space, and the shorts are Bjorn Borg short!!! The 80's were a pretty crazy decade

Great show. Brings back a lot of memories seeing it again, and very satisfying that Michael Mann went on to become one of the best movie Directors of all time with films like 'Manhunter' and 'Heat'


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Official Sites:

-Making-of season 5

Country:

USA

Language:

Spanish | 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:

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

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Color
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