Miami Vice

Miami Vice

  • TV-14
  • 1984
  • 5 Seasons
  • 7.5  (23,512)

Miami Vice is a 1980's police drama starring Don Johnson as Sonny Crockett, and Phillip Michael Thomas as Rico Tubbs. Crockett and Tubbs are two undercover detectives working in the underworld of Miami. The show had a great influence on popular culture in the 80's, from beautiful women, fast cars, to cool clothes, Miami Vice set the tone for the greater part of the decade. The show redefined police dramas on television. The days of the the bulky cop cars, revolvers, and tweed jackets are long gone. The were replaced by Ferraris, automatic weapons, speed boats and an ultra-chic Armani jacket worn over a t-shirt. The show featured breathtaking scenery that was set ablaze with a trendsetting soundtrack that had everyone flocking to the stores to get a copy! Jan Hammer's Miami Vice Theme Song that played at the start of every show jumpstarted a musical experience that was on par with the beautiful visual masterpiece created by director Michael Mann. The list of mainstream musicians who had music that was featured on the show was equally impressive; U2, Tina Turner, Peter Gabriel, and Phil Collins just to name a few. One iconic scene showed Crockett and Tubbs driving down the streets of Miami with Phil Collins' mega-hit "In the Air Tonight" playing. That scene alone sent shockwaves through popular culture in the 80's! Life as an undercover cop wasn't all about flare and fashion, Crockett and Tubbs found themselves in situations that caused them to question their moral fiber and their duty as police officers. There were times where the choices that they were forced to make put them close to the line between being a cop and being a criminal. The show's writers allowed the viewer to see through the hail of bullets and the smoke from the exhaust, and into the souls of these two men as they fought to keep the streets of Miami safe while struggling to maintain their identities away from the job.

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Too Much, Too Late
22. Too Much, Too Late
January 25, 1990
Tubbs' old flame, Valerie, returns to Miami to assist an old friend and her goddaughter. Tubbs wants to renew his relationship with Valerie, but she is intent on rescuing her friend from the threats of a drug dealer.
Leap of Faith
21. Leap of Faith
June 28, 1989
A series of student related deaths lead Crockett and a Friend to investigate the actions of a college Professor
Miracle Man
20. Miracle Man
June 21, 1989
Crockett and Tubbs contend with a harmless vigilante in superhero garb who manages to seriously compromise their drug sting operations
Freefall, Part 2
19. Freefall, Part 2
May 21, 1989
Lombrad resurfaces, on the run and under fire from a crime lord out to finish him once and for all
Freefall, Part 1
18. Freefall, Part 1
May 21, 1989
The world that Crockett and Tubbs operate within has proven to be a cold and unrewarding one...pain comes too quick, people bleed too heavily, they die too soon. Through all of this, the two have believed their badges, their work, has proven to be the one thing that rises them above the world they fight. But when the two are assigned to the goverment region of Costa Morada to escort it's dictator, who has promised to reveal the secrets of the South American drug cartel, the two find their work isn't above this world...it's part of what makes it work despite them. Crockett and Tubbs engage in a final battle as a team, and face a final choice that will redefine where they stand with the force.
World of Trouble
17. World of Trouble
June 14, 1989
When notorious mobster Al Lombard shows up in Miami to see his grandson, Tubbs and Crockett tie the criminal's family to the theft of a weapon.
Victim of Circumstance
16. Victim of Circumstance
May 5, 1989
A Nazi war criminal is targeted by Holocaust survivors, who soon become targets of a ruthless assassin
Over the Line
15. Over the Line
April 28, 1989
Crockett and Tubbs contend with a rouge unit abusing their powers as officers to deliver their own style of justice
The Lost Madonna
14. The Lost Madonna
March 17, 1989
Crockett and Tubbs pose as Black Market art fencers as they hunt for the central peice of a valuable painting
The Cell Within
13. The Cell Within
March 10, 1989
Tubbs is captured and trapped within the home of a mentally scarred author he put away years ago.
Jack of All Trades
12. Jack of All Trades
March 3, 1989
Crockett reunites with his scheming cousin Jack
Miami Squeeze
11. Miami Squeeze
February 24, 1989
Castillo is implicated in drug trafficking by a corrupt Congresswoman, Crockett intervenes to defend his boss and investigate
To Have and to Hold
10. To Have and to Hold
February 17, 1989
Crockett and his son attempt to heal emotional wounds, whilst Tubbs once more falls for the right girl with the wrong crowd
Fruit of the Poison Tree
9. Fruit of the Poison Tree
February 10, 1989
A hard working Attorney is investigated by Crockett and Tubbs when they become convinced he is doing far more than just fighting for drug dealers, but is keeping their stock profitable once they pass from their hands to his
Hard Knocks
8. Hard Knocks
February 3, 1989
An outside group are expecting an ace football player to drop a game, they recruit Switek to convince him to do this, which drives him to gambling to relieve him of the pressure.
Asian Cut
7. Asian Cut
January 20, 1989
A predatory serial killer stalking and murdering local call girls prompts an investigation by Crockett and Tubbs, they elect to use a decoy to sniff the killer out
Line of Fire
6. Line of Fire
January 13, 1989
Crockett and Tubbs are assigned to protect a star witness crucial to convicting a drug lord
Borrasca
5. Borrasca
December 16, 1988
Crockett and Tubs are faced with a dilemma of conscience and duty when they are told point blank by government operatives supervising a delicate drug sting that no measure of intervention from local police factions are to be permitted as the sting progresses.
Bad Timing
4. Bad Timing
December 9, 1988
Crockett is taken off duty for forced R'N'R and soon becomes involved in a hostage situation
Heart of Night
3. Heart of Night
December 2, 1988
Castillo races to the aid of his ex-wife's new family as they come under fire from a vengeful drug lord
Redemption in Blood
2. Redemption in Blood
November 11, 1988
Crockett's' memories reawaken within Burnett, his mind a jigsaw puzzle, he continues his assault against the Vice, but begins making more and more mistakes, only a final gamble from Tubbs can save his life from both the Vice and the drug lords...
Hostile Takeover
1. Hostile Takeover
November 4, 1988
Crockett still believes himself to be Burnett, and plays "divide and conquer" with the crime families around him
Ep 501 - Hostile Takeover
501. Ep 501 - Hostile Takeover
January 1, 1988
Sonny Burnett (Don Johnson) maneuvers to take over the Carrera drug empire and force El Gato (John Polito) out of the business.
Ep 502 - Redemption in Blood
502. Ep 502 - Redemption in Blood
January 1, 1988
While running the Carrera drug empire, Sonny (Don Johnson) struggles to regain his memory and avoid those attempting to destroy him. Matt Frewer guest stars.
Ep 503 - Heart of Night
503. Ep 503 - Heart of Night
January 1, 1988
Castillo's (Edward James Olmos) ex-wife (Rosalind Chao) comes to him for help when she and her new husband (James Saito) are threatened.
Ep 504 - Bad Timing
504. Ep 504 - Bad Timing
January 1, 1988
Crockett (Don Johnson), recovering from a head injury, is taken hostage by three escaped convicts. With Edward James Olmos.
Ep 505 - Borrasca
505. Ep 505 - Borrasca
January 1, 1988
The vice squad tries to trip up Latin counterrevolutionaries searching for narcotics buyers. Brion James, Juan Fernandez and Carlos Cestero guest star.
Ep 506 - Line of Fire
506. Ep 506 - Line of Fire
January 1, 1988
An FBI murder witness (Justin Lazard) turns out to be a heavy-metal rocker. With Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.
Ep 507 - Asian Cut
507. Ep 507 - Asian Cut
January 1, 1989
Trudy (Olivia Brown) becomes a decoy to trap a killer who is committing ritualistic murders of prostitutes. With Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.
Ep 508 - Hard Knocks
508. Ep 508 - Hard Knocks
January 1, 1989
Switek (Michael Talbott) compounds his gambling-related problems when he asks his friend, a college quarterback, to lose a game intentionally. With Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.
Ep 509 - Fruit of the Poison Tree
509. Ep 509 - Fruit of the Poison Tree
January 1, 1989
A crafty lawyer (Stephen McHattie) who specializes in defending and double-crossing big-league drug dealers outwits Crockett and Tubbs (Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas).
Ep 510 - To Have and to Hold
510. Ep 510 - To Have and to Hold
January 1, 1989
In the 100th episode of the series, Crockett (Don Johnson) attempts to counsel his teen-age son while Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas), working under cover, falls for a drug kingpin's vengeful widow.
Ep 511 - Miami Squeeze
511. Ep 511 - Miami Squeeze
January 1, 1989
The son of a congresswoman steals a shipment from a dangerous British drug dealer.
Ep 512 - Jack of All Trades
512. Ep 512 - Jack of All Trades
January 1, 1989
Crockett's (Don Johnson) scheming cousin (David Andrews) shows up in Miami with a daring new racket. Guest stars: John Santucci and Jesse Borrego.
Ep 513 - The Cell Within
513. Ep 513 - The Cell Within
January 1, 1989
Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) falls victim to an ex-con's (John P. Ryan) warped views of crime and punishment. With Don Johnson and Edward James Olmos.
Ep 514 - The Lost Madonna
514. Ep 514 - The Lost Madonna
January 1, 1989
A New York detective's (Michael Chiklis) patronizing attitude threatens Crockett and Tubbs' (Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas) efforts to uncover valuable artwork.
Ep 515 - Over the Line
515. Ep 515 - Over the Line
January 1, 1989
Crockett and Tubbs (Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas) go under cover to expose police vigilantes who are determined to eliminate criminals the law can't touch. With Edward James Olmos.
Ep 516 - Victims of Circumstance
516. Ep 516 - Victims of Circumstance
January 1, 1989
Crockett and Tubbs (Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas) discover a link between a series of gangland killings and a former Nazi (William Hickey) now living in Miami. Guest star: Karen Black. With Edward James Olmos.
Ep 517 - Freefall Part 1
517. Ep 517 - Freefall Part 1
January 1, 1989
Crockett and Tubbs (Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas) are betrayed when they attempt to bring a Latin American dictator back to testify in a drug case.
Freefall Part 2
518. Freefall Part 2
January 1, 1989
Crockett and Tubbs (Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas) are betrayed when they attempt to bring a Latin American dictator back to testify in a drug case. PT2.
Ep 519 - World of Trouble
519. Ep 519 - World of Trouble
January 1, 1989
Crockett and Tubbs (Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas) are shocked to see Lombard (Dennis Farina), a gangster who for years was presumed dead. With Edward James Olmos.
Ep 520 - Miracle Man
520. Ep 520 - Miracle Man
January 1, 1989
Switek and Tubbs (Michael Talbott, Philip Michael Thomas) deal with a disruptive costumed "Miracle Man" (Jose Perez).
Ep 521 - Leap of Faith
521. Ep 521 - Leap of Faith
January 1, 1989
The vice squad joins forces with the Young Criminal Unit to investigate a college professor suspected of developing designer drugs.
Ep 522 - Too Much, Too Late
522. Ep 522 - Too Much, Too Late
January 1, 1989
Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) considers marriage to a former love (Pam Grier) who has returned to help a drug-addicted friend. With Don Johnson and Edward James Olmos.
Pilot
Pilot

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Miami Vice 2: The Prodigal Son
Miami Vice 2: The Prodigal Son

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Miami Vice
Miami Vice

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Description

Miami Vice is a 1980's police drama starring Don Johnson as Sonny Crockett, and Phillip Michael Thomas as Rico Tubbs. Crockett and Tubbs are two undercover detectives working in the underworld of Miami.

The show had a great influence on popular culture in the 80's, from beautiful women, fast cars, to cool clothes, Miami Vice set the tone for the greater part of the decade.

The show redefined police dramas on television. The days of the the bulky cop cars, revolvers, and tweed jackets are long gone. The were replaced by Ferraris, automatic weapons, speed boats and an ultra-chic Armani jacket worn over a t-shirt.

The show featured breathtaking scenery that was set ablaze with a trendsetting soundtrack that had everyone flocking to the stores to get a copy! Jan Hammer's Miami Vice Theme Song that played at the start of every show jumpstarted a musical experience that was on par with the beautiful visual masterpiece created by director Michael Mann. The list of mainstream musicians who had music that was featured on the show was equally impressive; U2, Tina Turner, Peter Gabriel, and Phil Collins just to name a few. One iconic scene showed Crockett and Tubbs driving down the streets of Miami with Phil Collins' mega-hit "In the Air Tonight" playing. That scene alone sent shockwaves through popular culture in the 80's!

Life as an undercover cop wasn't all about flare and fashion, Crockett and Tubbs found themselves in situations that caused them to question their moral fiber and their duty as police officers. There were times where the choices that they were forced to make put them close to the line between being a cop and being a criminal.

The show's writers allowed the viewer to see through the hail of bullets and the smoke from the exhaust, and into the souls of these two men as they fought to keep the streets of Miami safe while struggling to maintain their identities away from the job.Miami Vice is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (207 episodes). The series first aired on September 16, 1984.

Where to Watch Miami Vice

Miami Vice is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Miami Vice on demand at Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Starz, The Roku Channel, Apple TV and NBC.

  • Premiere Date
    September 16, 1984
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (23,512)