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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.

NBC
1 Season, 205 Episodes
September 16, 1984
Action & Adventure, Drama
7.4/10
Cast: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Olivia Brown
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  • 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.

  • A series of student related deaths lead Crockett and a Friend to investigate the actions of a college Professor

  • Crockett and Tubbs contend with a harmless vigilante in superhero garb who manages to seriously compromise their drug sting operations

  • Lombrad resurfaces, on the run and under fire from a crime lord out to finish him once and for all

  • 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.

  • A Nazi war criminal is targeted by Holocaust survivors, who soon become targets of a ruthless assassin

  • Crockett and Tubbs contend with a rouge unit abusing their powers as officers to deliver their own style of justice

  • Crockett and Tubbs pose as Black Market art fencers as they hunt for the central peice of a valuable painting

  • Tubbs is captured and trapped within the home of a mentally scarred author he put away years ago.

  • Crockett reunites with his scheming cousin Jack

  • Castillo is implicated in drug trafficking by a corrupt Congresswoman, Crockett intervenes to defend his boss and investigate

  • Crockett and his son attempt to heal emotional wounds, whilst Tubbs once more falls for the right girl with the wrong crowd

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Crockett and Tubbs are assigned to protect a star witness crucial to convicting a drug lord

  • 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.

  • Crockett is taken off duty for forced R'N'R and soon becomes involved in a hostage situation

  • Castillo races to the aid of his ex-wife's new family as they come under fire from a vengeful drug lord

  • 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...

  • Crockett still believes himself to be Burnett, and plays "divide and conquer" with the crime families around him

  • Sonny Burnett (Don Johnson) maneuvers to take over the Carrera drug empire and force El Gato (John Polito) out of the business.

  • 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.

  • Castillo's (Edward James Olmos) ex-wife (Rosalind Chao) comes to him for help when she and her new husband (James Saito) are threatened.

  • Crockett (Don Johnson), recovering from a head injury, is taken hostage by three escaped convicts. With Edward James Olmos.

  • The vice squad tries to trip up Latin counterrevolutionaries searching for narcotics buyers. Brion James, Juan Fernandez and Carlos Cestero guest star.

  • An FBI murder witness (Justin Lazard) turns out to be a heavy-metal rocker. With Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.

  • Trudy (Olivia Brown) becomes a decoy to trap a killer who is committing ritualistic murders of prostitutes. With Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • The son of a congresswoman steals a shipment from a dangerous British drug dealer.

  • Crockett's (Don Johnson) scheming cousin (David Andrews) shows up in Miami with a daring new racket. Guest stars: John Santucci and Jesse Borrego.

  • 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.

  • A New York detective's (Michael Chiklis) patronizing attitude threatens Crockett and Tubbs' (Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas) efforts to uncover valuable artwork.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Switek and Tubbs (Michael Talbott, Philip Michael Thomas) deal with a disruptive costumed "Miracle Man" (Jose Perez).

  • The vice squad joins forces with the Young Criminal Unit to investigate a college professor suspected of developing designer drugs.

  • 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.

  • An explosion causes Crockett (Don Johnson) to believe he is really his undercover persona, murderous drug dealer Sonny Burnett.

  • A man (Guy Boyd) who once conned Crockett (Don Johnson) into helping him gain freedom from death row threatens Sonny and his pregnant wife (Sheena Easton).

  • Crockett and Tubbs (Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas) try to solve a series of slayings involving drug dealers.

  • A convicted rapist is rehabilitated and released, and Trudy (Olivia Brown) believes the victim will seek revenge. With Don Johnson.

  • Crockett and Tubbs (Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas) are repulsed at having to help a killer go free for fear their current undercover investigation might be blown.

  • The investigation of a cocaine smuggler introduces Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) to an American Indian zealot (Patrick Bishop) who is waging a war against drug traders.

  • Crockett and Tubbs (Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas) suspect a Chilean chief of police in a double murder case.

  • The detectives (Philip Michael Thomas, Don Johnson) investigate a railroad bordello and nearly short-circuit the candidacy of a gubernatorial candidate (Larry Pine).

  • Crockett and Tubbs (Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas) investigate a cowboy's reported theft of irreplaceable bull semen.

  • Crockett (Don Johnson) tries to deal with his wife's (Sheena Easton) success as a rock singer.

  • Caitlin (Sheena Easton) fears that Sonny (Don Johnson) may be the next victim of a knife-wielding murderer. Guest star: Iman.

  • Castillo (Edward James Olmos) discovers that a group of Japanese mobsters has begun to establish a foothold in Miami. With Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.

  • An out-of-favor rock star (Sheena Easton), who is involved as a witness in a music payola scandal, weds Crockett.

  • The recently discovered body of a man who was missing for two years disappears. Guest star: singer James Brown. With Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.

  • The detectives think that a Wall Street hotshot might help his mobster father pull off a financial coup. Guest stars: Francesco Quinn, Esai Morales.

  • After shooting a boy during an investigation, a tormented Crockett (Don Johnson) tries to repair his relationship with his son. With Belinda Montgomery and Grammy winner Isaac Hayes.

  • The detectives (Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas) become embroiled in a chilling case involving the cryogenically frozen body of a famous reggae singer. Martin Ferrero and Seret Scott guest star.

  • Crockett and Tubbs (Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas) investigate an avant-garde filmmaker (Paul Guilfoyle) accused of slaying his leading lady.

  • Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) apprehends an eccentric TV evangelist (Brian Dennehy) on a narcotics-possession charge. With Anita Morris.

  • Crockett (Don Johnson) is jailed for contempt of court when he refuses to name an informant whose testimony could imprison a mobster (Stanley Tucci). With Steven Keats and Meg Foster.

  • From personal tragedy to personal conflict, Crockett's' darker side is awakened after a devastating explosion concusses the MPD operative, turning him into a calculating drug king who knows when and who to strike in the right place to acquire what he wants. The Vice are thrown into a deadly confrontation.

  • Sonny's past reemerges as his present world is shattered by a personal tragedy

  • In a customary "clip show", Crockett is shot and left in a coma. As he struggles to regain consciousness, his friends remind him of his highs and lows

  • Sunny prepares for a showdown with the murderer of a close friend as he is released from prison

  • Crockett and Tubbs face the possibility of taking out a cop working within a secondary unit when they conclude he may be involved in a series of murders

  • A rapist's release from prison is presented with a large dose of media hype, prompting suspicion that the former convict will be convicted by Vigilante driven forces

  • The pursuit of a ruthless serial killer presents Crockett and Tubbs with a dilemma as they investigate a separate secondary case, expose the killer, or blow their cover in doing so?

  • American-Indian protestors attempt to reclaim their home territory

  • A police cheif is suspected of involvement in a double murder

  • A candidate for a place on the senate is incriminated at the scene of a raid, but is he guilty?

  • An attempt to improve the conditions of his cattle leads to a Cowboy being hounded by the US and Cuban governments

  • As Catlin prepares to rejuvenate her music career, Sunny pays the price for sharing his life with a mainstream celebrity, as greed leads to scandal and the exposure of Crockett's undercover alias of Sunny Burnett.

  • Catlin, having married Sunny, must now face the realities of her new husbund's career when he goes undercover at a dating service

  • The Department panics when evidence surfaces of the Yakuza's prescience in Miami. A Japan ease operative is brought in to work with Crockett and Tubbs

  • Crockett and Tubbs enter a world that noone can prepare for when a body disappears from the mourge, and UFOs begin appearing before their eyes.

  • An organized crime lord's homosexual son returns to Miami, prompting questions and suspicions that soon develop into decisive and violent actions when it is revealed that his boyfriend is dying of AIDS

  • When Crockett shoots and crucially wounds a child in the line of fire, he decides to renew his bond with his own son

  • A local music hero passes on, and his body becomes a battlefield for two hot headed factions eager to lay claim to it.

  • Crockett and Tubbs look deeper into the movie buisness when a director becomes the cheif suspect in the murder of one of his own stars

  • Tubbs is framed for rape, prompting a violent media onslaught from televangelists out for blood money

  • Crockett faces a cunning enemy who aims to escape the wrath of a jury to find and kill the only witness to his crime

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