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Miami Vice TV Show

TV Series Summary for Miami Vice

Television Show Summary

The 80's TV show Miami Vice featured detective Crockett and his partner Tubbs, a black New York cop looking for his brother's killer. Together the two cops took on the Florida drug world.

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DVD Release Dates and Info for Miami Vice Series

03/20/2007 - Season 3
03/20/2007 - Season 4
06/26/2007 - Season 5
07/25/2006 - Seasons 1 and 2
11/13/2007 - Complete Series Collection

TV Show Plot For Miami Vice

The Miami Vice series focused on the Miami Metro-Dade Police "Vice" Department and it's prolonged battle with the illicit drug, prostitution, and weapons crime underworld.

Miami Vice had an impact on the fashion and music trends of the 1980's. The "T-shirt under Armani jacket"-style became popular in the 80's as a result of the show. Pastel colors used in the series in clothes as well as in architecture. Crockett's permanent 5 o'clock shadow beard created a temporary fashion trend among men in the 80's.

Miami Vice influenced men's fashions toward Italo-casual and interior decor toward the Memphis look.

The soundtrack for the Miami Vice series is one of the most successful of all times. The show featured songs by 80's music artists like Glenn Frey, Phil Collins and Kate Bush. It also had original music composed by Jan Hammer, the former keyboardist for the Mahavishnu Orchestra. The Miami Vice soundtrack album held the #1 position on the charts for 11 weeks. Hammer won two grammy awards for the show's theme song.

Miami Vice also had many famous guest stars including Willie Nelson as a retired Texas Ranger, musicians Gene Simmons, Glen Frey, Frank Zappa and Ted Nugent as drug criminals. Other musicians included Phil Collins as a game show host, Miles Davis played a pimp, Frankie Valli as a mob boss and Little Richard appeared as a street preacher.

Cast of Miami Vice TV Show

Don Johnson - Det. James 'Sonny' Crockett
Philip Michael Thomas - Det. Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs
Michael Talbott - Det. Stan Switek
Olivia Brown - Det. Trudy Joplin
Saundra Santiago - Det. Gina Navarro Calabrese
Edward James Olmos - Lt. Martin Castillo
John Diehl - Det. Larry Zito
Martin Ferrero - Izzy Moreno

Trivia for the TV Show Miami Vice

NBC was reluctant to cast Don Johnson for the part in Miami Vice because he had been involved in four failed television pilots before. Larry Wilcox of CHIPS fame was the runner-up to play Sonny Crocket.

Crockett's pet alligator and sailboat bodyguard was named Elvis.

80's TV Show Facts:

The TV Show Miami Vice was televised from 09/16/1984 to 01/25/1990, on the NBC network.

Miami Vice TV Show Emmy Awards:

Edward James Olmos won best Supporting Actor, Drama in 1984-85.

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