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9/1984 - 5/1989 NBC 1 Hour
Color - 114 episodes

Created by Anthony Yerkovich
Executive Producer Michael Mann

Universal Television

Cast

Don Johnson as Det. James "Sonny" Crockett
Philip Michael Thomas as Det. Ricardo Tubbs
Edward James Olmos as Lt. Martin Castillo
Saundra Santiago as Det. Gina Calabrese
Olivia Brown as Det. Trudy Joplin
Michael Talbott as Det. Stan Switek
John Diehl as Det. Larry Zito (1984-1987)
Martin Ferrero as Izzy Moreno

Also:
Sheena Easton as Caitlin Davies (1987-1988)
Charlie Barnett as Neville 'Noogie' Lamont
Belinda Montgomery as Caroline Crockett
Gregory Sierra as Lou Rodriguez

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"Miami Vice" by Jan Hammer

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Don Johnson
Don Johnson
as James "Sonny" Crockett
aka Sonny Burnett


Miami VIce Philip Michael Thomas
Philip Michael Thomas
as Ricardo Tubbs
aka Rico Cooper







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About Miami Vice

Much of what we take for granted in televison today is a consequence of the ground breaking Miami Vice. Originally, Brandon Tartikoff of NBC had an idea for "MTV cops" which he presented to Anthony Yerkovich who had been a writer and producer on Hill Street Blues. Yerkovich turned out the pilot and a few scripts and it was he who conceived of Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas).

Yet most of what you associate with Miami Vice, what attracted you to Miami Vice, what dazzled you about Miami Vice is the visual stylings of Executive Producer Michael Mann. (Collateral, Heat, Insider) What he brought to Vice was a high production value more typical of movies than TV. Unlike any show before, Miami Vice had a "look."

Mann saw the colors of Miami, the beautiful art deco buildings, the ocean and waterways and made an edict. No earth tones. This applied to the clothes the actors wore, the buildings which were repainted with pastels, the cars. Mann's visual eye scanned everything in a scene looking for the dreaded reds, beiges and browns.

He watered the streets for night scenes so they would look slick and reflect the night lights and moon.

Then there was the more obvious eye candy. The cars, the boats, (See Miami Vice Hardware Page) the clothes, the chicks.

Miami Vice was unique in the use of music. Using first tier artists such as Phil Collins, Glen Frey, Peter Gabriel and U2, the music added something dramatically beyond just background. The lyrics and tempo contributed to the storyline of the scene and often spoke for the characters. The pounding score by Jan Hammer was the first of many backgrounds he would do in a distinctive style. When he left after the 4th Season and was replaced by Tim Truman, many fans were disappointed.

Mann also saw the underbelly of Miami, the flamboyant drug dealers, the murders, and the pervasively corrupting influence of so much coke money. All of which Miami Vice took seriously. Vice had bad guys who were really, really bad and more than a few good guys gone bad.

Don Johnson. You cannot discuss Miami Vice without talking about Don Johnson. (See Don Johnson pics just for fans.)

The actors were little known before Miami Vice but soon became megastars. Don Johnson blew across the American consciousness, changing everything in his path. Men began sporting three day stubble, espadrilles and loafers without socks, Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses, no belts, unconstructed Italian blazers over tee shirts, linen pants... And hey, as it turns out, pastels can be macho!

Although the rest of the cast was capable, the only one who seemed to hold his own against the Johnson onslaught was Edward James Olmos as Lt. Martin Castillo, the unsmiling by-the-book head of the Metro Dade OCB. (Organized Crime Bureau)

Today when you see that C.S.I. uses different visual styles for their shows (warms hues for Miami and bluish cool ones for New York) or when rock music is a component of many shows, all that is because Miami Vice came first. If we expect higher production values, it is because Mann said we would notice the difference and was right about that. Miami Vice is a landmark show no one can forget.









Miami Vice Pilot Intro (1984)

Miami Vice Movie

Michael Mann has grabbed the Miami Vice reins again, this time for a feature film.
Learn more about the Miami Vice Movie!


Miami Vice - Edward James Olmos
Edward James Olmos
as Lt. Martin Castillo



Miami Vice - Crockett and Tubbs
Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas
Crockett and Tubbs



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Olivia Brown, Michael Talbott, John Diehl
Edward James Olmos, Don Johnson, and Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago


Miami Vice Cast
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John Diehl and Michael Talbott
Saundra Santiago and Olivia Brown
Don Johnson, Edward James Olmos and Philip Michael Thomas


 
Saundra Santiago
Saundra Santiago
Michael Talbot
Michael Talbot
Olivia Brown
Olivia Brown
John Diehl
John Diehl

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