Miami Vice

So….how do we boil down 112 episodes of one of the 80s’ best and most influential TV shows into a few hundred words?

How about: Crockett. Tubbs. Castillo. Elvis the alligator. T-shirt and blazer. Jan Hammer. Stan & Larry. Gina. Trudy. Ferrari. Guns. Drugs. Sheena Easton. Evan. Caroline. Golden Triangle. Noogie. Phil Collins. Little Richard. Miles Davis. St. Vitus Dance. Burnett. Michael Mann…

We could go on and on. Heck, we could write individual posts about pretty much every episode, including the phenomenal season two ep “Out Where the Buses Don’t Run”, which TV Guide named as one of the top 100 TV episodes of all time.

The saga of Crockett and Tubbs and their ongoing struggle to bring law and order to Miami was nothing short of a cultural revolution…and to think it all started with a simple memo from Brandon Tartikoff (the former head of NBC’s Entertainment Division), who wrote just two words: MTV cops.

Michael Mann took the idea and ran with it, creating a music-driven, moody, dark show (though with occasional glimpses of humor––thanks Stan!) that never shied away from showing the seedy underbelly of vice cops in what was then one of America’s most vice-ridden cities.

The list of guest stars could scroll for days, as could the episode-by-episode soundtrack. And that’s before we even begin to talk about the shows it inspired (NYPD Blue, Homicide, The Wire…) and the movies (Bad Boys, To Live and Die in LA, The Usual Suspects…).

But for us, THE Miami Vice moment came just over halfway through the pilot episode (“Brother’s Keeper”), as the newly introduced pair drive down the mean streets in a scene set to the ethereal, haunting “In the Air Tonight”. We knew instantly what we were in for. And we loved it.

Miami Vice lasted five full seasons on NBC (1984-1989), never doing really well ratings-wise, but there’s no denying it’s impact in our favorite decade.

It was a great run, and we’ll freely admit that when we saw Crockett and Tubbs drive away one last time in that “stolen” white Ferrari after turning in their badges in the final episode (“Freefall”), a part of us died too.

“Hey Tubbs, you ever consider a career in southern law enforcement?”

“Maybe. Maybe.”

We ♥ Miami Vice.

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~ by weheart80s on June 15, 2017.

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