577 votes
Miami Vice

Miami Vice

NBC 1984

Miami Vice centers around the unlikely partnership of Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas), two undercover detectives from the Miami Police Department’s vice squad battling against drug trafficking and prostitution in the city’s seamy underworld. Its use of New Wave music and colorful Italian men’s fashion was groundbreaking and the series had a defining influence on the popular culture of the 1980s.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Miami Vice

Miami Vice - S5E17

#1 - Freefall


Season 5 - Episode 17

Crockett & Tubbs embark on what they see as a suicide mission. They are recruited by a Special Drug Taskforce to escort the corrupt dictator of Costa Morada, a fictional Revolution ravaged Latin American country. Gen. Manuel Borbon has promised to reveal the members of the most powerful South American drug cartel. Crockett & Tubbs are faced with what might be their final showdown.

The episode was rated from 37 votes.

Miami Vice - S5E9

#2 - Fruit of the Poison Tree


Season 5 - Episode 9

Crockett & Tubbs investigate an attorney who defends drug dealers, then steals and resells their drugs.

The episode was rated from 41 votes.

Miami Vice - S5E1

#3 - Hostile Takeover (3)


Season 5 - Episode 1

Still thinking he is really Sonny Burnett, Crockett starts a war between the crime family he has joined and a rival clan.

The episode was rated from 43 votes.

Miami Vice - S4E22

#4 - Mirror Image (2)


Season 4 - Episode 22

A concussion leaves Crockett thinking he is his drug dealer alter-ego Burnett and goes to work for a Colombian crime boss.

The episode was rated from 28 votes.

Miami Vice - S5E6

#5 - Line of Fire


Season 5 - Episode 6

Crockett & Tubbs reluctantly comply with an FBI request to guard their key witness in a drug overlord's trial.

The episode was rated from 44 votes.

Miami Vice - S5E15

#6 - Over the Line


Season 5 - Episode 15

In the midst of working an undercover assignment, Crockett and Tubbs come across a clandestine vigilante group of frustrated law enforcement officers working within the department. Aware of Sonny and Rico's own frustration with how easily the bad guys seem to circumvent the law, the vigilante organization offers them an opportunity to join in. Lieutenant Castillo encourages them to accept the offer and work undercover in ferreting out the identities of everyone involved and to make sure that no one gets hurt. Unfortunately, that is too tall an order for his detectives to accomplish successfully.

The episode was rated from 39 votes.

Miami Vice - S5E16

#7 - Victims of Circumstance


Season 5 - Episode 16

Holocaust survivors are being murdered in Miami. Crockett and Switek infiltrate a White-supremacist group that might be responsible.

The episode was rated from 38 votes.

Miami Vice - S5E14

#8 - The Lost Madonna


Season 5 - Episode 14

Crockett & Tubbs help an NYPD detective retrieve a stolen 15th century Madonna statue in the possession of a mob family.

The episode was rated from 41 votes.

Miami Vice - S5E2

#9 - Redemption in Blood (4)


Season 5 - Episode 2

As now drug-lord Crockett's memory returns, Tubbs feels his partner has gone bad and must be destroyed.

The episode was rated from 39 votes.

Miami Vice - S5E18

#10 - World of Trouble


Season 5 - Episode 18

Former mob boss Al Lombard, who was believed to be dead, returns with a different perspective on his life, to try to convince his beloved son to stay out of the mafia family business.

The episode was rated from 30 votes.

Miami Vice - S5E4
#11 - Bad Timing
Season 5 - Episode 4

Ordered to take time off, Crockett's vacation is cut short when he is kidnapped by 3 homicidal prison escapees.

The episode was rated from 46 votes.
Miami Vice - S4E21
#12 - Deliver Us from Evil (1)
Season 4 - Episode 21

A murder case that hits close to home reunites Crockett with the man who used him to trick his way off Death Row.

The episode was rated from 32 votes.
Miami Vice - S5E10
#13 - To Have and to Hold (a.k.a. Second Chance)
Season 5 - Episode 10

While undercover, Tubbs falls for the widow of a slain drug kingpin. Crockett must leave to help his son deal with the pregnancy of his remarried mother.

The episode was rated from 29 votes.
Miami Vice - S5E3
#14 - Heart of Night
Season 5 - Episode 3

Castillo grapples with emotions while protecting his ex-wife from a drug kingpin trying to kill her current husband.

The episode was rated from 48 votes.
Miami Vice - S3E16
#15 - Theresa
Season 3 - Episode 16

Crockett's romantic entanglement with a heroin-addicted doctor jeopardizes his case against a dealer.

The episode was rated from 25 votes.
Miami Vice - S5E11
#16 - Miami Squeeze
Season 5 - Episode 11

The irresponsible son of a fierce, anti-drug-minded Congresswoman jeopardizes his mother's political career when he incurs the wrath of a British drug lord by stealing his shipment of drugs.

The episode was rated from 24 votes.
Miami Vice - S2E15
#17 - One Way Ticket
Season 2 - Episode 15

Efforts to convict a drug dealer who murdered a deputy DA are hampered by a lack of evidence and by a defense attorney disliked by Crockett.

The episode was rated from 45 votes.
Miami Vice - S2E4
#18 - Out Where the Buses Don't Run
Season 2 - Episode 4

Crockett and Tubbs question the sanity of a retired vice cop who wants them to chase after a coke dealer thought to be dead.

The episode was rated from 51 votes.
Miami Vice - S1E22
#19 - Evan
Season 1 - Episode 22

A former Vice member, Evan Freed, is now working undercover with ATF to bring down an arms dealer. Sonny and Evan have a mysterious past that Tubbs is determined to learn. They must reconcile long enough to calibrate efforts in the weapons sting.

The episode was rated from 43 votes.
Miami Vice - S4E6
#20 - God's Work
Season 4 - Episode 6

The return of a kingpin's financial wizard son sets off speculations in the Miami underworld.

The episode was rated from 53 votes.

Last updated: may 24, 2022



This show defined my teenage TV watching years. This was the first show I knew the schedule and didn't miss many episodes on the first run. Between Trakt and Plex, I'll get some nostalgia going.


This was way cooler when I watched this as a teenager. While the earlier episodes are still really good some of the later ones are downright ridicolous.

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