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[[redirect:Series/MiamiVice]]''Miami Vice'' may refer to:

* The 1980s television series ''Series/MiamiVice''
* The 2006 movie ''Film/MiamiVice'', based on the series

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-->'''Sonny Crockett:''' "Hey, Tubbs, you ever consider a career in Southern law enforcement?"
-->'''Ricardo Tubbs:''' (chuckles) "Maybe. Maybe..."


''Miami Vice'' is a crime drama BuddyCopShow which ran on NBC from 1984-1989.

Conceived by Brandon Tartikoff as "{{MTV}} Cops," the series drew much of its premise from real-life laws allowing property seized from drug dealers to be used in drug enforcement. In other words, if a drug dealer has a CoolCar or CoolBoat, and that drug dealer is jailed, the police can use his stuff. These laws gave the producers a perfectly valid excuse for putting their public-servant characters in Ferraris and Armani suits.

The series starred Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas as James "Sonny" Crockett and Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs, undercover Vice detectives posing as drug dealers. Crockett was the CowboyCop; Tubbs was a New York cop who came to Miami to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge avenge his brother's murder]].

The series was notable for its use of contemporary popular music, and for being one of the first shows regularly broadcast in stereo. By design, the show often resembled a music video rather than a standard PoliceProcedural. Extended musical sequences were common, often featuring little or no dialogue and numerous images of cars, boats, guns, nightlife, and [[SceneryPorn scenery]]. The show was filmed on location in Miami, and made use of a distinctive color palette, mostly white and pastels.

Crockett's white-suit-over-t-shirt style, PermaStubble, and Ray-Ban sunglasses all became fashion trends. His lack of socks did not.

A [[TheFilmOfTheSeries film of the series]] was [[Film/MiamiVice released in 2006]] starring Colin Farrell as Crockett and Jamie Foxx as Tubbs.

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!!''MiamiVice'' features examples of:

* AffablyEvil: Some of the bad guys are polite enough... until it comes time to pull the weapons out...
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:Rodriguez and Zito.]]
* BadassBeard: Tubbs occasionally grows one of these as a disguise. Might possibly qualify as BeardOfEvil since he does it to pose as a drug dealer.
* BadassBoast: From the episode "Glades". A drug dealer has a shotgun to the head of an innocent young girl, taunting Crockett that all he needs to do is twitch and the girl is dead. Crockett's response? "Maybe you won't... even... twitch..." Then he shoots the drug dealer in the head. He didn't twitch.
* BadassSpaniard: Tubbs technically qualifies for this trope, but his Puerto Rican heritage is rarely brought up. He's fluent in Spanish but never has an accent while speaking English.
* BattleCouple: Of the few times they're paired together, Tubbs and Valerie are this.
* BeleagueredChildhoodFriend[=/=]BrokenPedestal: The repeated moments when one of the heroes would find out an old friend, love interest, or a colleague they trusted had gone bad.
** The ending of the acclaimed episode "Out Where The Buses Don't Run."
* BerserkButton: Tubbs hates machine guns... especially when they are being fired directly ''at'' him. Kind of ironic since he himself keeps an arsenal that would make the NRA squeal with delight.
** Also Crockett and men who abuse women. Taking an ugly turn if he's drunk.
** Don't ''ever'' touch Tubbs' Cadillac... just don't.
* {{BFG}}: Tubbs carries various shortened shotguns as his standard sidearm. Commonly an Ithaca 37 Stakeout or a sawed-off double barrel.
* BittersweetEnding[=/=]DownerEnding: Many, many of both.
** One of the first cop shows where the good guys didn't always win, or if they did there was a high price to pay.
* BloodlessCarnage: For all the shootouts that took place on the show, they rarely used squibs or showed blood.
** The blood would show after a nice edit cut. And would be driblets, not gaping wounds.
* CareerKillers
* CartwrightCurse: Crockett's second wife Caitlin.
* ContemplateOurNavels: Tubbs.
* CoolBoat
* CoolCar
* CoolPet: Crockett has a pet ''alligator'', Elvis.
* CoolShades
* CorruptBureaucrat: see DirtyCop
* CowboyCop: Willie Nelson shows up as a Texas Ranger.
* CriminalAmnesiac: Crockett loses his memory while undercover as a drug dealer. As a result, he ''becomes'' the drug dealer and [[spoiler:proceeds to take over much of the Miami market. But in the process he shoots Tubbs when his ex-partner tries to force his memories back. When Crockett does regain his memory and tries to return to the vice squad, he's arrested. It takes a convoluted plot of defeating an AxCrazy criminal and saving Tubbs' life to return Crockett to the force.]]
* CuffsOffRubWrists: Done by both Crockett and Tubbs early in the episode Freefall
* DaChief: Castillo, played by Edward James Olmos.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster
* DarkerAndEdgier: Later seasons traded in the bright colors and pastels for darker clothing (and darker stories).
* DeathGlare: Lieutenant Castillo. Edward James Olmos just pulls this off like nobody else.
* DeathSeeker: The title character of "Evan" is implied to be this.
* DirtyCop: One of the show's themes was how the "lure of easy money" surrounding the drug traffic could turn even your closest friends on the police force into backstabbing criminals.
* DirtyHarriet: Gina and Trudy.
* DramaticGunCock
* DrugsAreBad
* TheEighties: Arguably the most influential TV of said decade. Many people's ideas of the '80s come straight from Miami Vice
* FakeDefector
* FashionDissonance: Textbook example.
* FriendsWithBenefits: Sonny and Gina, for a little while.
* GrayAndGreyMorality: Crockett and Tubbs on occasion mingle with people who are doing what they can just to get by. Not everyone's a criminal, and not everyone's a saint.
* HeroicBSOD: What happens to some of the good cops who don't go crooked: they go mad instead.
** Partly explains what happens to Crockett when he gets hit with [[CriminalAmnesiac amnesia]]: [[spoiler:his second wife had just been killed by a SerialKiller seeking revenge on Crockett, and the aftershock of what happened made it easy for him to forget when the time came.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: If the crew isn't bringing down drug dealers, they're investigating sex crimes usually involving prostitutes. Some of their informants on the drug cases are call girls and streetwalkers.
* InstrumentalThemeTune: "Crockett's Theme".
* KarmaHoudini: Some villains (and some heroes) never answer for the crimes they commit.
* MagicalComputer: The crazed ex-cop Hank in "Out Where The Buses Don't Run" works with a computer to track the "missing" drug lord that Hank is obsessed with catching. The computer "Lorraine" (named for Hank's ex-wife) operates with a mind and personality of its own, and does things that computers in 1985 really didn't do.
* MindScrew: The UFO episode
* {{Montage}}
* MusicVideoSyndrome: Especially in the pilot.
* OnlyInMiami: Some episodes were loosely based on some of the crazier things that happened in South Florida.
* PermaStubble
* PluckyComicRelief: Switek and Zito.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: A proposed spinoff featuring younger vice detectives, which never came to fruition.
* ProductPlacement: The CoolCar and cool clothes throughout the series.
** Also applies to Crockett's handguns in the the television series, namely the Bren Ten for the first two seasons, and the Smith & Wesson 645 for the rest of the series.
* RealMenWearPink: Crockett
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Started being integrated into the plot more once [[LawAndOrder Dick Wolf]] became executive producer. Considering the number [[OnlyInFlorida of crazy things]] that happen in Florida, it was easy.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: How Tubbs ends up in Miami as Crockett's partner. It pops up as motivation for some of the more AxCrazy villains that would guest-star every other week.
* SacrificialLamb: The department's original boss, Lieutenant Rodriguez.
* {{Samurai}}: Castillo. His martial arts training made him into a stealthy [[KatanasAreBetter katana-wielding]] Badass, but his code of honor was pure Bushido. Highlighted in the second season episode aptly titled "Bushido".
* SaltAndPepper
* SceneryPorn: filming on location in South Florida helps.
* ShootYourMate
* SpecialGuest: Many now-famous actors (Ed O'Neill, Bruce Willis, Julia Roberts), musicians (JamesBrown, PhilCollins, Sheena Easton) and other notable people (G. Gordon Liddy) appeared in bit parts throughout the series, [[WTHCastingAgency regardless if they fit the role or not]].
** Pam Grier deserves a special mention as Valerie... Tubbs' on again, off again true love. One of the few guests to reappear in several episodes, including a feature length.
* TheStoic: Lieutenant Castillo.
* TrueCompanions: One of the reasons why none of the Miami Vice crew turn corrupt [[spoiler:except for when Crockett loses his identity. And even then, the bond of friendship is what brings him back into the fold.]]
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece
* VietnamWar: Crockett was a veteran. Castillo was working overseas [=CIA=][=/=][=DEA=] cases in Southeast Asia during the same period. Old friends (and enemies) from their pasts would show up for a few episodes.
* ViewerStockPhrases: Folks who watched this show might say.....
** If you were born before 1982 - "Oh man! I remember that song!"
** "Where can I get that suit/car/boat/gun?"
** "Do the good guys ''ever'' win??"
** If you were born after 1989 and you see a rerun for the first time - "Where's Colin Farrell/Jamie Foxx?"
* XMeetsY: The "{{MTV}} Cops" conception.

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-->'''Sonny Crockett:''' "Hey, Tubbs, you ever consider a career in Southern law enforcement?"
-->'''Ricardo Tubbs:''' (chuckles) "Maybe. Maybe..."


''Miami Vice'' is a crime drama BuddyCopShow which ran on NBC from 1984-1989.

Conceived by Brandon Tartikoff as "{{MTV}} Cops," the series drew much of its premise from real-life laws allowing property seized from drug dealers to be used in drug enforcement. In other words, if a drug dealer has a CoolCar or CoolBoat, and that drug dealer is jailed, the police can use his stuff. These laws gave the producers a perfectly valid excuse for putting their public-servant characters in Ferraris and Armani suits.

The series starred Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas as James "Sonny" Crockett and Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs, undercover Vice detectives posing as drug dealers. Crockett was the CowboyCop; Tubbs was a New York cop who came to Miami to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge avenge his brother's murder]].

The series was notable for its use of contemporary popular music, and for being one of the first shows regularly broadcast in stereo. By design, the show often resembled a music video rather than a standard PoliceProcedural. Extended musical sequences were common, often featuring little or no dialogue and numerous images of cars, boats, guns, nightlife, and [[SceneryPorn scenery]]. The show was filmed on location in Miami, and made use of a distinctive color palette, mostly white and pastels.

Crockett's white-suit-over-t-shirt style, PermaStubble, and Ray-Ban sunglasses all became fashion trends. His lack of socks did not.

A [[TheFilmOfTheSeries film of the series]] was [[Film/MiamiVice released in 2006]] starring Colin Farrell as Crockett and Jamie Foxx as Tubbs.

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!!''MiamiVice'' features examples of:

* AffablyEvil: Some of the bad guys are polite enough... until it comes time to pull the weapons out...
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:Rodriguez and Zito.]]
* BadassBeard: Tubbs occasionally grows one of these as a disguise. Might possibly qualify as BeardOfEvil since he does it to pose as a drug dealer.
* BadassBoast: From the episode "Glades". A drug dealer has a shotgun to the head of an innocent young girl, taunting Crockett that all he needs to do is twitch and the girl is dead. Crockett's response? "Maybe you won't... even... twitch..." Then he shoots the drug dealer in the head. He didn't twitch.
* BadassSpaniard: Tubbs technically qualifies for this trope, but his Puerto Rican heritage is rarely brought up. He's fluent in Spanish but never has an accent while speaking English.
* BattleCouple: Of the few times they're paired together, Tubbs and Valerie are this.
* BeleagueredChildhoodFriend[=/=]BrokenPedestal: The repeated moments when one of the heroes would find out an old friend, love interest, or a colleague they trusted had gone bad.
** The ending of the acclaimed episode "Out Where The Buses Don't Run."
* BerserkButton: Tubbs hates machine guns... especially when they are being fired directly ''at'' him. Kind of ironic since he himself keeps an arsenal that would make the NRA squeal with delight.
** Also Crockett and men who abuse women. Taking an ugly turn if he's drunk.
** Don't ''ever'' touch Tubbs' Cadillac... just don't.
* {{BFG}}: Tubbs carries various shortened shotguns as his standard sidearm. Commonly an Ithaca 37 Stakeout or a sawed-off double barrel.
* BittersweetEnding[=/=]DownerEnding: Many, many of both.
** One of the first cop shows where the good guys didn't always win, or if they did there was a high price to pay.
* BloodlessCarnage: For all the shootouts that took place on the show, they rarely used squibs or showed blood.
** The blood would show after a nice edit cut. And would be driblets, not gaping wounds.
* CareerKillers
* CartwrightCurse: Crockett's second wife Caitlin.
* ContemplateOurNavels: Tubbs.
* CoolBoat
* CoolCar
* CoolPet: Crockett has a pet ''alligator'', Elvis.
* CoolShades
* CorruptBureaucrat: see DirtyCop
* CowboyCop: Willie Nelson shows up as a Texas Ranger.
* CriminalAmnesiac: Crockett loses his memory while undercover as a drug dealer. As a result, he ''becomes'' the drug dealer and [[spoiler:proceeds to take over much of the Miami market. But in the process he shoots Tubbs when his ex-partner tries to force his memories back. When Crockett does regain his memory and tries to return to the vice squad, he's arrested. It takes a convoluted plot of defeating an AxCrazy criminal and saving Tubbs' life to return Crockett to the force.]]
* CuffsOffRubWrists: Done by both Crockett and Tubbs early in the episode Freefall
* DaChief: Castillo, played by Edward James Olmos.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster
* DarkerAndEdgier: Later seasons traded in the bright colors and pastels for darker clothing (and darker stories).
* DeathGlare: Lieutenant Castillo. Edward James Olmos just pulls this off like nobody else.
* DeathSeeker: The title character of "Evan" is implied to be this.
* DirtyCop: One of the show's themes was how the "lure of easy money" surrounding the drug traffic could turn even your closest friends on the police force into backstabbing criminals.
* DirtyHarriet: Gina and Trudy.
* DramaticGunCock
* DrugsAreBad
* TheEighties: Arguably the most influential TV of said decade. Many people's ideas of the '80s come straight from Miami Vice
* FakeDefector
* FashionDissonance: Textbook example.
* FriendsWithBenefits: Sonny and Gina, for a little while.
* GrayAndGreyMorality: Crockett and Tubbs on occasion mingle with people who are doing what they can just to get by. Not everyone's a criminal, and not everyone's a saint.
* HeroicBSOD: What happens to some of the good cops who don't go crooked: they go mad instead.
** Partly explains what happens to Crockett when he gets hit with [[CriminalAmnesiac amnesia]]: [[spoiler:his second wife had just been killed by a SerialKiller seeking revenge on Crockett, and the aftershock of what happened made it easy for him to forget when the time came.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: If the crew isn't bringing down drug dealers, they're investigating sex crimes usually involving prostitutes. Some of their informants on the drug cases are call girls and streetwalkers.
* InstrumentalThemeTune: "Crockett's Theme".
* KarmaHoudini: Some villains (and some heroes) never answer for the crimes they commit.
* MagicalComputer: The crazed ex-cop Hank in "Out Where The Buses Don't Run" works with a computer to track the "missing" drug lord that Hank is obsessed with catching. The computer "Lorraine" (named for Hank's ex-wife) operates with a mind and personality of its own, and does things that computers in 1985 really didn't do.
* MindScrew: The UFO episode
* {{Montage}}
* MusicVideoSyndrome: Especially in the pilot.
* OnlyInMiami: Some episodes were loosely based on some of the crazier things that happened in South Florida.
* PermaStubble
* PluckyComicRelief: Switek and Zito.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: A proposed spinoff featuring younger vice detectives, which never came to fruition.
* ProductPlacement: The CoolCar and cool clothes throughout the series.
** Also applies to Crockett's handguns in the the television series, namely the Bren Ten for the first two seasons, and the Smith & Wesson 645 for the rest of the series.
* RealMenWearPink: Crockett
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Started being integrated into the plot more once [[LawAndOrder Dick Wolf]] became executive producer. Considering the number [[OnlyInFlorida of crazy things]] that happen in Florida, it was easy.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: How Tubbs ends up in Miami as Crockett's partner. It pops up as motivation for some of the more AxCrazy villains that would guest-star every other week.
* SacrificialLamb: The department's original boss, Lieutenant Rodriguez.
* {{Samurai}}: Castillo. His martial arts training made him into a stealthy [[KatanasAreBetter katana-wielding]] Badass, but his code of honor was pure Bushido. Highlighted in the second season episode aptly titled "Bushido".
* SaltAndPepper
* SceneryPorn: filming on location in South Florida helps.
* ShootYourMate
* SpecialGuest: Many now-famous actors (Ed O'Neill, Bruce Willis, Julia Roberts), musicians (JamesBrown, PhilCollins, Sheena Easton) and other notable people (G. Gordon Liddy) appeared in bit parts throughout the series, [[WTHCastingAgency regardless if they fit the role or not]].
** Pam Grier deserves a special mention as Valerie... Tubbs' on again, off again true love. One of the few guests to reappear in several episodes, including a feature length.
* TheStoic: Lieutenant Castillo.
* TrueCompanions: One of the reasons why none of the Miami Vice crew turn corrupt [[spoiler:except for when Crockett loses his identity. And even then, the bond of friendship is what brings him back into the fold.]]
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece
* VietnamWar: Crockett was a veteran. Castillo was working overseas [=CIA=][=/=][=DEA=] cases in Southeast Asia during the same period. Old friends (and enemies) from their pasts would show up for a few episodes.
* ViewerStockPhrases: Folks who watched this show might say.....
** If you were born before 1982 - "Oh man! I remember that song!"
** "Where can I get that suit/car/boat/gun?"
** "Do the good guys ''ever'' win??"
** If you were born after 1989 and you see a rerun for the first time - "Where's Colin Farrell/Jamie Foxx?"
* XMeetsY: The "{{MTV}} Cops" conception.

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-->'''Sonny Crockett:''' "Hey, Tubbs, you ever consider a career in Southern law enforcement?"
-->'''Ricardo Tubbs:''' (chuckles) "Maybe. Maybe..."


''Miami Vice'' is a crime drama BuddyCopShow which ran on NBC from 1984-1989.
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A [[TheFilmOfTheSeries film of the series]] was [[Film/MiamiVice released in 2006]] starring Colin Farrell as Crockett and Jamie Foxx as Tubbs, on which YourMileageMayVary.

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* TrueCompanions: One of the reasons why none of the Miami Vice crew turn corrupt [[spoiler:except for when Crockett loses his identity. And even then, the bond of friendship is what brings him back into the fold.]]
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece

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Subject to TheFilmOfTheSeries in 2006 starring Colin Farrell as Crockett and Jamie Foxx as Tubbs, on which YourMileageMayVary.

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Subject to TheFilmOfTheSeries A [[TheFilmOfTheSeries film of the series]] was [[Film/MiamiVice released in 2006 2006]] starring Colin Farrell as Crockett and Jamie Foxx as Tubbs, on which YourMileageMayVary.



!!The Movie provides examples of

* BatmanGambit: In order to find out who's behind the neo-Nazis, Crockett and Tubbs rob from drug runners that had to be working with those Neo-Nazis to force the bad guys to contact them for work. Later on, they plant the stolen goods ''back'' with those drug runners to make an excuse that the cartel's got security issues and allow Crockett and Tubbs better access. All this so they can find out where the Mole is among the various agencies that were compromised at the start of the film.
* BittersweetEnding: Most of the major bad guys are killed [[spoiler:but the [[ManBehindTheMan real drug lord]] escapes before the overseas DEA could arrest him.]] Crockett [[spoiler:also has to let [[DidNotGetTheGirl Isabella go into hiding]], where he'll never see her again]]. But Rico's wife Trudy [[spoiler:appears to be coming out of her coma much to Rico's relief just as Crockett arrives at the hospital to check up on them]].
** Also a NoEnding, as the suddenness of it feels like the camera ran out of film.
* DamselInDistress
* DarkerAndEdgier: The movie trades the bright pastel shades that defined the TV series for dark, gritty and modern digital video.
** Still, it follows the same pattern of focusing on cold colors, ignoring the earth tones.
** This is more a result of the director's own preferences than anything else. MichaelMann tends to shoot his films in those tones, and he also worked on the series.
* DrivenToSuicide: In the movie, when the informant finds out about [[spoiler:his wife's death]], he walks in front of an oncoming semitrailer.
* KarmaHoudini: Neptune, the pimp confronted at the beginning of the movie, gets away - not only he escapes, but the squad doesn't have anything on him and they can't pursue him immediately because of the informant leak. Also, [[spoiler:Arcangel de Jesus Montoya]].
* TheManBehindTheMan: Yero is initially suspected to be the head of the Columbian cartel that's behind the Miami-based neo-Nazis. Later on, we learn that man is actually drug lord Arcangel de Jesus Montoya.
* MoreDakka
* PreMortemOneLiner: When the unit has to [[spoiler:rescue Trudy from the neo-Nazis that kidnapped her]], Gina corners one neo-Nazi using [[spoiler:Trudy]] as a human shield. Gina proceeds to explain to the neo-Nazi how [[ImprobableAimingSkills she can get one good shot]] that can sever the guy's spine in such a way to make sure he won't get ''his'' shot off in time... and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome nails him with that one shot]].
* PornStache: What Colin Farrell wears for facial recognition instead of Don Johnson's PermaStubble. Unless there's a Trope for Fu Manchu mustaches...
* ProductPlacement: Very prominent in the movie. The actors drink Bacardi Mojitos, use Motorola phones and laptops and drive Donzi boats and a Ferrari F430.
* TitleCard: Similarly to Collateral, there's one only at the very end before the credits in the theatrical cut.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: When the neo-Nazis target [[spoiler:the undercover {{FBI agent}}s at the beginning of the film]] they leave little bodily evidence behind...
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The ending would be different (Tubbs [[spoiler:was probably meant to get shot]]) if not for a gang shootout in South America the crew was involved in. Jamie Foxx left after that and refused to film outside of the US, so they had to pack up back to Miami.
* WhatTheHellHero: Crockett gets called on by Tubbs for focusing more on Isabella than on catching the bad guys.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Later on in the movie, Montoya tells Isabella that Sonny and Rico will be killed at the end of their next job.
* YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo: In the movie, neo-Nazi gangbangers [[IHaveYourWife kidnap the wife of an informant]] and force him to compromise an undercover FBI operation. When the police arrive at the informant's house, [[spoiler: they find the wife [[ILied already dead]]]].



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