* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: Julian Beck (who played the corrupt stock broker J.J. Johnston in "The Prodigal Son") passed away two weeks before the episode aired.
* FollowTheLeader: Competing networks tried to start up their own flashy crime dramas. The only one to survive more than three episodes was ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet''.
* HeyItsThatGuy: In the movie:
** [[Film/{{Alexander}} Alexander the Great]] meets with [[Series/{{Rome}} Gaius Julius Caesar]]!
** Also, [[Film/InBruges Ray]] is [[Film/{{Ray}} Ray]]'s partner.
** [[Film/{{Skyfall}} Eve Moneypenny]]/[[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Tia Dalma]] is Detective Trudy Joplin.
** In the TV show:
*** [[NypdBlue Bobby Simone]] was Crockett's partner for about thirty seconds in the pilot. [[spoiler:Then his car blew up.]]
*** [[RebBrown Reb]] [[ScreamingWarrior "YAAAAAAAAAAAAHH!"]] [[RebBrown Brown]] of SpaceMutiny [[MysteryScienceTheater3000 infamy]] lead the titular villains in "Viking Bikers From Hell".
* OldShame: Colin Farrell admits that he doesn't like the film very much.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: The show was moved to air opposite ''{{Dallas}}'', then moved to Sundays.
* ShoutOut:
** Several episodes of the show "borrowed" plots from various movies, such as ''HighNoon'' or ''TheTroubleWithHarry''. Season 3's "Shadow in the Dark" was pretty much one giant allusion to ''Film/{{Manhunter}}'', which Michael Mann himself directed.
** In Season 2's "Out Where the Buses Don't Run", Weldon's computer is named after his ex-wife, Lorraine. It also happened to be the name of the Amiga prototype that appeared at the 1984 Consumer Electronics Show. The Amiga prototype took its name from the motherboard, which was named Lorraine, after the company president's wife.
* ThrowItIn: Olmos has said in interviews that, in a deliberate effort to subvert the usual DaChief cliches, his very first line as Castillo was an ad-lib.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Glenn Frey was originally set to reprise his role as Jimmy the pilot (from "Smuggler's Blues") in the episode "Trust Fund Pirates", but scheduling issues resulted in his character being replaced by a fellow pilot who had taken over Jimmy's hangar.
** The third-season opener ("When Irish Eyes Are Smiling") was intended to be a two-hour special, similar to the second-season premiere "The Prodigal Son", and would have had Crockett and Tubbs travel to Ireland to deal with a religious terrorist.
** Olmos was offered the chance to reprise his role as Castillo in the 2006 film, but was busy filming ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' at the time.
** After a shooting incident on the Dominican Republic set of the film, Jamie Foxx packed up and left, refusing to work outside the US. This forced a complete rewrite of the film's ending. While one crew member publicly stated that the revised ending was "much less dramatic", [[WordOfGod Mann]], who had written endings for both Miami and Paraguay considered it to be better because it "brought all the conflicting characters together in one arena".
* The cool undercover cops of the previous decade ''StarskyAndHutch'', John Michael Glaser and David Soul individually directed several episodes.