YMMV / CSI: Miami

  • Acceptable Targets: In one episode called "Urban Hellraisers", gamers. An entire episode was dedicated to trying to catch a group of bank robbers/murderers who took the GTA expy they were playing far too seriously, but the episode was written like something Jack Thompson would come up with and failed to so much as whisper the fact that 99% of gamers know the difference between fantasy and reality.
  • Anvilicious: The beginning of 9x09 "Blood Sugar". Its images of workers hacking away at sugarcane, the lyrics of the background music, and even the title appear to be trying to lay a guilt trip on the audience for...using sugar. No accident that the presumably rich people in the gazebo are white while almost everyone else is Hispanic, either. Would you like a little implied racism with your anvil?
    • Truth in Television, the vast majority of sugarcane workers are Hispanic, and all of them are poor.
  • Awesome Music: Technically there's one every episode if you really like The Who's song. 20 to 1, a program where celebrities discuss the top twenty...anything, in this case best TV themes, addressed this. Who Are You brought the band back into the spotlight, by the time New York came around they were set for life and YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! makes you wanna go...well, YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • The utterly nonchalant music playing during the climax of "All In" that captures both the utter confusion of the bad guy as to what the hell just happened and how badly the team outclasses him in the end.
  • Broken Base:
    • The Eric/Calleigh romance: the best thing that's ever happened to the show? Or a 'nomance' that's been dragging the show to its grave for years?
    • This show itself for the CSI fandom in general. It was either a great show or made unwatchable by David Caruso.
  • Cargo Ship: Horatio and the sunglasses.
  • Complete Monster: Stewart Otis, first appearing in season 1's "Broken", is a pedophilic Serial Killer/Serial Rapist who targeted little girls around the ages of five to eight years. While acting as an authority figure, he would kidnap the girls to take to his home for him to rape and strangle to death before burying the bodies in is backyard. He has done this to eight little girls and only lamenting on his latest victim, Ruthie, because she died too quickly before he got a chance to "play" with her. He later appears in the season's finale "Body Count", where he escaped prison with the help of two fellow inmates, Hank Kerner and Randall Kaye. He then returns the latter's favor by kidnapping his daughter, Emma, taking her to a cabin where he not only raped her, but force her to partake in a film taunting Horatio Caine, the person who arrested him. He then tries to kill her note  before trying to find her cousin, Robyn, hoping to do the same thing to her.
  • Crazy Awesome: Once you get over the fact that it's not even trying to be serious business, the show is this.
    • The difficulty in that line of thought is that everything that happens in the show seems to suggest it takes itself VERY SERIOUSLY. Not to mention the marketing...dear god, the marketing...
  • Critical Research Failure: The "killer gamers" episode mentioned above. Yes, the entire episode.
    • An example: Once the team determines that the crooks are basing their crimes on the plot of a video game, they obviously need to determine what happens next in the game's plot. They go to the developer (conveniently located in Miami) who refuses to tell them the game's plot, saying that they will "just have to play the game." Not only is his reasoning that an already-released game's plot is some sort of trade secret patently ridiculous, the writers have clearly never set foot in a video game store, where there is generally an entire wall of Official Strategy Guides proclaiming "All Secrets Revealed!" on the front covers. And apparently CSI Miami-verse has no such thing as online walkthroughs, story guides, or Wikipedia.
  • Designated Villain: In "Forced Entry," the Sympathetic Murderer of the Asshole Victim rapist. Caine suddenly becomes Lawful Stupid and invokes No Sympathy and What the Hell, Hero? on the former for invoking Vigilante Execution — yet egregiously averts such a reaction for different (read: female) Rape and Revenge-invokers in other episodes.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Julia Winston, who appeared in all of seven episodes, yet keeps popping up in the fandom.
    • Same goes for Rick Stetler and Ron Saris.
    • Alexx, as detailed below for being the only person that has something that resembles human emotion.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Julia, Horatio's secret baby-mama, who doesn't wear a bra and had a neckline steadily lower over the course of a two-parter.
  • Funny Moments: The cast does their best Horatio imitations.
    • David Caruso was also pretty good at taking the mickey out of himself. In this video, he makes jokes about his young daughter not liking the Halloween costume he picked out and the immortal line (while he's having his hair brushed) "In the second half of the day, we turn the wig around." Caruso also loved Jim Carrey's imitation of Horatio.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the episode "Blown Away", the team nabs a pair of storm-chasers who have actually been looting homes abandoned by people fleeing an approaching storm and murdered a young woman who interrupted them. In the wake of 2017's Hurricane Irma in Florida, there are reports of people doing precisely the same thing—no violence yet, fortunately.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Horatio Caine + child(ren) (inluding his own) results in this trope.
    • His dealing with the mentally disabled Eugene in "Witness To Murder" is this.
    • In "Terminal Velocity", one of the Separated at Birth twins played by Grant Gustin had a rare disease which required a partial liver transplant. His biological father refused to help, but his brother is willing to do it. Boa Vista helps too, putting them in the same van when they leave the precint.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: As mentioned above, Grant Gustin appeared in an episode called "Terminal Velocity", and since 2014 he's playing the titular speedster of The Flash (2014). Aditionally, he played twins in that episode, and, in the second season of The Flash, Barry met his Earth-2 counterpart.
  • Like You Would Really Do It:
    • Season six finale: Horatio goes to an airport to send his ex-wife and son into hiding, gets shot in the stomach, appears to die on the shiniest tarmac in history. Wolfe gets text: "It's done". Might've been marginally believable if it weren't the motherfucking God-Mode Sue of the show! And there's the whole thing about the similar moment on CSI:Vegas that was forced to stick by extenuating circumstances. Sure enough, season seven reveals Horatio to have faked his death, Wolfe to be in on it, and it all to be part of a gambit to lure Ron Saris out of hiding...in the space between the first and second commercial breaks.
    • Season nine finale: Horatio appears to get shot in the head, Natalia gets locked in a car trunk and pushed into the harbor. Season ten premiere: Horatio jumps into the harbor out of nowhere, gets Natalia out of the trunk, incapacitates bad guy...in the space of The Teaser. Again, no one will EVER believe you to have killed a Black Hole Sue on the order of Horatio. They don't even try to Hand Wave the headshot...
      • Because he got shot in the stomach/side, not the head. And he clearly suffers from the wound throughout the episode.
  • Memetic Mutation: Looks like it's time for...(puts on sunglasses) the opening sequence.
  • Narm Charm: Horatio Caine Parks His Car. So Narmy it's TOTALLY AWESOME.
    • The most recent episodes have Horatio easing up on the one-liners, lowering the Narm Charm somewhat.
      • YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Closer to Simultaneous Recognition: Adam Baldwin got famous playing Jayne on Firefly, but while it was airing and before it had become a cult classic, he was running a radiation response team in a first-season episode of CSI: Miami.
    • Similarly, Kim Coates played recurring villain Ron Saris in seasons six and seven just as he was finally gaining some mainstream recognition as Tig Trager in Sons of Anarchy.
      • Hilariously, there's an episode where he accidentally kills Juice (Theo Rossi)!
    • Colby Granger hit someone with his car during the hurricane evac.
    • Before playing Captain Kirk in Star Trek, Chris Pine played a murder suspect in "Extreme".
  • Seasonal Rot: Seems to kick in near the end of season six, when Alexx left the team to "save lives" at a local ER. Taking the emotional core out of the team badly damaged the show as it became EVEN MORE OF A RIDICULOUS SUPEREGO-FUELED MIND TRIP by losing the one character grounded in anything resembling human emotion. Pulling an absurd Like You Would Really Do It for that same season's finale did not help.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Between Calleigh/Horatio, Calleigh/Delko and Calleigh/Ryan fans, mostly, although there was also a smaller one between fans of Natalia/Eric and Natalia/Ryan.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Everything ridiculous about the original CSI, distilled to pure form.
  • Tear Jerker: The death of Marisol. With prior knowledge of this event, the viewer may begin crying four episodes before the actual death.
  • The Woobie: Even fans that don't like him admit that when Ryan puts on the Puppy-Dog Eyes they have the intense urge to just hug him and reassure him everything will be okay. Especially given how the show liked to beat him up - throwing him into a hurricane and getting him shot with a nail gun, among other instances.
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