These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Complete Monster: Elio Escobar from season 1’s “The Maze” is the most sinister, Ax-Crazy member of his drug dealing family. A murderer, thief, drug trafficker and vandal, Escobar murders a detective and has people taken hostage in a hotel, including a baby, with intent to murder them later. When he sees a girl he likes, Escobar tries to rape her. when his brother Georges sees this, he tries to reason with and stop Elio. Elio simply murders his brother in response to this. Even his brothers are disgusted by his utter psychosis.
Crowning Music of Awesome: Artist songs include "In The Air Tonight", "Long Long Way To Go", "Voices" and "Brothers In Arms", and Jan Hammer's themes, including "Evan" and "Crockett's Theme".
What other show could use Kate Bush "Hello Earth" and make it work?
Godley & Creme's "Cry" underlies a singular ending montage in "Definitely Miami."
Ho Yay: Crockett and Tubbs. There's a sizeable amount of slash about them.
Narm: In the season 3 episode "The Good Collar," Crockett has a PG-rated freakout when the informant he's trying to help is killed.
Paranoia Fuel: One episode had an surveillance expert getting hired by the Vice crew AND a prominent drug lord the squad wanted to arrest at the same time. The expert proceeds to manipulate both sides by finding his own eavesdropping devices, partly to keep the increasingly paranoid drug lord from killing him, and partly because he enjoys mocking both sides.
Seinfeld Is Unfunny: It's hard for a younger audience to appreciate just how much one scene in the pilot episode said this show was going to be different from anything that had come before. Not when it's all too common for shows to use nearly the full-length versions of contemporary pop songs, when they feel free to edit and compose their shots more like cinema than TV.
In the pilot episode, the explosion that kills Crockett's partner has a cheesy looking ragdoll in the place of Jimmy Smits' character. In the shot where the car explodes, the ragdool flies straight up in the air, as if being yanked by someone offscreen.
In "Phil the Shill", an informant is seen being shot multiple times as he hangs upside down. However, since there was apparently no money in the budget for blood or gore effects, the man shakes around violently while being shot, and doesn't have any wounds or bloodstains when the gunmen leave.
In "Milk Run", the final action sequence has Tubbs chase a gunman through an airport, just before taking cover behind a pillar as the villain unloads several shotgun rounds at him. Despite the gunman having just killed someone by firing through a pane of glass, no bullet holes or marks are seen on the pillar Tubbs is standing behind, and the sound of the shots is incorrectly timed.
When Frank Mosca is killed by Gina and falls down the conveyor chute in the fourth-season episode "Blood and Roses", it's an obvious model dummy whose head falls off in the last few frames of the shot.
The final-season episode "Victims of Circumstance" has a shot seen through a car as Crockett and Tubbs investigate a murder scene. The "car" is just a cut-out photo of a car interior that has been overlaid on the shot through matte work.
Gina, in spades. Throughout the series, she either falls for men who turn out to be amoral at best, sees her friends abused or raped by villainous boyfriends, or is forced to sleep with mobsters to maintain her cover during sting operations. It's also revealed in the third season that her mother was shot to death when she was a child, and the killer tries to murder Gina 26 years later.
Even Crockett himself gets this. Despite the fact that he's the main character and is often seen with a parade of women, none of his relationships work out because he's Married to the Job, not to mention that several of his past/present girlfriends are either injured or killed as a result of being around him. Several of his friends and former acquaintances come back to Miami, only to either lose their sanity as a result of his actions or die in messy ways. His plans to get out of Vice and live with his new wife Caitlin are scuttled when a villain (who he inadvertently got off Death Row) comes back and shoots her during a concert, leading Crockett to lose his sanity and resort to his alter ego. By the end of the series, he's so burned out by his work (and seeing villains get away while his friends die) that he throws down his badge in disgust and quits the force.