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  • For X-Men: Apocalypse, James McAvoy has said in numerous interviews that Charles' suits were ripped off from the iconic outfits worn by Detective James "Sonny" Crockett. Don Johnson's wardrobe ignited a fashion trend in the mid-'80s, and since Apocalypse takes place in 1983, one year before Miami Vice's debut, it appears that Xavier was ahead of his time style-wise. Michael Fassbender mentions that Erik Lehnsherr has a suit which was inspired by Detective Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs, Crockett's partner.
  • The Wedding Singer: Julia's boorish fiancee, Glenn, is a huge fan of the show, even dressing like Don Johnson.
  • Can't Hardly Wait: While locked in a bathroom together, Denise discusses her and Kenny's lost friendship, even remarking how they used to play Miami Vice when they were younger.
  • In Charlie's Angels, a kidnapped Bosley at one point whittles a bar of soap into a gun as the show's theme song is briefly heard in the background.
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  • In Hot Fuzz, one of the other officers calls Nick and Danny "Crockett and Tubby."

Live-Action TV

  • Andor: The introduction of Niamos imitates the introduction of Miami in Miami Vice, as an image of a sunny resort paradise which instead conceals a cesspool of corruption.
  • Midnight Caller:
    • The villain of the two-parter "Evil Is Live Spelled Backwards" lives on a yacht with his white and black poodles, Crockett and Tubbs.
    • In a later episode, the characters dance to the Miami Vice theme in a bar.
  • Friends: In "The One with All The Thanksgivings", A flashback to 1987 shows Ross and Chandler dressed like Crockett and Tubbs.
  • Sesame Street briefly had a segment named Miami Mice, with mouse versions of Crockett and Tubbs.
  • In 1997, Philip Michael Thomas reunited with Don Johnson in the episode "Wild Card" of Johnson's next television series, Nash Bridges, also featuring a guest appearance by Meat Loaf playing a Vice-styled villain. In the scene where Johnson and Thomas first appear on-screen together, a version of the "Miami Vice Theme" can be heard playing in the background. Thomas' character would return in another episode, appropriately titled "Out Of Miami", in the series' final season.
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  • Only Fools and Horses' 1991 Christmas Special "Miami Twice" featured the cast traveling to Miami and becoming accidentally involved with the head of a drugs cartel who often dressed in the type of casual clothing made famous by the show.
  • Ashes to Ashes, which is set during The '80s, featured many elements that clearly paid homage to Vice, including a tense scene in its second season set to "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins.
  • In The Sopranos episode "The Rat Pack", Tony B. arrives at his welcome home party dressed in a Crockett-esque suit, prompting a quip of "Where's Tubbs?"
  • The Golden Girls:
    • In "Nice and Easy", Blanche's niece dates a cop obsessed with the show.
    • In "The Flu" at the banquet dinner, it's mentioned that since Don Johnson was unable to make the show, he sent over his clothes instead, which consisted of the white suit and a blue undershirt.
  • During The Drew Carey Show music video for "What is Hip?", one of the outfits that Drew sports was Crockett's iconic suit and shirt ensemble.
  • I Love The 80s: During the first "1984" episode, the panelists discuss the show's and its popularity.
  • Mad TV featured a Jenny Jones flashback episode where an episode of her show from the 80s had her logo styled after the font of the show's logo.
  • Saturday Night Live: In one of their "Weekend Update" skits from 2001, they made a mention of an incident Don Johnson had for disorderly conduct in a restroom which was confirmed by the restroom attendant, Phillip Michael Thomas.
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: In "Hi Ho Silver", Geoffrey is briefly seen wearing a Miami Vice-style new uniform that leads Will to quip, "Is that Geoffrey or Phillip Michael Thomas?" He eventually stuffs it behind the radiator.
  • Veronica Mars: In the first season episode "Ruskie Business", there's an 80's dance at the end, and Leo shows up dressed as Crockett.

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Professional Wrestling

  • In 1985, The WWE's talk-show Tuesday Night Titans aired a skit called Fuji Vice that involved two WWE wrestlers, "Magnificent" Don Muraco and manager Mr. Fuji as two Vice cops who help bring down a drug ring "by accident".

Video Games

  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. Aside from the broad-ranging similarities to the show (heavy inclusion of 80s music — including new wave, glam metal and synthesizer pop — dealings with organized crime, drug trafficking, stylized cars, prostitution, pastel clothes etc.), include several direct references to the television series, not least of all the use of the word "Vice" in their titles. Perhaps the most prominent and direct homage occurs when the player achieves a three-star wanted level or higher; along with traditional police squad cars, the player will find themselves being pursued by an unmarked police-issue "Cheetah", a car modelled after the 1986 Ferrari Testarossa, driven by two unnamed, casually dressed undercover cops, one Caucasian and one African-American. Furthermore, the Cheetah they drive is often coloured white, and features the tan leather interior from the car used on show, not found on the games' regular Cheetahs.
    • "Crockett's Theme" plays on Emotion 98.3.
    • During the opening credits sequence, one of the stylized images that appears framing the in-game footage is actually a screenshot from the second season episode "Bought and Paid For", showing Nico Arroyo's Lamborghini Countach being chased by Crockett's Ferrari Daytona. Two of the in-game street gangs, the Cubans and the Haitians, wear the same clothing as two prominent extras from a scene in "Brother's Keeper", specifically the scene where Tubbs first arrives at Miami airport. There are also small green "tiki statues" hidden around Vice City that can be collected by the player for a monetary reward; these statues are shown to be hollow and packed with cocaine, a reference to the episode "Milk Run".
    • Phillip Michael Thomas even voiced Lance Vance.
    • Many vehicles in the city are modelled after vehicles from the TV series, including the "Squalo" (Crockett's first speedboat), the "Stinger" (Crockett's Daytona), the "Marquis" (the St. Vitus Dance yacht) and the "Infernus" (a Lamborghini Countach, featured in "Golden Triangle (Part II)" and "Bought and Paid For"). Several weapons associated with the show also appear, including a Katana (featured in "Bushido"), the "Stubby Shotgun" (the custom shortened pump-action shotgun Tubbs used from season 2 onwards) and the MAC-10 (featured prominently in "Evan", among other episodes).

Western Animation

  • For the fifth season of Archer, the show was re-branded Archer Vice and its plot shifted to focus on the cast of former spies moving to Florida and forming a cocaine-dealing cartel. As implied by posters advertising the season, it spoofed many of the concepts and clichés associated with Miami Vice. One of the episodes from the fifth season, "Smuggler's Blues", also shared it's name with an episode of Miami Vice.
  • Family Guy: In the beginning of "Brian Does Hollywood", there's a clip of Peter as Crockett and Cleveland as Tubbs driving a speedboat.
  • Surprisingly, the House of Mouse short How to be Groovy, Cool and Fly, of all things referenced Miami Vice in The '80s part where Goofy wears an Outfit that wouldn't feel out of place in the show.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In episode "Simpson and Delilah", Homer briefly sports a Crockett-esque hairstyle angular cut with a small ponytail.
    • "Homer to the Max" has a Show Within a Show called Police Cops that is heavily inspired by the series.
    • "Sweets N' Sour Marge" has a scene where Chief Wiggum chases Homer on a speedboat as the theme song briefly plays.