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Miami Vice: Season 2 (1984)

Cast: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Edward James Olmos, more...
Director: Thomas Carter
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Television
Running Time: 60 min.

Miami Vice has been described as "The first cop show for the MTV generation." Brilliantly capturing the mood, the style, the rhythm, the pulsations, the bright electric colors and the garish glitz of the early 1980s, the weekly, 60-minute series was just a much an elongated music video (with a Jan Hammer score) as it was a crime drama--and it set the standard for the scores of copycat series that followed in its wake. Set in (where else?) Miami, the series starred Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomasas hard-nosed Miami-Dade PD vice detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs. Crockett (the white one) was a Ferrari-driving fashion trendsetter (how many millions of the series' young male fans emulated Sonny's no-socks, no-shave "look"?), who lived on a sailboat called "St. Vitus Dance" with his pet gator Elvis. Tubbs (the black one) hailed from New York, and had come to Florida to track down the drug dealer responsible for his brother's murder. Like most such salt-and-pepper TV detective teams, Crockett and Tubbs did not always see eye to eye on details and procedure, but when they worked together as undercover cops in the sleazy underbelly of the Florida resort community, they almost invariably got results--and the criminal element--which on this series consisting primarily of drug lords, White Slavers and illicit arms traders--was well advised to stay out their way. Though Sonny and Ricardo were pretty much the whole show, a few supporting characters were also worth noting, especially Edward James Olmos as the boys' mercurial superior officer Lt. Martin Castillo, Olivia Brown and Saundra Santiago as feisty female cops Trudy Joplin and Gina Navarro, and John Diehl as Larry Zito, Crockett and Tubbs' obligatory "orthodox" coworker. Calabrese. Making occasional appearances were Belinda Montgomery as Sonny's ex-wife Caroline, and Sheena Easton as Wife #2 (albeit briefly), Caitlin Davies. Except for a short 1988 story arc in which an amnesiac Sonny assumed his "undercover" identity as drug dealer Sonny Burnett, things moved at a steady and reliable clip throughout the series' four-season run. Maybe it is true that series producer Michael Mann favored style over substance--but what style! Miami Vice was seen on NBC from September 16, 1984 to July 26, 1989. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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