Miami Vice: Season 1 (1984 - 1985)

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Season 1
Miami Vice

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Miami Vice broke new musical and visual ground for television while offering early roles to future breakout stars -- and serving as a stylish prelude to executive producer Michael Mann's career as a film director.

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Critic Ratings: 13

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User Ratings: 14

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 16, 1984
2
Air date: Sep 16, 1984
3
Air date: Sep 28, 1984
4
Air date: Oct 5, 1984
5
Air date: Oct 19, 1984
6
Air date: Oct 26, 1984
7
Air date: Nov 2, 1984
8
Air date: Nov 9, 1984
9
Air date: Nov 16, 1984
10
Air date: Nov 30, 1984
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Cast

Don Johnson
as Det. Sonny Crockett
Philip Michael Thomas
as Det. Ricardo Tubbs
Edward James Olmos
as Lt. Martin Castillo
John Diehl
as Det. Larry Zito
Olivia Brown
as Det. Trudy Joplin
Michael Talbott
as Det. Stan Switek
Esai Morales
as Pete Romano
Jay Sanders
as Tim Duryea
Sylvia Miles
as Mrs. Goldman
Charlie Barnett
as Small Time Hustler
Miguel Pinero
as Calderone
Kim Greist
as Girlfriend
Joan Chen
as May Ying
Glenn Frey
as Jimmy Cole
Alex Paez
as Elio Escobar
Brent Jennings
as Sgt. Hugh Heraty
Keye Luke
as Lao Li
John Snyder
as Albert Szarbo
Julian Reyes
as Raul Escobar
Ron Vawter
as Lt. Jones
Ed O'Neill
as Artie Rollins
Maryann Plunkett
as Mary McDermott
Jay Patterson
as Billie Joe
Bruce Willis
as Tony Amato
Keith Szarabajka
as Joey Bramlett
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Critic Reviews for Miami Vice Season 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (9)

Don Johnson finally got his role of a lifetime and Edward James Olmos came on at midseason to great effect, but check out the guest stars...

Jun 1, 2018 | Full Review…

From its inauspicious beginnings when one television executive handed another a slip of paper that said simply MTV COPS, Miami Vice became the most aesthetically interesting show of the 1980s.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Both the visuals and the audio were symbolic of bringing feature-film values to television.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This holds up better than most cop shows and many other existential queries after masculinity.

May 8, 2020 | Full Review…

There's probably no way to appreciate how special the show seemed when it first aired unless you were there at the time, and had been watching TV long enough to accept that even the smartest, best-written shows were going to look like mud.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Yet at its best, Miami Vice has brought to TV a swift and evocative mode of visual storytelling.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Viewed three decades on, one of the most striking things about Miami Vice is that almost every episode features a recognisable guest star...With its anti-heroes and experiments with form, Miami Vice was a key influence on the development of TV.

Apr 13, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A pastel-colored police show set to an MTV-style soundtrack, it became one of the decade's most influential hours of television.

Apr 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Its undercover cops (Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas) preen like male models... Still, Vice's virtues in its 1984-85 season are plentiful, including offbeat guest turns.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Only the highly innovative first two seasons really hold up, with a few good episodes scattered through the third season but not much beyond that.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

The series' use of pop music was unprecedented. Entire songs would play out over montages or shots of Crockett and Tubbs driving/boating someplace with minimal dialogue.

Apr 13, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

If you let Vice lure you along with its suspense, you will be rewarded.

Jan 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Miami Vice: Season 1

  • Jun 06, 2019
    The first season of Miami Vice is a fantastic piece of television history, showing the glamour and grit of Miami in the 1980s we follow the Vice team as they go through the drug underworld. Great characters, amazing soundtrack and its still appealing to the eyes. Would definitely recommend it.

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