The BEST Episodes of Miami Vice
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jun 15, 2020
Miami Vice centers around the unlikely partnership of Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas), two undercover detectives from the Miami Police Department’s vice squad battling against drug trafficking and prostitution in the city’s seamy underworld. Its use of New Wave music and colorful Italian men’s fashion was groundbreaking and the series had a defining influence on the popular culture of the 1980s.
#5 - Line of Fire
Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 16, 1988
Crockett & Tubbs reluctantly comply with an FBI request to guard their key witness in a drug overlord's trial.
#6 - Over the Line
Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 28, 1989
In the midst of working an undercover assignment, Crockett and Tubbs come across a clandestine vigilante group of frustrated law enforcement officers working within the department. Aware of Sonny and Rico's own frustration with how easily the bad guys seem to circumvent the law, the vigilante organization offers them an opportunity to join in. Lieutenant Castillo encourages them to accept the offer and work undercover in ferreting out the identities of everyone involved and to make sure that no one gets hurt. Unfortunately, that is too tall an order for his detectives to accomplish successfully.
#7 - The Lost Madonna
Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 17, 1989
Crockett & Tubbs help an NYPD detective retrieve a stolen 15th century Madonna statue in the possession of a mob family.
#8 - Victims of Circumstance
Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired May 5, 1989
Holocaust survivors are being murdered in Miami. Crockett and Switek infiltrate a White-supremacist group that might be responsible.
#9 - God's Work
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 6, 1987
The return of a kingpin's financial wizard son sets off speculations in the Miami underworld.
#10 - Freefall
Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired May 21, 1989
Crockett & Tubbs embark on what they see as a suicide mission. They are recruited by a Special Drug Taskforce to escort the corrupt dictator of Costa Morada, a fictional Revolution ravaged Latin American country. Gen. Manuel Borbon has promised to reveal the members of the most powerful South American drug cartel. Crockett & Tubbs are faced with what might be their final showdown.
#11 - Theresa
Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 13, 1987
Crockett's romantic entanglement with a heroin-addicted doctor jeopardizes his case against a dealer.
#12 - Miami Squeeze
Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 17, 1989
The irresponsible son of a fierce, anti-drug-minded Congresswoman jeopardizes his mother's political career when he incurs the wrath of a British drug lord by stealing his shipment of drugs.
#14 - Bad Timing
Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 2, 1988
Ordered to take time off, Crockett's vacation is cut short when he is kidnapped by 3 homicidal prison escapees.
#15 - Down for the Count (1)
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 9, 1987
Zito reluctantly uses a boxer as bait to help the vice squad nail a former drug kingpin involved in bookmaking; it ends in tragedy and the loss of a comrade for the vice cops.
#16 - To Have and to Hold (a.k.a. Second Chance)
Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 10, 1989
While undercover, Tubbs falls for the widow of a slain drug kingpin. Crockett must leave to help his son deal with the pregnancy of his remarried mother.
#17 - Hostile Takeover (3)
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 4, 1988
Still thinking he is really Sonny Burnett, Crockett starts a war between the crime family he has joined and a rival clan.
#18 - A Bullet for Crockett
Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 15, 1988
Sonny and Rico work undercover with a big dealer, Ricque "Loco" Mendez. During the police intervention, Sonny shot Loco, and the girlfriend of Loco shot Sonny. Members of the vice squad reminisce while Crockett lies close to death from the gunshot wound. We see why the other policemen love Sonny. At the end, we understand why Sonny is a cop.
#21 - Evan
Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 3, 1985
A former Vice member, Evan Freed, is now working undercover with ATF to bring down an arms dealer. Sonny and Evan have a mysterious past that Tubbs is determined to learn. They must reconcile long enough to calibrate efforts in the weapons sting.
#22 - Cuba Libre
Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 23, 1987
Crockett & Tubbs stumble onto a plot by fanatical Cuban commandos to assassinate an important Cuban diplomat.
#23 - Duty and Honor (a.k.a. The Savage)
Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 6, 1987
Castillo is not the only one to realize that a series of prostitute murders matches the M.O. of killings in Vietnam in the early 70s; the cops get help on the case from a man claiming to be a Vietnamese inspector.
#24 - Out Where the Buses Don't Run
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 18, 1985
Crockett and Tubbs question the sanity of a retired vice cop who wants them to chase after a coke dealer thought to be dead.
#25 - Smuggler's Blues
Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 1, 1985
Crockett & Tubbs are recruited by DEA to pose as drug smugglers in an effort to expose someone in law enforcement who is murdering drug dealers and their families.