The BEST Episodes of Miami Vice
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Mar 9, 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.
#3 - 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.
#6 - 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.
#7 - 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.
#8 - 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.
#9 - 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.
#10 - 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.
#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 - The Cell Within
Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 10, 1989
A dark, chilling episode in which Tubbs is held prisoner - along with a drug dealer, a young prostitute and a prison psychologist - in the personal dungeon (complete with electric chair) of a supposedly reformed, freed killer who he once put behind bars. One of the highlights of Season 5.
#13 - Honor Among Thieves?
Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 4, 1988
Crockett & Tubbs want to bring in a serial killer, but fear that it may blow their covers to break too soon.
#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.
#17 - 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.
#19 - 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.
#21 - 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.
#22 - 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.
#23 - 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.
#24 - The Rising Sun of Death
Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 4, 1987
An executive's murder alerts Castillo to Yakuza presence in Miami, but the arrival of a Japanese investigator is no help.
#25 - 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.