The BEST Episodes of Miami Vice

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 15, 2020

Network: NBC

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.

Mirror Image (2)

#1 - Mirror Image (2)

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired May 6, 1988

A concussion leaves Crockett thinking he is his drug dealer alter-ego Burnett and goes to work for a Colombian crime boss.

star 9.63
49 votes
Writers: Daniel Sackheim
Deliver Us from Evil (1)

#2 - Deliver Us from Evil (1)

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 29, 1988

A murder case that hits close to home reunites Crockett with the man who used him to trick his way off Death Row.

star 9.52
50 votes
Writers: David Black, Michael Duggan
A Bullet for Crockett

#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.

star 9.43
47 votes
Honor Among Thieves?

#4 - 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.

star 8.65
49 votes
Writers: Carl Waldman, Frank Coffey, Michael Duggan, Peter Lance
Redemption in Blood (4)

#5 - Redemption in Blood (4)

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 11, 1988

As now drug-lord Crockett's memory returns, Tubbs feels his partner has gone bad and must be destroyed.

star 8.58
24 votes
Writers: Ken Solarz, Scott Shepherd
Miami Squeeze

#6 - 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.

star 8.50
78 votes
Writers: Peter McCabe, Ted Mann (I)
Hard Knocks

#7 - Hard Knocks

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 20, 1989

Switek sinks into drinking and gambling when thugs convince him to talk a friend's son, a major college quarterback, into throwing a game.

star 8.49
75 votes
Writers: Ken Solarz
Lend Me an Ear

#8 - Lend Me an Ear

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 27, 1987

The electronics whiz providing Crockett & Tubbs with surveillance devices also outfits their drug-dealing quarry.

star 8.48
25 votes
Directors: David Jackson
Writers: David Jackson
Line of Fire

#9 - 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.

star 8.47
78 votes
Directors: Richard Compton
Writers: Raymond Hartung
Asian Cut

#10 - Asian Cut

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Jan 13, 1989

Crockett & Tubbs use Trudy as a decoy to lure a sadistic serial killer who preys on call girls.

star 8.43
77 votes
Writers: Peter McCabe
The Lost Madonna

#11 - 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.

star 8.42
77 votes
Directors: Chip Chalmers
Writers: Robert Goethals
Amen...Send Money

#12 - Amen...Send Money

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 2, 1987

The fury of feuding TV evangelists hits Tubbs when he is accused raping a parishoner.

star 8.40
57 votes
Directors: James Quinn
Writers: John Schulian
Over the Line

#13 - 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.

star 8.40
75 votes
Writers: Terry McDonnell
Victim of Circumstance

#14 - Victim 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.

star 8.40
75 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Richard Lourie
Down for the Count (1)

#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.

star 8.38
26 votes
Writers: Dick Wolf, John Schulian
The Cell Within

#16 - 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.

star 8.38
77 votes
Writers: Jack Richardson

#17 - Lombard

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired May 10, 1985

After crime boss Al Lombard is subpeonaed to testify against the Family, Crockett & Tubbs are assigned to provide his protective custody.

star 8.30
84 votes
Writers: David Assael
Baseballs of Death

#18 - Baseballs of Death

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 19, 1988

Crockett & Tubbs suspect a Chilean police chief in a double murder.

star 8.26
19 votes
Directors: Bill Duke
Writers: Peter Lance
Child's Play

#19 - Child's Play

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 30, 1987

Crockett agonizes about shooting a child during a weapons investigation.

star 8.21
29 votes
Writers: Michael Piller
Walk Alone

#20 - Walk Alone

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 17, 1986

Tubbs poses as a con to expose prison guards who are extorting drugs from inmates, and killing those who refuse.

star 8.19
37 votes
Directors: David Jackson
Writers: W.K. Scott Meyer
Out Where the Buses Don't Run

#21 - 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.

star 8.17
136 votes
Writers: Douglas Lloyd McIntosh, John Mankiewicz

#22 - 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.

star 8.16
75 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: William T. Conway (teleplay) Frank Holman (story)
Red Tape

#23 - Red Tape

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 13, 1987

Tubbs searches desperately for the source of information leaks about future busts.

star 8.14
22 votes
Writers: Michael Duggan
Love at First Sight

#24 - Love at First Sight

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 15, 1988

Newlywed Caitlin fears Crockett's latest undercover assignment as bait for a killer at a dating service will make her a widow.

star 8.14
22 votes
Directors: Don Johnson
Writers: Peter McCabe
Heroes of the Revolution

#25 - Heroes of the Revolution

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired May 8, 1987

An East German spy seeks to avenge the murder of Gina's mother in Cuba 26 years earlier, and uses her to lure the killer out.

star 8.11
53 votes
Writers: John Schulian