The BEST Episodes of Miami Vice

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 9, 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 9.70
61 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 9.60
68 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 9.47
59 votes
Redemption in Blood (4)

#4 - 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 9.13
39 votes
Writers: Ken Solarz, Scott Shepherd
Child's Play

#5 - Child's Play

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 30, 1987

Crockett agonizes about shooting a child during a weapons investigation.

star 8.79
47 votes
Writers: Michael Piller
Line of Fire

#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.

star 8.72
93 votes
Directors: Richard Compton
Writers: Raymond Hartung
Miami Squeeze

#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.

star 8.69
89 votes
Writers: Peter McCabe, Ted Mann (I)
The Lost Madonna

#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.

star 8.67
92 votes
Directors: Chip Chalmers
Writers: Robert Goethals
Over the Line

#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.

star 8.67
90 votes
Writers: Terry McDonnell
Victims of Circumstance

#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.

star 8.67
90 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Richard Lourie

#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.

star 8.64
25 votes
Directors: Virgil Vogel
Writers: Pamela Norris
The Cell Within

#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.

star 8.61
90 votes
Writers: Jack Richardson
Honor Among Thieves?

#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.

star 8.60
52 votes
Writers: Carl Waldman, Frank Coffey, Michael Duggan, Peter Lance
Asian Cut

#14 - 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 8.56
84 votes
Writers: Peter McCabe
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 8.55
29 votes
Writers: Dick Wolf, John Schulian
Hard Knocks

#16 - 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 8.53
77 votes
Writers: Ken Solarz
God's Work

#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.

star 8.49
47 votes
Directors: Jan Eliasberg
Writers: Edward Tivnan
Badge of Dishonor

#18 - Badge of Dishonor

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 18, 1988

When a string of murders is linked to another unit, Crockett & Tubbs believe an undercover officer may be the killer.

star 8.48
27 votes
Writers: Michael Duggan

#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.

star 8.47
90 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: William T. Conway (teleplay) Frank Holman (story)
By Hooker by Crook

#20 - By Hooker by Crook

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 20, 1987

Crockett & Tubbs seek a murder witness, unaware that she works for a madame who is Sonny's lover.

star 8.42
33 votes
Writers: John Schulian
To Have and to Hold (a.k.a. Second Chance)

#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.

star 8.38
91 votes
Directors: Eugene Corr
Writers: William Conway
Bad Timing

#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.

star 8.37
94 votes
Directors: Virgil Vogel
Writers: Scott Shepherd
Cuba Libre

#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.

star 8.35
34 votes
Directors: Virgil Vogel
Writers: Eric Estrin, Michael Berlin
The Rising Sun of Death

#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.

star 8.26
34 votes
Directors: Leon Ichaso
Writers: Peter Lance
Hostile Takeover (3)

#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.

star 8.18
67 votes
Directors: Don Johnson
Writers: Ken Solarz