The BEST Episodes of Miami Vice

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 5, 2021

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.

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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 9.31
77 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 9.27
85 votes
Writers: David Black, Michael Duggan
God's Work

#3 - 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 9.21
112 votes
Directors: Jan Eliasberg
Writers: Edward Tivnan

#4 - 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 9.04
151 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: Frank Holman, William T. Conway
Over the Line

#5 - 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 9.01
154 votes
Writers: Scott Shepherd, Terry McDonnell
The Lost Madonna

#6 - 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 9.01
157 votes
Directors: Chip Chalmers
Writers: Robert Goethals
Line of Fire

#7 - 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 8.99
161 votes
Directors: Richard Compton
Writers: Raymond Hartung
Victims of Circumstance

#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.

star 8.97
155 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Richard Lourie
Redemption in Blood (4)

#9 - 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 8.92
71 votes
Writers: Ken Solarz, Scott Shepherd
Bad Timing

#10 - 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 8.80
161 votes
Directors: Virgil Vogel
Writers: Scott Shepherd
Child's Play

#11 - Child's Play

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 30, 1987

Crockett agonizes about shooting a child during a weapons investigation.

star 8.73
67 votes
Writers: Michael Piller
To Have and to Hold (a.k.a. Second Chance)

#12 - 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 8.60
124 votes
Directors: Eugene Corr
Writers: William Conway
Down for the Count (1)

#13 - 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 8.57
47 votes
Writers: Dick Wolf, John Schulian
Hostile Takeover (3)

#14 - 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 8.56
110 votes
Directors: Don Johnson
Writers: Ken Solarz
Miami Squeeze

#15 - 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 8.56
102 votes
Writers: Peter McCabe, Ted Mann (I)
Heart of Night

#16 - Heart of Night

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 18, 1988

Castillo grapples with emotions while protecting his ex-wife from a drug kingpin trying to kill her current husband.

star 8.38
145 votes
Directors: Paul Krasny
Writers: James Becket

#17 - 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 8.36
39 votes
Directors: Virgil Vogel
Writers: Pamela Norris
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 8.35
49 votes
Writers: Michael Duggan
One Way Ticket

#19 - One Way Ticket

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 24, 1986

Efforts to convict a drug dealer who murdered a deputy DA are hampered by a lack of evidence and by a defense attorney disliked by Crockett.

star 8.34
142 votes
Directors: Craig Bolotin
Writers: Craig Bolotin
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 8.31
51 votes
Writers: John Schulian
Hard Knocks

#21 - 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 8.28
97 votes
Writers: Ken Solarz, Scott Shepherd
Out Where the Buses Don't Run

#22 - 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 8.28
162 votes
Writers: Douglas Lloyd McIntosh, John Mankiewicz

#23 - 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.

star 8.23
127 votes
Directors: Rob Cohen
Writers: Paul Diamond
Red Tape

#24 - Red Tape

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 13, 1987

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

star 8.13
39 votes
Writers: Michael Duggan
The Rising Sun of Death

#25 - 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 8.02
44 votes
Directors: Leon Ichaso
Writers: Peter Lance