The Best Episodes of Miami Vice

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2018

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

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

star 8.86
14 votes
Writers: Daniel Sackheim
Deliver Us from Evil (1)

#2 - Deliver Us from Evil (1)

Season 4 - Episode 21

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

star 8.62
16 votes
Writers: David Black, Michael Duggan
Stone's War

#3 - Stone's War

Season 3 - Episode 2

Crockett's Vietnam journalist buddy, Ira Stone, is back--claiming to have footage of a secret U.S war in Nicaragua; the trail leads Stone, Crockett & Tubbs to Maynard a.k.a. the elusive Captain Real Estate.

star 8.58
24 votes
Directors: David Jackson
Writers: David Jackson
Down for the Count (2)

#4 - Down for the Count (2)

Season 3 - Episode 13

Switek is outraged by Internal Affairs' findings; Crockett and Tubbs' TV gambit may prove fatal when a mobster reclaims the action lost to Guzman.

star 8.52
21 votes
Writers: Dick Wolf, John Schulian
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Down for the Count (1)

#5 - Down for the Count (1)

Season 3 - Episode 12

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 8.41
22 votes
Writers: Dick Wolf, John Schulian
Hostile Takeover (3)

#6 - Hostile Takeover (3)

Season 5 - Episode 1

Still thinking he is really Sonny Burnett, Crockett starts a war between the crime family he has joined and a rival clan.

star 8.39
18 votes
Directors: Don Johnson
Writers: Ken Solarz
Lend Me an Ear

#7 - Lend Me an Ear

Season 3 - Episode 18

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

star 8.35
20 votes
Directors: David Jackson
Writers: David Jackson
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Out Where The Buses Don't Run

#8 - Out Where The Buses Don't Run

Season 2 - Episode 4

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 8.34
41 votes
Writers: Douglas Lloyd McIntosh, John Mankiewicz
Walk Alone

#9 - Walk Alone

Season 3 - Episode 4

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

star 8.33
30 votes
Directors: David Jackson
Writers: W.K. Scott Meyer
Little Miss Dangerous

#10 - Little Miss Dangerous

Season 2 - Episode 16

A psychotic is dubbed the ""Crayon Killer"" for leaving behind childlike drawings at murder scenes. Tubbs tries to help a young woman get off the streets.

star 8.29
24 votes
Directors: Leon Ichaso
Writers: Frank Military
The Good Collar

#11 - The Good Collar

Season 3 - Episode 5

A star high school athlete, arrested for delivering heroin, agrees to help Crockett trap a 15-year-old drug lord; it turns ugly.

star 8.28
25 votes
Directors: Mario Di Leo
Writers: Dennis Cooper
Son and Lovers

#12 - Son and Lovers

Season 2 - Episode 23

The Calderones are back: Angelina reveals that Tubbs fathered her son; and her half-brother has put up a $1 million bounty to revenge her father's death.

star 8.28
18 votes
Directors: John Nicolella
Writers: Dennis Cooper

#13 - Theresa

Season 3 - Episode 16

Crockett's romantic entanglement with a heroin-addicted doctor jeopardizes his case against a dealer.

star 8.27
15 votes
Directors: Virgil Vogel
Writers: Pamela Norris
Knock, Knock, Who's There?

#14 - Knock, Knock, Who's There?

Season 3 - Episode 21

Crockett & Tubbs probe drug busts ruined by phony federal agents who disappear with the evidence.

star 8.24
21 votes
Writers: Jonathan Polansky

#15 - Killshot

Season 3 - Episode 3

Crockett and Tubbs are fingered as cops by a Customs agent who's being blackmailed by the drug kingpin the detectives are trying to nail.

star 8.24
34 votes
Writers: Marvin Kupfer
Golden Triangle (2)

#16 - Golden Triangle (2)

Season 1 - Episode 15

Castillo asks Crockett & Tubbs to help him find an old adversary, a drug smuggler who has kidnapped his former wife.

star 8.22
46 votes
Directors: David Anspaugh
Writers: Maurice Hurley, Michael Mann
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Smuggler's Blues

#17 - Smuggler's Blues

Season 1 - Episode 16

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.

star 8.20
44 votes
Writers: Miguel Pinero
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A Bullet for Crockett

#18 - A Bullet for Crockett

Season 4 - Episode 20

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 8.14
14 votes

#19 - Evan

Season 1 - Episode 22

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 8.12
33 votes
Directors: Rob Cohen
Writers: Paul Diamond
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#20 - Payback

Season 2 - Episode 20

A reclusive drug supplier thinks Crockett has the $3 million stolen by the dealer's former employee.

star 8.12
25 votes
Directors: Aaron Lipstadt
Writers: Robert Crais
Redemption in Blood (4)

#21 - Redemption in Blood (4)

Season 5 - Episode 2

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

star 8.12
17 votes
Writers: Scott Shepherd, Ken Solarz
Miami Squeeze

#22 - Miami Squeeze

Season 5 - Episode 11

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 8.12
17 votes
Writers: Ted Mann (I), Peter McCabe
When Irish Eyes Are Crying

#23 - When Irish Eyes Are Crying

Season 3 - Episode 1

Gina falls for an Irish pacifist who believes there is no point fighting fire with fire anymore - or so she thinks.

star 8.09
32 votes
Writers: Dick Wolf, John Leekley
Child's Play

#24 - Child's Play

Season 4 - Episode 5

Crockett agonizes about shooting a child during a weapons investigation.

star 8.09
22 votes
Writers: Michael Piller
El Viejo

#25 - El Viejo

Season 3 - Episode 7

Crockett & Tubbs keep tabs on a crusty old stranger who plans to cut a deal with a murderous Bolivian drug dealer.

star 8.08
25 votes
Directors: Aaron Lipstadt
Writers: Alan Moskowitz