Miami Vice

The BEST episodes of Miami Vice

Every episode of Miami Vice ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Miami Vice!

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.

Last Updated: 9/24/2022Network:NBC
Mirror Image (2)
79 votes

#1 - Mirror Image (2)

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/6/1988

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

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Deliver Us from Evil (1)
87 votes

#2 - Deliver Us from Evil (1)

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/29/1988

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

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God's Work
117 votes

#3 - God's Work

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/6/1987

The return of a kingpin's financial wizard son sets off speculations in the Miami underworld.

Directors: Jan Eliasberg
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155 votes

#4 - Freefall

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired 5/21/1989

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.

Directors: Russ Mayberry
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Over the Line
157 votes

#5 - Over the Line

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired 4/28/1989

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.

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The Lost Madonna
161 votes

#6 - The Lost Madonna

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired 3/17/1989

Crockett & Tubbs help an NYPD detective retrieve a stolen 15th century Madonna statue in the possession of a mob family.

Directors: Chip Chalmers
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Line of Fire
163 votes

#7 - Line of Fire

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/16/1988

Crockett & Tubbs reluctantly comply with an FBI request to guard their key witness in a drug overlord's trial.

Directors: Richard Compton
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Victims of Circumstance
158 votes

#8 - Victims of Circumstance

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired 5/5/1989

Holocaust survivors are being murdered in Miami. Crockett and Switek infiltrate a White-supremacist group that might be responsible.

Directors: Colin Bucksey
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Redemption in Blood (4)
74 votes

#9 - Redemption in Blood (4)

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/11/1988

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

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Bad Timing
163 votes

#10 - Bad Timing

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 12/2/1988

Ordered to take time off, Crockett's vacation is cut short when he is kidnapped by 3 homicidal prison escapees.

Directors: Virgil Vogel
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Child's Play
70 votes

#11 - Child's Play

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/30/1987

Crockett agonizes about shooting a child during a weapons investigation.

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To Have and to Hold (a.k.a. Second Chance)
126 votes

#12 - To Have and to Hold (a.k.a. Second Chance)

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 2/10/1989

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.

Directors: Eugene Corr
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Miami Squeeze
104 votes

#13 - Miami Squeeze

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired 2/17/1989

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.

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Hostile Takeover (3)
113 votes

#14 - Hostile Takeover (3)

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/4/1988

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

Directors: Don Johnson
Writer: Ken Solarz
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Down for the Count (1)
51 votes

#15 - Down for the Count (1)

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/9/1987

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.

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Heart of Night
147 votes

#16 - Heart of Night

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/18/1988

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

Directors: Paul Krasny
Writer: James Becket
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One Way Ticket
147 votes

#17 - One Way Ticket

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/24/1986

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.

Directors: Craig Bolotin
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Out Where the Buses Don't Run
168 votes

#18 - Out Where the Buses Don't Run

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/18/1985

Crockett and Tubbs question the sanity of a retired vice cop who wants them to chase after a coke dealer thought to be dead.

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42 votes

#19 - Theresa

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/13/1987

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

Directors: Virgil Vogel
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By Hooker by Crook
56 votes

#20 - By Hooker by Crook

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired 3/20/1987

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

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Badge of Dishonor
51 votes

#21 - Badge of Dishonor

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/18/1988

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

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Hard Knocks
99 votes

#22 - Hard Knocks

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/20/1989

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

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Red Tape
42 votes

#23 - Red Tape

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/13/1987

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

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154 votes

#24 - Lombard

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/10/1985

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

Writer: David Assael
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Brother's Keeper
616 votes

#25 - Brother's Keeper

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/16/1984

Miami Vice Squad detective James 'Sonny' Crockett has just lost his partner, Eddie Rivera, in a car bombing. Crockett was investigating Esteban Calderone, a Colombian cocaine dealer, when he meets a New York City narcotics detective, Rafael Tubbs. Since they are having difficulties approaching Calderone, Crockett and Tubbs are forced to work together. Crockett later confronts "Rafael" and discovers that he is actually Ricardo, Rafael's younger brother and a New York detective, who is seeking revenge on Calderone for killing his brother. They agree to work together and Calderone is collared, but he pays $2 million bail and escapes. In the end, Crockett persuades Tubbs to enter a career in "Southern law enforcement." NOTE: This was originally a two-hour pilot movie, but in syndication it is shown as two separate episodes.

Directors: Thomas Carter
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