The Best Episodes of Miami Vice

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2019

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 8.87
15 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 8.65
17 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
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Over the Line

#4 - Over the Line

Season 5 - Episode 15

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 8.50
2 votes
Writers: Terry McDonnell
Victim of Circumstance

#5 - Victim of Circumstance

Season 5 - Episode 16

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

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Richard Lourie
Down for the Count (1)

#6 - 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 8.48
23 votes
Writers: Dick Wolf, John Schulian
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Out Where The Buses Don't Run

#7 - 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 8.43
44 votes
Writers: Douglas Lloyd McIntosh, John Mankiewicz
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Hostile Takeover (3)

#8 - 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 8.42
19 votes
Directors: Don Johnson
Writers: Ken Solarz
Lend Me an Ear

#9 - 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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Walk Alone

#10 - 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
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Little Miss Dangerous

#11 - 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
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Killshot

#12 - 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 8.29
35 votes
Writers: Marvin Kupfer
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Son and Lovers

#13 - 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
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Theresa

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

#15 - 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
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Smuggler's Blues

#16 - 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 8.22
45 votes
Writers: Miguel Pinero
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Golden Triangle (2)

#17 - 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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Redemption in Blood (4)

#18 - 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 8.17
18 votes
Writers: Scott Shepherd, Ken Solarz
El Viejo

#19 - 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 8.15
26 votes
Directors: Aaron Lipstadt
Writers: Alan Moskowitz
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A Bullet for Crockett

#20 - 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
Writers:
Evan

#21 - 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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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
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Child's Play

#24 - Child's Play

Season 4 - Episode 5

Crockett agonizes about shooting a child during a weapons investigation.

star 8.08
24 votes
Writers: Michael Piller
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Freefall

#25 - Freefall

Season 5 - Episode 17

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 8.08
13 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: William T. Conway (teleplay) Frank Holman (story)