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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#13 - Theresa
Season 3 - Episode 16
Crockett's romantic entanglement with a heroin-addicted doctor jeopardizes his case against a dealer.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#20 - Payback
Season 2 - Episode 20
A reclusive drug supplier thinks Crockett has the $3 million stolen by the dealer's former employee.
#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.
#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.