Miami Vice is an iconic TV show that, for many, personifies the decade of decadence to utter perfection. The show combined ’80s fashion, classic cop drama tropes, and heartthrobs of the age into one pleasing package, and ultimately, it ran on television for six years.
Miami Vice made a star out of actor Don Johnson, and although he went on to play a multitude of other roles in Hollywood, he has since been closely associated with his character from Miami Vice. Still, there were several surprising actors who were considered for the role that ultimately went to Johnson — including two stars who went on to become Hollywood power players in their own right.
When did ‘Miami Vice’ run on television?
Philip Michael Thomas as Detective Ricardo ‘Rico’ Tubbs, Don Johnson as Detective James ‘Sonny’ Crockett on Miami Vice. | Robert DeStolfe/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images
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Miami Vice debuted on television in 1984, and immediately signaled a change in direction for cop dramas. The show, rather than focusing on heavy plotlines and tense situations, infused fun and color into a genre that had gotten stale, often utilizing pop music and stylized visuals in order to make the series not only entertaining, but fashionable as well.
Miami Vice focused on the exploits of two Metro-Dade Police Department detectives working undercover in Miami, Florida. James “Sonny” Crockett and Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs were buddies, never hesitating to get tough with perpetrators, but spending many of their days working to solve drug and prostitution cases.
Not only did Miami Vice feature stunning Miami scenery, but showrunners also took care to showcase many top tourist attractions and focal points in the show, creating a series that was truly visually innovative.
Who played Sonny Crockett in ‘Miami Vice’?
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As colorful and entertaining as the scenery in Miami Vice was, it was the actors who really captivated the hearts and souls of viewers everywhere. Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs quickly went down in television history as two of the most memorable …
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