1984-1985 TV show,
This review is from: Miami Vice: Seasons 1 And 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Some say Michael Mann (Executive Producer of Miami Vice) is an acquired taste. I say an appreciation of Mann's films, notably Heat, The Insider, Collateral, Ali, Thief and Manhunter, means you have taste. At sixty-three, he's a world-class filmmaker who's still breaking rules and rubbing nerves raw. The bottom line on this 1984-1985 classic TV show is that it is great, but it does have a few poor episodes. With its heavy-duty arsenal, cocaine nights and body-rocking soundtrack, Miami Vice created a signature vocabulary for Grand Theft Auto to plunder eighteen years later. Star partners Crockett (Don Johnson) and Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) were joined in the debut season by guests Glenn Frey, John Turturro and Pam Grier.
I've always been a fan of "Miami Vice" and I think the reasons are easy to see. The show featured a great location - sunny Miami, complete with the ocean, powerboats, muscle cars and bikini-clad ladies - as well as an incredible roster of guest appearances by some of the greatest stars of the time, the coolest music on television, once again starring some of the hottest acts of the time, and intriguing plot lines that helped give the characters depth and dimension. Sprinkled on top class, style and feature-film like explosive action was merely the icing on the cake.
It is hardly surprising how well the show operated, looking back. Michael Mann was the producer of the show, the same man who brought us such incredible movies as "Heat," "The Insider," "Collateral" and "The Last Of The Mohicans" to name but a few. Mann also wrote and directed the show's pilot, which comes out of the gates with guns all blazing. Playing like a feature film, the pilot has everything that made the show so memorable, and also gave us the chance to get to know the main characters, where they came from, how they met and how their chemistry slowly began to work. With a pilot like that and subsequent episodes, it was almost impossible for this show to fail and hardly surprising it became one of the hottest shows on TV during its six season run the 1980s.