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The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time 

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List of the best Miami Vice episodes, as determined by voters like you. With all the amazing episodes of the show that exist, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Miami Vice episodes of all time are. With Don Johnson's Sonny Crockett featured on best TV characters of the '80s, Miami Vice also ranks high on best 1980s crime dramas. Fans of Miami Vice are very passionate about the show, and there are often debates over which episodes are the greatest. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is.

List episodes include "Little Miss Dangerous," "One-Eyed Jack," and more. What is the best Miami Vice episode of all time? Look below and find out.

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Out Where the Buses Don'... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
Episode: 3, Season: Miami Vice - Season 2

Original Airing: Oct 18 1985

Crockett, Tubbs & Castillo contact a Santerian priestess to help find the link between ritualistic killings of officers and a group of drug traffickers. Crockett and Izzy try to get the ...more
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Definitely Miami is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
Episode: 12, Season: Miami Vice - Season 2

Original Airing: Jan 10 1986

Switek has to cool his vendetta against a shady game-show host who could lead the vice cops to an elusive coke dealer.
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Evan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
Episode: 21, Season: Miami Vice - Season 1

Original Airing: Mar 29 1985

While three joyriding teenage boys embark on a murderous, drug induced rampage, Sonny is distracted by a new romance.
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Brother's Keeper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
Episode: 1, Season: Miami Vice - Season 1

Original Airing: Sep 16 1984

Sonny Crockett is an undercover Miami vice detective. As part of his cover as Sonny Burnett, he lives on a sailboat called St. Vitus' Dance, guarded by his pet alligator, Elvis and drives a ...more
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Calderone's Return is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time

Original Airing: Oct 19 1984

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Smuggler's Blues is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
Episode: 15, Season: Miami Vice - Season 1

Original Airing: Jan 18 1985

Castillo asks Crockett & Tubbs to help him find an old adversary, a drug smuggler who has kidnapped his former wife.
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The Prodigal Son (Part 1... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
LastCubScout added The Prodigal Son (Part 1) Episode: 1, Season: Miami Vice - Season 2

Original Airing: Sep 27 1985

Crockett & Tubbs go to Manhattan to find a group of Colombian drug dealers who are killing federal agents.
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Hit List is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
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The Home Invaders is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
The Home Invaders Episode: 19, Season: Miami Vice - Season 1

Original Airing: Mar 08 1985

By day, Switek and Zito supervise a pair of jive-talking master informants; by night, they're sharing quarters with Switek's girlfriend --- who's also Zito's ex.
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Milk Run is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
Episode: 12, Season: Miami Vice - Season 1

Original Airing: Dec 14 1984

Two naive New Yorkers hope for one big score running coke from Colombia to Miami.
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Little Miss Dangerous is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
stefan-urban added Little Miss Dangerous
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Payback is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
Episode: 19, Season: Miami Vice - Season 2

Original Airing: Mar 14 1986

A judge with heavy gambling debts tries to persuade his college all-star son to throw a game. Crockett suspects the judge let a drug dealer go free because of his money troubles.
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Bushido is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
Episode: 8, Season: Miami Vice - Season 2

Original Airing: Nov 22 1985

Tubbs infiltrates a criminal voodoo cult whose leader has returned from Haiti --- and apparently the grave --- to collect an old debt.
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Forgive Us Our Debts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
Episode: 11, Season: Miami Vice - Season 3

Original Airing: Dec 12 1986

New leads persuade Crockett that a man he put on death row might be innocent, but a campaign-conscious DA is reluctant to help.
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Golden Triangle: Part I ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
Golden Triangle: Part I Episode: 13, Season: Miami Vice - Season 1

Original Airing: Jan 04 1985

Two naive New Yorkers hope for one big score running coke from Colombia to Miami.
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Sons and Lovers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
alk0 added Sons and Lovers Episode: 22, Season: Miami Vice - Season 2

Original Airing: May 09 1986

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.
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Red Tape is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
Episode: 19, Season: Miami Vice - Season 3

Original Airing: Mar 13 1987

Tubbs searches desperately for the source of information leaks about future busts.
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Mirror Image (2) is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
Mirror Image (2) Episode: 22, Season: Miami Vice - Season 4

Original Airing: May 06 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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Shadow in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
WarrenChandler added Shadow in the Dark Episode: 6, Season: Miami Vice - Season 3

Original Airing: Oct 31 1986

Crockett tries to nail a psychotic murderer by thinking like his quarry, despite the fact that another cop using that tactic wound up in a psych ward.
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Redemption in Blood (4) ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
alk0 added Redemption in Blood (4) Episode: 2, Season: Miami Vice - Season 5

Original Airing: Nov 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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The Maze is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
The Maze Episode: 17, Season: Miami Vice - Season 1

Original Airing: Feb 08 1985

Tubbs is reunited with an old flame, an NYPD detective, looking for her missing sister. While he and Crockett are searching for a call girl's killer.
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Cool Runnin' is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
Episode: 3, Season: Miami Vice - Season 1

Original Airing: Sep 28 1984

Crockett and Tubbs are skeptical of rumors that an undercover FBI agent has betrayed an operation. Switek and Zito setup a burglary sting operation.
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Down for the Count (1) ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
alk0 added Down for the Count (1) Episode: 12, Season: Miami Vice - Season 3

Original Airing: Jan 09 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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Rites of Passage is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
Episode: 16, Season: Miami Vice - Season 1

Original Airing: Feb 01 1985

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.
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Walk Alone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Miami Vice Episodes of All Time
alk0 added Walk Alone Episode: 4, Season: Miami Vice - Season 3

Original Airing: Oct 17 1986

Tubbs poses as a con to expose prison guards who are extorting drugs from inmates, and killing those who refuse.