15. Crockett & Tubbs
James “Sonny” Crockett and Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs were two undercover detectives with the Metro-Dade Police Department and worked in the Miami area. The part of Crockett was played by Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas was Tubbs. The pair tooled around town in expensive luxury cars such as the Ferrari Daytona and Testarossa. They were usually chasing after drug dealer.
Starsky and Hutch started a fashion trend among men. The unshaven appearance of Crockett caused some men to wear a five o’clock shadow (facial hair stubble). During the show the two men changed outfits several times. Their clothing sparked a fashion trend among some men. The two undercover detectives wore pastel colored clothing, sported loafers without socks and popularized the unstructured blazer as well as the concept of wearing a tee shirt under a jacket.
The series relied heavily on the 1980s New Wave culture. The show was aimed at the MTV audience who appreciated emotion and images more than plot. Miami Vice used original recordings for its shows rather than using the made for TV music featured on other programs. The Miami Vice original soundtrack was the most successful TV soundtrack of all time. Some of the Art Deco architecture in Miami may have been saved thanks to the filming of Miami Vice. These structures were renovated and became popular with celebrities and tourists.
The Miami Vice series ran for five seasons from 1984 to 1989.