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The Best Episodes of Miami Vice

Every episode of Miami Vice ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Miami Vice!

The story of the Miami Police Department's vice squad and its efforts to end drug trafficking and prostitution, centered on the unlikely partnership of Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs - who first meet when Tubbs is undercover in a drug cartel.


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The best episode of "Miami Vice" is "Whatever Works", rated 8.8/10 from 911 user votes. It was directed by Jim Johnston and written by N/A. "Whatever Works" aired on 10/4/1985 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Phill the Shill".

  • Whatever Works
    8.8/10 911 votes

    #1 - Whatever Works

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 1985-10-04

    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 Ferrari back after a city accountant re-possesses it.

    Director: Jim Johnston

    Writer: N/A

  • Phill the Shill
    8.7/10 2,059 votes

    #2 - Phill the Shill

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 1985-12-13

    A British television personality who has dealings with a major cocaine dealer is targeted by Crockett and Tubbs.

    Director: Rob Cohen

    Writer: N/A

  • Evan
    8.6/10 736 votes

    #3 - Evan

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 1985-05-03

    Crockett and Tubbs join forces with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms ... including Crockett's old partner Evan Freed. Tubbs tries to understand their troubled relationship.

    Director: Rob Cohen, Jim Johnston

    Writer: Edward di Lorenzo

  • Calderone's Return: The Hit List - Part 1
    8.5/10 929 votes

    #4 - Calderone's Return: The Hit List - Part 1

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 1984-10-19

    The team moves to protect Crockett and his family from an assassin, hired by Calderone to re-empty the void he left behind.

    Director: Richard A. Colla

    Writer: Joel Surnow

  • Forgive Us Our Debts
    8.5/10 491 votes

    #5 - Forgive Us Our Debts

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 1986-12-12

    New leads persuade Crockett that a man he put on death row might be innocent, but a campaign-conscious DA is reluctant to help.

    Director: Jan Eliasberg

    Writer: Gustave Reininger

  • Smuggler's Blues
    8.4/10 786 votes

    #6 - Smuggler's Blues

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 1985-02-01

    Someone in law enforcement is murdering drug dealers and their families in cold blood. To find the culprit, Crockett and Tubbs go undercover and travel to Colombia with a laid-back pilot to pose as dealers.

    Director: Paul Michael Glaser

    Writer: Miguel Piñero

  • Trust Fund Pirates
    8.4/10 494 votes

    #7 - Trust Fund Pirates

    Season 2 Episode 22 - Aired 1986-05-02

    A Bolivian cruise ship is attacked by pirates leading Crockett and Tubbs to enlist the help of a renegade pilot in the contraband business to solve the case.

    Director: John Nicolella

    Writer: Dennis Cooper

  • Brother's Keeper
    8.3/10 2,381 votes

    #8 - Brother's Keeper

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 1984-09-16

    Miami detective Sonny Crockett reluctantly teams with New York cop Rico Tubbs when both of them end up pursuing a drug dealer who killed their partners.

    Director: Thomas Carter

    Writer: Anthony Yerkovich

  • The Prodigal Son (1)
    8.3/10 774 votes

    #9 - The Prodigal Son (1)

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 1985-09-27

    Crockett & Tubbs go to Manhattan to find a group of Colombian drug dealers who are killing federal agents.

    Director: Paul Michael Glaser

    Writer: Daniel Pyne

  • One Way Ticket
    8.3/10 604 votes

    #10 - One Way Ticket

    Season 2 Episode 15 - Aired 1986-01-24

    A district attorney is killed at a wedding for getting too close to a French-Canadian drug lord that's operating in Miami. Since the victim was a close friend of the criminal's lawyer, Sonny tries to make the lawyer do something about it.

    Director: Leon Ichaso

    Writer: Frank Military

  • The Fix
    8.3/10 512 votes

    #11 - The Fix

    Season 2 Episode 19 - Aired 1986-03-07

    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.

    Director: Aaron Lipstadt

    Writer: Robert Crais

  • Down for the Count (1)
    8.3/10 453 votes

    #12 - Down for the Count (1)

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 1987-01-09

    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.

    Director: Richard Compton

    Writer: Dick Wolf, John Schulian

  • Calderone's Return: Calderone's Demise - Part 2
    8.2/10 888 votes

    #13 - Calderone's Return: Calderone's Demise - Part 2

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 1984-10-26

    While on the trail of Calderone in Bimini, Tubbs falls in love with a woman who forces him to consider his loyalties.

    Director: Paul Michael Glaser

    Writer: Joel Surnow, Alfonse Ruggiero

  • Lombard
    8.2/10 619 votes

    #14 - Lombard

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 1985-05-10

    Crockett and Tubbs must protect a reluctant witness from his prior employers -- the Mafia family that wants to silence him.

    Director: John Nicolella

    Writer: N/A

  • Tale of the Goat
    8.2/10 621 votes

    #15 - Tale of the Goat

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 1985-11-15

    Crockett and Tubbs escort a coffin containing a criminal to his final Miami resting place ... until its learned that he has risen from the dead and has a similar zombie fate scheduled for Tubbs.

    Director: John Nicolella

    Writer: N/A

  • Walk Alone
    8.2/10 501 votes

    #16 - Walk Alone

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 1986-10-17

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

    Director: David Jackson

    Writer: W.K. Scott Meyer

  • The Good Collar
    8.2/10 473 votes

    #17 - The Good Collar

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 1986-10-24

    A star high school athlete, arrested for delivering heroin, agrees to help Crockett trap a 15-year-old drug lord; it turns ugly.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Down for the Count (2)
    8.2/10 424 votes

    #18 - Down for the Count (2)

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 1987-01-16

    Switek is outraged by Internal Affairs' findings; Crockett and Tubbs' TV gambit may prove fatal when a mobster reclaims the action lost to Guzman.

    Director: Richard Compton

    Writer: Dick Wolf, John Schulian

  • Duty and Honor (a.k.a. The Savage)
    8.2/10 453 votes

    #19 - Duty and Honor (a.k.a. The Savage)

    Season 3 Episode 15 - Aired 1987-02-06

    Castillo is not the only one to realize that a series of prostitute murders matches the M.O. of killings in Vietnam in the early 70s; the cops get help on the case from a man claiming to be a Vietnamese inspector.

    Director: John Nicolella

    Writer: N/A

  • Deliver Us from Evil (1)
    8.2/10 378 votes

    #20 - Deliver Us from Evil (1)

    Season 4 Episode 21 - Aired 1988-04-29

    A murder case that hits close to home reunites Crockett with the man who used him to trick his way off Death Row.

    Director: George Mendeluk, Dick Wolf

    Writer: David Black, Michael Duggan

  • Mirror Image (2)
    8.2/10 408 votes

    #21 - Mirror Image (2)

    Season 4 Episode 22 - Aired 1988-05-06

    A concussion leaves Crockett thinking he is his drug dealer alter-ego Burnett and goes to work for a Colombian crime boss.

    Director: Richard Compton

    Writer: N/A

  • Hostile Takeover (3)
    8.2/10 395 votes

    #22 - Hostile Takeover (3)

    Season 5 Episode 1 - Aired 1988-11-04

    Still thinking he is really Sonny Burnett, Crockett starts a war between the crime family he has joined and a rival clan.

    Director: Don Johnson

    Writer: N/A

  • Freefall
    8.2/10 365 votes

    #23 - Freefall

    Season 5 Episode 17 - Aired 1989-05-21

    Crockett & Tubbs embark on what they see as a suicide mission. They are recruited by a Special Drug Taskforce to escort the corrupt dictator of Costa Morada, a fictional Revolution ravaged Latin American country. Gen. Manuel Borbon has promised to reveal the members of the most powerful South American drug cartel. Crockett & Tubbs are faced with what might be their final showdown.

    Director: Russ Mayberry

    Writer: N/A

  • No Exit
    8.1/10 850 votes

    #24 - No Exit

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 1984-11-09

    Crockett and Tubbs reluctantly help government agents in their pursuit of a dangerous arms dealer.

    Director: David Soul

    Writer: Maurice Hurley

  • Golden Triangle - Part 1
    8.1/10 688 votes

    #25 - Golden Triangle - Part 1

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 1985-01-11

    Crockett and Tubbs work undercover in a hotel. They uncover criminals that are an old enemies of Lt. Castillo and have also kidnapped Castillo's long-lost wife.

    Director: Georg Stanford Brown

    Writer: Joseph Gunn