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Published:March 20th, 2007 10:27 EST
Get a double dose of Miami Vice: the series on DVD today

Get a double dose of Miami Vice: the series on DVD today

By Garrett Godwin

Before Horatio Caine and his team of crime scene investigators fight crime in Miami while looking good doing it, there was Sonny Crockett and Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs, as seasons three and four of Miami Vice is out now on DVD today.

Dubbed as "MTV cops" by late NBC Entertainment President, the series debuted in 1984 and became a cultural phenomenon combining the sights and appeal of Miami with the latest trends in music and fashion.  Vice was an innovative show, making each episode part music video, part film.  Executive produced by Michael Mann (Heat, Ali), who later went on to produce and direct last summer's big screen version, the series starred Don Johnson as Crockett and Philip Michael Thomas as Tubbs.  Both actors became household names, heartthrobs, and pop icons during Vice's run on NBC, breaking the Lone Ranger-Tonto stereotype.

Dick Wolf was one of the show's executive producers and writers at the start of the third season.  Episodes became edgier and darker at that time, bringing real life stories into Vice, setting the stage for Wolf to carve out the brand that is known today as Law & Order. Fans did not like the changes and this led to a decline in ratings.  This season, all 24 episodes, marks the intro of Sonny's new Ferrari and the demise of one character from the Vice squad. 

Miami Vice's ratings continued to dip at the start of season four with all 22 episodes.  Fans were even more confused as to why some of the cases involve UFO abductions.  However, the redeeming factor in this season was Sonny's star-crossed romance with beautiful rock star Caitlin Davies (Sheena Easton), leading to an unbelievable, intense, and shocking season finale that set the stage for the final season.

If watching it seven days a week on the Sleuth Channel is not enough for you, then get, not only seasons one and two of Miami Vice, but also get seasons three and four out on DVD today.