Perhaps no TV show epitomised the ’80s better than Miami Vice. With its fast cars, slick wardrobe and killer soundtrack, the NBC crime drama embodied the decade’s stylish “live fast” attitude and became a ratings monster in the process. And while its five-year run ended in 1989, Miami Vice continues to influence film, TV and fashion to this day. What better way to celebrate its legacy, then, than with some secrets from its polished production?
20. The show was born from two simple words
Almost all TV shows require lengthy pitches to make it to the screen, but Miami Vice’s genesis, at least, was relatively simple. According to lore, the show was born when Brandon Tartikoff – then the head of NBC – wrote the words “MTV Cops” on a table napkin.