Miami Vice

Synopsis

Detectives Sonny Crocket, Ricardo Tubbs and their colleagues with the Metro-Dade Police Department's Vice Division investigate crimes in the city of Miami, under the command of the mysterious and taciturn Lt. Martin Castillo.

EJO's Role

Edward James Olmos in Miami Vice

Edward James Olmos plays the soft-spoken and brooding Lt. Martin Castillo.

Behind the Camera

Edward James Olmos directed a single episode of the show, "Bushido." It was his first time directing.

The Numbers

"Miami Vice" aired on NBC from September 1984 to January 1990

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Episodes

Aired from September 1984-May 1985

  1. Brother's Keeper
  2. Heart of Darkness
  3. Cool Runnin'
  4. Calderone's Return: Part I - The Hit List
  5. Calderone's Return: Part II - Calderone's Demise
  6. One Eyed Jack
  7. No Exit
  8. The Great McCarthy
  9. Glades
  10. Give a Little, Take a Little
  11. Little Prince
  12. Milk Run
  13. Golden Triangle: Part I
  14. Golden Triangle: Part II
  15. Smuggler's Blues
  16. Rites of Passage
  17. The Maze
  18. Made for Each Other
  19. The Home Invaders
  20. Nobody Lives Forever
  21. Evan
  22. Lombard

Aired from September 1985-May 1986

  1. The Prodigal Son
  2. Whatever Works
  3. Out Where The Buses Don't Run
  4. The Dutch Oven
  5. Buddies
  6. Junk Love
  7. Tale of the Goat
  8. Bushido
  9. Bought and Paid For
  10. Back in the World
  11. Phil the Shill
  12. Definitely Miami
  13. Yankee Dollar
  14. One Way Ticket
  15. Little Miss Dangerous
  16. Florence Italy
  17. French Twist
  18. The Fix
  19. Payback
  20. Free Verse
  21. Trust Fund Pirates
  22. Sons and Lovers

Aired from September 1986-May 1987

  1. When Irish Eyes Are Crying
  2. Stone's War
  3. Killshot
  4. Walk-Alone
  5. The Good Collar
  6. Shadow in the Dark
  7. El Viejo
  8. Better Living Through Chemistry
  9. Baby Blues
  10. Streetwise
  11. Forgive Us Our Debts
  12. Down for the Count: Part I
  13. Down for the Count: Part II
  14. Cuba Libre
  15. The Savage
  16. Theresa
  17. The Afternoon Plane
  18. Lend Me an Ear
  19. Red Tape
  20. By Hooker By Crook
  21. Knock, Knock ... Who's There?
  22. Viking Bikers from Hell
  23. Everybody's in Show Biz
  24. Heroes of the Revolution

Aired from September 1987-May 1988

  1. Contempt of Court
  2. Amen ... Send Money
  3. Death and the Lady
  4. The Big Thaw
  5. Child's Play
  6. God's Work
  7. Missing Hours
  8. Like A Hurricane
  9. The Rising Sun of Death
  10. Love at First Sight
  11. A Rock and a Hard Place
  12. The Cows of October
  13. Vote of Confidence
  14. Baseballs of Death
  15. Indian Wars
  16. Honor Among Thieves?
  17. Hell Hath No Fury
  18. Badge of Dishonor
  19. Blood & Roses
  20. A Bullet for Crockett
  21. Deliver Us from Evil
  22. Mirror Image

Aired from November 1988-June 1989. The final episode aired in January 1990.

  1. Hostile Takeover
  2. Redemption in Blood
  3. Heart of Night
  4. Bad Timing
  5. Borrasca
  6. Line of Fire
  7. Asian Cut
  8. Hard Knocks
  9. Fruit of the Poison Tree
  10. To Have and to Hold
  11. Miami Squeeze
  12. Jack of All Trades
  13. The Cell Within
  14. The Lost Madonna
  15. Over the Line
  16. Victims of Circumstance
  17. Freefall
  18. World of Trouble
  19. Miracle Man
  20. Leap of Faith
  21. Too Much, Too Late
Trivia
  • "Bushido" guest star Dean Stockwell went on to work with Edward James Olmos in "Battlestar Galactica"
  • Edward James Olmos won both a Golden Globe and Emmy for his portrayal of Lt. Castillo.
  • EJO was the only "Miami Vice" actor to win an Emmy, and to be nominated more than once.
  • In regards to his less-than-verbose role on "Miami Vice", EJO has reportedly stated that he "was the highest-paid actor – per word – in the history of television!"
  • The episode "Bushido" marks EJO first time directing.
  • Gregory Sierra was the original lieutenant (Lou Rodriguez) on "Miami Vice" and Edward James Olmos replaced him as the unit's new lieutenant, Martin Castillo, several episodes into the first season. EJO and Sierra ended up working together a number of years later in The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit.
  • The "Miami Vice" theme was voted the #1 theme song of all time by TV Guide readers

Awards

These are the honors Edward James Olmos either won or was nominated for in relation to his work on "Miami Vice":

  • Emmy Awards
  • 1986: Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
  • 1985: Won: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
  • Golden Globes
  • 1989: Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
  • 1986: Won: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV (Watch Acceptance Speech)

The Emmys are bestowed by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

  • 1988
  • Nominated: Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series ("Like A Hurricane")
  • 1986
  • Nominations: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Edward James Olmos), Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore, Jan Hammer for "Bushido"), Outstanding Editing for a Series (Single Camera Production, Robert A. Daniels for "Out Where the Buses Don't Run"), Nominated: Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series ("Florence Italy")
  • 1985
  • Won: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Edward James Olmos), Outstanding Art Direction for a Series ("No Exit"), Outstanding Cinematography for a Series ("My Brother's Keeper"), Outstanding Film Sound Editing for a Series ("My Brother's Keeper")
  • Nominations: Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Don Johnson), Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series (Anthony Yerkovich, "Brother's Keeper"), Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series (Lee H. Katzin, "Cool Runnin'"), Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series (Paul Michael Glaser, "Smuggler's Blues", Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore, Jan Hammer for "Evan"), Nominated: Outstanding Cinematography for a Series ("No Exit"), Outstanding Costume Design for a Series ("No Exit"), Outstanding Film Editing for a Series ("Evan"), Outstanding Film Editing for a Series ("Smuggler's Blues"), Outstanding Film Sound Editing for a Series ("Smuggler's Blues")

The Golden Globes are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

  • 1989
  • Nominations: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV, Edward James Olmos
  • 1987
  • Nominations: Best TV Series (Drama), Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series (Drama, Don Johnson)
  • 1986
  • Won: Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series (Drama, Don Johnson); Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV (Edward James Olmos)
  • Nominations: Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series (Drama, Philip Michael Thomas), Best TV Series - Drama
  • 1986 Directors Guild of America
  • Nominations: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series'- Night, Paul Michael Glaser ("Smuggler's Blues")
  • People's Choice Awards
  • 1986: Won: Favorite TV Dramatic Program (tied with Dynasty)
  • 1985: Won: Favorite New TV Dramatic Program

  • TV Land Awards
  • 2006: Nominated: Coolest Crime Fighting Team, Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas
  • 2004: Won: Favorite Fashion Plate - Male, Don Johnson
  • 2003: Nominated: Hippest Fashion Plate - Male, Don Johnson
  • 1986 American Cinema Editors
  • Won: Best Edited Episode from a Television Series ("Smuggler's Blues")
  • 1985 Edgar Allan Poe Awards
  • Nominated: Best Television Episode, Anthony Yerkovich ("Miami Vice")
My Take

Love it or hate it, there's no denying that "Miami Vice" was a ground-breaking program, challenging TV status quo for everything from costuming, lighting and cinematography to the way cops and criminals were portrayed. And then there was the music.

Outside of a few really bizarre episodes in the later seasons, I can say that it was an outstanding piece of work, particularly for television in the 1980s, and it definitely paved the way for today's shows to take on unique looks.

Edward James Olmos joined the cast in the sixth episode as Lt. Martin Castillo, giving the unit a leader who would let them do their jobs but keep them in line when necessary. He played the part with a disciplined measure of economy. His Castillo was a man of few words – and he never raised his voice unlike police commanders in other shows of the day – but when he spoke, his crew had better listen. He was also something of a mystery to the people around him and few had the nerve to pry past his intensity to find out why he lived such a reclusive life outside of the squad. Being an EJO fan aside, of all the characters of "Miami Vice", Castillo was the one I always wanted to know more about and I've always wondered what became of him. I chalk that up to some fine acting by Mr. Olmos.

Surprisingly, "Miami Vice" holds up well over time – though the ever-growing shoulderpads in Don Johnson's wardrobe and his ever-evolving hair are somewhat distracting. The action and "look" of the show are just as crisp today as they were when they first aired. And who can forget the music that defined a decade...

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