Thirty years ago, the cops-versus-drug-lords melodrama “Miami Vice” — starring Don Johnson, left, and Philip Michael Thomas, right, as as undercover narcs Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs — debuted on NBC-TV. The show’s producers cast a hyper-Miami as a principal character that even locals had trouble recognizing.
Thirty years ago, the cops-versus-drug-lords melodrama “Miami Vice” — starring Don Johnson, left, and Philip Michael Thomas, right, as as undercover narcs Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs — debuted on NBC-TV. The show’s producers cast a hyper-Miami as a principal character that even locals had trouble recognizing. Handout
Thirty years ago, the cops-versus-drug-lords melodrama “Miami Vice” — starring Don Johnson, left, and Philip Michael Thomas, right, as as undercover narcs Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs — debuted on NBC-TV. The show’s producers cast a hyper-Miami as a principal character that even locals had trouble recognizing. Handout

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September 28, 2014 2:00 AM

The Vice Effect: 30 years after the show that changed Miami

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