Miami Vice ran on NBC from September 16, 1984 until January 25, 1990. The series made Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas superstars, and countless actors and actresses who are famous today appeared on the show in the ’80s as unknown actors/actresses at the time.
The finale episode of Miami Vice, titled “Freefall,” premiered on May 21, 1989. It was originally broadcast as an extended, two-hour episode, but is often split into two one-hour episodes for syndication.
In the episode, Crockett and Tubbs are sent to Central America to bring back a dictator with information on major players in the drug underworld, in what could prove to be their final assignment. The mission is successful, but Crockett and Tubbs are betrayed by the government and left to fend for themselves. They are able to escape, but their future with the Vice Squad is uncertain.
The episode was praised by critics for its action sequences, cinematography, and performances. It was also a ratings success, with over 22 million viewers watching the premiere.
The finale episode of Miami Vice is a fitting end to the series, which was one of the most popular and influential television shows of the 1980s. It is a must-watch for fans of the show and anyone who enjoys action-packed crime dramas.
Enjoy this look back at the final scene from the series finale of Miami Vice in May, 1989!