Miami Vice aired on NBC 30 years ago. The network cancelled the series after five seasons on the air. The series that starred Don Johnson was a cultural phenomenon, and it launched the career of Johnson and Edward James Olmos. Johnson has returned to television this season with Blood & Oil, but he will always be Sonny Crockett to Miami Vice fans.
The series was known for more than just its flashy fashion and fun in the sun action though. The series was known for its use of music. Many popular songs from the day were featured on the series, but the biggest feat of the series is for its soundtrack and theme song.
According to MeTV, It was 30 years ago this week that Jan Hammer’s instrumental theme song for the series topped the Billboard charts at number one. A television theme song had not accomplished that feat since 1959. The soundtrack album also topped its respective chart that week.
Were you a fan of Miami Vice? Listen to the theme song below. Tell us what you think.