The series ran for five seasons on NBC from 1984 to 1989.
The USA Network began airing reruns in 1988, and broadcast an originally unaired episode during its syndication run of the series on January 25, 1990.
Miami Vice is noted for its innovative use of stereo broadcast music, particularly countless pop and rock hits of the 1980s and the distinctive, synthesized instrumental music of Jan Hammer.
While other television shows used made-for-TV music, Miami Vice would spend $10,000 or more per episode to buy the rights to original recordings. album chart for 11 weeks in 1985, making it the most successful TV soundtrack at the time.
After two seasons, Johnson threatened to walk from the series as part of a highly publicized contract dispute.