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Miami Vice was a popular television series that aired from 1984 to 1989. The characters of Crocket and Tubbs were ranked #61, with Lt. Castillo at #89 in Bravo's 100 Greatest TV Characters.
- The Spring 1986 issue of Muppet Magazine featured a comic parody starring Rizzo and the Muppet Show rats.
- Miami Vice star Don Johnson was interviewed about his role on the show in the Fall 1986 issue of Muppet Magazine, and featured on the cover.
- Baby Fozzie and Baby Rowlf parodied the show in the Muppet Babies episode "The Frog Who Knew Too Much".
- Fraggles Look for Jobs, a 1987 wrap video for Fraggle Rock, features a poster of the two stars in the background.
Actors who have played featured roles in Muppet/Henson productions and who have also appeared on Miami Vice include the following:
- Larry Block played an FBI agent in "Heroes of the Revolution" (1987)
- Eddie Castrodad played Jaime Escobar in "The Maze" (1985)
- Chris Cooper played Jimmy Yagovitch in "Mirror Image" (1988)
- Colin Farrell played Sonny Crockett in the 2006 film adaptation
- Harvey Fierstein played Benedict in "The Fix" (1986)
- Laurence Fishburne played Prison Guard Keller in "Walk-Alone" (1986)
- Jamie Foxx played Ricardo Tubbs in the 2006 film adaptation
- Norberto Kerner played a Colombian officer in "The Prodigal Son" (1985)
- Nathan Lane played Monty Price in "Buddies" (1985)
- John Leguizamo played Ivan Calderone in "Sons and Lovers" (1986), Orlando Calderone in "The Afternoon Plane" (1987), and Angelo Alvarez in "Victims of Circumstance" (1989)
- Ian McShane played Esteban Montoya in "Knock, Knock... Who's There?" (1987) and General Manuel Borbon in "Freefall" (1989)
- Sam McMurray played Jimmy Walters in "Calderone's Demise" (1984)
- Belinda Montgomery played Caroline Crockett (1984-1989)
- Liam Neeson played Sean Carroon in "When Irish Eyes Are Crying" (1986)
- Austin Pendleton played Max Rogo in "Yankee Dollar" (1986)
- Jon Polito played El Gato in "Hostile Takeover" and "Redemption in Blood" (1988)
- Little Richard played Marvelle Quinn in "Out Where the Buses Don't Run" (1985)
- Chris Rock played Carson in "Missing Hours" (1987)
- Jaime Sánchez played Grocero in "Smuggler's Blues" (1985)
- Jimmy Smits played Eddie Rivera in "Brother's Keeper" (1984)
- John Spencer played Lt. Lee Atkins in "The Good Collar" (1986)
- Ben Stiller played Fast Eddie Felcher in "Amen... Send Money" (1987)