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  • Series: TV Milestones Series
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press (September 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814334199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814334195
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Discusses the aesthetic appeal, production history, philosophical themes, and enduring importance of the groundbreaking 1980s television series.

About the Author

Steven Sanders is emeritus professor of philosophy at the Massachusetts State College at Bridgewater. He is the editor of The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film and a contributor to Film Noir: The Encyclopedia and Blackwell's Companion to Film Noir.

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I truly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to all Miami Vices fans.
Coll Jr.
The book Miami Vice describes the television show’s main characters, “key” episodes, different seasons, and much more.
Michael
He points some interesting obversations from that work, as well as some facts that are plain incorrect.
N. P. Stathoulopoulos

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. P. Stathoulopoulos on March 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
Of the three "scholarly" texts that have appeared about Miami Vice, this is likely the best one and the new mark for "serious" books about the series. This slim volume resembles one of the better entries in the BFI Classics series.

The author makes this a bit personal (he's from Miami and is familiar with many of the show's locations), and is very concious about making this a straight-forward and easy to understand study of the seminal TV series. He also refers to other discussions of the film, particularly John Paul Trutnau's lengthier tome A One-Man Show? The Construction and Deconstruction of a Patriarchal Image in the Reagan Era: Reading the Audio-Visual Poetics of Miami Vice. He points some interesting obversations from that work, as well as some facts that are plain incorrect.

MV is populary remembered for style style style--the cars, the clothes, the music, the editing. But this book (and the others) also deal with the very deliberate choices in the story and characters. Vice is consistently "noirish" and did much to bring those themes into the modern era with its stories of corruption, identity, and the new cynicism introduced in a post-Vietnam / post-Watergate / Reagan-era 1980s. While Crockett and Tubbs were always after the "bad guys", the murky web their quarry sometimes inhabited reminded viewers that Miami, and indeed the USA, did not exist in a purely black and white world.

Highly recommended to MV fans, more so than Trutnau's book. It's far more accessible, succinct, and relevant and does much toward helping us remember that MV was about much more than pastels, Ferrari's, and Ray Bans.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By bluejazz on September 10, 2010
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At the end of the day, many cultural studies texts come off as either dry and rather vapid, or as linear buffoonery. I had pretty much given up hope finding a volume that was both incisive and enjoyable. Plus, other books about this much loved and imitated TV series were somewhat disappointing in their approach, favoring design and kitsch over just plain good writing.

Not so with Sanders' MIAMI VICE. I've not read other books in this series, but if they're all like this one, sign me up! Sanders not only knows Miami, but also digs in and offers the reader some very perceptive takes on the episodes, the actors, and even the music and the sets. He covers a lot of ground in this little book, and does so with a keen sense of what MIAMI VICE was all about and just how influential it was in setting the stage for future television shows in the genre.

The only problem is that now I want to go back and buy the DVD box sets of MIAMI VICE and watch them all over again! Highly recommended for all interested readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael on May 20, 2014
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The book Miami Vice describes the television show’s main characters, “key” episodes, different seasons, and much more. The book can educate and entertain the average person, but it often uses a lot of college film professor jargon. On many occasions, simple descriptions are used: “Miami Vice perpetuated the noir tradition by employing classic noir protagonists and themes (crime, entrapment, alienation, moral ambivalence, corruption).” The book often describes Miami Vice as a multi-layered and complex show that is more than just fashion, prestige cars, and music videos.

The book names and describes the television shows and the movies (from the 1950’s to the early 1980’s) that influenced Miami Vice. A movie idea from Hill Street Blues writer Anthony Yerkovich became the television show Miami Vice. Michael Mann (the writer and the director of the 1981 film Thief) had the largest impact on Miami Vice. There were two one-season shows that imitated Miami Vice when it was still on the air (1984 – 1990). The book names and describes the Miami Vice influenced television shows that were created after Miami Vice was cancelled.

The book describes the economy and the environment of Miami and Miami Beach in the 1970’s and the 1980’s. The book’s author grew up in Miami near Coral Gables. The book reveals that the real Miami was different from the Miami shown on Miami Vice. “Miami Vice changed not only the way people looked at television, but also the way they looked at Miami and Miami looked at itself.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Douglas F. Stalker on May 31, 2011
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This slim book, written with verse and intelligence, is a clear and informative analysis of everything you ever wanted or needed to know about the late, great tv series Miami Vice. It is everything that smart, and dare I say educated, tv criticism should be. There is no academic fol de rol here, just straightforward discussion of the facts and significance of everything that goes into this hit show. And it is fun to read, too. What more could one ask for?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coll Jr. on May 10, 2014
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I admit right from the start that I am a huge Miami Vice fan - have been from the start. I own the full DVD set, can recite the dialogue from many scenes in several episodes, and can pick out the songs on the radio that were featured throughout the series run. Needless to say, I know My Vice! A few years ago I read John-Paul Trutnau's "A One-Man Show? The Construction and Deconstruction of a Patriarchal Image in the Reagan Era: Reading the Audio-Visual Poetrics of Miami Vice." and wondered if we had watched the same show. His observation about the clothing colors matching or clashing with the protagonists wardrobe was interesting, but I didn't feel as though he grasped the concepts and sensibilities of the show. Author Steven Sanders put me inside some of my favorite episodes and expressed the same thoughts, emotions, and ideas that I felt when I watched the series. Miami Vice was so much more than eye candy and gratuitous violence; it was a multi-layered glimpse into the underbelly of society that others chose to ignore. Steven Sanders gets it and it is evident in his writing. I truly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to all Miami Vices fans. Take another ride with Crockett, Tubbs, and Castillo-you'll be happy you did.
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