1. I Want My MTV Cops: Miami Vice as Television Commodity.
2. Guns, Glitter, and Glamour: Styling the Show.
3. Losing the Plot?: Storytelling in Miami Vice.
4. Risky Business: the Cultural Politics of Vice.
Broadcast Date Notes.
"[Lyons] displays, in addition to still other virtues, an attentiveness to visual texture and theme as refined as that in the best film criticism. This book offers the richest account of a single television program I've ever read, describing a defining show of the Reagan years...Lyons's treatment of the series' conflicted ideology is equally illuminating." (Cinema Journal, 1 June 2011)
- Explores Miami Vice’s combination of disparate influences (MTV, film noir, soap opera, ‘high concept’ action films) as well as the social, cultural and industrial moments when it burst onto the network
- Introduces readers to major components of televisual analysis--style, storytelling, the television show as commodity and ideological critique-- that illustrate the show’s unique features
- Provides a model for students’ own assessment of other shows, and confirms precisely how--and on what terms--Miami Vice redefined the police drama and an era