Originally Posted by Bradford
Because Miami Vice was the coolest, edgiest show that had ever been on TV at the time. The use of handheld cameras, the lighting, the music, the attitude and the setting in art deco South Beach were all completely different than any other show that had previously been on TV.
That's exactly right. We had never seen anything like it. MV was more than a television show, it was a cultural event ... akin to Seinfeld, Sex in the City in that manner. It infected all manner of dress, speech, casting, writing, music, etc.
Now, looking back all of that was a tsunami-sized trend bubble with limited lasting power (unlike a Seinfeld), but at the time it was important.