BEST MI­AMI-SET SE­RIES

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On TV - BY GE­ORGE DICKIE

“The Jackie Glea­son Show” (1966-70, CBS) Filmed at the Mi­ami Beach Au­di­to­rium, this hour­long of­fer­ing was a com­bi­na­tion of va­ri­ety show and hour­long adap­ta­tions of old “The Honey­moon­ers” scripts, much of the lat­ter con­tain­ing pro­duc­tion num­bers and adlib­bing by Glea­son and co-stars Art Car­ney, Sheila MacRae and Jean Kean to the de­light of the live au­di­ence.

“Mi­ami Vice” (1984-90, NBC) Don John­son and Philip-Michael Thomas be­came house­hold names as pas­tel-clad De­tec­tives Sonny Crock­ett and Ri­cardo Tubbs in this wildly pop­u­lar crime drama that fo­cused mainly on drug traf­fick­ing and in­cor­po­rated pop­u­lar mu­sic of the day into its episodes. In fact, leg­end has it that the idea for the se­ries came from a brain­storm­ing memo from NBC En­ter­tain­ment chief Bran­don Tar­tikoff that read sim­ply “MTV cops.”

“The Golden Girls” (1985-92, NBC) Mul­ti­ple Emmy and Golden Globe Awards went to this very funny Su­san Har­ris-cre­ated sit­com about four re­tirees (Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McClana­han, Betty White) deal­ing with relationsh­ips, life and one an­other in Mi­ami.

“Empty Nest” (1988-95, NBC) This “Golden Girls” spinoff starred for­mer “Soap” player Richard Mul­li­gan as a wid­owed pe­di­a­tri­cian who gets house­mates when two of his grown daugh­ters (Di­nah Manoff, Kristy McNi­chol) move back in with him.

“CSI: Mi­ami” (2002-12, CBS) For­mer “NYPD Blue” star David Caruso was front and cen­ter as the head of a team of in­ves­ti­ga­tors in this first di­rect spinoff in the “CSI” crime pro­ce­dural fran­chise, with other foren­sics an­a­lysts played by Emily Proc­ter, Kim De­laney, Adam Rodriguez and Omar Ben­son Miller (“Ballers”).

“Burn No­tice” (2007-13, USA Net­work) Jef­frey Dono­van did solid work as a spy re­cently dis­avowed by the CIA, who uses his spe­cial ops train­ing to help others as an un­li­censed private in­ves­ti­ga­tor and prob­lem solver. Gabrielle An­war, Bruce Camp­bell and Sharon Gless were also in the tal­ented cast.

“The Golden Girls”

“Mi­ami Vice”

“CSI: Mi­ami”

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