BEST MIAMI-SET SERIES
“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”