In Popular Culture
View of the “Moon over Miami”, a famous phrase that has inspired many pop culture items, including a movie, TV series, song and dish.
See also: List of films and television shows set in
Miami has acted as the backdrop for many movies, including There’s Something About Mary, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Wild Things, Marley & Me, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Out of Time, Bad Boys, Bad Boys II Bad Boys III, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Transporter 2, The Birdcage, The Substitute, Blow, True Lies, Police Academy 5, Reno 911!: Miami, Quick Pick, Miami Vice (based on the 1980s television series of the same name), Red Eye, The Bodyguard, Any Given Sunday, Cocaine Cowboys, Scarface, Miami Blues, Dostana which is the first Bollywood film to be filmed entirely in Miami, and the James Bond films Goldfinger, Thunderball, and Casino Royale.
Many television shows have been set or are filmed in Miami. The controversial Emmy winning drama Nip/Tuck, CBS’s CSI: Miami and Miami Medical, USA’s Burn Notice and Showtime’s Dexterall take place in Miami. The Jackie Gleason Show was taped in Miami Beach from 1964 to 1970. The NBC show Good Morning, Miami was fictionally based on the workings of a Miami television station. The popular sitcoms The Golden Girls and Empty Nest were based in Miami. Miami Vicewas also based and filmed in the Miami area. Keeping with its modern music tradition, the city has recently hosted the 2004 and 2005 MTV Video Music Awards. Other music award shows which were hosted in Miami, are the Latin Grammys in 2003 and Lo Nuestro Awards in 2006.
In the mid-2000s, Miami started to become a popular backdrop for reality television shows. Reality programming set in the city include the TLC show Miami Ink; Discovery Channel’s After Dark; Animal Planet’s Miami Animal Police; MTV’s 8th & Ocean, Making Menudo, the fourth season of Making the Band, Room Raiders, The Real World: Miami, The X Effect, and Jersey Shore: Miami; VH1′s Hogan Knows Best and its spin-off Brooke Knows Best; TruTV’s Bounty Girls: Miami; A&E’s The First 48; E!’s Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami; CMT’s Danger Coast; Bravo’s Miami Social, and the third season of Bravo’s Top Chef.
The video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which became one of the best-selling video games in history, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, take place in Vice City, a fictional city inspired by Miami, including some of the same architecture and geography. There are also characters in the game who speak Haitian Creole and Spanish.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
The Miami Tower lit hot neon pink, one of the colors that have become the epitome of Miami’s fashion industry.
is a center for Latin television and film production. As a result, many Spanish-language programs are filmed in the many television production studios, predominantly in Hialeah and Doral. This includes game shows, variety shows, news programs, and telenovelas. Arguably, the most famous Miami-filmed programs are Sábado Gigante, a Saturday night variety show seen throughout the United States, South America and Europe, and the daytime talk shows Cristinaand El Gordo y la Flaca. Country singer, the late Keith Whitley (1955–1989), sang a song called, “Miami, My Amy”, obviously about a special woman from Miami, one of his biggest hits to this day.