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Miami in Pop Culture

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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

Miami has acted as the backdrop for many movies, including There’s Something About MaryHarold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo BayWild ThingsMarley & MeAce Ventura: Pet DetectiveOut of TimeBad Boys, Bad Boys II Bad Boys III2 Fast 2 Furious, Transporter 2The BirdcageThe SubstituteBlowTrue LiesPolice Academy 5Reno 911!: MiamiQuick PickMiami Vice (based on the 1980s television series of the same name), Red EyeThe BodyguardAny Given SundayCocaine CowboysScarfaceMiami Blues, Dostana which is the first Bollywood film to be filmed entirely in Miami, and the James Bond films GoldfingerThunderball, and Casino Royale.

Miami Vice                                                          Cocaine Cowboys

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 Dexter all 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 Vice was 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.

Nip/Tuck                                                             CSI: Miami

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 & OceanMaking Menudo, the fourth season of Making the BandRoom RaidersThe Real World: MiamiThe 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.

Jersey Shore: Miami                                      Hogan Knows Best

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.

Miami 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 Cristina and 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.

Sábado Gigante                                                       El Gordo y La Flaca

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