Miami Vice (Season 1) Starring: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas Director: Various The series: Once in a while, American primetime television throws up a little gem. And so it was back in the 1980s when - suddenly - men all over the world started wearing T-shirts under their suit jackets. And slip-on white shoes with no socks was inexplicably de rigueur. The reason? The phenomenon that was Miami Vice. For the MTV generation, prime time never got looked any better. It was fast, brash and bright (in a pastel sort of way). And utterly and totally cool. If you find yourself in HMV this weekend, you can nab six episodes for $188 - a bargain by anyone's standards. The star of the show was an impossibly young-looking Don Johnson. As Sonny Crockett, he rules the streets of Miami, cruising around in classic cars with big fins, trying to work things out with his missus, and cocking an eye at authority whenever it stands in the way of him doing his job. And taking his shirt off at each and every opportunity. His partner, Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas), is a no-nonsense cop from New York. And one of the greatest over-actors in television history. No grimace is too pained, no plea too impassioned. And it makes for a classic pairing. The various directors - starting with Thomas Carter in the pilot - make the most of the stunning Miami strip and its beautiful people, most of whom jaunt around in various states of undress (well, it's hot down there). The villains are no less captivating - invariably oily cocaine dealers with dodgy accents and even dodgier wardrobes than Tubbs - and the appearance of Edward James Olmos as Lieutenant Castillo gives the whole series an unexpected weight and dramatic edge. Not that you can ever take the whole thing too seriously. Crockett, after all, lives on a yacht - with his pet alligator. The lead actors primp and pose and run courageously into the face of danger Within the six episodes available here you get to see Joan Chen playing the mysterious May Ling, a drug dealer's concubine with a secret to share with the good-hearted Castillo. Her story is played out over two episodes, leaving us hanging with TV's immortal line 'To Be Continued ...' Priceless cheese. The extras: Nada. The verdict: Cool then, corny now. But still excellent entertainment.