I'm not saying that bringing Pam Grier in as a series regular would have changed anything, or even that Miami Vice should have lasted more than five seasons***. But a change in character dynamics could have worked wonders for what had become a floundering franchise. Sonny wouldn't have become the main star, with every single development orbiting around his every decision, and Tubbs wouldn't have been relegated to background guy, which is better treatment than Gina, Trudy, and Switek got, actually. Pam Grier would not have taken the backseat and would have put up a huge stink when and if her character was marginalized. And she probably wouldn't have tried to land a record deal, like Thomas and Johnson did (shudder).
Can't you just imagine it? Disgraced NYC cop Valerie Gordon follows in her former lover's footsteps to join the Miami-Dade vice squad, determined to make up for all the times she fucked up. Talk about motivation, right? Add in some serious sexual tension between her and Rico, who is desperate to start the relationship again (and she's more, "Look, dude, I have issues of my own right now. Maybe later?"), and you've got some major drama to throw up against the craziness that was Dallas. Would it have worked? I dunno. But it would have been nice to see.
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* This is an exceptionally harsh episode to watch, even now, with shows like Breaking Bad and The Wire. I think I've already mentioned it before, but I don't remember going too heavily into detail.
** I deeply love that show. I even like what the writers did with Beckett and Castle once they got married.
*** I'm of the ilk that believes shows should rarely, if ever, go for more than four or five seasons. And this is coming from someone who is a fan of Friends, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and many other shows that went well past the five-year mark.