5. Airport 24/7: Miami
This was an actually educational show about the inner workings of our beloved MIA, where we learned what ramp agents do, the high-stresses of security, and the laundry list of things that can go wrong and make your flight late. Exactly none of which you remember when you’re screaming at the gate agent because your flight to JFK is delayed 15 minutes.
4. Miami Ink
Aside from making “Where is Miami Ink?” the first question out of every tourist’s mouth for six years, this show about the 305 tattoo shop on Washington Ave was a pretty watchable look into the tattoo subculture. And made tattoo artists far more likeable than real estate agents.
3. Animal Cops: Miami
Not to be confused with Miami Animal Police (word reorganization will get you every time) this Animal Planet hit was a little like a real-life Ace Ventura, just replace the funny faces with guys getting treated for snake bites.
2. Miami Animal Police
Kudos to you, Miami-Dade Animal Services Department: of all the crazy, only-in-Miami law enforcement agencies in this city you’re the only one who managed to parlay it into becoming an independent entity. And, more importantly, getting a second TV show. For that Beyoncé-like split from the group to bigger stardom, you beat Animal Cops by a notch.
1. The Real World: Miami
Sure, that sprawling four bedroom house on Rivo Alto island wasn’t all that realistic. But six people sitting around a waterfront house all day and running through fifty grand while they talk about starting a fashion design business and doing a bunch of drugs? It doesn’t get any more “real Miami” than that.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Looking for The First 48? We have opted to omit it, because even though it may seem like every episode is shot here, it's not technically a Miami-based show.
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Matt Meltzer once field produced a reality show for French network TF-6 shot in Miami. This is why he's now a staff writer for Thrillist. Follow him @mmeltrez.