The captain of a city police station and his staff handle the various local troubles and characters that come to the building.
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 Capt. Barney Miller (171 episodes, 1974-1982)
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 Det. Stan 'Wojo' Wojciehowicz / ... (170 episodes, 1975-1982)
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 Det. Ron Harris (164 episodes, 1975-1982)
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 Det. Sgt. Arthur Dietrich / ... (124 episodes, 1975-1982)
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 Officer Carl Levitt / ... (121 episodes, 1976-1982)
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 Det. Sgt. Nick Yemana (103 episodes, 1975-1982)
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Barney Miller is the kind of cop we'd all like to run into. He is always sensible. He maintains order over a squad room of detectives who gamble for a hobby, get hit on by anything in skirts, go to renaissance philosophy conventions for fun, and would really prefer to be writing. Nearly all of the action takes place in the squad room where the citizens and criminals are brought in to complicate the mix. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Hal Linden and Max Gail were the only actors to be featured in the opening credits every season. (Ron Glass was only a featured actor in the first season, appearing in only handful of segments with his name listed in the closing credits.) See more »

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Barney Miller: [after Chano and Fish return from a bank robbery and Chano is acting very strangely] What happened?
Fish: Two armed men. One with a shotgun. One with a handgun. Shot a guard. Held six people hostage and threatened to kill them if we didn't let them go. It'd have gone on all day if *someone* didn't get inside.
Barney Miller: Apparently someone did.
Fish: Chano... killed both of them.
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At different times in the production of the series Max Gail was credited as both Max Gail and Maxwell Gail. See more »

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What Television once was...Funny, Classy, Mature
24 April 2006 | by (NY) – See all my reviews

This show was one of the reasons why the ABC would dethrone the CBS, as the number one network in prime time in the latter 1970's.

Barney Miller depicted the day to day workings of a typical New York City detectives unit. Void of overly melodramatic urban drama, and the now all too over played "tough guy" act, Barney Miller was touted as being a fair portrayal of the life of a detective (with much more levity of-course).

Even though it was first and foremost a comedy series, the writers gave us a much needed balance by injecting a bit of drama into the plot and characters themselves. This dramatic element was so well done, that it added to character development, and provided for more laughter. Their witty dialog rarely left the viewer disappointed, or without a laugh, and with entertainment being the key factor of any Television production, the cast of Barney Miller delivered in episode after episode.

However, the show was produced during a time when crime in NY City was being managed with a overly diplomatic approach. An experiment that would prove it self to be disastrous, effectuated lectures by some of the shows characters, demonstrating an endorsement of this new more "liberal" approach to fighting crime.

There is not much out there today that even comes close to what we had in Barney Miller. It seems that todays Television lacks respect for their audience, as cheap sexual gags, and one liners dominate the sitcom landscape, and leave us with vacuous and cloddish jocularity.

Barney Miller will however, be an example of what Television once was. A time when mature, plot driven humor was demanded, and the crude and immature was rejected.


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