Barney Miller (1974–1982)

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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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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
 Capt. Barney Miller (171 episodes, 1974-1982)
 Det. Stan 'Wojo' Wojciehowicz / ... (170 episodes, 1975-1982)
 Det. Ron Harris (164 episodes, 1975-1982)
 Det. Sgt. Arthur Dietrich / ... (124 episodes, 1975-1982)
 Officer Carl Levitt / ... (121 episodes, 1976-1982)
 Det. Sgt. Nick Yemana (103 episodes, 1975-1982)


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 <>

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23 January 1975 (USA)  »

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The Life and Times of Captain Barney Miller  »

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When Harris is asked to produce a porn film for an undercover sting, he uses the name "Starry Night Productions" as his cover. Years later, show writer Reinhold Weege uses the name for his own production company, which produced "Night Court." This 'connection' may account for many of the surreal (and humorous) elements found on both shows. See more »


Detective Ron Harris: So What do you do for fun? Watch TV?
Amish Farmer: It's not in the bible.
Detective Ron Harris: Movies?
Amish Farmer: Not in the Bible.
Detective Ron Harris: Play cards? Gamble?
Amish Farmer: It's not in the Bible.
Detective Ron Harris: What DO you DO for fun?
Amish Farmer: Got 14 kids. THAT'S in the Bible.
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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 »


Referenced in Battle of the Network Stars IX (1980) See more »

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A classic for the generations
4 November 2004 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

"Barney Miller" showed the gritty realism of police work in New York City in the 1970s, albeit with humor. Skits about the impending bankruptcy of the city, some of the futile criminal behavior (man stuck inside ductwork trying to burglarize a store), the mundane day in, day out existence of police officers with the occasional heart-pounding, adrenalin rush of excitement, and of course, what we in the profession called "the hairbags" - the old cops, forever full of stories, content to live in the past as Inspector Lugar exemplifies. To those who say "Barney Miller" is dated, I say the show is a timeless slice of life, and can be set in almost any locale and time period. The cast could not have been picked with any more brilliance, and the production was seamless. I say "Barney Miller" is a classic for the generations.

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