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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One of the Funniest Police Comedies Ever! See more »


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23 January 1975 (USA)  »

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The Life and Times of Captain Barney Miller  »

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The original pilot was titled 'The (1974) (TV) Life and Times of Captain Barney Miller', but it was rejected by ABC. It aired as a special on 22 August 1974. ABC was negotiating a deal with director John Rich at the time, due to his success with All in the Family (1971). Rich had seen the pilot and was interested in working on the show. He insisted that ABC give it another chance as part of his deal, so the show was immediately picked up for a 13-episode commitment. However, due to disagreements with producer/writer 'Danny Arnold (I)', Rich left the show after two episodes to work on other projects for ABC. See more »


Fish: [Fish is depressed over his age] When Wilson and I were chasing that kid... Do you know what it feels like to be running down 43rd Street, and your partner is cornering a guy on 52nd? Do you how I found out what happened? I asked a reporter! *Four* radio stations beat me to the scene of the crime!
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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 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.61 (2008) 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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