Fish (1977–1978)

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A grumpy New York cop and his wife adopt five rowdy foster children.

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 Det. Phil Fish (35 episodes, 1977-1978)
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 Bernice Fish (35 episodes, 1977-1978)
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 Charlie Harrison (35 episodes, 1977-1978)
John Cassisi ...
 Victor Kreutzer (35 episodes, 1977-1978)
Denise Miller ...
 Jilly Papalardo (35 episodes, 1977-1978)
Len Bari ...
 Mike / ... (35 episodes, 1977-1978)
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 Loomis (35 episodes, 1977-1978)
Sarah Natoli ...
 Diane Pulaski / ... (35 episodes, 1977-1978)
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Detective Phil Fish, from the Barney Miller television series, is the central character in this spin-off. This show is about Det. Fish at home, where he and his wife take care of several orphans, who are often in trouble with the law. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Not far enough to sustain
14 November 2008 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I watched this show when it was originally broadcast. Although it was cute, it didn't quite have the oomph to be a sustainable series. I love Abe Vigoda's look, especially his long-suffering, sad-eyed expression, but it was hard to hang a whole show around his character. Fish was better as a supporting role.

Although Bernice provided the nurturing for the kids, Fish loudly claimed to dislike them and long for a quieter life. My favorite quote from the show was when he blew out the candles on a birthday cake. The girl asked, "Did ya get ya wish, Mista Fish?" and he replied, "NO, you're ALL STILL HERE!"

Although later shows managed to center a sitcom around a negative character, such as Dabney Coleman ( http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001056 ) in Buffalo Bill ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084992 ), or the puppet alien in ALF ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090390 ), these succeeded because the bad boy was SO extremely bad that you couldn't help laughing. Quietly grumbling Fish with a (well hidden) soft side just didn't go far enough to grab and hold an audience.


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