A grumpy New York cop and his wife adopt five rowdy foster children.
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1978   1977  
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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)
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 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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Phil Fish is a detective with the New York Police Department who moves into a house with his gravelly-voiced wife Bernice, and adopts five foster children: street-smart Victor, black hipster Loomis, shy Jilly, charmer Mike and youthful Diane. Charlie was the social worker shrink who dropped in from time to time to make sure everything was OK. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Fish now has his own show...with Bernice and five little Fishes! See more »

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In 2011, Shout Factory released "Barney Miller: The Complete Series" on DVD. Included in the DVD package is the first season of "Fish" (13 episodes). See more »

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Referenced in Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Show No. 211 (1999) See more »

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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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