Taxi (1978–1983)

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The staff of a New York City taxicab company go about their job while they dream of greater things.

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Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 23 wins & 55 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
 Alex Reiger (114 episodes, 1978-1983)
 Louie De Palma (114 episodes, 1978-1983)
 Elaine O'Connor-Nardo (114 episodes, 1978-1983)
 Tony Banta (114 episodes, 1978-1983)
 Latka Gravas / ... (114 episodes, 1978-1983)
J. Alan Thomas ...
 Jeff Bennett (88 episodes, 1978-1983)
 Reverend Jim Ignatowski (84 episodes, 1978-1983)
 Bobby Wheeler (69 episodes, 1978-1982)


Louie De Palma is a cantankerous, acerbic taxi dispatcher in New York City. He tries to maintain order over a collection of varied and strange characters who drive for him. As he bullies and insults them from the safety of his "cage," they form a special bond among themselves, becoming friends and supporting each other through the inevitable trials and tribulations of life. Written by Tad Dibbern <>

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Release Date:

12 September 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Taksi  »

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The series was inspired by a 1975 article in New York magazine titled "Night-Shifting for the Hip Fleet" by Mark Jacobson. James L. Brooks and David Davis read the article which was about several drivers who worked the night shift for a New York cab company. See more »


"Reverend" Jim Ignatowski: I wonder about things, like, if they call an orange an "orange," then why don't we call a banana a "yellow" or an apple a "red"? Blueberries, I understand. But will someone explain gooseberries to me?
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Referenced in TV Land Confidential: Oddballs & Original Characters (2007) See more »

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one of my top 5 favorite American comedies- Season 1
23 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first season of this classic sitcom started off on the ground running as we're introduced to the down-trodden, brow-beaten denizen taxi drivers of the Sunshine Cab Company, the advice giving Alex Reirger (Judd Hirsh), failed boxer Tony Banta (Tony Danza, failed actor Bobby Wheeler (Jeff Conaway), new immigrant, Latka (superbly played by Andy Kaufman) as well as new cab drivers Elaine and John (Marilu Henner and Randall Carver respectively), and cranky, hateful boss Louie De Palma (Dsnny DeVito, in the role of his career). These people are life losers, but the writing is such that they are NEVER treated as such. All of the characters were highly relatable and one couldn't help but feel empathetic to each of them. We're laughing with these guys, not at them. And it's a very funny, poignant show. Guest stars this season included Former Welterweight Champion of the World Carlos Palomino, Tom Selleck, Jeffrey Tambor, Martin Mull, and Suzanne Kent in a very memorable part as Alex's blind date, the overweight self-pitying Angela who would return next season in a surprising way. The first Season of Taxi was a few outstanding shows, a few funny ones, but not a clunker in the bunch. And you have no choice but to love that theme song.

My Season 1 grade: A

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