The staff of a New York City taxicab company go about their job while they dream of greater things.
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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)
 Reverend Jim Ignatowski (84 episodes, 1978-1983)
J. Alan Thomas ...
 Jeff Bennett (70 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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12 September 1978 (USA)  »

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Jeff Conaway was discovered passed out on one of his filming days by one of the producers. It was common knowledge in the Hollywood community that Conaway was addicted to drugs at this point. The producers wrote him out of the episode and divvied up his lines amongst the other cast members. When they saw that they didn't lose any laughs by not using him, they realized they didn't need him, so they fired him. Conaway later told a reporter that he quit the show because the producers "dishonored me," but this wasn't true. See more »


Louie De Palma: That dame is older than the Continental Shelf!
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One of my very favorite TV shows of all time. Long live Reverend Jim Ignatowski!
24 July 2004 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

Funny thing, I never watched 'Taxi' during its initial run during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Something about the title, I never got past that. However, during its re-runs during the 1990s I became an enthusiastic fan. I taped all the episodes so I could watch them at my convenience (I didn't save them, so don't ask). It became like watching a 'family', much as did my other favorite, 'Northern Exposure.' Both series had a common quality, set in an unusual place, with quirky characters and meaningful stories, so that during each episode you actually begin to care for each one. Who could ever forget Alex Rieger, Louie De Palma, Elaine Nardo, Tony Banta, Latka Gravas, Simka, and my all-time favorite character, Christopher Lloyd as Reverend Jim Ignatowski. I like that he took the name 'Ignatokski' because it was 'flower child' spelled backwards! (If you don't get it, then you will never 'get it.')

A few of my favorite moments come to mind ...

Jim burns Louie's apartment. Jim discovers that "I must have had piano lessons..." Jim works all the overtime he can to buy ... a dozen TV sets, achieving his greatest goal in life. The moment in college, when Jim takes one bite of a brownie, and he becomes what we know as the kookie Ignatowski.

I'll think of many more after I post these comments!! A great TV series, maybe it will come out on DVD some day.

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