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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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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 <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Release Date:

12 September 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Taksi  »

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When ABC canceled the series in 1982, HBO considered purchasing the show, only to lose out to NBC, which promoted the show in ads stating "Same time, better network". See more »


Louie De Palma: He'll be back... they all come back... the only one who never came back was James Caan... and I'm still waitin'!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Dead Talk Back (1994) See more »

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One Of The Best
16 May 2004 | by (New York, NY USA) – See all my reviews

Taxi was, during it's five-year run, the most funny, engaging, memorable, and heartbreaking show on television. The show helped to redefine situation comedies and created a handful of classic characters.

The show revolves around the drivers at the Sunshine Cab company: Alex Rieger (Judd Hirsch) was the good-hearted mensch who finds himself solving everyone else's problems. Bobby Wheeler (Jeff Conaway) is an aspiring actor and ladies man. Tony Banta (Tony Danza) is a struggling boxer who can never seem to win a fight. Elaine Nardo (Marilu Henner) is a single mother of two with dreams of opening her own art gallery. Reverend Jim Ignatowski (Christopher Lloyd) is an absolute space cadet, and Louie DePalma (Danny DeVito) is surely the nastiest, angriest, most miserable boss in history. Thanks to DeVito's charm, he is still somehow lovable.

Besides the great acting in "Taxi," there was the writing- always funny and often bittersweet without ever being maudlin or melodramatic. There are episodes that can make you laugh so hard you cry, and vice versa. Thanks to the genius of director James Burrows Taxi stands as one of television's best shows. And who can forget the haunting theme by Bob James?

If you get a chance to see "Taxi," take it... here's hoping it gets a DVD release in the near future.

Grade: A+

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