Barney Miller (1974–1982)
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When a drug addict holds the precinct hostage, Captain Barney Miller has to talk him out of it.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Det. Phil Fish
Det. Stan 'Wojo' Wojciehowicz
Det. Sgt. Nick Yemana
Det. Ron Harris
Ramon Santos
Anne Wyndham ...
Rachel Miller
Mike Moore ...
Stanley Mankowitz
Michael Tessier ...
Davey Miller
Harry the Bookie
John Hawker ...
Radio Announcer


When a drug addict holds the precinct hostage, Captain Barney Miller has to talk him out of it.

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Comedy | Drama




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23 January 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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One of only a few episodes that showed scenes outside of the squad room. See more »


When Ramon holds the detectives hostage in the squad room, the dangling handcuff on his left wrist constantly changes from being locked closed to hanging open. See more »


Barney Miller: What's the weather like?
Elizabeth Miller: It's brown.
Barney Miller: Is it raining?
Elizabeth Miller: Something is coming down but it isn't rain. I think it's a new plague. Isn't it nice?
Barney Miller: A little brown weather is normal for New York at this time of year. When it gets colder, we can look forward to a tan Christmas.
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Underwhelming but Intriguing Intro
15 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

Having heard so much about this show my wife and I sat down 22 minutes ago to give it a chance. Here's my instant reaction

I see potential here depending on how the creative team decides to expound on the characters introduced in the first episode. Almost every show struggles through the first season, and the tone, characters, overall mood can change as the writers become more comfortable with the world that they have created.

The wife shows potential. She had some of the best lines from the first episode and her cynicism is a nice counter balance to a seemingly optimistic police officer. Speaking of her husband, the character of Barney Miller is great and Hal Linden seems to balance strength, wisdom, and empathy well as an actor. The cast of misfits at the police station haven't shown anything yet, but I'm withholding saying too much until later on in the show. Can't wait to see how it goes from here!

Rating: 20/40

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