Car 54, Where Are You? (1961–1963)
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See You at the Bar Mitzvah 

When the boys find out that no one is going to the Bar Mitzvah of one boy on their basketball team because of his hated father, they spring into action.

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Officer Gunther Toody
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When the boys find out that no one is going to the Bar Mitzvah of one boy on their basketball team because of his hated father, they spring into action.

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3 March 1963 (USA)  »

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The title reefers to the Hebrew coming of age rite for young men or the Bar Mitzvah where the candidate can now participate in ceremonies at the synagogue as an adult. See more »

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Joel translates every prayer he says as "Today I become a man." There is no prayer which translates to that. See more »

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Officer Francis Muldoon: Now wait a minute, Leo. It's Joel's Bar Mitzvah, the big day he becomes a man.
Officer Leo Schnauser: I'm against it.
Officer Francis Muldoon: You're against it?
Officer Leo Schnauser: I'm against any Pokrass growing up to be a man.
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Very funny entry in a very funny series
10 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Toody and Muldoon find out that Joel Pokrass, one of the boys on their PAL basketball team, isn't playing well because he's worried about his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. It turns out that the boy's father is a notorious slumlord (who Schnauzer calls "The Beast of the Bronx") and, although everyone likes Joel, not one person who lives in the 53rd Precinct will come to his Bar Mitzvah because most of them have lived, at one time or another, in one of Pokrass' crumbling slum buildings and hates him. Toody and Muldoon have to find a way to get people to come to Joel's Bar Mitzvah despite everybody's feelings about his father. This is an hilarious entry in the series, very well written by Nat Hiken with Joe E. Ross at the top of his form as Toody and Al Lewis in one of his best jobs as the eternally put-upon Leo Schnauzer. Burlesque comic B.S. Pully is the skinflint Pokrass and does an excellent job of it. Hiken's plots tend to go off on tangents before coming back together for an hilarious and clever ending, and this is an excellent example of that. Very, very funny episode.


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