The death of Jack Soo in 1979 marked the passing of both a fine comedy actor and one of TV's most memorable characters: Nick Yemana, the deadpan detective known for his dry wit and wretched coffee. ...
Barney Miller is the kind of cop we'd all like to run into. He is always sensible. He maintains order over a squad room of detectives who gamble for a hobby, get hit on by anything in skirts, go to renaissance philosophy conventions for fun, and would really prefer to be writing. Nearly all of the action takes place in the squad room where the citizens and criminals are brought in to complicate the mix.Written by
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Comedy writer and teacher Danny Simon (I) pointed out the three divisions of each "Barney Miller" teleplay: (1) The story about a regular character' (2) Two stories from the outside: (a) Someone in the cell; (b) someone in the squad room with a personal conflict. See more »
If you watch the show, you realize he was more of a supporter despite having his name on top. He mostly kept it all moving well. The eye of the 'cane if you will.
This was a very well cast show that had nothing BUT likable characters. Everyone had their quirks.
Wojo was your typical naive youngster. Fish was the cynical vet. Harris your (almost) militant. And Yemena (RIP Jack) the sarcastic one.
Harris was a paradox. One episode had him as a powerful black man while another had him as a staunch republican. Deitrich (Steve Landesberg also RIP) replaced Fish basically. Both in role and personality.
The humor was bone dry.
Great show and I'm glad it's in reruns still.
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