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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The NYPD has not had a 12th Precinct since the late 1910s. See more »
Detective Fish has inconsistent years of service with the department. In the season one episode "The Arsonist " he mentions being on the force for 25 years. In the same seasons episode "Fish" he remarks that he went to the academy in 1937, making him a 38 year veteran. See more »
[Fish runs back into the squad room]
Hey, where is everybody?
Wilson, get out of here! There's a bomb in the building!
[locked in the cage]
Oh, Mother in heaven!
Arnold, don't you dare leave me here!
Wilson, get him out of here!
If you ever catch the lunatic who did this
[hands Wilson his business card]
tell him to call me.
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At different times in the production of the series Max Gail was credited as both Max Gail and Maxwell Gail. See more »
"Barney Miller" showed the gritty realism of police work in New York City in the 1970s, albeit with humor. Skits about the impending bankruptcy of the city, some of the futile criminal behavior (man stuck inside ductwork trying to burglarize a store), the mundane day in, day out existence of police officers with the occasional heart-pounding, adrenalin rush of excitement, and of course, what we in the profession called "the hairbags" - the old cops, forever full of stories, content to live in the past as Inspector Lugar exemplifies. To those who say "Barney Miller" is dated, I say the show is a timeless slice of life, and can be set in almost any locale and time period. The cast could not have been picked with any more brilliance, and the production was seamless. I say "Barney Miller" is a classic for the generations.
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