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(1975–1982)

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During its broadcast run amid the many cop shows on television, many real-life police officers considered this the television show that best depicted the reality of police life.
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In 1979, an episode was done with the actors out of character, as a tribute to Jack Soo, who played Detective Nick Yemana. Soo had died of esophageal cancer in 1979. The episode consisted of unscripted reminiscences of Soo by the cast members, interspersed with clips of him from the show. At the end of this episode, the cast raised their coffee cups as a salute to him, a reference to the running joke throughout the series that Yemana always (but unintentionally) made very foul-tasting coffee for the other members of the squad.
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Steve Landesberg and Ron Carey guest-starred as felons before joining the regular cast.
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The producers were approached during the run of the series about doing a feature film based on the show using the regular cast members. The film was never made.
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Thirteen episodes showed scenes outside of the police station: Ramon, Graft, The Stakeout, Hair, The Hero, Grand Hotel, Fish, Wojo's Girl part 2, Contempt parts 1 and 2, Chinatown parts 1 and 2, and Eviction part 2.
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Abby Dalton played Barney Miller's wife Elizabeth in the pilot The Life and Times of Captain Barney Miller (1974). When the show was picked up, she was replaced by Barbara Barrie. Also, appearing in the original pilot were Abe Vigoda, Charles Haid, Rod Perry, Val Bisoglio, and Henry Beckman.
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The episodes were originally taped before a live audience. This element of the show was eliminated in later episodes.
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When Harris (Ron Glass) is asked to produce a porn film for an undercover sting, he uses the name "Starry Night Productions" as his cover. Years later, show Writer Reinhold Weege used the name for his own production company, which produced Night Court (1984). This "connection" may account for many of the surreal (and humorous) elements found on both shows.
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Hal Linden and Max Gail were the only actors to be featured in the opening credits every season. (Ron Glass was only a featured actor in the first season, appearing in only handful of segments with his name listed in the closing credits.)
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The original pilot was titled "The Life and Times of Captain Barney Miller", but it was rejected by ABC. It aired as a special on August 22, 1974. ABC was negotiating a deal with Director John Rich at the time, due to his success with All in the Family (1971). Rich had seen the pilot, and was interested in working on the show. He insisted that ABC give it another chance as part of his deal, so the show was immediately picked up for a thirteen episode commitment. However, due to disagreements with Producer and Writer Danny Arnold, Rich left the show after two episodes to work on other projects for ABC.
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Ron Carey (Levitt) wanted something as his trademark. Every time Levitt left the squad room, he opens the door with his left hand and, with his back to the edge of the door, rotates around the edge of the door, keeping his back against it, then closes the door.
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Like many other shows of the period, the show "recycled" actors and actresses in various roles. For example: Florence Halop appeared as Ms. Mable Kleiner, Mrs. Pierce, Evelyn Holly, Karen Golden, Wanda LaMear, and Wilma Kestner. Don Calfa appeared as Mr. DiLucca, Angelo Dodi, Leon Bidell, Calvin J. Kendall, Gilbert Lesco, Arthur Thompson, and Eddie.
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The NYPD has not had a 12th Precinct since the late 1910s.
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A sign on the wall behind the holding cell read "Please Do Not Spit On The Floor".
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Two of the props used on the police station set, were the chalkboard, used to show whether the policemen were on-duty or off-duty, and the scarred cell door. When the show ended, the chalkboard and cell door were donated to the Smithsonian Television Museum. In addition to the names of the characters on the show, the board listed other names which were those of technicians who worked on the show's crew. The Smithsonian also has the police badges used by the actors (signed by Producer Danny Arnold) and Jack Soo's coffee mug.
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Comedy writer and teacher Danny Simon pointed out the 3 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.
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Several references to the Broadway play and film Flower Drum Song (1961) were used in connection with Jack Soo's character, Detective Nick Yemana. Soo played Samuel Adams "Sammy" Fong in the movie, and M.C. Frankie Wing on the stage.
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The fictional 12th Precinct was rebuilt and used in the cop show Castle (2009).
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Early publicity for this show touted it as a cop show without violence. No serious violence ever took place on camera.
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While Florence Halop is probably most famous for her appearances on this show, and starring role on Night Court (1984). There were numerous cross cast members in both shows. To mention a few, Jack DeLeon (Marty Morrison), Stanley Brock (best known as Bruno Bender), Kenneth Tigar (best know as Stefan Koepeknie), and Phil Leeds (various). There are many more.
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Most of the detectives on the show call each other by their last names (Dietrich, Harris, Wojo, Wentworth, Leavitt, Fish) with the exceptions of Amenguale, Yemana, and Miller who are usually referred to by their first names, and the exception to both first and last names was for the semi-regular character of Inspector Frank Luger, who was almost always referred to as just Inspector.
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Ran for almost 7 years on television.
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In real life,Gregory Sierra (Who played Chano for the first 2 seasons before he left for unknown reasons) was Puerto Rican Decent and he can speak Spanish (Whenever he says something in Spanish,this is improvation).
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Maxwell Gail almost loses his hair during his audition and filming,so a hairpiece is used for his role as Det.Sgt. 3rd Grade Stanley Thaddeus "Wojo"(or "Woj" for short) Wojciehowicz.
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In season two, episode nineteen, "Massage Parlor", Florence Halop played a character by the name of Ms. Mabel Kleiner. Nearly ten years later, she co-starred on Night Court (1984), which was created by Reinhold Weege (who also wrote several episodes of this show), as Florence Kleiner, a role she would play until her death in 1986.
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Actually,before "Barney Miller" started,Hal Linden (when he was young) wasn't,at first,interested in acting,but later he became interested after he saw Broadway plays,etc.
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In some episodes featured Chano Amuguale before he left,Gregory Sierra (who played Chano) was Puerto Rican (Chano is Puerto Rican,too)so in some episodes,he sometimes occasionally speaks Spanish.
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Jack Soo died on January 11,1979 of Laryngeal cancer,in his residence of Los Angeles, CA.
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During the first two seasons, Sergeant Chano Amenguale (Gregory Sierra) disappeared when Sierra got a lead role on another sitcom, which promptly crashed and burned, beating Fish to the punch by a season,from "Barney Miller:Ramon" to "Barney Miller:The Mole".
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Chano's first appearance was Ramon (S1E1).
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Chano's last appearance was "The Mole"(S2E22).
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George Murdock,who appeared as Internal Affairs Lt. Benjamin Scanlon in Barney Miller (1974-1982),would later appeared as a recurring actor for/in "Night Court"(1983-1992),created by Reinhold Weege (Weege wrote some Barney Miller episodes in the 70s and 80s).
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As of January 31,2018,Maxwell Gail currently portrayed as Mike Corbin in ABC's longest-running American soap opera drama "General Hospital (commonly abbreviated GH)"
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Before and after "Barney Miller",Steve Landesberg (Dietrich) worked as a stand-up comedian.
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Captain Miller (Hal Linden) carries his service revolver on his right hip, indicating he shoots right handed. Whenever he writes or signs something, however he does it left handed.
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In Christmas 1976 episode,the young woman call Nick "Jack" before she leaves,when she did,Nick says,"It's Nick" and then the live audience laughs."Jack" was a namesake for Jack Soo,Nick Yeamana's actor.
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Some of the recurring actors/actresses would later appear in Reinhold Weege's (Wrote about 50+ "Barney Miller" episodes) own TV show "Night Court"(1983-1992).
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Abe Vigoda and Ron Glass died in the same year (2016) but on different months:Vigoda died in February and Glass in November;Vigoda died 9 months before his co-star Glass.
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Ron Carey first appears in the last episode of Season 2 as "The Mole", a burglar. He would later return as a regular character police officer.
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If Jack Soo hadn't died,he should be continue more "Barney Miller" episodes.
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Gregory Sierra,Max Gail,Ron Carey,and Hal Linden later appears in 1988's game show "Super Password".
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

"Barney Miller:The Vandal"(s5 e9) was Jack Soo's final appearance on television before he passed away on January 11,1979.Tho episode was aired on TV in November 9,1978.
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Whenever Gregory Sierra (Sgt.Chano Amenguale) lose his temper,he started talking,yelling,shouting,cursing/swearing in Spanish.
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Jack Soo was absent for several episodes (before he returned) because he was sick at the time (he got cancer).However,he recovered and later returned for several episodes before he died at the age of 61 by the same cancer that killed him.
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"Barney Miller:The Voice Analyzer" was aired on the same day that Jack Soo died,January 11,1979.
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"Barney Miller:The Spy" was the first episode to be aired after Jack Soo passed away,despite his name still appears on opening credits
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Abe Vigoda would later return and guest-starred as Fish for two or three episodes.
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Except Season 1,for 13 seconds you will saw a World Trade Center Towers in opening credits before they got destroyed by AlQueada in 9/11/2001.
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