Barney Miller (1975–1982)
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Obituary 

A newspaper obituary creates a commotion when the subject is discovered to be alive. The detectives arrest a modern-day chicken thief.

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Capt. Barney Miller
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Det. Stan 'Wojo' Wojciehowicz
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Det. Ron Harris
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Det. Sgt. Arthur Dietrich
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Officer Carl Levitt
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Herb Lund
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Andrew P. Jessel
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Louis Beilin
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Wendell R. Bergendahl
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Ruth Bergendahl
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A newspaper obituary creates a commotion when the subject is discovered to be alive. The detectives arrest a modern-day chicken thief.

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11 March 1982 (USA)  »

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This features a guest performance by a real New York City police detective named Barney. Actor Barney Martin served in the NYPD for 20 years, including as a detective. See more »

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Richard Stahl and Peggy Pope
29 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

"Obituary" poses an interesting problem, as Wendell R. Bergendahl (Barney Martin) finds himself reading his own obituary while eating Life cereal! The mistaken cub reporter, Andrew P. Jessel (Will Seltzer, second of two), discovers a bonafide scoop when Louis Beilin (Phil Diskin) is arrested for breaking into a government warehouse full of frozen chicken; Herb Lund (Richard Stahl, last of three), from the Department of Agriculture, tries to explain about hoarding surplus goods until such time as they can be released, but under pressure from Wojo and Jessel, decides to come clean about everything in stock (anonymously of course). While all this unfolds, Mrs. Ruth Bergendahl (Peggy Pope, last of six), noting the obituary in her newspaper, arrives hoping to find her missing husband, much preferring this Wendell to the old one, who ran off with the neighbor's Korean exchange student! And all this occurs on Barney's birthday, not so enthusiastic this year (Wojo forgets to pick up his present). Phil Diskin had been among the credited cast for the second part of "Chinatown," but this was the only episode in which he truly appears.


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