Taxi

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This Emmy-winning sitcom follows the lives of a group of cabbies in New York.
Starring
Judd HirschDanny DeVitoMarilu Henner
Genres
EPGComedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Like Father, Like Daughter
    September 12, 1978
    25min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The cabbies embark on a frantic race against time when they team up in a wild nonstop drive from New York to Miami so that Alex can see his long-lost daughter on her twenty minute layover at the airport in the premiere episode of "Taxi.'"
  2. 3. Blind Date
    September 26, 1978
    25min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Alex's romantic instincts are triggered by the sexy voice at the answering service. Her alluring manner prompts him to arrange a dinner date that turns into a big surprise.
  3. 4. Bobby's Acting Career
    October 5, 1978
    25min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The high-spirited taxi gang helps a jittery Bobby fight potential disappointment when he decides that he will end his stage career if he doesn't get an acting job before midnight.
  4. 5. Come As You Aren't
    October 10, 1978
    25min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Elaine fears the worst when the cabbies invite themselves to her party for her highbrow art world friends who have no clue that she moonlights as a cab driver.
  5. 6. The Great Line
    October 17, 1978
    25min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A pretty girl has John in a whirl, and his determination to meet her prompts the taxi gang to come up with a surefire line that would unfreeze any woman on earth.
  6. 8. Paper Marriage
    October 30, 1978
    25min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Mechanic Latka Gravas faces deportation unless he marries an U.S. citizen. The taxi gang comes to his rescue by pitching in and hiring a local "working girl" to be his bride.
  7. 9. Money Troubles
    November 14, 1978
    25min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    John and his new wife, Suzanne, reach a crisis point in their marriage when one of them must drop out of college due to financial woes.
  8. 10. Men Are Such Beasts
    November 21, 1978
    25min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The taxi gang scrambles to come up with a scheme aimed at ending a one sided romance when a determined, pretty cabbie sets her cap for Tony and joins the Sunshine Cab Co. to be near him.
  9. 11. A Full House for Christmas
    December 12, 1978
    25min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A Christmas party at the garage is interrupted when Louie, the dispatcher, teams up with Alex in a game of high stakes poker against his cardshark brother Nick.
  10. 14. Louie Sees the Light
    February 6, 1979
    25min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    After an operation, Louie, the sharp-tongued dispatcher, panics when he has to keep a promise that he made to God during surgery to turn over a new leaf.
  11. 15. Elaine and The Lame Duck
    February 13, 1979
    25min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Alex feels sympathy for a fare who's a real loser with the women and arranges a date for the man with Elaine, who later discovers that her klutzy companion for the evening is a U.S. Congressman.
  12. 16. Bobby's Big Break
    February 15, 1979
    25min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Bobby's career dreams come true when he lands a role in a soap opera, prompting him to throw his torn-up cabbie's license at Louie, but the dispatcher vows to take revenge if Bobby ever comes crawling back.
  13. 17. Mama Gravas
    February 27, 1979
    25min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Mechanic Latka Gravas' youthful and attractive mother makes her first visit to America, and after she and Alex meet and have an evening love affair, Latka assumes that he will soon be getting a new daddy.
  14. 18. Alex Tastes Death And Finds A Nice Restaurant
    March 6, 1979
    25min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When Alex's ear is nearly shot off in a holdup attempt in his cab, he stuns his fellow cabbies by quitting and exchanging his driving clothes for a waiter's tuxedo at a snobbish French restaurant.
  15. 19. Hollywood Calling
    May 8, 1979
    25min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The cabbies fall victim to a Hollywood-style roller coaster ride when a production company visits to do a film on taxi drivers.
  16. 21. Memories Of Cab 804, Part 1
    November 28, 1979
    25min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When John crashes Cab 804, the cabbies are shocked into a period of mourning, as they reminisce about the wild and memorable events that occurred when they were driving the legendary cab.
  17. 22. Memories Of Cab 804, Part 2
    December 5, 1979
    25min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Mechanic Latka Gravas frantically works to save the cracked-up Cab 804 as the cabbies fondly recall times in the legendary auto when Alex delivered a baby, Louie beat a rich brat out of a wad of money, and Elaine met the perfect man.

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1979
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miles@riversideReviewed in the United States on October 22, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars
All TV Should Be This Great
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I'm old enough to have watched most of these when they first came out. It's great to see the whole thing again with crystal clear digital reproduction and ear-scorchin' mono remastered sound.

Was this the best American comedy ever? I also liked CHEERS, which had a similar style, but I don't think it ever quite measured up to TAXI. CHEERS never had Latka or Reverend Jim or Louie, for one thing. Danny Devito has played "Louie DePalma"-type characters in other films, but never once came near to his performance in TAXI (my opinion). I wish they had more of Reverend Jim in this first season.

Someone once pointed out to me that the show GREEN ACRES always dealt with the theme of communication or the failure to communicate: Eddie Albert never understood anybody else, everyone is able to understand Arnold the Pig, etc.

I was thinking about this concept of meta-theme when I watched these TAXI episodes. I've noticed that, in this series, virtually every episode deals with frustration, failure, or loss. The first episode demonstrates how Alex left his family years ago and has spent his life missing his daughter; the next one has Tony getting a real chance to make it as a boxer, and failing; a later one deals with Elaine's humiliation at being a cab driver among a circle of art-museum friends; then there's Latka's 10-minute marriage; Bobby despairs at ever becoming an actor; etc. Remember the one where Alex's dog died? The cabbies were perpetually trying to improve their lives, then failing, then dealing with the failure. That gave the show a bittersweet edge, but the stories rarely came off as schmaltzy, and they were always hilarious.
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CreateEnergyReviewed in the United States on November 26, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Taxi - The Complete First Season
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I remember my first time watching reruns of Taxi as a teen in the early 90's and feeling instantly magnetized by the cool ensemble cast, witty story-lines, and overall vibe of the show. I couldn't wait to watch the two episodes per night starting at 10 pm, a good way to end the night.

So it was with a comforting pleasure when I finally purchased season 1 of Taxi and popped the DVD into the player and witnessed the fun all over again. This particular set contains 3 discs in three separate thin/plastic DVD boxes. The first two disc contains 8 episodes each while disc 3 contains 6 episodes.

There are no special features, commentaries, etc. Subtitles are not included. But picture and sound quality is top-notch. The only odd man out in season 1 is Randall Carver, but otherwise everyone else adds their unique flavor and special charisma to the show.
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Joseph DeweyReviewed in the United States on April 13, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is such an excellent TV series
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I love Taxi. I started watching it on reruns in the mid '90s. I watched a ton of them, and I could have sworn that I saw all of them. However, to my surprise, I think I've only seen about 75% of the episodes. I bet you'll find that, too, if you've been a long term fan, that there are a lot of shows that you haven't seen.

I love the first episode where Danny De Vito steps out of his office for the first time, and you see how short he is. Of course that's no surprise now, since Danny De Vito is a household word, but I thought it was very interesting how dramatic they were about his height in the first episode.

Jim Ignatowski is on the first season for just one episode as a guest star. He starts appearing as a regular in Season 2.

This season has my favorite episode, which is High School Reunion, where Bobbie pretends to be Louie for Louie's High School Reunion.

Top notch fun--buy this immediately!
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Roger LongReviewed in the United States on March 18, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good night, Mr. Walters
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What made this series excellent (in addition to the writing) was the cast of actors and the characters they played, Louie, Alex, Latka, Jim, Banta, Nardo, et al. "Taxi" was, in short, among the best sitcoms ever on TV. Happily it can all be seen again on DVD.

All the episodes in this first season are good, but the funniest to me was Class Reunion, when Wheeler goes as Louie. The finale was a real surprise and very funny.

I was never much of a fan of the family sitcoms, except "All in the Family." The really good ones were Barney Miller, Cheers, and, of course, "Taxi." If you've never seen the latter, get this now. Or if you saw them all, you don't need this recommendation.
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Robert HedstromReviewed in the United States on May 29, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
A look back to the 70s
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This funny tv series has a cab driver who's a Vietnam vet, a pay telephone, and the old yellow checker cabs. I once drove a checker cab before their extinction in the 80s, so this comedy is part funny and part serious. DeVito is great as always. This is a must for DeVito fans. One problem; they don't seem to have a busy dispatch office like most cab offices so the drivers spend too much time at the station and not enough time driving. We'll see if this changes as I work my way through the series. I love this show.
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John N.Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2021
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Great Price
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Great Price for the beginning of a classic show
Neil StephensReviewed in the United States on February 4, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Of all the great sitcoms, this one makes me laugh the most.
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Taxi is one of the greatest sitcoms of all time and as such it is highly underrated by most. Danny Devito is great as the insanely cranky dispatcher/boss of the crew but everyone on the show is somewhat crazy. Except for maybe Judd Hirsch who plays the "straight" character but gets tons of laughs with the way he deals with everyone. All the characters are immensely likeable in one way or another which is a key factor in making the show great. Who can forget characters such as Andy Kaufman, Christopher Lloyd, Tony Danza, Marilu Henner and Jeff Conway, all of whom played one of the best characters in their careers if not THE best.
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😎Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
TV Comedy at its best .
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Laughed just as hard as first time I've seen these episodes.The Free Phone Call on Payphone OMG LOL
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