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Set in New York City, TAXI follows a group of cab drivers of the Sunshine Cab Company through the daily but far from ordinary routine as cabbies. The sitcom features a multitude of extroverted persons such as a frustrated actor, strained boxer, ex-hippie and cynical dispatcher.
From the melancholy opening notes of the theme song, Taxi promised to be a different kind of sitcom, epitomized by the show's central character, Alex Reiger (Judd Hirsch, Ordinary People): down to earth and compassionate, with neuroses that smacked of real life and not the forced zaniness of too many television shows. Alex was the conscience and emotional caretaker of a makeshift family of cab drivers working out of a grungy garage in New York City, run by the domineering Louis De Palma (Danny DeVito, who would go on to be a bigger star than the rest of the cast in movies like Get Shorty and Batman Returns). Taxi didn't always maintain a degree of realism--if you haven't seen it in a long time, you may be surprised by some of the cornier jokes and bits of slapstick--but at its best, the show managed to merge sadness and humor into rich and satisfying stories.
The third season has many standout episodes. Alex learns that his daughter is getting married but hasn't invited him to the wedding, which leads to a surprisingly sparky confrontation with his ex-wife (guest start Louise Lasser, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman). When single mom Elaine (Marilu Henner) is embarrassed by meeting a more successful high-school friend in her cab, she lies to save face and Alex steps in to back her up. Aspiring boxer Tony (Tony Danza, Who's the Boss?) can't decide how to tell Elaine that her new boyfriend made a pass at him. Tony's sister (guest star Julie Kavner, the voice of Marge on The Simpsons) falls in love with the addled but affable Jim (Christopher Lloyd, Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit), much to Tony's dismay. Also crucial to the show's success was the oddball presence of Andy Kaufman, whose quirky, unspecifically-Eastern-European mechanic Latka Gravas sometimes made an awkward fit with the rest of the ensemble. But even at his most eccentric, Kaufman was always weirdly watchable, especially in his bizarre, season-closing transformation into the loungy Vic Ferrari. All in all, the third season is an excellent sampling of this sterling sitcom. Sadly, there are no commentaries or other extras. --Bret Fetzer
One of the best seasons of television ever produced in the 1970's. The writing while weaker at times then its season one glory days, it still manages to stay interesting and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Robert Buccellato
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|the reason why season 4 and 5 are not released yet....||
I have been trying to get some answer about further releases. But Paramount ignores my letters and phone calls. And their e-mail address doesn't let one in for inquiries. There has to be some way of starting a petition to get the remaining seasons and/or boycotting other Paramount releases until... Read More
Jun 9, 2007 by D. A. Nicastro | See all 17 posts
|Petition for Seasons 4 & 5||
Taxi Season 4 is finally being released on September 22, 2009, four years after the release of Season 3!
Let every fan of Taxi know about this great news!
Paramount is releasing Taxi The Fifth & Final Season on December 22, 2009!
Jul 25, 2009 by D. DiRienzo | See all 2 posts
|Seasons 4 and 5?||
Does anyone know which season has Jim as the vacuum cleaner salesman?
Jul 20, 2006 by Crimlaw | See all 11 posts
|Release of Season 4||
M.Craig, this is great news! Where did you hear it?
Apr 7, 2007 by Michael Slater | See all 14 posts
No. You can't very well rent something that hasn't been released yet, and they were never on VHS either.
Jan 9, 2009 by Michael Slater | See all 2 posts
|why have series 3 & 4 never been released in region 2?||Be the first to reply|