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Taxi - The Complete Third Season (1978)

Judd Hirsch , Jeff Conaway , James Burrows , Jeff Chambers  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner, Tony Danza
  • Directors: James Burrows, Jeff Chambers, Will Mackenzie
  • Writers: Barry Kemp, David Davis, David Lloyd, Dennis Danzinger, Earl Pomerantz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 491 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A0GOP0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,706 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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

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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best season of Taxi July 4, 2005
I think there are four great sitcoms: The Mary Tyler Mooore Show, Taxi, Cheers, and Seinfeld (note, many of the same writers actually worked on the first three). Seasons of a show vary a lot. Most get worse over time: Seinfeld was embarassing after Larry David left; Cheers was at its best in the first five years; Taxi really wasn't very good in its first or last years. Oddly, MTM was excellent even in its seventh (perhaps one reason why it often ranks as the greatest sitcom of all time).

Taxi was not a consistently brilliant show. It was generally good, often very good, and on occasion superb. I can't think of another sitcom episode as brilliant as either "Latka the Playboy" or "Mr Personalities." For both daring and execution, they are the most intelligent - and I think funniest - episodes of TV comedy I've seen. (Seinfeld's "The Contest" is easily as funny, but conceptually it's not as original as the two Taxi eps.)

As I've said, the first season of Taxi was nothing special. Randall Carver wasn't very good. And Jim hadn't yet arrived. Season 2 showed how good the show could be: "Reverand Jim, A Space Odyssey" was one of the show's best episodes (it was Jim's first as a regular). "Elaine's Secret Admirer" was touching and poignant in a way few situation comedies are. But many of the other episodes were so-so.

With Season 3 the show achieved its true height. "Tony's Sister and Jim" is quirky and delicate, and it humanizes the nornally caricatured Jim (Tony's Sister is played by Julie Kavner, who would later "play" Marge Simpson). "The Call of the Mild" sees most of the gang roughing it in a cabin in the mountains. It's an unforgettable episode (partly because of a turkey called "Ernie"). "Latka's Cookies" is on most people's list of favourite episodes.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Rykre
"Taxi" still has a great many more fabulous episodes. Episodes like Ladka's and Simka's wedding, divorce, re-marrying, etc etc. and other great episodes that are essential prime time television entertainment.

Shows like "Taxi", "M*A*S*H", and "WKRP in Cincinnati" were when television was at it's funniest, while it still remained innocent enough for the whole family to sit down and watch together. Today's television is way too adult oriented and offensive for the whole family to enjoy together. These shows represented television during it's finest hour. So, now, if only I could get the last two seasons of "Taxi". However, forget "WKRP in Cincinnati". They changed all the original music on the the first season DVD release, plus the picture quality really sucks.

Hey! Guess What? Volumes four and five of "Taxi" will be released in 2009 from CBS.

I felt stuck. I'm a completist so I really hate being stuck with an incomplete concept like, for instance, the entire 5 seasons of "Taxi".

I was beginning to become afraid to start buying any TV shows on DVD for fear that they may decide not to finish what they started.

Well, thank God we will finally get to own all five seasons of "Taxi". I was wondering what CBS was waiting for.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Despite keeping agonized fans waiting due to the '80-'81 season actors' strike, "Taxi" more than made up for the wait by gradually entering the greatest half of its history. It had gone out of the slump weighing it down during the previous season, mainly with New Blood among the writers: rookies Ken Estin & the team of Ian Praiser/Howard Gewirtz (who'd all be promoted to producer for the even-better fourth season); veteran David Lloyd (who copped the writing Emmy 5 years before with his "Chuckles Bites The Dust" episode of Mary Tyler Moore); future "Married With Children" producer Katherine Green; and future "Simpsons" creator Sam Simon.

It was THEIR variety that provided the spice for the latter part of this season.......and the magnificent fourth & fifth seasons, when the series was able to be all it could be. The inspiration, too, must've rubbed off on The Old Guard: writers/producers Glen & Les Charles, and Barry Kemp & Earl Pomerantz.

Among the ALL-TIME CHAMPS among the classics this season are the Charles brothers' "Zen & The Art Of Cab-Driving," in which a couple of Reverend Jim's fares discuss positive thinking enabling one to reach any goal, so Jim decides to become Sunshine's prizewinning cabbie, raking in the loot......all so he can get "ultimate TV," which he proudly displays to his colleagues.

Another GREAT great episode is the series' all-time howler, "Louie Bumps Into An Old Lady." Penned by David Lloyd, it's lethally funny: while driving a pretty new cabbie around, Louie hits an elderly gal, who sues him for a cool million. Alex informs Louie that the lady in question is an notorious scam artist, making Louie scheme his revenge......the only twist (to what otherwise would've been a "cliche-comedy" plot) is that the poor gal REALLY WASN'T FOOLING!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good season of Taxi November 6, 2005
I do have one major complaint about the first disc on this season it has 5 minutes of promos for other tv show dvd's which you cannot fast foward through and have to go through each time you put the first disc in and play it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
funny movie
Published 1 month ago by Jo
4.0 out of 5 stars A standout season of a landmark series
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 more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Buccellato
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't beat Taxi
My mom and I watched the entire 3rd season of Taxi, one episode after the other, for 3 nights during a recent visit. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Andrea Erwin
5.0 out of 5 stars great show
Bought this for the in-laws. They love it, it arrived on time even during the Christmas rush, and had no damage!
Published 9 months ago by Crystal
5.0 out of 5 stars VIVA LA TAXI!!!
What a sitcom. It's bust out laughing shows, especially at the end Louie DePalma takes Elaine home after their date and he kissed her while she tries to pull away they both landed... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Taxi!
I always loved this series but more importantly is that the audio/video quality is very good considering the age. I added all to complete my collection.
Published 13 months ago by Captn' Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars great
great if you like every one in it and want to see it all with out cuts and like the show
Published 14 months ago by Marguerite Poll
4.0 out of 5 stars Season 3
Although I still found season 3 fun to watch, I personally didn't enjoy it as much as the first two seasons(some of the stories weren't as focused and can sometimes be too silly). Read more
Published 18 months ago by CreateEnergy
5.0 out of 5 stars We love Taxi!
These are always fun! I am glad we could get it on DVD and not rely on Netflix. I like having it in my library.
Published 20 months ago by Harpalot
5.0 out of 5 stars TAXI- The Third Season
TAXI is and was so much fun to see! Such a GREAT cast of characters! I wish that I could have been an "EXTRA" at least on this show!
Published 21 months ago by Stevan Clawson
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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
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