Taxi: Season 4
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What made Taxi so endearing was the creation of brilliant characters that were definitely New York personalities. It launched long careers for most of the cast. Christopher Lloyd, Danny Devito, Tony Danza, and company first came to national prominence because of their work on this show and the ensemble was exceptional. Unfortunately, the sudden fame had a negative impact on Andy Kaufman. After years toiling on the New York comedy scene and several memorable Saturday Night Live appearances, Andy was suddenly a superstar because of his Latka character. Sometimes a comic with a large repertoire of characters becomes resentful when one of his creations becomes more popular than the others. Robin Williams would regularly insult people in his audience who requested he do his Mork character, for example. Because he had talent in so many other areas, Robin moved past that period and Mork is now just a footnote in a long career. Sadly, Andy Kaufman didn't handle Latka's popularity nearly as well.
By the middle of the third season, Kaufman was becoming increasingly difficult to work with on set. What had begun as an occasional annoyance during the filming of season 3, had grown into open warfare.Read more ›
At last we'll be able to watch such classic episodes as the one where Louie's mother marries the Japanese guy (Louie: "she'll never adjust !"); the one where Elaine pokes Louie's eye for spying her while changing (Elaine: "why are you crying only on that one eye ?" Louie: "It's not the end of the world "); the one where Louie takes revenge on Ted Danson for ruining Elaines hair (Alex: "you're better than that Elaine", Louie: "She may be better than that, I'm not"). And how about Latka's wedding, Jim forecasting the TV ratings, etc., etc., etc.?
I have to think Season 5 won't be that far off, at least not until 2013 or something like that. That's the season Taxi switched from ABC to NBC and for whatever reason I never got to see a single episode.
Plenty to look forward to, that' for sure.
As far as the characters go, Bobby Wheeler is no longer part of the regular cast. There's an episode dedicated to his return and a couple others where he makes inconsequential appearances. The Latka character is given more focus where he gets to play out his multiple personalities(sometimes funny, sometimes not). There's one special episode where Simka makes a return. I enjoy seeing the Simka and Latka character together, they have nice chemistry.
Overall season 4 carries on the strong Taxi tradition. The only mild disappointment for me is in this release. While it's nice to have the episodic promos, I would've loved to have some type of cast commentary or a retrospective special. Also a few things are cut out from the original airings.
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Great show; lots of laughs! I got this season for a great deal.Published 13 months ago by karatchris
The videos are really not as I thought I remembered the program, sort of dull in many places, but the material does not contain the foulness of language found in more modern... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Raymond D. Grosser
I love the great humor in this series. What a cast of characters, both the real actors and the cabbies they portray. Judd Hirsch is his marvelous self. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Oz