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Taxi: The Complete First Season [3 Discs] [DVD]

  • SKU: 6804149
  • Release Date: 10/12/2004
  • Rating: TV-G

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • Full-screen format
    • Dolby Digital
    • English mono
    • Closed Captioned


    The classic sitcom Taxi spent all of one episode establishing its premise and characters -- then proceeded forward with the confidence of a series that had been on the air for years. In episode one, the viewer was swiftly and economically introduced to the personnel of New York's Sunshine Cab Company. Alex Rieger (Judd Hirsch) was the most experienced member of the fleet and the only one who worked as a cabbie full-time. The rest of the drivers were moonlighting, pursuing their life goals when not pursuing fares and tips. Elaine Nardo (Marilu Henner) was an art gallery receptionist, hoping someday to establish her own gallery and high-class clientele. Bobby Wheeler (Jeff Conaway) was an aspiring actor who never seemed to get a break. Tony Banta (Tony Danza) was a boxer who spent most of his time flat on the canvas. John Burns (Randall Carver) was a naïve, bumbling college student, who only a few months into the series found himself struggling to support not only himself but his new bride Suzanne (Ellen Regan). And Latka Gravas, the company's mechanic, was a good-natured foreigner who came from an obscure little Eastern Bloc country and spoke in a language peculiarly his own. Then there was pint-sized Louie DePalma (Danny DeVito), the hostile, sarcastic dispatcher, who considered the day wasted if he didn't humiliate someone -- but who often as not ended up on the receiving end of humiliation. Debuting on ABC's powerhouse Tuesday night schedule as part of a sitcom lineup which included Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Three's Company, Taxi proved worthy of its company by closing out its first season as the 9th highest-rated TV program in the United States, tied with CBS' All in the Family. The series also racked up two Emmy awards, for Outstanding Comedy Series, and for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (single performance), an award which went to the indefatigable Ruth Gordon for her performance in the episode titled "Sugar Mama." ~ Hal Erickson

    Cast & Crew

    • Judd Hirsch - Alex Rieger
    • Jeff Conaway - Bobby Wheeler
    • Danny DeVito - Louie De Palma
    • Marilu Henner - Elaine Nardo
    • Tony Danza - Tony Banta

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Emmy winning TV show


      Oh, You’re only part time? Sure, Everyone here is. See that guy, he’s just here until his boxing career takes off. Him? He’s gonna be an actor. Him? Going to school. Me? I’m the only one here that’s a full time Taxi driver.” “Louie, the dispatcher, You know those things under rocks that make you go yeech!, Louie makes those things go “Yeech”. And don’t forget Andy Kaufman as Latka, the immigrant new to American culture. If you can imagine late night taxi rides in new york city, and people trying to have a life while being working stiffs, this colorful cast of characters made for some funny, funny stories. This show won Emmy’s for a reason.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Microcosm of 1970s

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      "TAXI" was one of the funniest shows not just of the '70s, but in American television history. With an excellent cast (yes, even Jeff Conaway) playing an eclectic gaggle of diverse characters, it's hard not to love this show. Danny DeVito stands out as the nasty-but-nice, fiendishly smarmy dispatcher, Louie DiPalma - a true comic gem. This set gives one an opportunity not only to relive these inimitable episodes, but to track the show as it develops its own world. The jazz score by Bob James, particularly "Angela" which became the theme song, is enough to evoke fond memories.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Love Taxi.....SLOW DOWN

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Love this show, the characters make the show. Recommend to most ages.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great tv show

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      enjoyed watching it again, a really good tv show, waiting for season 2

      I would recommend this to a friend

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