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Barney Miller aired from January 1975 until September 1982 on ABC.
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Here's what Time Magazine had to say about Barney Miller in March 1975.
Or turn to Barney Miller, which is not only the best new cop show but also the best new sitcom as well. That is faint praise, considering the competition. But at least Barney Miller is not concentrating on one joke Karen Valentine's shortness on Karen, George Jefferson's uppityness on The Jeffersons or covering stupidity with loudness as they do on Hot L Baltimore. Admittedly, one half-hour show offers only faint hope of restoring the Mack Sennett spirit to our view of the police. Still, there is variety about the humor in a detective squad room that contains a black, a Puerto Rican, a Chinese, a slow-witted Pole, an old gaffer tottering gratefully toward his pension and a captain (Hal Linden) whose graceful toleration of foolishness never becomes syrupy.
A Review from TV Guide
Published April 12, 1975
By Cleveland Amory
We've had rich cops and poor cops, fat cops and thin cops, rookie cops and kookie cops, he-man cops and she-person cops, wise guys cops and disguise cops, We've even had hippie cops. Now we've got happy cops.
All this happiness happens at a friendly neighborhood station house in New York' Greenwich Village. Your hero is Capt. Barney Miller who is kind of a cross between happy and hippie. He's got a wife and two children at home, but down at the station house he's got the motliest assortment of cops since Keystone. Talk about Tokenism-Here they've got a token senior citizen , a veteran of 38 years on the force who still hasn't got a first name. He's just Fish. Then there's a kind of Puerto Rican Serpico named Chano, A pole named Wojehowicz, who is big on karate and little on Polish jokes, a cool black named Harris, who's bucking for Barney's job, and finally a Japenese Philosopher named Nick Yemana.
They all have crosses to bear. Yemana, for example complains the top cops upstairs don't like him because Orientals ruin the looks of the St. Patricks Day Parade. IF such lines aren't enough to keep you in stitches, there is also all manner of hilarity from streetwalkers and muggers, panhandlers and purse snatchers, all of whom go in and out of the station house as fast as actors in a French bedroom farce. There's even a homosexual purse snatcher who insists that he wants to be a cop. "What's wrong with a Gay Cop?" he asks. "There are gay robbers."
There is really an awful lot going on, and most of the lot is awful. but least it's better than awful little. For one thing, each episode has at least three plots, apparently on the theory that if you can't have one good one, you atleast have a choice. One episode gave us an exhibitionist in a snowstorm, $200,000 in cash to be kept overnight, and no heat in the station house. Another episode gave us the afromentioned purse snatcher and a mad bomber who left his bomb-you guessed it-right in the station house.
Plot Number 3 was about Fish getting too old. He goes to sleep even when Barney is giving him compliments. He also went to sleep at the end of the show-and by that time we were nodding too. Another episode we saw involved crooked cops. Policeman on the take would strike us as possibly the least likely subject for humor these days, but this show tried anyway. And you know what? We were right. Nonetheless, there are good things about this series. One is the Hal Linden and Barbara Barrie scenes at home. Another is Abe Vigoda's characterization of Fish. A third is the fact that the lines are generally good. Nancy Dussault, for example, had a really funny part as a street walker. The trouble is that the writers apparently build the scenes to get the lines in, they don't write solid scenes and then add good lines. Indeed, they often pick up on a joke from one scene and put it in the next. It's kind of like instant replay-but it isn't necessarily instant refun.
Here is Creator Danny Arnold's Obituary from The New York Times
Danny Arnold, 70, Creator of 'Barney Miller'
Published: August 22, 1995
Danny Arnold, the creative force behind television's "Bewitched" and "Barney Miller," died on Saturday at his home here. He was 70.
The cause was heart failure, said John Freear, funeral director at Mount Sinai Memorial Park.
Mr. Arnold won two Emmys for outstanding comedy series. His first came in the 1969-70 season for "My World and Welcome to It," a sitcom loosely based on the work of the writer James Thurber. He won his second Emmy for the 1981-82 season as executive producer of "Barney Miller."
Mr. Arnold was born in New York City, and had his first taste of show business while acting in summer stock and working as a stand-up comedian in vaudeville. When he moved to Hollywood in the 1940's, after serving in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific, he did a little of everything, including film editing, acting, writing and producing.
He acted in two films with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and later was a writer of "The Caddy," another feature in which they appeared. He began writing for television in the 1950's, first working for Tennessee Ernie Ford and later for Rosemary Clooney.
Mr. Arnold had seven television sitcoms under his belt by 1985, starting with the last season of "The Real McCoys" in 1963. "Barney Miller," which he created with Theodore J. Flicker, was his biggest hit.
But success took a toll. Mr. Arnold was compulsively involved in almost every aspect of the show while it was on ABC, and was a self-proclaimed workaholic. In 1979, he had a heart attack and underwent a bypass operation.
"I was also drinking a lot, smoking a lot, eating a lot," he told The Los Angeles Times in 1985. "I was 45 pounds overweight. What happened was inevitable. People who knew me were not at all surprised, because I knew that one day they were going to carry me out of there. It was just a question of how long I would last."
In 1985, the Writers Guild of America gave Mr. Arnold its lifetime achievement honor, the Paddy Chayefsky Award.
He is survived by his wife, Donna, and two sons, David and Dannel, both of Los Angeles.
James Gregory's Obituary from The New York Times
James Gregory -- Actor, 90
Published: September 19, 2002
James Gregory, a character actor who played Inspector Luger on the television show ''Barney Miller,'' died on Monday at his home here. He was 90.
During eight seasons with ''Barney Miller'' in the late 1970's and early 80's, Mr. Gregory played his most famous role, that of an old-school cop with a fondness for gory reminiscences. He also appeared in 25 Broadway shows, including Arthur Miller's ''Death of a Salesman,'' in which he played one of the sons, Biff.
Among his 30 film credits were the Elvis Presley vehicle ''Clambake'' in 1967 and the 1965 western ''Sons of Katie Elder'' with John Wayne and Dean Martin. In 1962, he played Senator John Iselin in the acclaimed thriller ''The Manchurian Candidate.''
He is survived by his wife, Anne.
Here is Ron Carey's Obituary from The New York Times.
Ron Carey, Comic Actor, Dies at 71
By DENNIS HEVESI
Published: January 19, 2007
Ron Carey, the pint-sized, round-faced comic best known as the unjustifiably cocky Police Officer Carl Levitt on the long-running television situation comedy Barney Miller, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 71.
He died of a stroke at a hospital near his home, a nephew, Michael Ciccolini, said.
At 5-foot-4 and with traces of an inner-city New Joisey accent, Mr. Carey played a uniformed cop constantly seeking a promotion by currying favor with his superiors.
Barney Miller, which ran from 1976 to 1982, starred Hal Linden as the captain of a New York City police precinct whose officers dealt with the zany characters who came, not always by choice, into the station house. Mr. Carey, as Officer Levitt, would inject unsolicited opinions on how to handle whoever was in the holding cell. Besides playing roles in other less successful sitcoms, Mr. Carey appeared in 15 movies, including High Anxiety in 1977 and History of the World: Part I in 1981, both with Mel Brooks.
In High Anxiety, a parody of Alfred Hitchcock thrillers, he played Brophy, the chauffeur and foil of Dr. Richard Thorndyke, the incoming administrator of the Psychoneurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous. Mr. Carey's running gag in that movie was to grab something heavy and say, I got it! I got it! I got it! Then, unable to lift it, he would squeak, I ain't got it.
History of the World traces mankind's evolution, or lack of it, from the dawn of time. Mr. Carey played Swiftus, the agent-manager for Mr. Brooks's character, Comicus, a stand-up philosopher in ancient Rome.
Ronald Cicenia (Carey was his stage name) was born in Newark on Dec. 11, 1935, a son of John and Fanny Cicenia. Besides his brother James, of Roseland, N.J., he is survived by his wife of 38 years, the former Sharon Boyeronus.
Mr. Carey started doing standup comedy in New York. His break came in 1966 when he appeared on The Merv Griffin Show. He later appeared on The Jackie Gleason Show, Johnny Carson's Tonight Show and "The Ed Sullivan Show."
Much of Mr. Carey's comedy reflected his upbringing as the undersized, quick-witted kid on the block. An Italian Catholic, he considered the priesthood at one time, his nephew said. That ambition was realized when he played Father Paglia in Have Faith, a sitcom about inner-city priests, which ran for half a season in 1989.
Here is Steve Landesberg's Obituary from The New York Times.
Steve Landesberg, Barney Miller Actor, Dies at 74
By HAMILTON BOARDMAN
Published: December 20, 2010
Steve Landesberg, an actor and comedian with a friendly and often deadpan manner who was best known for his role on the long-running sitcom Barney Miller, died in Los Angeles on Monday. He was 74.
The cause was colon cancer, his daughter, Elizabeth, said.
On Barney Miller, which ran on ABC from 1975 to 1982, Mr. Landesberg played Sgt. Arthur P. Dietrich, an intellectual detective with a quiet manner who seemed to have an unrivaled knowledge of practically any topic that arose, much to the bewilderment of his fellow detectives.
He was also given to odd, unexpected pronouncements. In one 1980 episode he tells his boss, Captain Miller, played by Hal Linden, that he is working on a case that dates to 1973. Miller says: That was seven years ago! Nixon was president! Dietrich's low-key response: No, he's got an airtight alibi for this one.
Mr. Landesberg received three Emmy Award nominations for that role.
Set in a New York City police station, where most of the action takes place, Barney Miller portrayed a group of wisecracking detectives and the oddball characters who ended up there. Some police officers said the show represented the real life of rank-and-file officers better than many television detective dramas.
After Barney Miller left the air, Mr. Landesberg appeared on The Golden Girls, Law & Order, That 70s Show and Everybody Hates Chris, among other shows. He had a recurring role on the short-lived 1998 sitcom Conrad Bloom. Most recently he played Dr. Myron Finkelstein, a Freudian therapist, in Head Case, a comedy on the Starz cable channel.
In 2008 he played a pediatrician whose patient (played by Jason Segel, the film's writer and star) is in his 20s in the hit movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall. His other movies include Wild Hogs and Leader of the Band. His distinctively dry, deep voice was also heard in cartoons and commercials.
Stephen Landesberg was born on Nov. 23, 1936, in the Bronx. He began his career as a stand-up comic in the late 1960s and became known for his off-center observations and eccentric delivery. He performed in New York comedy clubs alongside comedians like Freddie Prinze and Jimmie Walker.
Mr. Landesberg appeared on The Tonight Show for the first time in 1971 and several times on The Dean Martin Show before landing his first recurring role, as a Viennese violinist, on the sitcom Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, in 1974.
Besides his daughter, he is survived by his wife, Nancy Ross Landesberg.
Initial reports of Mr. Landesberg's death, relying on numerous biographical sources, said he was 65. In acknowledging that he was actually nine years older, his daughter said he had provided varying birth dates over the years. He got kind of a late start in show business, she explained, so he tried to straddle the generations. He fooled the whole world. People were surprised to think he was even 65.
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: December 21, 2010
An earlier version of this article misstated Mr. Landesberg's age and the year of his birth. He was 74, not 65, and he was born in 1936, not 1945.
Here is Abe Vigoda's Obituary from The New York Times
Abe Vigoda, of Godfather and Barney Miller, Dies at 94
By STUART LAVIETES JAN. 26, 2016
Abe Vigoda, the sad-faced actor who emerged from a workmanlike stage career to find belated fame in the 1970s as the earnest mobster Tessio in The Godfather and the dyspeptic Detective Phil Fish on the hit sitcom Barney Miller, died on Tuesday morning in Woodland Park, N.J. He was 94, having outlived by about 34 years an erroneous report of his death that made him a cult figure.
His daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, told The Associated Press that Mr. Vigoda had died in his sleep at her home.
Mr. Vigoda, tall and graying with a long face, sturdy jaw and deep-set eyes, was a 50-year-old stage actor who had earned his stripes on and off Broadway performing Shakespeare, Strindberg and Shaw when he got his big Hollywood break, winning the role of Salvatore Tessio in Francis Ford Coppola's epic 1972 adaptation of the Mario Puzo novel The Godfather.
I'm really not a Mafia person, Mr. Vigoda, who was of Russian-Jewish descent, told Vanity Fair magazine in 2009. I'm an actor who spent his life in the theater. But Francis said, I want to look at the Mafia not as thugs and gangsters but like royalty in Rome. And he saw something in me that fit Tessio as one would look at the classics in Rome.
To prepare himself for the role a high-ranking mobster, or capo, who runs a crew of his own Mr. Vigoda frequented the Lower East Side and other New York neighborhoods that are backdrops in the story. He told Vanity Fair that he practically lived in Little Italy during the shoot.
Tessio is an old friend and ally of the Godfather, Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). But in a story that traces a classical tragic arc, he becomes a figure of disloyalty who pays a steep price for his betrayal.
He reprised the role in a flashback scene in The Godfather: Part II in 1974.
A year after that, Mr. Vigoda was cast as the worn-out Detective Fish on the station-house sitcom Barney Miller, opposite Hal Linden in the title role. Mr. Vigoda stayed with the series for two seasons, 1975-76 and 1976-77, and the opening episodes of a third, earning three Emmy nominations for best supporting actor in a comedy series. (The show continued without him until 1982.)
He was so successful that he achieved a rare television feat: appearing in his own spinoff, Fish, while still in the cast of the original show. Fish centered on the detective's home life as the foster parent of five children of various racial and ethnic backgrounds. It ran from February 1977 to May 1978.
Mr. Vigoda's days as a television star seemed to be behind him in 1982 when People magazine reported that he had died. Mr. Vigoda responded by placing an ad in Variety with a photo showing him sitting up in a coffin and holding a copy of the offending issue of the magazine.
His death became a running joke. I have nothing to say about Abe, Billy Crystal said at a roast of Rob Reiner at the Friars Club, where Mr. Vigoda was a regular. I was always taught to speak well of the dead.
David Letterman and Conan O'Brien invited him onto their late-night shows to prove he was still alive. A website, abevigoda.com, continued to give updates on his status.
His name was kept alive in other ways as well. A punk-rock group appropriated his name as its own. And the Beastie Boys rapped about him in their 1986 album, Licensed to Ill : I got a girl in the castle and one in the pagoda/You know I got rhymes like Abe Vigoda.
Abraham Charles Vigoda was born in New York City on Feb. 24, 1921, to Samuel Vigoda, a tailor, and the former Lena Moses, immigrants from Russia. Abe, one of three brothers, began acting as a teenager and turned professional in 1947, performing almost entirely onstage for the next 20 or more years.
In 1960, he starred in an Off Broadway production of the Strindberg drama The Dance of Death, and he appeared frequently at the New York Shakespeare Festival in the early 60s, as John of Gaunt in Richard II and King Alonzo in The Tempest, among other roles.
In 1963, he had the lead in an Off Broadway production of Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession. Five years later, he was on Broadway in Peter Weiss's Marat/Sade.
In addition to his daughter, Mr. Vigoda is survived by three grandchildren and a great-grandson, The Associated Press reported. His second wife, Beatrice Schy, died in 1992.
After his successes in The Godfather and Barney Miller, Mr. Vigoda was seen in several television movies and on many prime-time series, including Law & Order, Mad About You and Touched by an Angel. He also appeared on the daytime soap operas As the World Turns in 1985 and Santa Barbara in 1989.
He acted in dozens of movies as well, including Cannonball Run II (1984), Look Who's Talking (1989), Joe Versus the Volcano (1990), Sugar Hill (1993) and Underworld (1996). One of his last performances was in a Snickers commercial, first shown during the 2010 Super Bowl, which also featured his fellow octogenarian Betty White.
He continued to make occasional television and film appearances well into the 21st century, but it was the first film that mattered the most to him.
The Godfather changed my life, he told The New York Times in 2001.
Probably his most indelible scene from the film was his last, in which the consigliere or family lawyer Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) and four henchmen confront Sal Tessio outside the Corleone compound after discovering that he had been in on a plot to kill the Godfather's son and successor, Michael (Al Pacino).
Tessio's face drops; he doesn't have to be told what will happen next.
Tell Mike it was only business, he says to Hagen resignedly. I always liked him.
Tessio makes a final plea.
Tom, can you get me off the hook? For old times sake?
Hagen shakes his head; the code must be honored.
Can't do it, Sally.
Here is Ron Glass's Obituary
Ron Glass, Co-Star of TV's 'Barney Miller' Dead at 71
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NOV. 26, 2016, 6:54 P.M. E.S.T.
LOS ANGELES Ron Glass, the handsome, prolific character actor best known for his role as the gregarious, sometimes sardonic detective Ron Harris in the long-running cop comedy "Barney Miller," has died at age 71.
Glass died Friday of respiratory failure, his agent, Jeffrey Leavett, told The Associated Press on Saturday.
"Ron was a private, gentle and caring man," said Leavett, a longtime friend of the actor. "He was an absolute delight to watch on screen. Words cannot adequately express my sorrow. "
Although best known for "Barney Miller," Glass appeared in dozens of other shows in a television and film career dating to the early 1970s.
He portrayed Derrial Book, the spiritual shepherd with a cloudy past in the 2002 science-fiction series Firefly" and its 2005 film sequel "Serenity."
He was Felix Unger opposite Desmond Wilson's Oscar Madison in "The New Odd Couple," a 1980s reboot of the original Broadway show, film and television series that this time cast black actors in the lead roles of Unger's prissy neat freak forced to share an apartment with slovenly friend Madison.
Glass was also the voice of Randy Carmichael, the genial neighbor and father of four children in the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series "Rugrats" and its spinoff, "All Grown Up."
He also made appearances in such shows as "Friends," ''Star Trek: Voyager" and "Designing Women." More recently he appeared in episodes of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Early credits included "All in the Family," ''Maude," ''Sanford and Son" and "Hawaii Five-0."
In "Barney Miller" his literate Detective Ron Harris was one of the few generally normal characters who populated a New York City police precinct filled with oddballs on both sides of the law. The ensemble cast included Hal Linden as precinct Capt. Barney Miller, Max Gail as Detective Stan 'Wojo' Wojciehowicz, and Abe Vigoda as Detective Phil Fish.
The show aired from 1975 until 1982, winning two Golden Globes and two Emmy Awards for best comedy series. Glass was nominated for a supporting actor Emmy in 1982.
Raised in Evansville, Indiana, Glass received a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama and literature from the University of Evansville.
After graduation he moved to Minneapolis where he worked in regional theater before coming to Los Angeles to launch his TV and film career.
He was also a member of the board of directors for Los Angeles' AL Wooten Jr. Heritage Center, an organization named for a man murdered in a gang-initiation drive-by shooting and dedicated to helping inner-city youth stay safe and receive an education.
Information on funeral services and survivors was not immediately available.
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Home Page https://web.archive.org/web/20121130194816/http://www.debwong.com/barneymiller.html
For Tim's TV Showcase go to https://web.archive.org/web/20020124162905/http://www.timstvshowcase.com/bmiller.html
For a Page dedicated to Barney Miller go to https://web.archive.org/web/20080229071620/http://tvland.classictvhits.com/BarneyMiller/
For some Barney Miller-related interview videos at the Archive of American Television go to https://interviews.televisionacademy.com/shows/barney-miller
For a great review of The Classic Sitcom Barney Miller go to https://web.archive.org/web/20080215232141/www.televisionheaven.co.uk/barneymiller.htm
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