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Taxi - The Complete First Season



DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004 (Paramount Home Video)
Color/540 min.
MSRP: $39.98
Number of discs: 3
Number of episodes: 22
Languages and Subtitles: English; Closed Captioned
Special Features: None

Review (out of 5 stars):

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 3/5
Special Features: N/A
Menu Navigation: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5


Taxi -- the popular ABC-TV sitcom that focuses on a diverse collection of New York City cab drivers who ply the streets of The Big Apple while waiting for the day when they will find a better way to make a living. The series features Danny DeVito as the snide taxi dispatcher who barks orders, insults and bullies the cabbies Alex (Judd Hirsch), Bobby (Jeff Conway), Elaine (Marilu Henner), Tony (Tony Danza), John (Randall Carver), and mechanic Latka (the late Andy Kaufman). All 22 first-season episodes of the Emmy Award winning comedy series are here in this three-disc set.

Memorable episodes from the first season include "Paper Marriage" in which, faced with deportation, Latka marries a call girl in a quickie ceremony conducted by the bizarre Reverend Jim (Christopher Lloyd in his first TAXI appearance). "Sugar Mama" in which a rich and lonely widow (Ruth Gordon in an Emmy winning performance) hires Alex to drive her around and talk to her, but he soon begins to feel like a kept man. And finally "Memories of Cab 804" Parts 1 and 2 in which, after an accident trashes the oldest and most beloved taxi in the company fleet, the cabbies reminisce about their most memorable experiences in the car.

There are several memorable guest stars -- including Christopher Lloyd making his debut as the bizarre Reverend Jim. Jeffrey Tambor ("The Ropers") guests as an insecure congressman, Ruth Gordon as a rich and lonely widow (in an Emmy-winning performance), Martin Mull ("Fernwood-2Night") as a major movie director as well as Tom Selleck and Mandy Patinkin.

The cover is very nice. An overall theme of yellow (to represent the cab) features a nice cut out shot of the first season cast as well as the show logo. The back features a brief description as well as more photos. It is a slip sleeve; there are three individual cases which hold the three discs. The covers for the disc each feature a screenshot, as well as a cutout of two actors on each disc. There are 3 discs and 22 episodes. Discs 1 and 2 feature eight episodes each while Disc 3 features six episodes. On the back of each disc case are episode descriptions and original airdates. There are no photos on the discs just the Taxi logo with a yellow background and a strip of black and white checkerboard underneath the logo.

There is only one menu screen that lists the episodes included on the disc as well as the popular "play all" feature. The video is excellent. For something from 1978-1979 the quality is fantastic. The audio, as I expected, is pretty low like older shows on DVD.

Unfortunately, there are no special features included on this set, like most of Paramountís classic TV sets. Though, the episodes are the most important part of course for a set ≠ as you see the episodes completely unedited, and not the chopped up syndication prints we saw on Nick at Nite and locals.

In closing, the set is great to see the episodes. The picture quality is wonderful, but the audio is still awfully low. I do wish there was at least ONE special bonus included but there were none. Hopefully, Paramount includes special features in future releases, starting with season two, which is due out in early 2005. So, go out and get this set, before season two comes out! Season one is a good set for Taxi fans, but those looking for special features will be disappointed.

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 (Shawn) on 10/01/04

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