Louie De Palma is a cantankerous, acerbic taxi dispatcher in New York City. He tries to maintain order over a collection of varied and strange characters who drive for him. As he bullies and insults them from the safety of his "cage," they form a special bond among themselves, becoming friends and supporting each other through the inevitable trials and tribulations of life.Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Andy Kaufman asked the producers before he signed his contract to give guest appearances to Tony Clifton, who he claimed was a friend of his. They agreed to give Clifton a few guest appearances, and Kaufman signed the contract to play Latka. Tony Clifton showed up for the rehearsals late, very drunk, and with some scantily-clad women. The producers fired Tony on his third day. Clifton was, in fact, one of Kaufman's characters. To maintain the practical joke, Kaufman always denied that Clifton was not a real, separate person. He was usually played by Kaufman in disguise, but Kaufman's friend Bob Zmuda sometimes played Clifton. See more »
One of my very favorite TV shows of all time. Long live Reverend Jim Ignatowski!
Funny thing, I never watched 'Taxi' during its initial run during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Something about the title, I never got past that. However, during its re-runs during the 1990s I became an enthusiastic fan. I taped all the episodes so I could watch them at my convenience (I didn't save them, so don't ask). It became like watching a 'family', much as did my other favorite, 'Northern Exposure.' Both series had a common quality, set in an unusual place, with quirky characters and meaningful stories, so that during each episode you actually begin to care for each one. Who could ever forget Alex Rieger, Louie De Palma, Elaine Nardo, Tony Banta, Latka Gravas, Simka, and my all-time favorite character, Christopher Lloyd as Reverend Jim Ignatowski. I like that he took the name 'Ignatokski' because it was 'flower child' spelled backwards! (If you don't get it, then you will never 'get it.')
A few of my favorite moments come to mind ...
Jim burns Louie's apartment. Jim discovers that "I must have had piano lessons..." Jim works all the overtime he can to buy ... a dozen TV sets, achieving his greatest goal in life. The moment in college, when Jim takes one bite of a brownie, and he becomes what we know as the kookie Ignatowski.
I'll think of many more after I post these comments!! A great TV series, maybe it will come out on DVD some day.
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