Barney Miller (1975–1982)
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When a drug addict holds the precinct hostage, Captain Barney Miller has to talk him out of it.


Bill Davis




Episode complete credited cast:
Hal Linden ... Capt. Barney Miller
Barbara Barrie ... Elizabeth Miller
Abe Vigoda ... Det. Phil Fish
Max Gail ... Det. Stan 'Wojo' Wojciehowicz
Gregory Sierra ... Det. Sgt. Chano Amenguale
Jack Soo ... Det. Sgt. Nick Yemana
Ron Glass ... Det. Ron Harris
Chu Chu Malave ... Ramon Santos
Anne Wyndham ... Rachel Miller
Mike Moore Mike Moore ... Stanley Mankowitz
Michael Tessier Michael Tessier ... Davey Miller
Buddy Lester ... Harry the Bookie
John Hawker John Hawker ... Radio Announcer


When a drug addict holds the precinct hostage, Captain Barney Miller has to talk him out of it.

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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

23 January 1975 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Four D Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


First appearances of Jack Soo as Nick Yemana, Max Gail as Wojo, Gregory Sierra as Chano, and Ron Glass as Harris. Yemana's and Chano's dialogue were originally given to Sgt. Grimaldi in the pilot. While Wojo was a replacement for the character of Kazinski in the original pilot. Harris was a replacement for Detective Wilson from the original pilot. See more »


When Ramon holds the detectives hostage in the squad room, the dangling handcuff on his left wrist constantly changes from being locked closed to hanging open. See more »


Stanley Mankowitz: Hi Rachel
Rachel Miller: Hi
Barney Miller: Hello, Stanley, can I fix you a drink ?
Stanley Mankowitz: No, Thank you. Captain Miller. Good evening Mrs. Miller
Elizabeth Miller: Hi Stanley
Stanley Mankowitz: Actually, I'm here tonight for two reasons. First to take a certain young beautiful girl out to dinner and second, to present a bottle of wine to the hero as at tribute and a thank you.
Elizabeth Miller: Hero ? What hero ?
Barney Miller: You shouldn't have done it Stanley ?
Elizabeth Miller: What hero Stanley ?
Stanley Mankowitz: Didn't he tell you?
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Alternate Versions

Sony's Season 1 DVD sets use the syndicated version, as the master copy of the original broadcast version was thought to have been lost at the time of its release. The original broadcast master was later located and issued as part of the complete Barney Miller series DVD set by Shout Factory in 2011. See more »


Referenced in Barney Miller: Landmark: Part 3 (1982) See more »

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The first episode
15 January 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Ramon" was the beginning of BARNEY MILLER, running for eight seasons on ABC, quite an achievement for a midseason replacement. A videotaped remake of the original pilot (THE LIFE AND TIME OF CAPTAIN BARNEY MILLER), shot on film with a mostly different cast, this version introduces Barney's family straight off: wife Elizabeth (Barbara Barrie, replacing Abby Dalton, seen in only ten further episodes), daughter Rachel (Anne Wyndham, seen only twice more), son Davey (Michael Tessier, never seen again), and Rachel's lawyer boyfriend (Mike Moore), who also was never seen again. Both pilots give us a glimpse of Barney's home life (seen again in "Graft"), which does detract from the everyday activities at the 12th Precinct. Already in place are detectives Philip Fish, the 'tired old cop' (the unforgettable Abe Vigoda), Vietnam vet Stanley Wojciehowicz (Max Gail, already chewing gum), prissy Ron Harris (Ron Glass), Chano Amenguale (Gregory Sierra, who left after two seasons), and Nick Yemana (the incomparable Jack Soo). When Fish has his gun stolen by a suspect (Chu Chu Malave, also retained from the pilot, two further episodes), Barney has to reason with the teenage addict so nobody gets shot; the remainder takes place back at the Miller home, giving the wife another round of ammunition to grouse about the dangers involved with Barney's job. The new casting of Chano provides a telling confrontation between Puerto Rican cop and Puerto Rican hood, not possible in the filmed pilot. Our first look at Fish has him complaining that he needs a vacation (taking only one aspirin), while Yemana is quickly established as a gambler who usually picks the wrong horse (no coffee gags yet). The finale is at least back in the squad room, with the sight of Harris in drag doing vice, complete with moustache (in the original this was Rod Perry's Det. Wilson, who does appear in the next episode "Experience"). One other character retained from the filmed pilot is Harry the Bookie, again played by Buddy Lester, who repeated the role in 1975's "Graft" and 1977's "Abduction" (renamed Sidney in this one).

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