A hugely popular American sitcom that won 18 Emmy Awards, including three for Outstanding Comedy Series.
The series ran in the USA for four series between 1978 and 1982 with ABC network and NBC for a fifth.
Taxi is one of television’s most lauded shows. During its run, the sitcom was nominated for 31 Emmy Awards and won 18, including three for Outstanding Comedy Series. It was also nominated for 25 Golden Globes, with four wins (three for Best TV Series – Musical/Comedy). In 1979, it received the Humanitas Prize in the 30 minute category. It was also ranked 48th in TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. In 1997, two of the show’s episodes, “Latka the Playboy” and “Reverend Jim: A Space Odyssey” were respectively ranked no 19 and no 63 on TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time.
Taxi was inspired by the non-fiction article “Night-Shifting for the Hip Fleet” by Mark Jacobson, which appeared in the September 22, 1975 issue of New York magazine.
Many of the cast went onto become household names in the world of movies, most notable of course being Danny De Vito and Christopher Lloyd. Judd Hirsch also starred in the successful US version of hit UK sitcom Dear John.
The series ran in the UK on BBC 1, although we have not managed to get exact dates we think it ran alongside the US version.
The show focused on the everyday lives of a handful of New York City taxi drivers and their abusive dispatcher.
Jeff Conaway (seasons 1–3)
Randall Carver (season 1)
Christopher Lloyd (guest season 1; seasons 2–5)
Carol Kane (season 5)
USA: ABC (1978–1982), NBC (1982–1983)
James L. Brooks
Original Transmission Dates: September 12th, 1978 – June 15th, 1983 (USA)
Taxi has been released on DVD but only on region1