Barney Miller

ABC (ended 1982)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 8 : Ep 22

    Landmark (3)

    Aired 5/20/82

  • S 8 : Ep 21

    Landmark (2)

    Aired 5/13/82

  • S 8 : Ep 20

    Landmark (1)

    Aired 5/6/82

  • S 8 : Ep 19


    Aired 4/29/82

  • S 8 : Ep 18


    Aired 4/9/82

  • Cast & Crew
  • James Gregory

    Inspector Frank Luger

  • George Murdock

    Lt. Scanlon

  • Gregory Sierra

    Det Chano Amangual

  • Barbara Barrie

    Elizabeth Miller

  • Abe Vigoda

    Det. Sgt. Phil Fish

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  • show Description
  • Captain Barney Miller and his officers fight crime in this humorous classic TV series. Captain Barney Miller is the consummate boss, earning the loyalty of the officers under him. The early shows featured scenes from Barney's home life, but it was soon put on the back burner to emphasize the characters with whom he interacted at the twelfth precinct. Detective Ron Harris would rather be an author, and even publishes a book about the precinct that isn't exactly flying off the shelves. Nick Yemana is a Japanese American cop from Omaha who is so low key he's almost napping. Wojciehowicz, or Wojo, is the innocent of the group who doesn't seem very bright but speaks for everyone with his simple statements of truth. Dietrich is the intellectual who could be doing anything for a living, but chooses to be a detective. Fish is the seen-it-all veteran who can't wait for retirement, even though that would mean more time with his wife, Bernice. All of them worked together to make one of the funniest sitcoms ever on the air.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (220)

    • Yemana: Hey, anybody want to work Vice tomorrow? Harris: Me! I'll take it! Yemana: You worked Vice last week. Harris: I'm a policeman, baby! I goes where I'm needed!

    • Barney: A situation like this happens once in a lifetime! You realize what that means? I'm safe for the rest of my life.

    • Chano: (to Chu Chu) You know what I feel like when I hear somebody screaming, 'Help! Police! Murder! Call the cops! Somebody's getting killed!' and I find a Puerto Rican beatin' the hell out of some whitey? I gotta pull out my piece and say... (switching to British accent) 'Hold on there! Hands in the air, police officer, thank you!'

    • Harry: Come on, Wogeehowicz, gimme a break. Wojo: Sure. Whadda ya want broken?

    • Elizabeth: Would you consider not going to work today and taking me for a drive in the country? Barney: Liz, you heard the radio: shootings, bombings. It's my busy season.

    • (Fish tells Barney he put the bomb in the safe) Barney: You know there was petty cash in there. Forty bucks! Fish: Take it out of my check.

    • Wilson: Hey, who belongs to this case? Yemana: It ain't mine. Wojo: Fish, maybe. Wilson: Oh, yeah, it must be Fish's. It's too classy for you guys. (Wojo gives Wilson a Bronx cheer) Yemana: Very well put.

    • Purse Owner: I want that man in jail! And I'm not afraid of reprisal! Marty: Oh, who would want to reprise you?

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    Notes (399)

    • This is the first of Chu Chu Malave's three, unrelated appearances on Barney Miller. He can also be seen in season six's "The Architect" and season seven's "Rachel."

    • This is the first of Jane Dulo's two, unrelated appearances on Barney Miller. She can also be seen in season eight's "The Tontine."

    • This is the first of Ray Sharkey's two, unrelated appearances on Barney Miller. He can also be seen in season two's "Protection."

    • Gregory Sierra, Barbara Barrie, and Ron Glass do not appear in this episode.

    • The gentleman with sunglasses who sets down the briefcase with the bomb is played by Noam Pitlik, who will eventually come to direct a majority of the shows 168 episodes, and become the show's co-producer for the last two seasons.

    • This is the first of Richard Stahl's three, unrelated appearances on Barney Miller. He can also be seen in season five's "The Indian" and season eight's "Obituary."

    • Guest star Paul Lichtman will return in a new, recurring role in season two's "Heat Wave."

    • First appearance of Max Gail's hairpiece.

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    Trivia (17)

    • It seems odd that if the water in the sink is frozen that the toilet water wouldn't also be frozen.

    • Gusek insists that his wings are not "chazerai." This is a Yiddish word meaning junk or trash.

    • One unusual aspect of this episode: Usually the other detectives complained about the way Yemana made the coffee; here, Yemana was the one that first complained about it.

    • This would be the beginning of the 'Harris writing a novel' story arc that would last throughout the entirety of the series.

    • Despite Barney's story about the Sperm Whale being the largest mammal alive, the Blue Whale is actually biggest animal that has ever existed.

    • Fish takes his coat off twice in successive shots.

    • Harris incorrectly identifies the quote "Who the gods would destory, they first make mad" as being by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It is actually from Euripides.

    • In the last line of this episode, Fish says he's heard that they're due for some rain next week. The next episode features an unrelenting rain storm.

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    Allusions (43)

    • Dr. Strangelove

      A uniformed officer disparagingly refers to Marty as Dr. Strangelove. Played by Peter Sellers, Dr. Strangelove was manical scientist in Stanley Kubrick's 1964 black comedy Doctor Strangelove or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Although this is intended as a slur on Marty's sexuality, the actual Dr. Strangelove who quite heterosexual suggesting a harem of women be supplied to survivors of nuclear war as they wait out the radiation to die down.

    • Aldous Huxley

      (1894 - 1963) An English philosopher, poet and writer best known for his dystopian novel Brave New World (1932)

    • Harris says, "there are eight million stories in the naked city and I'm going to sell me one," playing on the opening to the TV show, The Naked City.

    • Mr. Jeffers is sarcastically referred to as "The Happy Wanderer," which is a German popular song written in 1953 celebrating the joys of hiking in the outdoors.

    • Mr. Gusik breaks into an impromptu performance of "The Impossible Dream," a song from the 1965 Broadway musical Man of La Mancha.

    • The Green Hornet

      A crusading masked crimefighter created by Fran Striker and George W. Trendle. Secretly playboy newspaper publisher Britt Reid, the Green Hornet daringly battles criminals with the aid of his valet/chauffeur Kato and a wide array of gadgets. He first appearedon radio from 1936 to 1952, although the character has also been adapted for television, movies and comic books.

    • Harris: They must have seen Blazing Saddles by now.

      Blazing Saddles (1974) was a blockbuster satiric comedy directed by Mel Brooks. A spoof of movie westerns, the film featured a black sherriff played by Cleavon Little arriving in a steroetypical white breadOld Westtown.

    • Albert Anastasia:
      Barney tells Wentworth that one of the crimes Lenny the Confessor 'confessed' to was 'the murder of Albert Anastasia.' Barney is referring to a member of the Mafia. Anastasia ran the organization known as Murder, Inc. and was also the boss of the Gambino crime family in the 1950's.

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  • Fan Reviews (17)

    By johndrybred71, Apr 04, 2015

  • One of the last smart comedies...

    By sandbur, May 24, 2009

  • A true classic and very funny.

    By oldtvlover, Jul 20, 2008

  • As good of an ensemble as "As Time Goes By"...

    By Theoacme, Jun 14, 2008

  • Ah, sweet memories of sitting back, watching Barney & the guys!

    By cuddles3, Jul 04, 2007

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