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Barney Miller

ABC (ended 1982)



User Score: 335

Barney Miller
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Show Summary

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
Gregory Sierra

Gregory Sierra

Det Chano Amangual

Jack Soo

Jack Soo

Det. Nick Yemana

Barbara Barrie

Barbara Barrie

Elizabeth Miller

Abe Vigoda

Abe Vigoda

Det. Sgt. Phil Fish

Ron Glass

Ron Glass

Det. Ron Harris

Ron Carey

Ron Carey

Officer Carl Levitt

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  • One of the last smart comedies...

    This was one of my favourite comedy shows because it was smart as well as funny. Not smart in a particularly intellectual way, but smart in an extremely clever way.

    And unlike today's "comedies", this story of several intertwined fictional lives did not rely on lowest common denominator content or character bashing to get a laugh. It was the every day stuff that was viewed in a lighthearted way.

    On the other hand, it could also be quite poignant and even heart breaking, and all of this allowed the audience to get into the stories as well as the characters behind them.

    I miss real comedy on TV. I wish there were still people around who could create this level of comedy, and a network with the intestinal fortitude to actually air it!moreless
  • A true classic and very funny.

    This was a very funny program indeed. Without any doubt the wise cracking Detective Nick Yemana is one of the best detectives in Barney miller's Precint. Jack Soo was talented, creative, and very funny. To be honest with you I have had a dream with Jack Soo in it. He was a doctor at the VA Hospital, and I asked him, "Aren't you that guy from Barney Miller?" He answered, "Yes, but that was a long time ago." I also remember Soo on an episode of Hawaii Five-O. Yes, his life was cut short but his credits shall never be forgotten.moreless
  • As good of an ensemble as "As Time Goes By"...

    ...but this was virtually an all-male enclave (as Linda Lavin and Barbara Barrie were the only females ever credited in the opening titles).

    Still, the ensemble, revolving around Hal Linden's title character, had plenty to do, and plenty of opportunity to shine. Yes, the stories were sometimes offbeat (werewolves in Greenwich Village? deaf prostitutes? a sanitation officer shooting at someone for dropping a candy wrapper?), but this demonstrated the real secret of the show - the various characters that passed through the 12th Precinct that interacted with the detectives there.

    The sardonic humor that permeated the show (as the fog did in one very classic episode) didn't hurt either. Sure, there was no Judi Dench caliber performances - but Barney Miller didn't need any, as its ensemble was a bit deeper.moreless
  • Ah, sweet memories of sitting back, watching Barney & the guys!

    This show was something I rarely ever missed a episode of - a fantastic cast, silly stuff galore, always a laugh a minute! Wojo was one of my favorite characters - stereotypical big dumb guy. You just had to feel sorry for him! Yes, I do have many happy memories of watching this show, & then discussing it with my friends the next day - we ALL watched it as young teens! Any show that can pull in the teens as well as the adults, is a show worth it's salt! A reunion show would be great!moreless
  • This show was great, I was young when this show was on and I still thought it was funny.

    This is a show for all ages, they had humor and they had serious moments, situations, it was really an interesting show to watch. You had Barney Wojo, Fish, the Asian guy, they were all good. The people in jail usually had a good line or two as well. Sometimes it was someone famous sometimes it wasn't. The writing and the acting on this show were pretty good from what I remember. This show was pretty funny most of the time. I really should get the DVD and watch it again. This show was definitely one of the early 80's sitcom classics.moreless

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    Plus: A Barney Miller vet passes away, Sarah Palin may get a second term, and the magic word is: "Pee-wee Herman!!!"


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      Steve Landesberg, who played Detective Arthur Dietrich, died of colon cancer on December 20, 2010. Although many sources stated th...
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    office humor, quirky characters, office politics, the middle class, buddies and gal pals