Such a varied group of people all caught in one police station. All the characters are so real so human, that you feel like you know them. The set is realisticly drab so that all you notice is what is being said. It was funny, with a quiet dry sense of humour, and serious, when called for. and even the theme music was different but perfect for this show. In a decade when Dirty Harry was everyone's favorite movie cop, it was nice to see someone like Barney Miller was on duty too.
I wish there was something like this still on tv. Good thing its still seen in re-runs, and on dvd.