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Taxi: Complete First Season [DVD] [Import]
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Hail, Taxi. It's great to finally have one of the defining sitcoms of the 1970s available on DVD to take out for a spin. This character-driven humane comedy from the creators of The Mary Tyler Moore Show rolled out of the garage with a full tank of gas: a lightning-in-a-bottle ensemble, smart, witty, and compassionate writing, and extraordinary characters. The Sunshine Cab Company was a much grittier workplace than the sunny WJM newsroom. Its down, but never out employees--single mother Elaine (Marilu Henner), aspiring actor Bobby (Jeff Conaway), hapless boxer Tony (Tony Danza), reptilian dispatcher Louis (Danny DeVito), naive rube John (Randall Carver), and indeterminately foreign mechanic Latka (comic iconoclast Andy Kaufman)--struggled to keep rolling along. Judd Hirsch's salt-of-the-earth cabbie Alex Rieger solved everyone's problems but his own. Half hours don't get more moving than the Humanitas Prize-winning episode, "Blind Date," in which Alex tries to befriend an embittered overweight woman, or funnier than "High School Reunion," in which Bobby impersonates Louie at Louie's reunion to impress his mean former classmates.
Along for the ride in this Emmy-winning first season are a pre-MagnumTom Selleck and Mandy Patinkin ("Memories of Cab 804") and life force Ruth Gordon, who was honored with an Emmy for her performance as one of Alex's most memorable fares ("Sugar Mama"). The poignant episode "Paper Marriage" features Christopher Lloyd as burn-out Reverend Jim, who would join the ensemble in season 2. Regrettably, this three-disc set is a stripped down model, with no commentary or interviews. But there is nothing hack about Taxi itself. This is "must-own" television fare. --Donald Liebenson
So it was with a comforting pleasure when I finally purchased season 1 of Taxi and popped the DVD into the player and witnessed the fun all over again. This particular set contains 3 discs in three separate thin/plastic DVD boxes. The first two disc contains 8 episodes each while disc 3 contains 6 episodes.
There are no special features, commentaries, etc. Subtitles are not included. But picture and sound quality is top-notch. The only odd man out in season 1 is Randall Carver, but otherwise everyone else adds their unique flavor and special charisma to the show.
Was this the best American comedy ever? I also liked CHEERS, which had a similar style, but I don't think it ever quite measured up to TAXI. CHEERS never had Latka or Reverend Jim or Louie, for one thing. Danny Devito has played "Louie DePalma"-type characters in other films, but never once came near to his performance in TAXI (my opinion). I wish they had more of Reverend Jim in this first season.
Someone once pointed out to me that the show GREEN ACRES always dealt with the theme of communication or the failure to communicate: Eddie Albert never understood anybody else, everyone is able to understand Arnold the Pig, etc.
I was thinking about this concept of meta-theme when I watched these TAXI episodes. I've noticed that, in this series, virtually every episode deals with frustration, failure, or loss. The first episode demonstrates how Alex left his family years ago and has spent his life missing his daughter; the next one has Tony getting a real chance to make it as a boxer, and failing; a later one deals with Elaine's humiliation at being a cab driver among a circle of art-museum friends; then there's Latka's 10-minute marriage; Bobby despairs at ever becoming an actor; etc. Remember the one where Alex's dog died? The cabbies were perpetually trying to improve their lives, then failing, then dealing with the failure. That gave the show a bittersweet edge, but the stories rarely came off as schmaltzy, and they were always hilarious.