Friday, December 8, 2017

Show Notes: Season 3, Episode 8: Taxi

*"The Great Race" premiered November 6, 1979 on the American Broadcasting Company television network.

*TAXI aired on ABC from 1978 to 1982 and on NBC from 1983-1984.

*The New York article that inspired the series can be found right here.

*The series won a whopping 18 Emmy awards, including the top prize for comedy show in 1979, 1980, and 1981. It also won a Humanitas Prize, which sounds pretty impressive, doesn't it?

*Co-creator Edwin B. Weinberger went by 'Ed." from the age of 8 according to Variety via Wikipedia, and in the same article he said it was "an affectation that got out of hand."

*Notable episodes we mention in the podcast:
"Cooking for Two" S4 E22 (Jim moves in with Louie)
"Jim's Mario's" S5 E22 (Jim buys the restaurant)
"Reverend Jim: A Space Odyssey" S2 E3 (Jim takes the driving test)
"Alex the Gofer" S5 E7 (Alex, uh, becomes a gofer for a theater)
"Louie Moves Uptown" S5 E13 (Louie competes with Penny Marshall for a spot in a ritzy high-rise)

*Louie DePalma was TV Guide's pick for the best TV character of all time in a special edition of the mag in 1999.

*Jeff Conaway was 29 when this episode aired.

*CBS All-Access offers 50 of the series' 114 episodes; Hulu has 75

*The closing title card for the John Walters Company (the production company created by 4 ex-MTM producers, including James L. Brooks and Weinberger, and funded by Paramount), featured the line, "Good night, Mr. Walters," followed by a weary harrumph. Weinberger plays the fictional "Mr. Walters" in the segment. The other notable show the company produced was the short-lived sitcom The Associates, a 1979 legal comedy with Martin Short that reran on A&E in the 1980s.

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