Network: ABC (1978–1982), NBC (1982–1983)
Air Dates: September 12, 1978–June 15, 1983
Stars: Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner, Tony Danza, Randall Carver, Christopher Lloyd, Carol Kane, Andy Kaufman
It's not a new phenomenon, the doubling of lives in New York. Meet a guy and he'll tell you that he's just serving while he whittles down a big novel. The woman pouring your beers at the bar, she's a playwright, and if you come to her friend's apartment in the Upper West Side, you can see what she's working on. Your cabbie makes sculptures out of bird shit and doesn't sell them for anything.
In Taxi, the classic sitcom that launched the careers of Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, just to name a few, no one is a cabbie first. (Except Judd Hirsch's Alex Rieger, of course.) They're boxers looking for a comeback (Tony Danza), actors (Jeff Conaway), immigrants adjusting to the States (Andy Kaufman), or burnouts (Lloyd).
From this sad tapestry came one of TV's most beloved creations, the recipient 18 Emmys, including 3 for Outstanding Comedy Series. —RS