Taxi - Season 5

Taxi - Season 5

Director: Harvey Miller, Michael Lessac Cast: Danny DeVito, Judd Hirsch

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Although Taxi had earned scores of industry awards and the unflagging loyalty of its fans during its four-year lifespan on ABC, the series had never posted the sort of ratings that would qualify it as a hit. Thus, ABC dropped the show at the end of season four -- but the song wasn't quite over yet. Responding to overwhelming public demand, rival network NBC picked up Taxi for its fifth season, retaining the same Thursday-night time slot the series had occupied the previous year -- or, as the trade ads put it, "Same time, better network." The first NBC episode was "The Shloogel Show, in which all the cabbies embarked upon a "group blind date" that would have long-ranging ramifications. The relationships inaugurated on this episode would be explored and occasionally resolved on three later fifth-season installments, "Louie and the Blind Girl, "Arnie Meets the Kids, and "Tony's Baby." In another development, Carol Kane graduated from recurring to regular status in her Emmy-winning role as Simka, the wife of the Sunshine Cab Company's sweet-tempered immigrant mechanic Latka Gravas (Andy Kaufman); the Latka-Simka marriage and its attendant old-world traditions (many of them bizarre in the extreme) would provide fodder for the two-part episode "Scenskees From a Marriage" and the season finale "Simka's Monthlies." Also providing material for several episodes was a huge inheritance bestowed upon "Reverend" Jim Ignatowski (Christopher Lloyd), the cab company's resident burned-out hippie; in fact, the last episode to be filmed, "A Grand Gesture, was entirely motivated by Jim's unexpected financial windfall. Additionally, we continued to learn more about the past lives of the various cabbies, notably the fact that Alex Rieger (Judd Hirsch) suffered from an addiction to gambling, and that the father of Tony Banta (Tony Danza) had run off to sea years earlier. Had the fans of the series and the stars had their way, Taxi would have run indefinitely on NBC. Alas, the ratings were no better than they'd been on ABC (though, ironically, the show managed to pick up three more Emmy Awards!) compelling the network to cancel the series -- permanently this time -- after its 114th episode. Happily, the series has since prospered in rerun syndication not only in local markets but also on basic cable. ~ All Movie Guide

Product Details

Release Date: 12/22/2009
UPC: 0097360270945
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 9:31:00
Sales rank: 3,479

Special Features

Closed Caption; Episodic promos; Series promos

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Judd Hirsch Actor
Allen Garfield Mr. Rutledge
Allyce Beasley Cindy
Andrea Marcovicci Emily
Anne de Salvo Vicki
Anthony Charnota Croupier
Cathie Shirriff Diane
Danny DeVito Actor
David Mendenhall Jason Nardo
Dick Sargent John Bickers
Donnelly Rhodes Angie Barta
Howard Witt Immigration Officer
John Hancock Veterinarian
Keenan Wynn Leo
Louise Lasser Phyllis
Mark Blankfield Zifka
Matthew Laurance Theatrical Producer
Murphy Cross Judy
Penny Marshall Herself
Rhea Perlman Zena Sherman
Vincent Schiavelli Rev. Gorky
Wallace Shawn Arnie Ross
Walter Olkewicz Tom Caldwell
Charlie Stavola Bartender
David Paymer Ned
David Young Doctor
Elizabeth Hill Hillary
F. William Parker Judge
Gayle Hunnicutt Mrs. Bascombe
J. Alan Thomas Jeff
Joseph Brennan Telegram Messenger #1
Judith-Marie Bergan Shawn
Keone Young Gambler #1
Marilu Henner Actress
Martin Azarow Leon
Melanie Gaffin Jennifer Nardo
Peter Jurasik Tom Pelton
Dick Miller Fergie
T.J. Castronovo Tommy
Brad Kesten Gregory
Caren Kaye Actress
Carolyn Demirjian Gambler #2
Hilary Carlip Telegram Messenger #2
Martin Garner Cabbie
Nelson Welch Mr. Parker
Robert Woberly Waiter
Santos Morales Perez
Scatman Crothers Walt
Tony Danza Actor
Wendell Wright Seaman
William Hootkins Liquor Authority Officer
Andy Kaufman Actor
Carlene Watkins Susan
Gene Lebell Referee
Jim Pollack Man
Lois de Banzie Mrs.Gwinn
Michael Saucedo The Kid
Peter Elbing Mascha
Richard Monahan Winslow
Robert Kendall Woman
Thom Koutsoukos Policeman
Tom Villard Cartoonist
Christopher Lloyd Actor
Jim Davis Gramps
Jimmy Lennon Ring Announcer
Marcia Wallace Herself
Michael Alldredge Todd
Peter Iacangelo Donovan
Tracey Walter Panhandler
Carol Kane Actress

Technical Credits
Danny DeVito Director
Harvey Miller Director
Michael Lessac Director
Michael Zinberg Director
Noam Pitlik Director
Richard Sakai Director
Stan Daniels Director

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