For the last few months, I’ve been recording episodes of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” on my DVR. There’s only one episode that comes on each week (on Sundays), but I started noticing that, at the end of the show was the beginning few minutes of “Taxi”.
I’ve never thought twice about this show in my life, that is, until I watched the “All-Star Tribute to James Burrows” on NBC in February. James Burrows is the most accomplished comedic director, and worked on several shows including “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, “Friends”, “Will & Grace”, “The Big Bang Theory”, “Cheers”, “Frasier”, and “Taxi”, among others.
The segment on “Taxi” had me intrigued. The show was apparently funny, had a stellar cast (Tony Danza, Danny DeVito, Andy Kaufman), and was timeless. Well, why the hell wouldn’t I watch it?
So, I’ve been recording the weekly episodes for awhile, and this weekend, I binged on 8 of them. Whoops.
In general, the premise of “Taxi” is that it follows a New York City cab company and its employees, who are, of course, looking for the bigger, better deal. So far, I’ve seen one of the cab drivers moonlight as an actor.
While the stories of the individual cabbies are interesting, it’s also interesting to follow the stories of the people getting IN the cabs. Think about all the things you’ve told your Uber driver, and then times that by 10 and it’s a typical Friday night for an Uber/cab/Lyft driver, and there you have it: an episode of “Taxi”.
The humor I’ve seen so far is eerily modern, and I’d guess quite edgy for its time. I’m always a fan of edge.
Because of this, “Taxi” was awarded three Golden Globes for Best Television Series, and more than 10 Emmy Awards during the course of the show.
One other thing worth noting about “Taxi” is the theme song. It’s oddly calming in an addictive way, and it was not lost on me that another show, also featuring Tony Danza, has a similar theme opening: a vehicle, driving through its local terrain. I SEE YOU, “Who’s the Boss?”…and I absolutely love that theme song, too.
In other TV news, I’m almost done re-watching all of the seasons of “Dexter”, and have started recording about 30 episodes of “Castle”, which I’ve never seen before. I’m currently obsessed with “The Real Housewives of New York”, “Shahs of Sunset”, “Southern Charm”, and “Broad City”.
I have recently started watching “The Real Housewives of Dallas” (not sure what to think of this one yet), and am looking forward to the premier of “Million Dollar Listing New York” this week (Thursday). And finally, I recently purchased DVDs of “The Wonder Years” (also an amazing theme song), and “Nurse Jackie”, which I have never seen.
I know, I’m a total junkie. But do not worry; I totally found an open position for a “TV Columnist” for a super cool website. Hello, that is like my DREAM job. Guess I’ll be polishing my resume today: “Job Qualifications: Insane cable package, ability to focus on several different TV shows at once, pulls all-nighters in order to watch premier episodes, finales, and important QVC segments”.