Barney Miller

I absolutely enjoy watching old episodes of Barney Miller. I remember my parents watching it when I was growing up and I had no interest in it. But a while back I was down and out with Vertigo and ended up listening and watching shows on channels I had never watched. And Barney Miller was one of them. The cast of characters are hilarious. Great chemistry between all of them.

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  1. I quite forgot about this classic show. I used to watch it all the time when it was on years back. Our good old BBC2 aired it at the time of its heyday. And I also remember the music.

    1. Oh the music……it was so fitting. And the video I posted totally skipped the intro with that cool music track. Ill add it here. And the BBC aired/airs a lot of American shows right?

      1. This reply could take a book’s worth of space so I’ll restrain myself and keep it short.
        In the early 70’s we only had 3 tv channels to choose from: BBC1, BBC2, and ITV….that was it, nothing else!
        So in order to keep a high level of programs in their schedule the BBC imported several American shows that were popular at that time. They got comedy shows, crime dramas, action shows, etc,,,etc. and they all had their allotted time and space on the BBC.

        Barney Miller was one such show which occupied a half-hour slot, usually shown around 9 at night or later. I even remember Lou Grant from back then – among others. And just off the top of my head here’s a quick list of shows that I used to watch.

        Top of the pile has to be my all time favourite American show: “The Rockford Files” with James Garner. No other show came close to this one.

        Streets of San Francisco.
        The Bionic Man.
        Lou Grant.
        Ironside.
        Taxi.
        Wonder Woman.

        As I said, just off the op of my head. If I think about it more then the list would get much bigger than what it is now.

        1. I LOVED the Rockford Files. Now I am going to have to see if it’s showing on one of the many channels I never look at.
          Back in the day we were the same way. We only had a few channels and most would just go off the air at night. One channel would have all night movies on the weekend only. And when cable came along with multiple channels we also had the pay movie channels. BUT….I only recall our Public Broadcasting Station playing British shows on the weekend. And they would only show one or two. Now they show a few all week. And we also have a few BBC channels.

          Now I understand why an old Scottish friend I had on here knew so much more about American tv than I did.

  2. I haven’t seen any of these shows for years and years. I want to say at least 30 years maybe. And yes, those characters did mesh really well. They should have some weird characters come into the station as well.

    And I loved the opening shot with the woman who didn’t know if she had been violated or not. I also liked Davis’s response. And, yes, I understand her confusion, and yes, metaphorically she had been violated. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. ……………………and it could and often was a very moving, even loving story. i almost cried at the end with the report that 10-fingers died in the park.

    1. I just watched one today where Det. Harris gets shot at by other cops who didn’t know he was a cop. That episode was about racism in the force which is so fitting in todays environment.

  4. Isn’t it sad to realize that some issues that were current back in the “good ole days” when that show was on (which has to be 30-40 years ago) are still issues today. That speaks to how well we have done at healing our racism and general antipathy toward each other as a society.

    1. VERY SAD to say the least. So much more I can say about this but you and I pretty much kinda sorta see things the same. So lets just nod at each other ๐Ÿ˜‰

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