It’s “Forgotten Friday!” Each Friday, I’ll profile someone or something (celebrity, movie, TV show, book, event, politician, etc.) that once held the spotlight but is now largely forgotten.
This week, we’re raising our hand to hail a “Taxi.”
Considered one of the best shows in TV history, the sitcom “Taxi” ran for five seasons (four on ABC, one on NBC) from 1978-1983. Over its run, it won 18 Emmy awards, including three for Outstanding Comedy Series.
Set in a fictional cab company, the series featured a great ensemble cast, including Judd Hirsch, Tony Danza, the late Jeff Conaway, Marilu Henner, Danny Devito, and Carol Kane. It also produced breakout stars in Christopher Lloyd as Reverend Jim Ignatowski and the late Andy Kaufman as the mechanic Latka.
Despite being one of the top-rated shows of the late 1970s and the launchpad for a number of stars, “Taxi” is largely forgotten today. All five seasons of “Taxi” are available on DVD and through Netflix but has not been seen on broadcast TV in a number of years.
For those who haven’t seen it, add “Taxi” to the Netflix queue. It’s worth watching and remembering.