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Taxi: One of the greatest American TV shows

Updated on June 10, 2015
Taxi: The TV seires
Taxi: The TV seires | Source

Taxi: The complete TV series now available on DVD

Right - what is in your head right now, this very minute? I would be willing to bet that for many people reading this it's the theme tune to the show.

That mellow Fender Rhodes sound

It's so typical of the 1970s and 80s. As I was starting to write this, I was playing the theme tune on You Tube (see below) and after one bar - one single bar - himself, who had just come into the room, said 'Taxi!' Arguably, this is one of the most famous theme tunes ever.

And so right for the show

The music, as theme tunes should, definitely set the scene for the TV show. Although Taxi is largely a comedy, it has a certain melancholy that is evident in the music. All but one of the taxi drivers are earning their living by driving whilst trying to achieve their dreams of working is what they really want to do.

The characters and plot

The plot, such as it is, is the failures and fortunes of the drivers for a taxi firm, ruled over by the aggressive, but secretly lovable, Danny de Vito. The drivers themselves were a mixed bunch of, well, not misfits exactly but taken from a broad spectrum of society. However, there was an ever-present camaraderie.

Who was your favorite character?

I'm sticking my neck out here and suggesting that the most popular characters were Latka and Jim. (They were my favorites!) Latka - I'm never sure where he was from but I'm supposing Eastern Europe - was the mechanic and spoke in his own curious language. Jim was an old hippie who had obviously enjoyed the sixties so much that he had no recollection of them. (And the part was played by the marvelously manic Christopher Lloyd).

The second time around

I have to admit that when I watched the show when it was first shown on TV I simply took it at face value but it's only when watching it today, you notice how various social issues are dealt with during the episodes.

Enjoy Taxi all over again

The entire theme tune to Taxi performed by jazz legend, Bob James is in the video below

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This is probably THE classic American TV series. Like the others mentioned on this page it combined humor with social comment.


© 2013 Jackie Jackson


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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Merrci - it's a strange but enjoyable thing, watching these programs .It's like going back in time. Not just to the shows but how your life was at that time.Interesting.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Taxi used to be so funny. LOVED Jim. Smiling now. Thanks for reminding me. It would be fun to watch again now.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Cari Kay 11: So many were true classics,weren't they? It's wonderful that we can now buy them and watch them whenever we like instead of waiting for next week's episode.

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      Kay 4 years ago

      I enjoyed Taxi, Barney Miller and MASH. All wonderful series!