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Taxi: the Fourth Season

Taxi: the Fourth Season

Howard Storm, James Burrows, Joan Darling, Michael Lessac,

DVD (Full Frame)

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Taxi remained a succès d'estime for ABC as it entered its fourth season, gathering scores of industry awards and garnering the love of its most loyal fans and the respect of Hollywood insiders, while still continuing to post lukewarm ratings. The series hadn't cracked the "Top 25" shows throughout the 1980-1981 season and failed to do so during 1981-1982 as well. ABC had seriously considered dropping the program after its third season, but the uproar of protest from its devotees moved the network to give the property another chance -- albeit in a new time slot on Thursday evening opposite NBC's Gimme a Break and CBS' Knots Landing. Two major developments marked the progression of events on season four. The first was the defection of Jeff Conaway in the role of part-time cabbie and would-be actor Bobby Wheeler, though Conaway would return for a guest appearance in the episode "Bobby Doesn't Live Here Any More." The second was the marriage between mild-mannered immigrant taxi mechanic Latka Gravas (Andy Kaufman) and his countrywoman Simka Dahblitz (Carol Kane in an Emmy-winning characterization) -- though the nuptials were postponed until Latka was able to divest himself of his slimy, womanizing "alter ego" Vic Ferrari (also played by Kaufman, who insisted that the series' producers sign "Vic Ferrari" to a separate contract!) As in previous seasons, Taxi offered a two-part episode in which the cabbies were forced to put their lives in perspective. On this occasion, the episode was the season finale "The Road Not Taken, wherein Elaine (Marilu Henner) mulled over the opportunity to leave New York for a new out-of-town job, prompting her fellow cabbies to reflect upon the various pivotal moments in their own lives. With the ratings continuing to sag, ABC reluctantly concluded that Taxi was expendable, and the series was canceled. For a while, it looked as if the property would be revived by the cable service HBO; but in the end, it was NBC that came to the rescue, picking up Taxi for its fifth (and as it turned out, its final) season. ~ All Movie Guide

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/22/2009
UPC: 0097360270846
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 9:41:00
Sales rank: 9,650

Special Features

Closed Caption; Episodic promos

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barry Nelson Dr. Jeffries
Bob Larkin Bar Brawler
Bubba Smith Lucius Franklin
Carol Kane Simka Dahblitz
Charlayne Woodard Nina Chambers
Ernie Hudson Terry Carver
Fran Ryan Mrs. Weber
Gary Phillips Todd
J. Alan Thomas Jeff
Jack Gilford Joe Rieger
Jeff Conaway Bobby Wheeler
Julia DeVito Louie's Mother
Louise Lasser Phyllis
Martin Short Mitch Harris
Melanie Gaffin Jennifer Nardo
Noni White Andrea Stewart
Paul Sand Craig Egan
Rebecca Holden Christina
Rhea Perlman Zena Sherman
Ted Danson Vincenzo
Tom Hanks Gordon
Tony LaTorre Terry
Allen Williams Robert
Andrea Marcovicci Emily
Barbara Babcock Karen
David Mendenhall Jason Nardo
Joyce Brothers Herself
Ed Weinberger Boxing Fan
Eugene Roche Jack
Gela Jacobson Receptionist
J.P. Bumpstead Bar Brawler
Jerry Fujikawa Itsumi Fujimoto
John Calvin Doug
John Mengatti Teenage Boy
Melendy Britt Janine
Nina Van Pallandt Rich Woman
Randi Brough Randi Moratta
Rebecca Clemons Mrs. Booth
T.J. Castronovo Tommy
Warwick Sims James
Audrey Berindey Teenage Girl
Bernadette Birkett Doris Marie Winslow
Candi Brough Candi Moratta
Gene Lebell Referee
Joel Brooks Nick
Kiva Dawson Girl Scout
Mark Harrison Mr. Booth
Max Wright Mr. Ambrose
Reuven Bar-Yotam Oumas
Sari Price Woman #1
Tony Gaetano Waiter
Vincent Schiavelli Rev. Gorky
Alex Rodine Maitre D'
Cassandra Gava Desiree
Jill Jaress Secretary
Jimmy Lennon Ring Announcer
Karen Anders Woman #2
Peter Elbling Mascha
Wendell Wright Policeman
Wendy Goldman Lynne
Wendy Philips Heather
Frances Welter Client #1
Howard Gewirtz Dr. Baker
J. Pat O'Malley Tom
John Steve Boxing Opponent
Matthew Faison Mr. Thompson
Rob Hughes Waiter

Technical Credits
Howard Storm Director
James Burrows Director
Joan Darling Director
Michael Lessac Director
Michael Zinberg Director
Noam Pitlik Director

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