Podgodz 330: ‘Barney Miller’ (1975)

Recorded 01 October 2019


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[The Life and Times of] Barney Miller

One of the shows in my pantheon, along with Taxi, Cheers, Night Court, News Radio, Perry Mason, and by forces outside of my control, M*A*S*H.


It’s the 70s. Everyone has horrible painted on hair and is dressed weird. It represents 3 generations of war, WW2 (Inspector Luger, Detectives Fish and Yemana, Korea (Miller), and Vietnam (Wojciehowicz). This is bankruptcy New York City where no one is getting paid, blackouts, and I’m sure everything smelled lovely.


It is an oddly accepting show on some terms, gays and minorities, and is torn when it comes to women. I think this show was fundamental to my outlook on people.


S01E11: Escape Artist from 10 April, 1974

Barney holds a resourceful escaped prisoner for the FBI. A self-declared “bird-man” drops in. Harris decides to write a novel.


S03E02&03 Quarantine Part 1 & 2 7 from 7 and 14 October 1976

The entire 12th Precinct is under quarantine for the night, including the civilians, due to the threat of smallpox. Being cooped up in the same room together with no air conditioning starts to affect the men negatively. It gets worse when they overhear Harris’ very vocal dreams where he seems to have a problem with everyone. The rest of the men share personal stories and conversations while waiting to hear from the medical lab if the pox is smallpox or just chicken pox.


So3E11: Hash from 30 December 1976

Everyone on the squad except Barney is stoned by hashish-laced brownies made by Wojo’s new girlfriend. An actor and a critic duel with swords.


S06E01: Inquisition from 13 September 1979

Lieutenant Scanlon investigates an anonymous letter that identifies a member of the precinct as a homosexual. An angry shopper destroys to an elevator’s MUZAK machine.


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