This article provides an overview of the Barney Miller TV series. It includes information on the series episodes, the cast, reviews, and ratings.
Barney Miller TV Series Overview
Barney Miller is a hilarious comedy television series set in a fictional New York City police station located in Greenwich Village. The Barney Miller television series ran on the ABC television network from January 23, 1975, to May 20, 1982.
On the popular show, Captain Barney Miller (played by actor Hal Linden) tries his best to remain in control of his sanity while leading the detectives and employees of the city’s 12th Police Precinct. The show is both an Emmy and Peabody Award winner.
Production Company and Executive Producers
The series is produced by Four D Productions and Distributed by Columbia Pictures Television from 1975 to 1996, Columbia TriStar Television from 1996 to 2002, and Sony Pictures Television since 2002. Danny Arnold and Roland Kibbee were the executive producers.
List of Barney Miller Cast Members
The show’s acting lineup includes an incredibly unique and diverse cast. The combination and diversity of talent is what makes the show work. The characters are quirky wisecrackers with dry senses of humor. Here’s an overview of the lineup:
- Captain Barney Miller is played by actor Hal Linden, who basically plays mother and referee to the other detectives in the precinct
- Crotchety and old, but still hilarious, Jewish-American Philip K. Fish, played by actor Abe Vigoda
- Naive but still good-natured Polish-American Detective Stanley “Wojo” Wojciehowicz, played by actor Max Gail
- Ambitious and arrogant African-American Detective Ronald “Ron” Nathan Harris, played by actor Ron Glass
- Philosophical and wisecracking Japanese-American Nick Yemana, played by actor Jack Soo
- The funny Puerto Rican Chano Amanguale, played by actor Gregory Sierra
Barney Miller also has to deal with his old-school boss, Chief Inspector Frank Luger (James Gregory), and Officer Carl Levitt (Ron Carey), who constantly badgers Miller about being promoted to detective. Amanguale was replaced by intellectual Arthur P. Dietrich (Steve Landesberg) beginning in the third season.
The critically acclaimed show’s focus was split between the detectives’ interactions with each other and with the suspects and witnesses they detained, processed, and interviewed.
In almost every episode, an interesting character passed through the precinct. The show’s cast and stories about relevant issues of the times made it one of the most fondly remembered shows of all time.
List of Barney Miller Episodes
The series ran for eight seasons with a total of 170 episodes. Each episode was 25 minutes long. All of the episodes are available to watch online at Amazon Video. The series is also available on DVD.
The first season of Barney Miller has a total of 13 season episodes. The DVD is a two-disc package with all episodes and includes interviews and extras.
- S1 E1 – Ramon – A drug addict causes problems at the precinct.
- S1 E2 – Experience – Fish thinks he’s too old for police work.
- S1 E3 – Snow Job – The detectives guard the payroll for a department store.
- S1 E4 – Graft – Internal Affairs comes sniffing around Barney’s office.
- S1 E5 – The Courtesans – Wojo doesn’t respond well to the prostitutes.
- S1 E6 – The Stakeout – The team gets interrupted during a stakeout.
- S1 E7 – The Bureaucrat – An important person gets arrested.
- S1 E8 – Ms. Cop – A policewoman doesn’t want to be limited to office work.
- S1 E9 – The Vigilante – A vigilante takes the law into his own hands.
- S1 E10 – The Guest – An accountant thinks he a gang is pursuing him.
- S1 E11 – The Escape Artist – An escape artist gets locked up in Barney’s jail.
- S1 E12 – Hair – A rude officer comes to town.
- S1 E13 – The Hero – Chano has to shoot two criminals.
The second season consists of 22 episodes. The three-disc set of DVDs includes all episodes and bonus footage.
- S2 E1 – Doomsday – Someone wants Barney to arrest city and state officials.
- S2 E2 – The Social Worker – Mrs. Miller becomes a social worker.
- S2 E3 – The Lay-Off – The force struggles with layoffs.
- S2 E4 – Ambush – Yemana gets shot.
- S2 E5 – Heat Wave – A heat wave hits the city and everyone is on edge.
- S2 E6 – The Arsonist – The team investigates a series of fires, believed to be the work of an arsonist.
- S2 E7 – Grand Hotel – Detectives Wojo and Wentworth go undercover to foil a burglary ring.
- S2 E8 – Discovery – A man poses as a detective.
- S2 E9 –
The Complete Third Season on DVD – Includes all of the episodes from the third season and some bonus features as well.
Season 4 – This package includes a total of three discs and 555 minutes of total running time.
Season 5 – Includes three discs and 570 minutes of video footage.
Season 6 – Includes three discs and 540 minutes of total running time.
Barney Miller Theme Song
The show’s theme music is instrumental jazz played over a shot of the New York City skyline. The theme music was written by Jack Elliott and Allyn Ferguson.
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