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Taxi (Season 2) DVD Review

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Author: Britt Gillette


With its acerbic humor and quirky characters, Taxi is widely considered one of the funniest sitcoms in television history. Created by James L. Brooks (whose magic hand played a role in such hits as The Andy Griffith Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and The Simpsons), Taxi maintains a loyal following to this day via syndicated reruns. Sporting an all-star cast, the show introduced the world to the comedic talents of such superstars as Danny DeVito, Tony Danza, Marilu Henner, Andy Kaufman, and Christopher Lloyd…

Taxi follows the inner-workings of the Sunshine Cab Company, a New York City taxicab operation run by an insulting and tyrannical dispatcher named Louie De Palma (Danny DeVito). De Palma's onerous tactics are dispensed from the safety of his small office "cage" in the corner of the body shop, while various cab drivers such as Alex Reiger (Judd Hirsch), Tony Banta (Danza), and Elaine Nardo (Henner) associate with one another. Throw in foreign mechanic Latka Gravas (Kaufman), and all the ingredients are in place for endless hours of laughter. As the characters perform their numerous runs, meet back at the shop, and deal with varying problems in their personal lives, audiences are treated to some of the best comedy ever to grace the small screen…

The Taxi (Season 2) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "Louie and the Nice Girl" in which Zena (Rhea Pearlman), a woman who refills the vending machines (and a friend of most of the cabbies), reveals to Alex and Elaine that she has a crush on Louie. When the two begin dating, Louie boats of their sexual escapades, but Zena tells the gang that nothing has happened. Confronted, Louie admits that he doesn't know what to do with a "nice girl" like Zena, at least until he learns that Zena might not be the nice girl he once thought… Other notable episodes from Season 2 include "Wherefore Art Thou, Bobby?" in which Bobby quits his dream of becoming an actor after a young protégé lands a job on his first try, and "Jim Gets a Pet" in which Jim wins $10,000 at a race track and uses the winnings to purchase the long shot horse on which he bet…

Below is a list of episodes included on the Taxi (Season 2) DVD:

Episode 23 (Louie and the Nice Girl) Air Date: 09-11-1979
Episode 24 (Honor Thy Father) Air Date: 09-18-1979
Episode 25 (Reverend Jim: A Space Odyssey) Air Date: 09-25-1979
Episode 26 (Nardo Loses Her Marbles) Air Date: 10-02-1979
Episode 27 (Wherefore Art Thou, Bobby?) Air Date: 10-16-1979
Episode 28 (The Lighter Side of Angela Matusa) Air Date: 10-23-1979
Episode 29 (A Woman Between Friends) Air Date: 10-30-1979
Episode 30 (The Great Race) Air Date: 11-06-1979
Episode 31 (The Apartment) Air Date: 11-13-1979
Episode 32 (Alex's Romance) Air Date: 11-20-1979
Episode 33 (Latka's Revolting) Air Date: 11-27-1979
Episode 34 (Elaine's Secret Admirer) Air Date: 12-04-1979
Episode 35 (Louie Meets the Folks) Air Date: 12-11-1979
Episode 36 (Jim Gets a Pet) Air Date: 12-18-1979
Episode 37 (The Reluctant Fighter) Air Date: 12-25-1979
Episode 38 (Tony and Brian) Air Date: 01-08-1980
Episode 39 (Guess Who's Coming for Brefnish?) Air Date: 01-15-1980
Episode 40 (What Price Bobby?) Air Date: 01-22-1980
Episode 41 (Shut It Down: Part 1) Air Date: 01-29-1980
Episode 42 (Shut It Down: Part 2) Air Date: 02-05-1980
Episode 43 (Alex Jumps Out of an Airplane) Air Date: 02-26-1980
Episode 44 (Art Work) Air Date: 03-04-1980
Episode 45 (Fantasy Borough: Part 1) Air Date: 05-06-1980
Episode 46 (Fantasy Borough: Part 2) Air Date: 05-13-1980

About the author: Britt Gillette is author of The DVD Report, a blog where you can find where you can find more reviews of movies and TV series. Source: http://thedvdreport.blogspot.com/2006/02/taxi-season-2-dvd.html


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