Actors Tony Danza, Christopher Lloyd, Judd Hirsch and Carole Kane, four of the regular performers in the cast of Taxi, recently got together to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the final season of their hit TV sitcom.
According to an article written by Kelly Wynne on People.com, the crew got together at Mandy’s Bistro and Lounge in Staten Island, New York this past Monday, May 8th. It was 40 years ago that the fifth and final season of Taxi aired on NBC. The first four seasons were broadcast on ABC.
You can see some of Danza’s Twitter and Instagram posts about the reunion by CLICKING HERE. It is really nice to see actors from one of my favorite TV sitcoms getting together to enjoy each other’s company after all of these years.
I checked the Wikipedia.org page for this classic television show and was surprised to find out how many awards the show received during it’s relatively brief five-year run. Taxi was nominated for 31 Emmy Awards, winning 18. It was also nominated for 25 Golden Globe Awards, winning four. Per Wikipedia.org, three of those four wins were for “Best TV Series – Musical/Comedy.”
There were so many breakout characters on that show. You had Danny DeVito playing the mean and funny boss, Louie De Palma. The weird and wonderful Andy Kaufman portrayed mechanic Latka Gravas, who was an immigrant from a strange, foreign country. He seemed to speak gibberish most of the time. Then, there was my favorite character, the burnt out druggie from the 1960’s, Reverend Jim Ignatowski, played by actor Christopher Lloyd, who would go on to star in the Back To The Future film series with Michael J. Fox.
I will never forget one of the funniest and most memorable scenes from that show which involved Reverend Jim. The drivers take him to the DMV so that he can join the cab company as a fellow driver. Watching them trying to help him fill out the application and then pass the test had me laughing so hard, I almost peed my pants!
I found the scene on YouTube.com. If you have five minutes, it really is worth watching again. If you’ve never seen it, you should really take the time to watch it. It’s a TV sitcom gem. You can view the scene by CLICKING HERE.
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