Barney Miller (tv)

The Boston Phoenix

DIRECTED BY: Abe Vigoda

REVIEWED: 12-01-97

Aside from The Honeymooners, Barney Miller was the sit-com that most approximated a one-act play. Almost every episode took place in one room of a rundown, filthy police station in Greenwich Village. Barney Miller managed to develop its main characters without showing their home lives (or their bare butts), thanks to perceptive writing and scenes that were long enough for actors to breathe. The show is also rare among workplace comedies in that a steady stream of character actors drop in to spice up each episode.

Taken from The Boston Phoenix's "50 Years and Counting," a retrospective of the most influential programs from television's first half-century. Click here for the full article.

--Robert David Sullivan

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