Taxi: Complete Third Season

Taxi: Complete Third Season

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Director: James Burrows, Jeff Chambers, Will MacKenzie

Cast: Al Ruscio

     
 

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Riding in off its second consecutive year as the Emmy voters' top comedy program, Taxi necessarily shifts gears a bit in its third season, adding backstories and quirks to the now-familiar characters. Latka Gravas (Andy Kaufman), for instance, undergoes a bizarre personality split in "Latka the Playboy" and turns into Vic Ferrari. "Well, excuse me," Vic chides his Sunshine Cab Company colleagues, "but I thought I had the right to evolve." Despicable dispatcher Louis de Palma (Danny DeVito) is still rotten enough to possibly sabotage Bobby's acting career ("Bobby and the Critic"), but he touchingly reveals himself to be a lovelorn and lonely man in "Louie's Rival" and "Louie's Mother." Less convincingly, '60s burnout Jim Ignatowski (Christopher Lloyd) is provided a family backstory ("Going Home"). As with Cheers in its subsequent seasons, Taxi idled when it strayed too far from the workplace, as witness "Call of the Wild," in which the New York cabbies struggle to survive a weekend in a snowbound mountain cabin. While this seamless ensemble's chemistry (especially One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest veterans DeVito and Lloyd) is a joy to behold, each cast member gets a chance to shine. Both DeVito and Judd Hirsch, as salt-of-the-earth cabbie Alex Reiger, broke through to win Emmys for their work this season. Among many standout episodes: "Elaine's Old Friend," in which Elaine (Marilu Henner) gets Alex to pose as her sophisticated paramour in hopes of impressing a chum from high school; "Zen and the Art of Cabdriving," which finds Jim committing himself to becoming the perfect hackie; "Latka's Cookies," featuring a secret, addictive ingredient that proves a legal deterrent to Latka's becoming a cookie millionaire. Certainly the 1980-81 season’s best-remembered episode is the Emmy-winning "Elaine's Strange Triangle" -- featuring Alex’s moment of unexpected glory on the disco dance floor. Taxi gets extra mileage this season from some Emmy-worthy guest stars, including future Cheers star Rhea Perlman as Louie's sweet girlfriend, Zena; Louise Lasser as Alex's hostile ex-wife ("Fathers of the Bride"); Julie "Marge Simpson" Kavner in "Tony's Sister and Jim" (also one of Lloyd's best episodes); and Eileen Brennan as the treacherous seductress Mrs. Mackenzie in "Thy Boss's Wife." Ranked by TV Guide among the top 50 greatest series of all time, Taxi rolls on as one of television's class acts.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
UPC:
0097360699340
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
8:11:00
Sales rank:
30,851

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full screen format; Dolby Digital English mono

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Ruscio Dr. Webster
Ed Weinberger Jerry Lowell
Eileen Brennan Mrs. McKenzie
Harvey Vernon Guide
Hector Britt Gus Bates
Iris Korn Edith
John Carson Kirk
John Harkins John Bowman
John O'Leary Priest
Julia DeVito Louie's Mother
Julie Kavner Monica Banta Douglas
Martha Smith Mary Parker
Michael McGuire Brokerage Boss
Nicholas Hormann Businessman
Rhea Perlman Zena Sherman
Talia Balsam Cathy Consuelas
Victor Buono Mr. Caldwell
Wally Amos Himself
Carmine Caridi Lou Lou
John Considine Michael
Lane Brody Janine
Louis Guss Maxie Melcher
Louise Lasser Phyllis
Michael Mann Associate
Michael Pritchard Dancer
Richard Minchenberg Dwight
Robin Klein Karen
Sarina Grant Casting Assistant
Stephen Elliott Mr. McKenzie
T.J. Castronovo Tommy
Walter Olkewicz Tom Caldwell
Lewis Night Watchman
Barbara Deutsch Lila Caldwell
Bill Wiley George Givens
Carlo U. Quinterio Carlo Consuelas
George Wendt Exterminator
Jim McKrell Carnegie Hall Passenger
Jimmy Staszkiel Producer
Joe Medalis Edith's Lawyer
Mauricio Aldana Tony's Opponent
Myron Natwick Maitre D'
Alice Hirson Housewife
Dana Halsted Ms. Lang
Dick Yarmy Spencer
Harvey Skolnick Reception Attendant
John Yates Inebriated Pilot
Sam de Fazio Louie's Lawyer
Vince Delgado Referee
Clint Young Security Guard
Jay Riley Judge
Jimmy Lennon Ring Announcer
John Eames Butler

Technical Credits
James Burrows Director
Jeff Chambers Director
Will MacKenzie Director
Les Charles Director

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Taxi: Complete Third Season 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first show I've seen that I rewind parts 10-15 times in a row and still get the same laughter. Taxi season three is one of the elite seasons of all time. All of the characters are polished and primed to deliver scenes of complete chaos. I have not laughed this hard in years. My wife and I now have Taxi time every day. I have to say that each time I watch this show,I'm in for a good time-every time. Can you say this about other shows? Not really. Taxi is now one of my top 3 favorite shows. I watched all three seasons in a matter of days, followed by repeats of our favorite episodes. Season three has left me yearning for season four.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Taxi is one of my fave shows of all times. The series is quite uneven, though, and some episodes are actually flat. "Elaine's strange triangle", however, is particularly very funny indeed. By the way, if anyone knows the title and singer of the disco track being played while Alex Rieger is forced to dance in the gay bar at the end of the episode, please let me know!!!