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Taxi: Complete Third Season

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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 ...
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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: 9/13/2005
  • UPC: 097360699340
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 8:11:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 34,140

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Disc #1 -- Taxi: The Complete Third Season, Disc 1
   Louie's Rival
   Tony's Sister and Jim
   Fathers of the Bride
   Elaine's Strange Triangle
   Going Home
   Previews
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Disc #2 -- Taxi: The Complete Third Season, Disc 2
   The Ten Percent Solution
   The Call of the Mild
   Latka's Cookies
   Thy Boss's Wife
   The Costume Party
   Play All
Disc #3 -- Taxi: The Complete Third Season, Disc 3
   Elaine's Old Friend
   Out of Commission
   Zen and the Art of Cab Driving
   Louie's Mother
   Bobby's Roommate
   Play All
Disc #4 -- Taxi: The Complete Third Season, Disc 4
   Louie Bumps Into an Old Lady
   Bobby and the Critic
   On the Job Part 1
   On the Job Part 2
   Latka the Playboy
   Play All
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Elaine's strange triangle: disco track

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Taxi-Show me more

    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.

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