History Series / BarneyMiller

24th Apr '16 11:47:40 AM mlsmithca
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* DonutMessWithACop: In the episode "Accusation", a victim calls Barney out on his coffee and donut breakfast.

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In the episode "Accusation", a victim calls Barney out on his coffee and donut breakfast.



** In an earlier episode Dietrich relates statistics about cholesterol and fat as Yemana and Fish defiantly bite into donuts and crullers.

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** In an earlier episode one episode, Dietrich relates statistics about cholesterol and fat as Yemana and Fish defiantly bite into donuts and crullers.
15th Apr '16 2:42:18 PM gallium
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* CrimeAndPunishmentSeries

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* CrimeAndPunishmentSeriesCrimeAndPunishmentSeries: Focusing on one particular part of the crime and punishment process.



** In another episode a burglar had been caught and tried in a makeshift community court (which had been designed for small civil disputes) and had been serving his "sentence" locked up in the basement. He escapes and is picked up by the real cops; he's grateful to be in a real jail.

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** In another episode "People's Court" a burglar had been caught and tried in a makeshift community court (which had been designed for small civil disputes) and had been serving his "sentence" locked up in the basement. He escapes and is picked up by the real cops; he's grateful to be in a real jail.



* SeriesContinuityError: In Season 2 episode "Rain" (Nov. 27, 1975), the leaky roof of the 12th Precinct is blamed on the building being "forty years old", and a maintenance man says the building was built in 1932. In series finale "Landmark" the 12th Precinct is sold to developers when it is discovered to be a historical landmark--UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt had an office there during his time as New York City Police Commissioner (1895-97).

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In Season 2 episode "Rain" (Nov. 27, 1975), the leaky roof of the 12th Precinct is blamed on the building being "forty years old", and a maintenance man says the building was built in 1932. In series finale "Landmark" the 12th Precinct is sold to developers when it is discovered to be a historical landmark--UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt had an office there during his time as New York City Police Commissioner (1895-97).(1895-97).
** In some earlier episodes Barney celebrates Christmas, but in later episodes he's identified as Jewish. See AmbiguouslyJewish above.



* SpringtimeForHitler: In "The Inventor", Harris needs places to put all the profits from ''Blood on the Badge'', and he offers to bankroll an inventor's forever life battery. The inventor sees through this, correctly noting that Harris is looking for the battery to fail so he can claim a write off. The inventor says, "I'll take your money, Sergeant, and my battery will be such a success, I'll push you into the 7% tax bracket!"

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* SpringtimeForHitler: In "The Inventor", Harris needs places to put all the profits from ''Blood on the Badge'', and he offers to bankroll an inventor's forever life battery. The inventor sees through this, correctly noting that Harris is looking for the battery to fail so he can claim a write off. The inventor says, "I'll take your money, Sergeant, and my battery will be such a success, I'll push you into the 7% 70% tax bracket!"
8th Apr '16 7:20:49 AM gallium
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* WritersBlock: A storyline at the beginning of Season 8 has Harris mad at Barney because Barney forced him to miss a meeting with his literary agent. In "The Car" Harris admits that his real problem is a severe case of Writer's Block; he has been unable to write anything since "Blood on the Badge".
4th Apr '16 12:46:50 PM gallium
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* LotteryTicket: Two cases involved winning lottery tickets...in one a man who had the winning numbers attacks a store owner who forgot to register it before the drawing [[note]] this was before computers automatically did so [[/note]] ; and a man who started throwing his winnings out a window to the people below on the street after being driven crazy with guilt from people asking for financial help.

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* LotteryTicket: Two cases involved winning lottery tickets...in one "Advancement" a man who had the winning numbers attacks a store owner who forgot to register it before the drawing [[note]] this was before computers automatically did so [[/note]] ; and a man who started throwing his winnings out a window to the people below on the street after being driven crazy with guilt from people asking for financial help.


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* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: In 8th-season premiere "Paternity", Wojo is hit with a paternity suit. He finds out that he's sterile, which gets him off the hook for the paternity suit but actually makes him feel worse.
30th Mar '16 4:56:31 PM gallium
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* {{Uncoffee}}: Wojo tries to come up with a coffee substitute during a drought and uses Dietrich's idea of hot Dr. Pepper.

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* {{Uncoffee}}: Wojo tries to come up with a coffee substitute during a drought and uses Dietrich's idea of hot Dr. Pepper. ("The Rainmaker")



* WriteWhoYouKnow: {{in-universe}} Gets Det. Harris in trouble when his thinly veiled portrait of sleazy attorney Arnold Ripner in his novel isn't veiled enough.

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* WriteWhoYouKnow: {{in-universe}} Gets Det. Harris in trouble when his thinly veiled portrait of sleazy attorney Arnold Ripner in his novel isn't veiled enough. This is a multi-episode storyline that ends in "Liquidation" when Harris suffers a devastating court loss and has to cough up $320,000.
30th Mar '16 4:14:19 PM gallium
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* ConspiracyTheorist: Jeffery Tambor plays a man who's obsessed with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trilateral_Commission Trilateral Commission]].

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* ConspiracyTheorist: Jeffery In "Field Associate" Jeffrey Tambor plays a man who's obsessed with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trilateral_Commission Trilateral Commission]].



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the first season, Barney's wife is a regular billed in the opening credits, although she does not appear in all the episodes. In fact, aside from Barney, most of the top-billed characters sit out for an episode or more of the first season. At the same time, characters who seem to have been intended as regulars disappear after being in one or two episodes. The characters' personalities are less distinctive, too, aside from Barney, Wojo, and Fish. Additionally, the show features scenes outside the squad room several times, something that would become very rare in subsequent seasons (see BottleEpisode above).

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the first season, Barney's wife is a regular billed in the opening credits, although she does not appear in all the episodes. In fact, aside from Barney, most of the top-billed characters sit out for an episode or more of the first season. At the same time, characters who seem to have been intended as regulars disappear after being in one or two episodes. The characters' personalities are less distinctive, too, aside from Barney, Wojo, and Fish. Additionally, the show features scenes outside the squad room several times, something that would become very rare in subsequent seasons (see BottleEpisode above).



* FingertipDrugAnalysis: Hilariously parodied in the hash brownies episode.

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* FingertipDrugAnalysis: Hilariously parodied in "Hash", the hash brownies episode.



* GoshDangItToHeck: Sometimes. Usually a character about to swear would simply be interrupted, e.g. "Oh, who gives a flying f" "WOJO!" However, when Ron Harris spoke about his belief that a civil action filed against him and subsequent judgment for the plaintiff were racially motivated, he was allowed to say "You are looking at one mad nigger!" but "They won't suck another nickel out of this bad ''motor scooter''."[[note]]emphasis added[[/note]]

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* GoshDangItToHeck: Sometimes. Usually a character about to swear would simply be interrupted, e.g. "Oh, who gives a flying f" "WOJO!" However, when Ron Harris spoke about his belief that a civil action filed against him and subsequent judgment for the plaintiff were racially motivated, motivated ("Liquidation"), he was allowed to say "You are looking at one mad nigger!" but "They won't suck another nickel out of this bad ''motor scooter''."[[note]]emphasis added[[/note]]



* IOweYouMyLife: Dietrich saves Harris's life on a call, much to his annoyance at being in Dietrich's debt. ("Identity")

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* IOweYouMyLife: Dietrich saves Harris's life on a call, much to his annoyance call. Harris is very annoyed at being in Dietrich's debt. ("Identity")



** A rainmaker hired by New York City's department of water during a drought appears to be successful after being arrested for lighting a ceremonial fire in Central Park. (He insists he was doing it scientifically by stuffing the raw chicken with cloud-seeding chemicals.)

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** A rainmaker hired by New York City's department of water during a drought appears to be successful after being arrested for lighting a ceremonial fire in Central Park. (He He insists he was doing it scientifically by stuffing the raw chicken with cloud-seeding chemicals.)chemicals. ("The Rainmaker")



* NonSequiturDistraction: A riot breaks out in front of the precinct station. Barney gives an impassioned speech to a representative, saying among other things "Maybe we are all going to hell in a handbasket." When things quiet down, Dietrich says to Barney "Hell in a handbasket?"

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* NonSequiturDistraction: A In "Riot" a riot breaks out in front of the precinct station. Barney gives an impassioned speech to a representative, saying among other things "Maybe we are all going to hell in a handbasket." When things quiet down, Dietrich says to Barney "Hell in a handbasket?"
30th Mar '16 3:35:55 PM gallium
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: In ''Homeless'', Bruno Binder's wife talks about making turkey stuffed with sauerkraut for Christmas. This sounds like a gag, but it's real, and traditional in Maryland.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: In ''Homeless'', "Homeless", Bruno Binder's wife talks about making turkey stuffed with sauerkraut for Christmas. This sounds like a gag, but it's real, and traditional in Maryland.
30th Mar '16 1:08:46 PM gallium
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* DrowningMySorrows: In 7th season finale "Liquidation", Harris comes in to work drunk after losing a $320,000 libel judgment against Arnold Ripner, which requires him to liquidate everything he owns.
13th Mar '16 9:09:33 PM hamza678
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* PreferJailToTheProtagonist:
** In one episode inveterate gambler Nick comes in crowing about a big score he had made: he picked all the bowl games, then bet it all on a hockey game and won there too. Then his bookie comes into the detective squad room and turns himself in for illegal betting: turns out '''everyone''' had had the same sting of luck and he can't cover his bets. And not everyone is as nice as Nick is.
** In another episode a burglar had been caught and tried in a makeshift community court (which had been designed for small civil disputes) and had been serving his "sentence" locked up in the basement. He escapes and is picked up by the real cops; he's grateful to be in a real jail.
8th Mar '16 3:38:10 AM gallium
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* BulletproofVest: A seventh season episode revolved around bulletproof vests being issued to the members of the squad, and their reluctance to wear them. Wojo said "It makes me feel like I'm some kind of supercop: like I ought to have a big W across here."

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* BulletproofVest: A seventh season episode "The Vests" revolved around bulletproof vests being issued to the members of the squad, and their reluctance to wear them. Wojo said "It makes me feel like I'm some kind of supercop: like I ought to have a big W across here."



* ShapedLikeItself: "Mr. Thompson's device is still being examined and tested by our trained examiners and testers."

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* ShapedLikeItself: "Mr. Thompson's device is still being examined and tested by our trained examiners and testers."" ("The Vests")
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