History Series / Car54WhereAreYou

6th Jul '16 2:46:29 PM Mdumas43073
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NYPD Officer Gunther Toody (Joe E. Ross) is a short, stocky, dim-witted, married cop who is assigned to Patrol Car 54 in the (fictional) 53rd precinct in the Bronx with the taller, thinner, smarter, unmarried Officer Francis Muldoon (Fred Gwynne). Episodes revolve around the comedic tension generated by Toody and Muldoon's opposite personalities, their unsuccessful attempts to "get tough" and carry out their police duties despite both being too warm-hearted to have the steel nerves they think they require, and Toody's lack of intelligence but abundance of enthusiasm and/or stubbornness proving either an asset or a liability depending on the situation.

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NYPD [[NewYorkCityCops NYPD]] Officer Gunther Toody (Joe E. Ross) is a short, stocky, dim-witted, married cop who is assigned to Patrol Car 54 in the (fictional) 53rd precinct in the Bronx with the taller, thinner, smarter, unmarried Officer Francis Muldoon (Fred Gwynne). Episodes revolve around the comedic tension generated by Toody and Muldoon's opposite personalities, their unsuccessful attempts to "get tough" and carry out their police duties despite both being too warm-hearted to have the steel nerves they think they require, and Toody's lack of intelligence but abundance of enthusiasm and/or stubbornness proving either an asset or a liability depending on the situation.
6th Jul '16 2:45:40 PM Mdumas43073
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''Car 54, Where Are You?'' is a police SitCom from UsefulNotes/TheSixties, created by Nat Hiken (whose previous credits included ''Series/ThePhilSilversShow''). Gunther Toody (Joe E. Ross) is a short, stocky, dim-witted, married cop who is assigned to Patrol Car 54 in the (fictional) 53rd precinct in the Bronx with the taller, thinner, smarter, unmarried Francis Muldoon (Fred Gwynne). Episodes revolve around the comedic tension generated by Toody and Muldoon's opposite personalities, their unsuccessful attempts to "get tough" and carry out their police duties despite both being too warm-hearted to have the steel nerves they think they require, and Toody's lack of intelligence but abundance of enthusiasm and/or stubbornness proving either an asset or a liability depending on the situation.

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''Car 54, Where Are You?'' is a police SitCom from UsefulNotes/TheSixties, created by Nat Hiken (whose previous credits included ''Series/ThePhilSilversShow''). ''Series/ThePhilSilversShow''), which aired on Creator/{{NBC}} for two seasons (196163).

NYPD Officer
Gunther Toody (Joe E. Ross) is a short, stocky, dim-witted, married cop who is assigned to Patrol Car 54 in the (fictional) 53rd precinct in the Bronx with the taller, thinner, smarter, unmarried Officer Francis Muldoon (Fred Gwynne). Episodes revolve around the comedic tension generated by Toody and Muldoon's opposite personalities, their unsuccessful attempts to "get tough" and carry out their police duties despite both being too warm-hearted to have the steel nerves they think they require, and Toody's lack of intelligence but abundance of enthusiasm and/or stubbornness proving either an asset or a liability depending on the situation.situation.
2nd Jul '16 9:33:46 AM mlsmithca
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* GloriousMotherRussia: In "Toody and Muldoon Meet the Russians", the duo are assigned guard detail for a group of visiting Soviet dignitaries, who decide that the overworked, underpaid NYPD officers are the perfect place to start fomenting Communist revolution in the United States. However, Commissar Malonov is converted into a capitalist New York Yankees fan by the oblivious Toody, while Muldoon persuades the female General Raskolnikov[[note]] As she is female, she should be General Raskolnikov''a''.[[/note]] to get a makeover so as not to stand out in the eastern European districts she wants to visit in New York, and she likes the results so much that she ends up getting drunk and performing a burlesque act at a formal reception.
1st Jul '16 7:22:38 PM mlsmithca
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* CatchPhrase: Gunther Toody regularly says "Ooh! Ooh!" when he is excited or has just had an idea.
1st Jul '16 9:58:09 AM mlsmithca
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* TheInspectorIsComing: In "Toody and Muldoon Crack Down", a chief inspector tours the 53rd precinct and finds that Toody and Muldoon are letting over a hundred minor violations (obstructed fire escapes and sidewalks, unauthorised loudspeakers, etc.) go unpunished in their sector. However, his outrage dissipates when he discovers that overlooking minor violations is part of how Toody and Muldoon have ensured that ''no'' major crimes have taken place in their sector in the nine years they've been patrolling it, and that the duo are universally beloved by the local residents and business owners as friendly, helpful, and reliable.
28th May '16 11:07:29 AM maxwellsilver
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[[UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev Khrushchev's]] due at Idlewild\\

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[[UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev Khrushchev's]] Khrushchev's due at Idlewild\\
22nd May '16 12:21:52 AM maxwellsilver
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[[TitleDrop Car 54, where are you?]]"''

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[[TitleDrop Car 54, where are you?]]"''
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25th Jan '16 11:58:53 AM mlsmithca
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* MommasBoy: The unmarried Muldoon lives with his mother and two younger sisters. His mother still calls him her "big baby boy", although she also repeatedly tells him he should meet a nice girl and get married.

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* MommasBoy: The unmarried Muldoon lives with his widowed mother and two younger sisters. His mother still calls him her "big baby boy", although she also repeatedly tells him he should meet a nice girl and get married.
25th Jan '16 11:47:52 AM mlsmithca
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* SanitySlippage: In "Boom Boom Boom", comedian and TV presenter Jan Murray, appearing as himself, is a celebrity judge for a barbershop quartet competition. However, the rules of the competition require that all 162 quartets perform the same arrangement of "By the Light of the Silvery Moon". Murray is gradually driven insane by the endless "Boom, boom, boom" accompanying figure in the song, so that by the time the 53rd Precinct Whippoorwills (Muldoon, Toody, Schnauser, and Nelson) take the stage and begin singing, he screams and flees the room. He seems fine the next day, but when the Whippoorwills rehearse in the studio next to his, and then again on the street below his psychiatrist's office window, Murray begins uncontrollably repeating "boom boom boom" and eventually has to be taken away in a strait jacket.

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* SanitySlippage: In "Boom Boom Boom", comedian and TV presenter Jan Murray, appearing as himself, is a celebrity judge for a barbershop quartet competition. However, the rules of the competition require that all 162 quartets perform the same arrangement of "By the Light of the Silvery Moon". Murray is gradually driven insane by the endless "Boom, boom, boom" accompanying figure in the song, so that by the time the 53rd Precinct Whippoorwills (Muldoon, Toody, Schnauser, and Nelson) take the stage and begin singing, he screams and flees the room. He seems fine the next day, after a few days, but when the Whippoorwills rehearse in the studio room next to his, his rehearsal room, and then again on the street below his psychiatrist's office window, Murray begins uncontrollably repeating "boom boom boom" and eventually has to be taken away in a strait jacket.
25th Jan '16 11:23:57 AM mlsmithca
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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Series/BarneyMiller'' from the 70s, with detectives instead of patrol cops. And like that show, ''Car 54'' was often suggested by actual Police Officers to be the most realistic police show on television at the time.

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* SanitySlippage: In "Boom Boom Boom", comedian and TV presenter Jan Murray, appearing as himself, is a celebrity judge for a barbershop quartet competition. However, the rules of the competition require that all 162 quartets perform the same arrangement of "By the Light of the Silvery Moon". Murray is gradually driven insane by the endless "Boom, boom, boom" accompanying figure in the song, so that by the time the 53rd Precinct Whippoorwills (Muldoon, Toody, Schnauser, and Nelson) take the stage and begin singing, he screams and flees the room. He seems fine the next day, but when the Whippoorwills rehearse in the studio next to his, and then again on the street below his psychiatrist's office window, Murray begins uncontrollably repeating "boom boom boom" and eventually has to be taken away in a strait jacket.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Series/BarneyMiller'' from the 70s, with detectives instead of patrol cops. And like that show, ''Car 54'' was often suggested by actual Police Officers to be the most realistic police show on television at the time.[[note]] Future ''Barney Miller'' star Hal Linden even appeared in an episode of ''Car 54'' as an Assistant DA.[[/note]]
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