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--> "''There's a holdup in the Bronx\\
Brooklyn's broken out in fights\\
There's a traffic jam in Harlem\\
That's backed up to Jackson Heights\\
There's a scout troop short a child\\
Khrushchev's due at Idlewild\\
[[TitleDrop Car 54, where are you?]]''"

''Car 54, Where Are You?'' is a police SitCom from TheSixties.

As usual you can find the basics at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car_54_Where_Are_You The Other Wiki]] and at [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054528/combined IMDB]].

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!!! "Trope 54, where are you?":
* ArtisticLicenseReligion: On the Bar Mitzvah episode, the kid "translated" any Hebrew prayers he said as "Today, I become a man." There is no prayer that translates to that.
* BigApplesauce
** ArtisticLicenseGeography: It's impossible for a traffic jam in Harlem to be backed up to Jackson Heights, since Harlem is the northernmost part of Manhattan, and Jackson Heights is in Queens.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Toody, who could go on and on about nonsense while Muldoon casually tuned him out.
** This became most apparent when a new recruit was added who Muldoon could actually talk to about intellectual/cultural subjects. Unfortunately, it backfires as Muldoon gets exhausted and demands to be put back with Toody, saying "Yes, but Toody talked nonsense."
* CouchGag: Each opening credit sequence had Toody and Muldoon doing different things as they drive in the squad car such as: dropping an ice cream cone, playing checkers, Gunter opening his lunch box and finding everything BUT his lunch, Gunter dangling a rubber spider in front of Muldoon as he drives.
* TheConvenientStoreNextDoor: One episode is based around an eatery next to a bank. A single scene at the end of the episode replays the entire plot with the buildings' next owners, who are posing as stamp dealers.
* {{Crossover}}: An episode of the animated sitcom ''WesternAnimation/WaitTillYourFatherGetsHome'' featured characters from Car 54, although only Joe E. Ross provided his own voice.
* DrivingADesk
* FatAndSkinny: Toody and Muldoon
* TheFilmOfTheSeries: Filmed in 1990 but not released until 1994, the film basically tried to turn ''Car 54'' into a ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' type movie. Original cast members Al Lewis and Nipsey Russell appeared as their original characters.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''BarneyMiller'' from the 70s. 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.
* SpottingTheThread: The episode "Here We Go Again" the plot is ''started off'' with this. An old criminal discovers from one of the main characters that the only thing they had done wrong on a heist they pulled many years ago and served jail time for was that they had disguised as police wearing ''winter'' uniforms instead of summer uniforms. This set off a funny episode as the criminals pull together their now-aged gang to pull off the heist correctly this time. [[spoiler: They pull it off, but are all too weak to pick up the gold bars. They then escape the bank wearing the correct summer police uniforms... from the 1920's, not the PresentDay (at the time the episode aired) 1960's uniforms.]]
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: A DownerEnding example. The theme song included the line, "[[HistoryOfTheUSSR Khrushchev's]] due at Idlewild," a reference to Idlewild Airport in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. The show's last episode aired on September 17, 1963. Two months and five days later, Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy. On December 24, Idlewild was renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport.
** Also an example of HarsherInHindsight.
* WholePlotReference: The episode "What Happened to Thursday?" revolved around Toody and Muldoon trying to stop the Schnausers' weekly fight, which always happened on a Thursday. So, they do everything they can to convince her that it is Friday, leading her to accuse them of trying to "Film/{{Gaslight}}" her.
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