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YMMV: Taxi

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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Louie really the despotic dispatcher for he is known, or a Jerkass Woobie who wants to erase any tracks of his high school years?.
  • Anvilicious: Everybody knows that friendship is very important, but in a few occasions it gets quite exaggerated.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In "Honor Thy Father" a Very Special Episode of the second season, Latka tangles in two occasions with a Puerto Rican man (who wasn't mentioned afterwards) who spends the rest of his screentime singing "El Jibarito". It's hard to know if he was intended to be an interim between John Burns and Jim Ignatowski note , or he was just thrown in as either a comic relief or just to make time.
  • Crazy Awesome: Jim.
  • Critical Dissonance: Taxi was known for having a comic style which was a far cry from Fanservice-driven shows like Three's Company or cynical, socially-relevant fare as Good Times, which was emphasized from the second season which caused ratings to drop quickly from the top 10 in 1978-79 to the bottom 10 in 1981-82 and 1982-83. However, critics certainly did not overlook the quality of the show, which earned 18 Emmy Awards (out of 31 nominations), 4 Golden Globes (out of 25 nominations) and an Humanitas Prize (the TV equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize)
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome: "Can I say one word? Seltzer!"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Both Latka and Jim are candidates. Latka was intentionally conceived as such, but the edge goes to Jim, who originated as a one-shot character in the season 1 episode "Paper Marriage" and was reintroduced as a regular in season 2.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: When Latka was convincing his mother he would be better off in America, he showed her a People magazine and explained "In America, a man can become another O.J. Simpson!"
    • In an earlier episode, Latka's goes to fight a revolution in his homeland. Taking that his fictional country is much a spoof of Eastern European countries, it lost much of its' hilarity some twelve years later when these countries faced general unrest.
  • Funny Moments: Jim's driving test, concluding with the oft-repeated "What does a yellow light mean?"
  • Growing the Beard: When John Burns left after the first season and Reverend Jim joined in the second.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Once, Alex told Jim that he didn't see ET The Extraterrestrial because he didn't like sci-fi. Years later, Judd Hirsch was in Independence Day, one of the most successful science fiction flicks of all time.
    • In one episode Jim mentions that he loved Star Trek. A few years later Christopher Lloyd played the villain in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
    • In another episode, Louie is watching TV, and the program is playing a public-domain song called Temptation Sensation, which is better known these days as the theme from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which of course also stars Danny DeVito. Amusingly, both shows also have an intro sequence that consists of footage filmed from a car while a cast member drove.
  • Karma Houdini: Louie in "Crime and Punishment". when he confesses that he was fully responsible for Jeff selling parts and that Jeff was covering Louie, the boss believes that Louie is simply covering for Jeff, thinking that he'd go easier on Louie than Jeff, and even invites Louie to play golf with him. As Louie says at the end of the episode, "crime pays".
  • Jerkass Woobie: Louie had his emotional moments, too.
  • The Scrappy: Some of the writers apparently felt that Simka was this when she became a semi-regular in the final season (with a more abrasive personality than she had in her guest appearances). According to an interview with writer-producers Glen and Les Charles, some writers simply refused to write for Simka.
  • Seasonal Rot: The final season is considered to be this.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: At the time the show began, Danny DeVito's height wasn't well-known, so the pilot was able to make a surprise joke with it when he climbs out of the cage and appears next to the other actors he'd just been ordering around.
  • Strawman Has a Point: In "Call Of The Mild", Elaine thinks that going to a week's retreat from civilization would be too much for a group of New York cabbies. And being trapped in a cabin in the middle of a mountain for a week without either food or electricity just before an snowstorm isn't a nice experience.
  • Tear Jerker: "Alex's Old Buddy".
  • Vindicated by Cable: As mentioned above, the show's wacky humor set it apart from the rest of the sitcoms made at the time, becoming a victim of low ratings which led to its' early ending after five seasons (Different Strokes lasted seven seasons, one year less than Who's the Boss? and The Cosby Show, while both Cheers and The Jeffersons lasted eleven seasons, and All in the Family combined with Archie Bunker's Place aired for twelve years). During The Nineties it was heavily re-run on Nick @ Nite.
  • The Woobie: Bobby is the most notorious example of this.

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