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* HarsherInHindsight: The second season's opening features a view of the New York skyline with the World Trade Center prominently featured. The first episode of that season is entitled "Doomsday" and centers around a suicide bomber attempting to destroy the 12th Pencinct. Not harsh enough? The aforementioned episode aired on ''September 11'', 1975.
** The second storyline in "[[TheDollEpisode The Doll]]" (1981) concerns an optician who wants to be one of the first [[UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} space shuttle passengers]]. A NASA official tells him that his occupation qualifies him to be considered as a mission specialist. In a buoyant mood, he prepares to leave, only to have Dietrich tell him not to worry about the heat shielding tiles falling off and causing a possible re-entry disaster.
*** The optician's name is Eugene Corbett, a possible ShoutOut to ''Tom Corbett, SpaceCadet.''

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* HarsherInHindsight: HarsherInHindsight:
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The second season's opening features a view of the New York skyline with the World Trade Center prominently featured. The first episode of that season is entitled "Doomsday" and centers around a suicide bomber attempting to destroy the 12th Pencinct. Not harsh enough? The aforementioned episode aired on ''September 11'', 1975.
** The second storyline in "[[TheDollEpisode The Doll]]" (1981) concerns an optician who wants to be one of the first [[UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} space shuttle passengers]]. A NASA official tells him that his occupation qualifies him to be considered as a mission specialist. In a buoyant mood, he prepares to leave, only to have Dietrich tell him not to worry about the heat shielding tiles falling off and causing a possible re-entry disaster.
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disaster. (The optician's name is Eugene Corbett, a possible ShoutOut to ''Tom Corbett, SpaceCadet.'''')
** The fourth-season episode "Appendicitis," where Nick has to get an emergency appendectomy, became this after Jack Soo was diagnosed with esophageal cancer during the next season.

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** An overweight burglar tells Harris that he's going to end up fat one day too, because "I can always tell who's going to end up like this." When Ron Glass was cast as the preacher Shepherd Book in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', the costume designer restarted all the "flowing robe" designs she'd done for the character when she saw how buff Ron Harris still was thirty years later.


** [[Series/HillStreetBlues Officer Renko]] was the Wojo type character in the ''Life and Times of Captain Barney Miller'' pilot.
** [[Series/{{Alice 1976}} Linda Lavin]] appeared in early episodes as Det. Janice Wentworth.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVxQ4yXRtZY Christopher Lloyd was hauled in on one episode.]]
** Ron Glass (Harris) also played the repairman's assistant in TheRashomon episode of ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', an African American [[Theatre/TheOddCouple Felix Unger]], and eventually [[Series/{{Firefly}} Shepherd Book]].
** James Gregory (Inspector Luger) was Senator Iselin in ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate'', the Gorilla General in ''Film/BeneathThePlanetOfTheApes'', the creepy sanitarium doctor in "Dagger of the Mind" from ''Series/{{Star Trek|TheOriginalSeries}}'', and [[WTHCastingAgency Smrgol the dragon]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons''.
** Jack Soo was a lot of people. A character actor with a long string of credits, you're most likely to remember him in various roles on ''Series/{{MASH}}''. He also played Sammy Fong in ''Literature/FlowerDrumSong''.
** Abe Vigoda's best-known role before this was as Sal Tessio in ''Film/TheGodfather''.
** "Stakeout" from Series 1 features a landlady played by Brett Somers, at the time most known for playing Oscar's ex-wife Blanche on ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'', but perhaps more well-known now for her long stint as a regular on ''Series/MatchGame''. Her husband was [[Series/{{Alice 1976}} Mel Sharpels]].
** [[Series/BestOfTheWest Parker Tillman]] and [[Series/{{Soap}} Sanders]] share the cell in one episode.
** [[Series/LaverneAndShirley Squiggy]] gets picked up for narcotics on campus.
** [[Series/NightCourt Bailiff Flo]] plays various visitors to the 12th Precinct, including a female mugger who calls Chano "Bull", a bus robbery victim afraid to give details for fear of retribution, an eccentric sending threatening letters written in crayon, a dying cat burglar's estranged wife, a suspicious wife seeing adultery where there is none, and a would-be credit card fraudster.
** [[Series/ElleryQueen Inspector Richard Queen]] is a drunken government official.
** In the episode "Grand Hotel", Hotel Detective [[Series/{{Soap}} Chester Tate]] brings in [[Series/NorthernExposure Adam]].
** [[Series/{{Banacek}} Jay Drury]] moonlights as another rich man's driver in "Kidnapping".
** Meanwhile, [[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry Azetbur]] was several SpicyLatina prostitutes over the years.
** Lt Scanlon worked his way up to Admiral in [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Starfleet]] and sent Captain Picard off to engage the Borg.
** Creator/JamesCromwell showed up in "Stress Analyzer" as the doctor operating the title device.



** Chris Heyward wrote 33 episodes as well as served as producer. Heyward previously co-created ''Series/TheMunsters''.

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* MorePopularReplacement: The series had as one of the detectives for the first two years Chano Amenguale, an excitable Puerto Rican who didn't really make as much of an impression as other characters like Yemana or Harris or Fish. When actor Gregory Sierra left the cast after two seasons, he was replaced by Steve Landesberg as detective Arthur Dietrich, TheComicallySerious DeadpanSnarker who became a fan favorite and stuck around for the rest of the show's run.

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* TearJerker: The out-of-character "Jack Soo: A Retrospective" made in tribute after Soo passed away from cancer. The show never did an episode to give an in-universe death to Nick, but the somber way in which all the characters spoke when his name was mentioned afterwards makes it clear that they were mourning him.


** In one episode, a crime victim tells Fish that he looks like Creator/BorisKarloff. ('''Fish''': That's because we're both dead.) In 1986, Abe Vigoda would star in a Broadway production of ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace'' as Jonathan Brewster, a part originally played by Karloff. The line "He said I looked like Boris Karloff" had been kept in TheMovie when Raymond Massey played Jonathan.

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** In one episode, a crime victim tells Fish that he looks like Creator/BorisKarloff. ('''Fish''': That's because we're both dead.) In 1986, Abe Vigoda Creator/AbeVigoda would star in a Broadway production of ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace'' as Jonathan Brewster, a part originally played by Karloff. The line "He said I looked like Boris Karloff" had been kept in TheMovie when Raymond Massey played Jonathan.

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* RetroactiveRecognition:
** [[Series/HillStreetBlues Officer Renko]] was the Wojo type character in the ''Life and Times of Captain Barney Miller'' pilot.
** [[Series/{{Alice 1976}} Linda Lavin]] appeared in early episodes as Det. Janice Wentworth.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVxQ4yXRtZY Christopher Lloyd was hauled in on one episode.]]
** Ron Glass (Harris) also played the repairman's assistant in TheRashomon episode of ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', an African American [[Theatre/TheOddCouple Felix Unger]], and eventually [[Series/{{Firefly}} Shepherd Book]].
** James Gregory (Inspector Luger) was Senator Iselin in ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate'', the Gorilla General in ''Film/BeneathThePlanetOfTheApes'', the creepy sanitarium doctor in "Dagger of the Mind" from ''Series/{{Star Trek|TheOriginalSeries}}'', and [[WTHCastingAgency Smrgol the dragon]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons''.
** Jack Soo was a lot of people. A character actor with a long string of credits, you're most likely to remember him in various roles on ''Series/{{MASH}}''. He also played Sammy Fong in ''Literature/FlowerDrumSong''.
** Abe Vigoda's best-known role before this was as Sal Tessio in ''Film/TheGodfather''.
** "Stakeout" from Series 1 features a landlady played by Brett Somers, at the time most known for playing Oscar's ex-wife Blanche on ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'', but perhaps more well-known now for her long stint as a regular on ''Series/MatchGame''. Her husband was [[Series/{{Alice 1976}} Mel Sharpels]].
** [[Series/BestOfTheWest Parker Tillman]] and [[Series/{{Soap}} Sanders]] share the cell in one episode.
** [[Series/LaverneAndShirley Squiggy]] gets picked up for narcotics on campus.
** [[Series/NightCourt Bailiff Flo]] plays various visitors to the 12th Precinct, including a female mugger who calls Chano "Bull", a bus robbery victim afraid to give details for fear of retribution, an eccentric sending threatening letters written in crayon, a dying cat burglar's estranged wife, a suspicious wife seeing adultery where there is none, and a would-be credit card fraudster.
** [[Series/ElleryQueen Inspector Richard Queen]] is a drunken government official.
** In the episode "Grand Hotel", Hotel Detective [[Series/{{Soap}} Chester Tate]] brings in [[Series/NorthernExposure Adam]].
** [[Series/{{Banacek}} Jay Drury]] moonlights as another rich man's driver in "Kidnapping".
** Meanwhile, [[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry Azetbur]] was several SpicyLatina prostitutes over the years.
** Lt Scanlon worked his way up to Admiral in [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Starfleet]] and sent Captain Picard off to engage the Borg.
** Creator/JamesCromwell showed up in "Stress Analyzer" as the doctor operating the title device.
** Frank Dungan and Jeff Stein wrote 39 episodes as well as served as producers and story editors. Both are best known as developers and executive producers of ''Series/MrBelvedere''.
** Reinhold Weege wrote 34 episodes as well as served as producer and story editor. Weege is best known as creator and executive producer of ''Series/NightCourt''.
** Chris Heyward wrote 33 episodes as well as served as producer. Heyward previously co-created ''Series/TheMunsters''.
** Howard Leeds wrote an episode. Leeds is best known as creator and executive producer of ''Series/SmallWonder'' as well as for co-creating ''Series/SilverSpoons'' and co-developing ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''.
** Sam Simon also wrote an episode. Simon is best known as co-developer and co-executive producer of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.


* TheScrappy: Levitt. Ron Carey was a good comedy actor, but Levitt's sycophantic comments and shamelessly passive-aggressive behavior towards Barney, and acting like ItsAllAboutMe while there was an obvious situation (even crisis) that Barney ''had'' to interrupt him for, made him very grating on some viewers.

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* TheScrappy: Levitt. Ron Carey was a good comedy actor, but Levitt's sycophantic comments and shamelessly passive-aggressive behavior towards Barney, and acting like ItsAllAboutMe while there was an obvious situation (even crisis) that Barney ''had'' to interrupt him for, made him very grating on some viewers. It made it hard to understand why Barney would bend over backwards dissuading him from a request to transfer rather than instantly accepting it.


*** The optician's name is Eugene Corbett, a possible ShoutOut to ''Tom Corbett, [[Space Cadet]].''

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*** The optician's name is Eugene Corbett, a possible ShoutOut to ''Tom Corbett, [[Space Cadet]].SpaceCadet.''

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*** The optician's name is Eugene Corbett, a possible ShoutOut to ''Tom Corbett, [[Space Cadet]].''


** The second season episode "Heat Wave" combined the two for extra helpings of dissonance. The A-plot involves Wojo [[DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale almost being raped]] while disguised as a woman to catch muggers, and Detective Wentworth being [[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe offended that the would-be rapist didn't pick her]]. The B-plot involves a battered wife with a huge, ghastly bruise over most of her face deciding whether to press charges against her husband. Lots of laughs ([[{{Jerkass}} from a live audience, not a laugh track]]) all around, and the applause she got for deciding not to sign the complaint ("He once made love to me in a field of daisies!") was much bigger and more enthusiastic than the applause she got for coming back a couple of minutes later and signing it.

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** The second season episode "Heat Wave" combined the two for extra helpings of dissonance. The A-plot involves Wojo [[DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale almost being raped]] while disguised as a woman to catch muggers, and Detective Wentworth being [[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe offended that the would-be rapist didn't pick her]]. The B-plot involves a battered wife with a huge, ghastly bruise over most of her face deciding whether to press charges against her husband. Lots of laughs ([[{{Jerkass}} from (from a live audience, not a laugh track]]) track) all around, and the applause she got for deciding not to sign the complaint ("He once made love to me in a field of daisies!") was much bigger and more enthusiastic than the applause she got for coming back a couple of minutes later and signing it.


** The second storyline in "[[DollEpisode The Doll]]" (1981) concerns an optician who wants to be one of the first space shuttle passengers. A NASA official tells him that his occupation qualifies him to be considered as a mission specialist. In a buoyant mood, he prepares to leave, only to have Dietrich tell him not to worry about the heat shielding tiles falling off and causing a possible re-entry disaster.

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** The second storyline in "[[DollEpisode "[[TheDollEpisode The Doll]]" (1981) concerns an optician who wants to be one of the first [[UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} space shuttle passengers.passengers]]. A NASA official tells him that his occupation qualifies him to be considered as a mission specialist. In a buoyant mood, he prepares to leave, only to have Dietrich tell him not to worry about the heat shielding tiles falling off and causing a possible re-entry disaster.

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** The second storyline in "[[DollEpisode The Doll]]" (1981) concerns an optician who wants to be one of the first space shuttle passengers. A NASA official tells him that his occupation qualifies him to be considered as a mission specialist. In a buoyant mood, he prepares to leave, only to have Dietrich tell him not to worry about the heat shielding tiles falling off and causing a possible re-entry disaster.


* AwesomeMoment: When Wentworth saves a union leader from assassination, Scanlan (then a lieutenant at Manhattan South) steals her collar and then files a complaint against her when she protests. Barney is unable to convince him to give her proper credit, but Harris makes Wentworth's actions the focus of his column in his department newsletter... which, as it directly contradicts the official version, would cause quite a few questions downtown. Scanlan is forced to back down after Harris reads it out for the squad and Barney refuses to censor it.



* HilariousInHindsight: In one episode, a crime victim tells Fish that he looks like Creator/BorisKarloff. ('''Fish''': That's because we're both dead.) In 1986, Abe Vigoda would star in a Broadway production of ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace'' as Jonathan Brewster, a part originally played by Karloff. The line "He said I looked like Boris Karloff" had been kept in TheMovie when Raymond Massey played Jonathan.

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* HilariousInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight:
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In one episode, a crime victim tells Fish that he looks like Creator/BorisKarloff. ('''Fish''': That's because we're both dead.) In 1986, Abe Vigoda would star in a Broadway production of ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace'' as Jonathan Brewster, a part originally played by Karloff. The line "He said I looked like Boris Karloff" had been kept in TheMovie when Raymond Massey played Jonathan.



* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: When Wentworth saves a union leader from assassination, Scanlon (then a lieutenant at Manhattan South) steals her collar and then files a complaint against her when she protests. Barney is unable to convince him to give her proper credit, but Harris makes Wentworth's actions the focus of his column in his department newsletter... which, as it directly contradicts the official version, would cause quite a few questions downtown. Scanlon is forced to back down after Harris reads it out for the squad and Barney refuses to censor it.



* ValuesDissonance: [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/9225/barney-miller-rape The rape episode.]] Although the female DA treats the case seriously and laments that there ''will'' be other opportunities to test it in court, it's presented as a comedy storyline and the man is treated not so much as abusive (although he willingly admits that he forced his wife) but as someone who needs to learn how to have a candlelit dinner, and his wife as someone who should probably put out more.

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* ValuesDissonance: ValuesDissonance:
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[[http://www.hulu.com/watch/9225/barney-miller-rape The rape episode.]] Although the female DA treats the case seriously and laments that there ''will'' be other opportunities to test it in court, it's presented as a comedy storyline and the man is treated not so much as abusive (although he willingly admits that he forced his wife) but as someone who needs to learn how to have a candlelit dinner, and his wife as someone who should probably put out more.

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