Taxi was an
comedy that aired from 1978 to 1983 on ABC. The
show focused on the everyday lives of a group of New
York City taxi drivers. It starred Judd Hirsch as
Alex Rieger, Danny DeVito as Louie De Palma, Marilu
Henner as Elain O'Connor Nardo, Tony Danza as Tony
Banta, Christopher Loyd as Iggy Ignatowski, Jeff Conaway
as Bobby Wheeler, Andy Kaufman as Latka Gravas, and Rhea
Perlman as Zena Sherman. The show is considered by
many to be one of the greatest sitcoms ever released.
This show was
basically about a group of eccentric taxi drivers for
the fictional Sunshine Cab Company of Manhattan.
All of the cabbies, with the exception of Alex (Hirsch),
consider the job a temporary transition until they land
a better job. In fact, a number of the episodes
were about how a cabby was just about to realize their
new professional dream, only to have it suddenly taken
away for one reason or another. Through the humor
of the show, heavy topics such as drugs, gambling, war,
and sexuality were also broached.