Barney Miller-Complete 1st Season

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Great Fun

on 4/27/2005

I loved the first season, many laughs. I am looking forward to the release of season two.

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Excellent family show

on 7/19/2008

Just as funny the second time around.

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Book 'em for hilarity in the first degree, as Barney Miller: The First Season returns to protect and serve up laughs. Digitally remastered on DVD for the first time, this collector's two-disc set compiles all thirteen hysterical episodes from the first season of the long-running hit series (1975-1982), so you can revisit those laugh-out-loud moments down at the station all over again!

Beloved by fans and critics, Emmy-winning Barney Miller rose above the prime-time pack as one of the funniest yet most realistic police series ever. Set in New York City's 12th Precinct, this sly show featured a revolving door of wacky eccentrics and an unlikely band of detectives headed by Captain Barney Miller (Hal Linden). Everyone's favorite motley crew included grumpy old man Det. Phil Fish (Abe Vigoda, star of his own spin-off, TV's Fish), Puerto Rican stand-up comedian Det. Sgt. Chano Amenguale (Gregory Sierra), gullible Det. Stanley "Wojo" Wojciehowicz (Max Gail), Zen-like Asian Det. Nick Yemana (Jack Soo), outspoken African American Det. Ron Harris (Ron Glass) and lone female Det. Janice Wentworth (Linda Lavin, TV's Alice). Fueled by sharp dialogue and a refreshingly diverse cast, Barney Miller: The First Season proves crime doesn't pay - but it sure can be funny!


Studio Sony
SKU 40232753
UPC 043396016132
UPC 14 00043396016132
Format DVD
Release Date 9/7/2010
Rating NR
New York City
Editors Note
Note This classic television comedy, which ran on ABC-TV from 1975-1982, details the exploits of Greenwich Village police captain Barney Miller (Hal Linden) and his diverse group of coworkers as they deal with an endless stream of strange characters--criminal and otherwise--on the job. Notable for a multi-ethnic cast (rare for television in the mid-1970's) and smart, character-driven story lines, BARNEY MILLER was a success with critics and audiences alike. The strong cast includes Abe Vigoda (whose character, Detective Fish, got his own spinoff series in 1978), Max Gail, Ron Glass, Jack Soo, Barbara Barrie, and Gregory Sierra. This 2-DVD set includes the entire first season.
Barbara Barrie
Abe Vigoda
Hal Linden
Max Gail
Cast & Crew
Abe Vigoda - Actor
Barbara Barrie - Actor
Gregory Sierra - Actor
Hal Linden - Actor
Jack Soo - Actor
Max Gail - Actor
Ron Glass - Actor
Steve Landesberg - Actor
Allyn Ferguson - Original Music By
Bud Hendricks, et. al. - Cinematographer
Chris Hayward - Producer
Danny Arnold - Executive Producer
Hal Collins, et. al. - Editor
Jack Elliott - Original Music By
John C. Mula - Art Director
Ken Reid - Art Director
Noam Pitlik, et. al. - Director
Ron Carey - Actor
Tony Sheehan, et. al. - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1975
Catalog ID 01613
UPC 00043396016132
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 314 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Golden Globe (1978) Hal Linden, Winner, Best TV Actor - Musical/Comedy
Winner (1982) Emmy, Danny Arnold, Outstanding Comedy Series
Winner (1980) Emmy, R.J. Colleary, Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Winner (1979) Emmy, Noam Pitlik, Outstanding Directing in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series
Winner (1976) Golden Globe, Barney Miller, Best TV-Series - Musical/Comedy
Review Police dramas have been a staple of network television practically since crime was invented. It is easy to name dozens of crimebuster shows that have been hits throughout the years, from classic series like Dragnet, Charlie's Angels, Hill Street Blues, and Baretta to the current batch of cultural phenomenons like C.S.I., N.Y.P.D. Blue, and the Law & Order franchise. It is harder, however, to name more than a couple of hit sitcoms that were successfully able to mine the world of law enforcement for laughs. Surely at the top of that list would be Barney Miller...One reason why police shows are so popular with viewers and television creatives alike is that the profession provides a seemingly endless source of storyline possibilities, with each episode bringing a new batch of criminals. Barney Miller exploits this to great comedic effect...In a way, Barney Miller does for city life what The Andy Griffith Show did for life in the country. Both shows feature a centered, grounded law enforcement official with whom audiences can easily relate. Through them, we meet the various oddballs that make up both the law abiding majority (Fish, Floyd the Barber) and the not-too-dangerous criminal element...
Reviewer Jonathan Boudreaux
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Mono Audio
Product Attributes
Actor Barney Miller
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Jonathan Boudreaux, ...a couple of hit sitcoms...were successfully able to mine the world of law enforcement for laughs. Surely at the top of that list would be Barney Miller.
Robert David Sullivan, Boston Phoenix ...rare among workplace comedies in that a steady stream of character actors drop in to spice up each episode.

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