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HYPNOTIC BRIDGE traversal to Bob James flute/vibraphone theme started this proto-Cheers ensemblecom. DANNY DE VITO was bastardish boss Louie de Palma, JUDD HIRSCH and MARILU HENNER were the “normal” leads. TONY DANZA was thick ex-boxer, CHRISTOPHER “DOC” LLOYD was spaced-out freak Jim Ignatowski and, of course, ANDY KAUFMAN as Latka Gravas. Seminal, before that word stopped being, well, seminal. What happens when it rains? Monetary gains.



  1. Glenn Aylett

    June 21, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    The theme tune, the taxi that drove itself at the end, the famous quote above, a cult show over here and quite witty once you listened carefully.

  2. Applemask

    August 20, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    “Night, Mr. Walters.” “Ungnhnhnnn.”

  3. richardpd

    August 20, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    The theme was called Angela, & originally written just to score an early episode with a character of that name, but the original main theme tune was rejected & it was promoted to the theme.

  4. Tom Ronson

    March 31, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    I remember Jim being annoyingly popular with cut-price impressionists of the calibre of Eddie Large and Robin from The Grumbleweeds for about five minutes in the mid-eighties.

    • Droogie

      November 7, 2022 at 2:37 pm

      @TomRonson Weird you mention that. I recall Who Do You Do impressionist Paul Melba playing Jim in a Taxi skit on Little & Large in the 80’s. Eddie played Danny De Vito and Syd played -um- himself. I hadn’t see Melba on TV for years ( or after this sketch either.) He always looked like a bit half-cut, which meant he did a reasonable impression of Jim’s whacked-out persona. (Mind you, any impressionist would look good alongside Little & Large

  5. Richardpd

    December 12, 2023 at 10:43 pm

    This was one of many shows that was axed by one network in the USA but then bought up by another, though quite a few people behind the scenes moved to Cheers during this period.

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