There are a lot of workplace comedies out there. Some of them involve workplaces the likes of which we can’t imagine in our own lives. Few people, say, work for a TV show like on 30 Rock. Maybe you’ve been in a bar like Cheers, but have you worked in a bar? Then, there are shows that have imminently relatable workplaces, like both versions of The Office. They have settings that are not necessarily aspirational. There are some shows, though, that are sort of a mix of both, such as the famed sitcom Taxi.
That’s what I’m here to recommend to you this week. Taxi is a workplace sitcom that’s set at the garage that is the home to Sunshine Cab Company in New York. It does not seem like a great place to work. This seems to be what most of the people who work there feel as well. They are working there because they have nothing else to do. Everybody needs a job, and some folks end up like places like Sunshine Cab. Notably, only Alex Reiger, played by Judd Hirsch wants to be there. He is part of one of TV’s more impressive ensembles. We’re talking Tony Danza, Carol Kane, Jeff Conaway, Marilu Henner, Andy Kaufman, Christopher Lloyd and, in his breakout role, Danny DeVito. Sure, he had been in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, but playing Louie De Palma is what made DeVito a star. Without Taxi, we may not have the memes.