A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Friday, January 23, 2015
1/23/1975 Barney Miller premieres
January 23, 1975. Barney Miller premiered on this day, on ABC. It ran until 1982. Was there ever a better sitcom about cops? The detectives of New York's 12th Precinct had vivid personalities and hilarious conflicts. A few favorite lines, probably garbled from memory:
Levitt: (after earning a glare from Captain Miller) I"ll be downstairs in a pool of blood if you need me.
Wojo: (after arresting a shoe fetishist) This sort of thing used to shock me but now I realize there's nothing in the whole Sears catalog someone doesn't want to sleep with.
Yemana: Barney, divorce is like a horse with a broken leg. You can shoot the horse, but that don't fix the leg.