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Sunday, July 27, 2003

BARNEY MILLER AND A COP'S LIFE
(blogathon 2003)
I'm watching Barney Miller, which is shown only in the dead of night on TV Land. It's an episode from later in the series run, but still an okay one.

I've always liked this show, even when it got ridiculous over the last couple of seasons. Good interaction among the main characters, and an entertaining rogues gallery of perps. Also a good mirror of the late 70s and early 80s.

Only a couple of years ago, someone did a survey that asked cops around the country to name the one police TV show that was truest to the real police officer experience. Instead of the dramas NYPD Blue, Law & Order or even Hill Street Blues coming out on top, as expected, it was Barney Miller that was most often cited as being most like a typical day in the life of a cop. The day-to-day filing and paperwork, ordinary pickups and general routine punctuated by crises captured life working in a police station. Pretty funny.