Car 54, Where Are You?

This quirky sitcom ran on NBC for only a few years, 1961 to 1963.
It ran for just two TV seasons, but left a lasting impression.
Actors Gunther Toody (Joe E. Ross) - "Ooh! Ooh!", and Francis Muldoon (Fred Gwynne) starred in their roles as NYPD officers in the fictional 53rd precinct in the Bronx.

They were assigned to Patrol Car 54.

There's a holdup in the Bronx, Brooklyn's broken out in fights.
There's a traffic jam in Harlem That's backed up to Jackson Heights.
There's a scout troop short a child, Krushchev's due at Idlewild!
Car 54, Where Are You??

Other cast members included Beatrice Pons, Al Lewis, Charlotte Rae, Nipsey Russell, Ossie Davis, Paul Reed, Larry Storch, Hank Garrett and Mel Stewart. Some here also appeared in - Sgt. Bilko, The Munsters, F Troop, The Facts of Life. The clip below from season 2 is a fairly good reminder of those times, the city, and the actors.


The season 1 series with all 30 episodes on 4 discs was released on DVD in 2011 and season 2 is now also available:
In "142 Tickets on the Aisle", The 53rd precinct has trouble deciding on an outing and attending a Broadway play appears to be the solution. That's where the fun starts. The rest of the clips can be found - Here

Typical Episode - Officer Toody never had the smarts, so when he starts cracking cases, "Ooh! Ooh!", there's lots of laughs. One episode has a group of criminals getting pointers by watching "Crime Busters", Toody's favorite show. With the plots fresh on his mind, Toody suddenly becomes an expert.
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