Car 54, Where Are You?

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  • TV-PG
  • 1961
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.7  (1,859)

Car 54, Where Are You? is a classic American TV sitcom, which aired on NBC from September 17th, 1961, to April 8th, 1963. The show follows the misadventures of the officers of the fictional 53rd precinct of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) in the Bronx. The show was created by Nat Hiken and produced by Al Levy.

The show was notable for its quirky characters, slapstick humor, and famous catchphrases. The two main characters of the show were Officer Gunther Toody, played by Joe E. Ross, and Officer Francis Muldoon, played by Fred Gwynne. Toody and Muldoon were polar opposites, with Toody being jovial, somewhat unintelligent, and always cheerful, while Muldoon was serious, intelligent, and often frustrated by Toody's antics.

The show also featured a large cast of supporting characters, including the precinct's commanding officer, Captain Block (Paul Reed), Toody's wife, Lucille (Beatrice Pons), and Muldoon's girlfriend, Melissa (Charlotte Rae). Other recurring characters included Officer Leo Schnauser (Al Lewis), Officer Dave Anderson (Nipsey Russell), and Officer Ed Nicholson (Hank Garrett).

The show's theme song, "Car 54, Where are You?" was written by Nat Hiken and John Strauss and performed by the popular vocal group, The Four Preps. The catchy tune became an instant hit and is still remembered to this day.

Car 54, Where Are You? was groundbreaking in its use of location shooting. Unlike most sitcoms of the time, which were shot on studio sets, Car 54, Where Are You? was filmed on location in the streets of New York. This gave the show a unique feel and helped to make it one of the most beloved sitcoms of its time.

The show's humor was often slapstick in nature, featuring physical comedy and hilarious misunderstandings. However, it also tackled some serious issues, such as racism, poverty, and corruption. The show was praised for its ability to blend humor and social commentary in a way that was both entertaining and thought-provoking.

Car 54, Where Are You? was a critical and commercial success during its brief run. It was nominated for numerous Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, and won the Emmy for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy. The show also spawned a feature film adaptation, titled "Car 54, Where Are You?" in 1994, starring David Johansen and John C. McGinley.

In conclusion, Car 54, Where Are You? is a classic American sitcom that is still remembered fondly by fans of all ages. With its charming characters, hilarious humor, and thoughtful social commentary, the show was a groundbreaking piece of television history.

Car 54, Where Are You? is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (60 episodes). The series first aired on September 17, 1961.

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The Curse of the Snitkins
30. The Curse of the Snitkins
April 14, 1963
Toody and Muldoon convince a shy officer to join their precinct, unaware that he has terrible luck everywhere he goes.
Puncher and Judy
29. Puncher and Judy
April 7, 1963
A woman begs her boyfriend to quit his boxing job.
The Loves of Sylvia Schnauzer
28. The Loves of Sylvia Schnauzer
March 31, 1963
The officers use Sylvia as a decoy to uncover a group of con artists
Lucille is 40
27. Lucille is 40
March 24, 1963
Toody decides to give Lucille a wig for her 40th birthday. However, when Sylvia sees Toody at a wig shop, she begins to think he is cheating on Lucille.
Joan Crawford Didn't Say No
26. Joan Crawford Didn't Say No
March 17, 1963
Mrs. Bronson promises that wedding bells are in the future of star’s lives.
I've Been Here Before
25. I've Been Here Before
March 10, 1963
Criminals begin to learn how to trick police after watching “Crime Busters.” But since the show is one of Toody’s favorites, he’s able to solve each of the crimes.
See You at the Bar Mitzvah
24. See You at the Bar Mitzvah
March 3, 1963
Muldoon and Toody promise Joel Pokrass that people will attend his Bar Mitzvah. However, that proves to be a hard promise to keep since Joel’s father is a mean landlord everyone despises.
Here Comes Charlie
23. Here Comes Charlie
February 24, 1963
The precinct tries to rehabilitate and employ Charlie, an alcoholic.
The Biggest Day of the Year
22. The Biggest Day of the Year
February 17, 1963
Toody mentions that today is an important day, which starts rumors flying around the precinct as to why it’s an important day. Thinking they’ve all forgotten an occasion, everyone panics.
The Star Boarder
21. The Star Boarder
February 10, 1963
The Toodys take in a man, but begin to doubt that the man is really a preacher like he claims he is.
Here We Go Again
20. Here We Go Again
February 3, 1963
Nogal has Captain Block put on a special play honoring Muldoon’s father who was able to solve an unsolvable case. However, when Muldoon finds his father’s diary, the truth is revealed.
Toody and Muldoon Meet the Russians
19. Toody and Muldoon Meet the Russians
January 27, 1963
Toody and Muldoon protect a visiting Russian official.
The Presidential Itch
18. The Presidential Itch
January 20, 1963
Both Toody and Muldoon run for President of the Brotherhood.
Benny the Bookie's Last Chance
17. Benny the Bookie's Last Chance
January 13, 1963
Toody and Muldoon get ex-con Benny a job at a candy store. However, Benny soon regresses back into his old habits.
The White Elephant
16. The White Elephant
January 6, 1963
A group of robbers move next door to a bank and begin to plot a bank heist involving knocking down the wall between them and the bank. However, their plan is interrupted by Toody and Muldoon as they try to get their restaurant up and going.
Je t'adore Muldoon
15. Je t'adore Muldoon
December 30, 1962
The guys convince Muldoon to ask the Captain’s niece to attend Marti Gras with him, and when she accepts, Muldoon’s ego goes to his head.
Stop Thief
14. Stop Thief
December 16, 1962
While Captain Block is rehearsing for a play, Toody and Muldoon overhear and think the Captain is a kleptomaniac.
142 Tickets on the Aisle
13. 142 Tickets on the Aisle
December 9, 1962
When the boys of the 53rd Precinct suddenly show an interest in the clean and uplifting Broadway epic "Little Miss Pioneer," so does the prurient public.
Pretzel Mary
12. Pretzel Mary
December 2, 1962
The precinct comes together and gets new furniture for Pretzel Mary.
A Star is Born in the Bronx
11. A Star is Born in the Bronx
November 25, 1962
After landing a role in a play, Sylvia decides to go on a diet.
I Hate Captain Block
10. I Hate Captain Block
November 18, 1962
Toody bird-sits for Captain Block, but accidentally teaches the parrot the phrase “I hate Captain Block.”
Toody Undercover
9. Toody Undercover
November 11, 1962
While undercover, Toody robs a bank with a group of men. Now that the group thinks Toody is an expert bank robber, he tricks them into falling for a fake robbery.
That's Show Business
8. That's Show Business
November 4, 1962
The precinct pools their money into a stage production, but they didn’t realize that the play centers on a corrupt police department.
Remember St. Petersburg
7. Remember St. Petersburg
October 28, 1962
A fortune-telling scam ring mistakes Leo as royalty, and calls Sylvia with the news. Another mistake has the con artists convincing an undercover Toody that he's royalty, and Leo's his brother.
Occupancy, August 1st
6. Occupancy, August 1st
October 21, 1962
Mrs. Bronson tries to move into her apartment that hasn't been completely built yet.
Toody and Muldoon Sing Along with Mitch
5. Toody and Muldoon Sing Along with Mitch
October 14, 1962
Mitch Miller gives the men at the precinct the change to sing on the show, "Sing Along with Mitch."
Schnauser's Last Ride
4. Schnauser's Last Ride
October 7, 1962
Muldoon flashes back to 12 years ago to trouble he had with Schnauser.
A Man is Not An Ox
3. A Man is Not An Ox
September 30, 1962
Both Toody and Muldoon fall ill and the doctor is in awe of how much alike the two men are.
One Sleepy People
2. One Sleepy People
September 23, 1962
Muldoon moves in with Toody and his family, but when odd things happen while everyone's sleeping, Muldoon and Lucille think they've having an affair with each other.
Hail to the Chief
1. Hail to the Chief
September 16, 1962
Toody and Muldoon are assigned to pick up the President of the United States from Idlewild Airport and drive him to the United Nations.
Where to Watch Car 54, Where Are You?
Car 54, Where Are You? is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Car 54, Where Are You? on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, FuboTV, The Roku Channel Free, Crackle, Tubi TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 17, 1961
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (1,859)