- 5 Seasons
The tv show Taxi was a show about a Taxi company in New York City whose cab drivers were quirky and unique. Although there were many characters, the main character was Alex Reiger. Alex was a man who considered being a cab driver his full-time job. A job that he loved. Although sometimes he questioned his choice of profession. The Sunshine Cab Company where Alex and the other drivers worked, was run by a wise-cracking dispatch operator named Louie DePalma. His manner was less than professional and he gave all the drivers a hard time. If he could earn a buck, Louie would do it. Tony Banta was an amateur boxer that was always trying to get the big fight. Unfortunately, it didn't pay the bills. Being a taxi driver was his main source of income. He also was pretty lucky with the ladies. Elaine Nardo was the only female driver working for the Sunshine Cab Company. Louie made sure to give Nardo a hard time, a very hard time. If there was a situation where Louie could put the moves on her, he took advantage of it. Elaine also had another job by day. She worked in an art gallery. Bobby Wheeler was a good-looking young actor that drove a taxi by night. He was always trying to rehearse a play, or a commercial during down time. Sometimes he would have the other taxi drivers help him rehearse. His big break never came. One of most memorable characters was a crazy hippie/minister by the name of Jim Ignatowski. He had burned out on drugs and with the help of the Sunshine Cab drivers, he was able to pass his very difficult and laughable drivers test. And finally came Latka Gravas. Being from a different country and having a language barrier, only made him more loveable. This whole group of misfits made the Sunshine Cab Company the most interesting cab company in all of New York City.