Sep. 12, 1978
30 min.
NBC TV Network

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Taxi is an award-winning American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC, and from 1982 to 1983 on NBC. The series focuses on the everyday lives of a handful of New York City taxi drivers working for the fictional "Sunshine Cab Company", as well as their abusive dispatcher.

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Andy KaufmanAndy Kaufman
Referred to by some as a dadaistic comedian, Andy Kaufman took comedy and performance art to the edges ...

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Latka Gravas (Andy Kaufman) - Latka is an immigrant from a very strange land, often speaking in his invented foreign tongue ("ibi da", "nik nik"). He works as a mechanic, fixing the taxis. Latka was an adaptation of the "Foreign Man" character Kaufman originated in his stand-up comedy act. He eventually grew tired of the gag, so the writers gave Latka multiple personality disorder, allowing Kaufman to play other characters, the most frequent one being a repellent, smooth-talking lounge-lizard persona calling itself Vic Ferrari. In one episode however, he becomes Alex, with profound insights into "his" life. Just when he is about to reveal to the real Alex the perfect solution for all his problems, he reverts back to Latka.

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03x04 - Elaine's Strange Triangle
Season 3, Episode 04
02x13 - Louie Meets the Folks
Season 2, Episode 13
04x21 - The Wedding of Latka and Simka
Season 4, Episode 21
03x06 - The Ten Percent Solution
Season 3, Episode 06
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