19. TAXI 

Created by James L. Brooks and Stan Daniels and David Davis and Ed. Weinberger  

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Aired: ABC, NBC, 1978-1983

Post-Mary Tyler Moore Show, James L. Brooks, Stan Daniels, Ed. Weinberger and David Davis left MTM, formed their own company, and sold Taxi to Paramount (according to TV.com, Brooks and Davis bought back the option to a New York magazine article about night-shift cab drivers from MTM’s Grant Tinker). The show won the Emmy as outstanding comedy series three years running, from 1979-1981, when M*A*S*H and All in the Family were in their sunset seasons. Future Cheers creators Glen and Les Charles were part of the Taxi staff, as was director James Burrows. ABC canceled the show after four seasons, at which point it was picked up for one more season by NBC under Tinker, the former MTM chief who had let Taxi go as a concept.

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