FISH - THE COMPLETE SERIES (ABC 1977-78) ABE VIGODA / TODD BRIDGES – RARE!
Here is the spin-off series Fish from the hugely popular comedy Barney Miller in HD studio quality, complete and unedited.
Phil Fish (Abe Vigoda) was the aging detective from Barney’s New York watch-house. Now retired from the NYPD, Fish and his wife Bernice (Florence Stanley) decided to move out of their New York apartment and into a run-down house, in order to become foster parents to five racially mixed street kids for the “Persons In Need Of Supervision” (P.I.N.S) agency.
Loomis (Todd Bridges, who later went on to star in the sitcom Diff’rent Strokes) was the preteen hipster who befriended the dead cat in Fish’s basement; Mike (Lenny Bari) was the oldest – charming, but streetwise; Victor (John Cassisi) was the blustery tough guy; Jilly (Denise Miller) the angelic con artist, and Diane (Sarah Natoli) the young TV addict.
Psychologist Charlie Harrison (Barry Gordon) tried to help but didn’t really and Fish and the non-stop talking, Bernice, had to deal with everything.
For the first few episodes, which ran concurrently with Barney Miller, poor Fish was still putting in time at the precinct house, but eventually, he was allowed to retire and expend his energy trying to keep the young tearaways in order.
The quarrelsome quintet put pressure on Phil and Bernice’s marriage and by the end of the series, they were contemplating separation.
In real life, the show lacked a little of its parent show’s class, the series was separating rapidly from its audience, and after 35 episodes, Fish was finally reeled in
Now you can own this rare 70s classic sitcom!