CAR-54 WHERE ARE YOU?

There's a hold-up in the Bronx,
Brooklyn's broken out in fights,
There's a traffic jam in Harlem
That's backed up to Jackson Heights.
There's a Scout troop short a child,
Khrushchev's due at Idlewyld,
Car 54, Where Are You?

Our "Heroes" to the right, Gunther Toody
and Francis Muldoon
(Joe E. Ross and Fred Gwynne)

Welcome to one of my "hobby pages", started on April 17, 1999, because, while searching on the internet for my favorite television show, I found very little information.  So, here I want to share with internet searchers what I have found, and establish a forum to exchange information (and hopefully episodes).  With luck, you too were searching for CAR 54 WHERE ARE YOU??, and that is why you are here!

My memories of Toody and Muldoon go back to Sunday evenings as a young teenager in 1961 and '62, eating egg salad sandwiches for a treat in front of the black and white television watching the goings on at the 53rd Pct. Later in the 1980s I was able to share the show again with my Dad when it played on Nick at Night. Most of the folks emailing me have asked where to get the episodes, so I thought I would share what I know.

CAR 54 VIDEOS with brief plot descriptions
EPISODE LIST - Two Seasons - 60 shows in review
CAR 54 Collectibles
Car 54 in TV GUIDE
CAR 54 - The Movie "An Arresting Comedy"
 Clif Smith's - THE CAR 54 WHERE ARE YOU - WEB SITE
 Drop us a note please if you are a fan, thanks, RAY


(L-R) Fred Gwyne, Joe E. Ross, Phil
"Sergeant Bilko" Silvers, and Nat Hiken
from TV Guide October 21, 1961

"Car 54, Where Are You?", which debuted in 1961, was Hiken's reply to all the cop shows that had become popular at the time. The series revolved around Gunther Toody and Francis Muldoon, two loveable but mismatched Bronx policemen who usually seemed more concerned with their everyday problems than with the crime rate in their precinct. The bumbling Toody lived with his shrewish wife Lucille, and the morose Muldoon, with his overbearing mother. Inevitably, domestic situations often became embroiled with police work. Also on hand were Al Lewis as Leo Schnauzer, Nipsey Russell as Desk Clerk Anderson and Charlotte Rae as Schnauzer's wife Sylvia.

The series was the first situation comedy about cops and it set the pattern for many shows to come. " 'Car 54' was distinguished by Hiken's use of broad-stroke comedy based on a keen eye for human foibles," writes media journalish David Everitt. "The series is also memorable for its distinctively New York ethnic flavor, such a striking contrast to the homogenized vision of American life presented in most sitcoms of its day." - From the Car 54 (The Movie) press kit -

In a poll of comedy writers published in a 1956 issue of TIME Magazine, writer/director/ producer Nat Hiken was voted "the funniest writer in TV." Having established himself as a premier writer, most notably for "The Fred Allen Show," Hiken's move to television as writer/director of "The Martha Raye Show,: and then as creator of the legendary "You'll Never Get Rich" (aka "Sergeant Bilko") was greeted with both critical acclaim and popular success.

Soon after, with the creation of his second comedy series, "Car 54, Where Are you?", Hiken's reputation as one of the leading lights of the golden age of television was secure.