SPOILER: Most of the cab drivers had other jobs. Elaine worked in an art gallery, Bobby was an actor, Tony was a boxer, Jim Ignatowski was a reverend (and also, as it turned out, was heir to a fortune). Alex was the only full-time cabbie.
Unnoticable in the opening, the Taxi Cab in the ending credits clearly shows the cab number '804'. This is noteworthy for fans, as it was the cab in the series 1 two-parter, 'Memories of Cab 804'.
Andy Kaufman created the language that Latka speaks. Before Carol Kane first appeared as Simka, Kaufman taught her the language. In fact, he invited her to dinner and refused to let her speak English.
Andy Kaufman had invented the persona for his character in his comedy act prior to working on the show, including the famous line "tank-you-veddy-much". It was the show's writers that came up with the name of Latka Gravas.
In the opening credits the cab is driving along New York's 59th Street Bridge, popularly known as the Queensboro. The buildings in the background keep reappearing in the same place. The segment was shot once in the middle of the 1.4-mile bridge and then repeated several times to run throughout the entire credits.
The theme song's full title was "Angela (Theme from 'Taxi')", was written/performed by Bob James and was from his 1978 album "Touchdown". The title track "Touchdown" was the song Bob had actually written for the theme, but Taxi's producers liked the short cue Bob had written/recorded for one brief scene with Alex (Judd Hirsch) and a young woman, Angela, and used that instead.
Reverend Jim's real name was James Caldwell. After eating some "funny brownies", he changed his name to Ignatowski, believing it was "star child" spelled backwards.
When NBC acquired the series for its 1982 fall schedule, the network ran promotional ads that stated, "Same time, better network".
When ABC canceled the series in 1982, the cable network HBO considered purchasing the show, only to lose out to NBC.
In an episode during the first season, Danny DeVito's character plays violin in one scene. A photo taken during rehearsals of that episode ran in a tabloid magazine along with a story describing how De Vito is "giving up" acting to play violin. De Vito's relatives called him out of concern believing the story was true.
After the third season, director James Burrows and writers Glen Charles and Les Charles quit the series to create "Cheers" (1982)
Judd Hirsch was often late to rehearsals because he was conducting business in his office.
Before closing their doors for good in 1982, the Checker Motors Corporation of Kalamazoo Michigan supplied cars to the series.
The person driving the taxicab in the opening credits was Tony Danza. The name of the cab company was the Sunshine Cab Company.
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