Car 54, Where Are You?: The Complete Second Season
Many critics, comedians and TV fans have long considered Car 54 Where Are You one of the most brilliant laugh out loud comedy series ever to appear on television. Creator Nat Hiken was already famous for his highly acclaimed Sgt. Bilko show, and when the opportunity to do another TV series came up, he threw himself into the task writing, producing, casting and directing. The result is a hilarious masterpiece, rich with New York melting pot humor and characters in scripts that were polished jewels of lunacy.
The show stars Joe E. Ross as the bumbling Gunther Toody and Fred Gwynne as the cultured Francis Muldoon with a supporting cast that includes Beatrice Pons as Toody's domineering shrew of a wife, Al Lewis as the irascible Officer Leo Schnauser, Charlotte Raw as Schnauser's moody hot-tempered wife, and Paul Reed as the perpetually exasperated Captain Block. In the second season many of the popular guest star characters from season one return - Molly Picon as Mrs. Bronson, Larry Storch as the hilarious Charlie the Drunk and Gene Baylor as Benny the Bookie. In addition, there are guest appearances by Sugar Ray Robinson, Shari Lewis, Mitch Miller, and more!
Created at a time when a comedy genius like Nat Hiken could work unfettered by network demands for formulaic fare, Car 54 Where Are You stands today as one of the greatest achievements in television comedy.