Nat Hiken followed up the hugely successful Phil Silvers Show ( https://youtu.be/kuUgrHzM4p8?list=PLnvf2A0109q4JxlxfizEU4lNMzjlJmwNO ) with an NBC program featuring the antics of two NYPD cops as they cruised the streets of the 53rd precinct.
It would up as one of the most successful sitcoms on TV, which managed to spin-off many other programs. The show was Car 54, with a stellar cast and crew that turned out to be more popular than imagined.
This All-American sitcom first broadcast from 1961 to 1963, was all about NYPD officers based in The Bronx.
After this show, there was The Munsters, Barney Miller, Fish and more. Can you name them?
Car 54 was their police cruiser. The show was filmed only in black-and-white. Episodes had fantastic directors and actors. Filming was on location, and at Biograph Studios in The Bronx.
There's a holdup 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 Idlewild!
Car 54, Where Are You??
CAR 54 WHERE ARE YOU?