The Best Episodes of Barney Miller

Hal Linden stars in the title role as a NYPD captain in charge of a squad of oddball detectives and even stranger criminals.

Goodbye, Mr. Fish (1)

#1 - Goodbye, Mr. Fish (1)

Season 4 - Episode 1

A neighborhood vigilante group runs amok, and Fish is AWOL on the day of his retirement.

star 8.58
12 votes
Directors: Danny Arnold
Homicide (2)

#2 - Homicide (2)

Season 7 - Episode 2

Harris woos the precinct's crime photographer, while Dietrich tracks down the hit man's intended target; Barney's frustration boils over when the new homicide-only edict results in the death of an old friend.

star 8.29
7 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
The Mole

#3 - The Mole

Season 2 - Episode 22

Fish considers an operation; a burglar known as ""The Mole"" leads Harris and Wojo on a merry chase through the city sewer system. Ron Carey plays the Mole, and returns as Levitt in the next season.

star 8.29
14 votes
Directors: Mark Warren
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The Psychic

#4 - The Psychic

Season 7 - Episode 11

An accused mugger claims that he was answering a psychic vision; a language professor takes vandalistic umbrage to a grammatically incorrect billboard.

star 8.25
8 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
Strike (2)

#5 - Strike (2)

Season 3 - Episode 22

Barney and Inspector Luger man the fort alone when the detectives go out on strike.

star 8.25
8 votes
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Strike (1)

#6 - Strike (1)

Season 3 - Episode 21

An impending strike is on everyone's mind, except the woman who was robbed by her computer date. (Part 1 of 2)

star 8.22
9 votes
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Liquidation

#7 - Liquidation

Season 7 - Episode 22

Harris is forced to liquidate his possessions to pay off his lawsuit.

star 8.17
6 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
The Escape Artist

#8 - The Escape Artist

Season 1 - Episode 11

A self-avowed ""bird-man"" drops in; Barney holds a resourceful escaped prisoner for the FBI; Harris decides to write a novel, setting up one of the series' most durable storylines.

star 8.16
19 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
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Goodbye, Mr. Fish (2)

#9 - Goodbye, Mr. Fish (2)

Season 4 - Episode 2

Fish finally shows up for work, but refuses to acknowledge his mandatory retirement.

star 8.15
13 votes
Directors: Danny Arnold
The Psychiatrist

#10 - The Psychiatrist

Season 2 - Episode 20

A department psychiatrist advises the department to confiscate Wojo's gun

star 8.14
14 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
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Stress Analyzer

#11 - Stress Analyzer

Season 8 - Episode 5

A job fair brings out the worst in a Peace Corps recruiter; Dietrich volunteers for a department stress experiment.

star 8.12
8 votes
Directors: Bruce Bilson
Fog

#12 - Fog

Season 6 - Episode 22

Barney is down in the dumps when he is passed over again for deputy inspector

star 8.12
8 votes
Hunger Strike

#13 - Hunger Strike

Season 8 - Episode 13

Dietrich aids an elderly psychiatric patient who may be speaking a foreign language; a nuclear activist goes on a hunger strike to end nuclear arms; Barney declines a deputy inspector nomination.

star 8.11
9 votes
The Rand Report

#14 - The Rand Report

Season 3 - Episode 14

Rather than return one week per month to uniformed patrol, Wojo quits the force.

star 8.11
9 votes
Contempt (1)

#15 - Contempt (1)

Season 7 - Episode 15

A restaurant may have refused a man service because of his appearance; Barney won't name an informant so he's charged with contempt of court.

star 8.11
9 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
The Social Worker

#16 - The Social Worker

Season 2 - Episode 2

Weary of housework, Liz tries her hand at social work, to Barney's dismay; a master forger fascinates Harris.

star 8.11
18 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
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Altercation

#17 - Altercation

Season 8 - Episode 18

Harris and Arnold come to blows; a mugging victim confesses to a twenty-five year old crush on Barney.

star 8.10
10 votes
Directors: Alan Bergmann
The Vigilante

#18 - The Vigilante

Season 1 - Episode 9

Barney is visited by Inspector Luger, who complains that his men aren't disliked enough by the public; a neighborhood vigilante is well into his twilight years; Wojo collars a cross-dressing teamster.

star 8.06
17 votes
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The Layoff

#19 - The Layoff

Season 2 - Episode 3

Barney, Fish and Yemana feel the crunch when a labor layoff forces them to do without Chano, Harris and Wojo; a manicurist goes deeper than the nail; a morose stockbroker takes to petty theft.

star 8.05
20 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
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Vacation

#20 - Vacation

Season 6 - Episode 3

A string of false alarms suggests that a sniper may be after a cop, but the detectives are preoccupied with Barney's posted vacation schedules and the case of a man who won't donate a kidney to his ailing brother.

star 8.00
7 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
Examination Day

#21 - Examination Day

Season 8 - Episode 9

The detectives don uniforms while Levitt and the others take sergeant's exams; Luger, working with the squad, is overly rough with a collar, and later with Barney.

star 8.00
8 votes
Corporation

#22 - Corporation

Season 4 - Episode 4

A quixotic environmentalist faces the high-priced lawyer hired by the chemical plant he's been assaulting.

star 8.00
15 votes
Vanished (1)

#23 - Vanished (1)

Season 6 - Episode 13

Vagrant Ray returns to report his fellow bums' disappearances; a woman wishes to have a child with a surrogate and is focusing in on Dietrich and Wojo.

star 8.00
9 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
Asylum

#24 - Asylum

Season 3 - Episode 19

Marty is picked up for parole violation with a half ounce of marijuana; Wojo prematurely grants a Russian defector asylum.

star 8.00
9 votes
Directors: Alex March
Ms. Cop

#25 - Ms. Cop

Season 1 - Episode 8

An overzealous lady cop ruffles the feathers of the testosterone-run 12th; Chano nabs an obscene phone caller. Linda Lavin (""Alice"") debuts as Detective Janice Wentworth.

star 7.96
25 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
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