The BEST Episodes of Barney Miller

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 2, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

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

Landmark (3)

#1 - Landmark (3)

Season 8 - Episode 22 - Aired May 20, 1982

Friends, foes and felons alike drop by to pay their last respects as the detectives prepare to leave for new assignments; Harris contemplates his resignation when he's assigned to Flushing Meadows; Barney recalls friends departed before he turns out the squad room lights for the last time.

star 8.39
72 votes
Directors: Danny Arnold
Writers: Frank Dungan, Jeff Stein, Tony Sheehan
Chinatown (2)

#2 - Chinatown (2)

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 11, 1982

Unless he confesses soon, Harris and Dietrich's unwilling roommate may witness another murder. Meanwhile, harassment charges are pressed against Lieutenant Scanlon.

star 8.27
11 votes
Directors: Danny Arnold
Writers: Frank Dungan, Jeff Stein
The Inventor

#3 - The Inventor

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired May 1, 1980

The squad tries hypnosis to uncover the name of a felon that Wojo has forgotten; an inventor steals the plans for his own creation.

star 8.18
17 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
Writers: Frank Dungan, Jeff Stein, Tony Sheehan
Field Associate

#4 - Field Associate

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 15, 1981

Someone is sending specific information on transgressions of the men to Internal Affairs; Harris sets up a reunion between an elderly cat burglar and the wife who reported him missing years ago.

star 8.17
18 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
Writers: Jordan Moffet
The Mole

#5 - The Mole

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 18, 1976

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 8.14
73 votes
Directors: Mark Warren
Writers: Chris Hayward, Danny Arnold, Reinhold Weege
Ramon

#6 - Ramon

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 23, 1975

Captain Barney Miller talks down a junkie who is holding the 12th Precinct hostage.

star 8.11
154 votes
Directors: Bill Davis
Writers: Danny Arnold, Theodore J. Flicker
The Harris Incident

#7 - The Harris Incident

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 30, 1978

A stockbroker leaves Wall Street to become a beggar; a rookie cop, assuming Harris to be a felon, shoots at him.

star 8.08
51 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
Writers: Reinhold Weege, Shelley Zellman, Wally Dalton
Dorsey

#8 - Dorsey

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 27, 1980

The new detective is convinced that his compatriots are on the take and asks to be dealt out.

star 8.06
18 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
Writers: Tony Sheehan
The Slave

#9 - The Slave

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 18, 1979

Harris bristles when he learns that the Burmese chauffeur being booked for a traffic accident is actually an indentured servant.

star 8.05
19 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
Writers: Frank Dungan, Jeff Stein
Happy New Year

#10 - Happy New Year

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 8, 1976

On New Year's Eve, Fish tries to stop a jumper, and Wojo delivers a baby.

star 8.00
81 votes
Directors: Bruce Bilson
Writers: Arne Sultan, Chris Hayward, Danny Arnold
The Kid

#11 - The Kid

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 6, 1976

Fish is attracted to the mother of a young mugger; a man is a bit premature to obtain the unclaimed windfall he found on the street.

star 7.99
74 votes
Directors: Stan Lathan
Writers: Chris Hayward, Danny Arnold, Tony Sheehan
Grand Hotel

#12 - Grand Hotel

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 23, 1975

Wojo and Wentworth pose as marrieds in order to bust a burglary ring set in a posh hotel.

star 7.93
81 votes
Writers: Arne Sultan, Chris Hayward, Danny Arnold
Fear of Flying

#13 - Fear of Flying

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 29, 1976

Wojo must escort a bigamist to Cleveland, even though he is (guess!) afraid of flying. Meanwhile,the bigamist's New York wife shows up. Also, a man turns in an unmarked envelope containing $3500 in cash.

star 7.91
81 votes
Directors: Lee Bernhardi
Writers: Rheinhold Weege
You Dirty Rat

#14 - You Dirty Rat

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 13, 1975

Barney smells a rat when two pounds of confiscated marijuana disappears from the evidence locker, and a homeless man spends the night in a department store—apparently one of many.

star 7.90
82 votes
Writers: Arne Sultan, Chris Hayward, Danny Arnold
Chinatown (1)

#15 - Chinatown (1)

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 4, 1982

A murder witness is uncooperative, so he, Harris and Dietrich are forced to share an apartment in seclusion until he talks; Lieutenant Scanlon falls for a wealthy mugging victim.

star 7.88
16 votes
Directors: Danny Arnold
Writers: Frank Dungan, Jeff Stein
Lady and the Bomb

#16 - Lady and the Bomb

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 9, 1981

The verdict is in on the Harris/Ripner libel suit, and a woman threatens to blow up the squad room with a homemade bomb. What better time for Detective Fish to drop by for a visit?

star 7.82
17 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
Writers: Lee H. Grant
Hash

#17 - Hash

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 30, 1976

Wojo brings hashish-laced brownies his new girlfriend made to the 12th Precinct, getting the detective squad stoned; while an actor and critic (""natural enemies"" says Harris) square off with dueling swords.

star 7.77
65 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
Writers: Tom Reeder
Fire '77

#18 - Fire '77

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 27, 1977

The 12th may go up in smoke, to the delight of a suicidal couple.

star 7.73
15 votes
Directors: Bruce Bilson
Writers: Tony Sheehan
Vanished (1)

#19 - Vanished (1)

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 10, 1980

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 7.73
48 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
Writers: Frank Dungan, Jeff Stein, Tony Sheehan
The Doll

#20 - The Doll

Season 7 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 26, 1981

An expensive doll is abducted for ransom; a man claims he was swindled in exchange for a ticket on the space shuttle; Luger informs Barney that he's in his will.

star 7.71
14 votes
Writers: Tony Sheehan
Goodbye, Mr. Fish (1)

#21 - Goodbye, Mr. Fish (1)

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 15, 1977

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

star 7.71
45 votes
Directors: Danny Arnold
Writers: Danny Arnold, Reinhold Weege
The Judge

#22 - The Judge

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 6, 1979

A judge provides an attorney with the ultimate over-ruling—a gavel on the noggin; the crimes reported by a lonely woman emanate from daytime television soap operas.

star 7.69
48 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
Writers: Frank Dungan, Jeff Stein, Tony Sheehan
The Psychiatrist

#23 - The Psychiatrist

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 26, 1976

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

star 7.68
74 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
Writers: Chris Hayward, Danny Arnold, Tony Sheehan
Massage Parlor

#24 - Massage Parlor

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 19, 1976

Wentworth busts a dime-store cowboy in a massage parlor, and the detectives bust an octogenarian mugger.

star 7.66
74 votes
Writers: Tony Sheehan
Corporation

#25 - Corporation

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 6, 1977

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

star 7.65
49 votes
Writers: Danny Arnold, Lee H. Grant, Tony Sheehan