The Best Episodes of Barney Miller


#1 - Fog 9.00

Season 6 - Episode 22

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

Directors: Noam Pitlik, Mark Brull

#2 - Liquidation 8.75

Season 7 - Episode 22

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

Directors: Noam Pitlik
The Architect

#3 - The Architect 8.67

Season 6 - Episode 20

A disgruntled architect decides to improve on his building—by blowing it up.

Directors: Noam Pitlik, Calvin Kelly, Jim Tisdale
Jack Soo, a Retrospective

#4 - Jack Soo, a Retrospective 8.67

Season 5 - Episode 24

The cast step out of character to offer a tribute to Jack Soo, who died during the show's fifth season.

Directors: Noam Pitlik
The Judge

#5 - The Judge 8.67

Season 6 - Episode 9

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.

Directors: Noam Pitlik
Homicide (2)

#6 - Homicide (2) 8.67

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.

Directors: Noam Pitlik
Landmark (2)

#7 - Landmark (2) 8.60

Season 8 - Episode 21

The 12th Precinct is sold; Dietrich arrests the head of a crime school; Luger tries to duck out on his mail-order bride.

Directors: Danny Arnold
Landmark (1)

#8 - Landmark (1) 8.60

Season 8 - Episode 20

Wojo's discover of an ancient weapon puts the 12th Precinct up for sale.

Directors: Tony Sheehan
Wojo's Girl (1)

#9 - Wojo's Girl (1) 8.50

Season 5 - Episode 16

Wojo decides to move in with his girlfriend; Mr. Brauer tells his wife that he's leaving to become a mercenary. This was a pilot for a potential spin-off series, each week focusing on one of the cops' off-duty lives.

Directors: Noam Pitlik

#10 - Vacation 8.50

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.

Directors: Noam Pitlik
Landmark (3)

#11 - Landmark (3) 8.50

Season 8 - Episode 22

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.

Directors: Danny Arnold
Hunger Strike

#12 - Hunger Strike 8.50

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.

Directors: Tony Sheehan, Tony Sheehan, Stephen Neigher
Examination Day

#13 - Examination Day 8.50

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.

Directors: Gennaro Montanino

#14 - Identity 8.50

Season 5 - Episode 21

Harris quickly regrets the fact that Dietrich has saved his life; the 12th is asked to assist a thief who has been granted entry into a witness-relocation program.

Directors: Noam Pitlik
Computer Crime

#15 - Computer Crime 8.50

Season 5 - Episode 22

A computer firm has difficulty retrieving embezzled funds; an educated young man claims to be under the influence of a voodoo curse.

Directors: Max Gail, Calvin Kelly, Dennis Koenig
Stress Analyzer

#16 - Stress Analyzer 8.50

Season 8 - Episode 5

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

Directors: Bruce Bilson
The Escape Artist

#17 - The Escape Artist 8.50

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.

Directors: Noam Pitlik
The Mole

#18 - The Mole 8.45

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.

Directors: Mark Warren
The Librarian

#19 - The Librarian 8.40

Season 7 - Episode 13

A serious tone pervades this episode about a gypsy and his harassment of the owner of a novelty store; on the lighter side, a librarian takes extreme measures to ensure quiet amongst the stacks.

Directors: Noam Pitlik
The Psychic

#20 - The Psychic 8.33

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.

Directors: Noam Pitlik
Movie (2)

#21 - Movie (2) 8.33

Season 7 - Episode 10

A blind mugging victim and an overzealous charity collector are among the disparate audience members at the screening of Harris' overbudget film.

Directors: Noam Pitlik
The Harris Incident

#22 - The Harris Incident 8.29

Season 5 - Episode 10

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

Directors: Noam Pitlik
The Guest

#23 - The Guest 8.27

Season 1 - Episode 10

The 12th Precinct reluctantly guards a mob witness; Chano uses his co-workers' own cash stash to set up a narcotics buy.

Directors: Noam Pitlik
The Psychiatrist

#24 - The Psychiatrist 8.27

Season 2 - Episode 20

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

Directors: Noam Pitlik
The Child Stealers

#25 - The Child Stealers 8.25

Season 6 - Episode 15

A self-proclaimed time traveler tells Harris to fine tune his stock portfolio; Marty's divrorced gentleman friend Mr. Driscoll attempts to reclaim his son by abducting him from the playground.

Directors: Noam Pitlik