I don't get that the humor is "dated". Great comedy is hardly dated. And what is dated about Christopher Lloyd's brilliant performance of burned out druggie turned cabbie, Reverend Jim. Audiences today CAN'T identify with drug use? lol
Every one of the cab drivers had dreams and aspirations beyond driving a hack with the exception of Judd Hirsch's Alex Rieger. He was a realist with his feet planted firmly on the ground. He was a cabbie and accepted it. The rest,Tony, Bobby and Elaine had dreams of making it big in their chosen fields. Hardly dated stuff.
Not enough can be said about Danny de Vito's brilliant interpretation of the human slime ball, Louie de Palma. There was no funnier, rotten yet lovable, character on any sitcom.
And Latka Gravas. Andy Kaufman was in a class by himself with that one! His portrayal of a sweet, innocent immigrant who could morph seamlessly into the slick Vic Ferrari,well, there's no talent today who could touch that.
Good comedy is timeless. So what if you don't know a lot about New York City? The show is about people.
Today, TVLand runs endless reruns of Two and a Half Men. A very funny show, to be sure. But unlike Taxi, it is filled with perversion and non-stop sex jokes. The main character is a womanizing, booze addled pig. His brother is a spineless leech. And how the hell many Americans can identify with living in MALIBU in a beach house?
Taxi is a forgotten gem, so sad.