August 12, 2014 11:44 AM EDT

A taxicab is just a space you occupy on the way from somewhere you wanted to be to the next place you want to be more. That was the way most of Louie De Palma’s employees looked on their time at the Sunshine Cab Company. Whether an aspiring actor, a bad-luck boxer, a self-proclaimed reverend or a befuddled immigrant, Taxi‘s motley characters spoke to a universal feeling. ‘This job isn’t who I am. It’s just what I do’—who hasn’t felt that? But while a majestically weird Andy Kaufman and gleefully troll-ish Danny DeVito drew the big laughs, the emotional heart was soulful sad-sack Alex Reiger (Judd Hirsch), the one cabbie who was just a cabbie. Whether or not anyone in this garage was ever truly going anywhere, the ride was worth it.

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