Barney Miller: Season 8


# Air Date Title
1 Oct 29


Wojo’s proven innocent of a paternity suit, but at a cost; a beauty queen is robbed; an irate theater patron vandalizes the theater.

2 Nov 05


Luger wants Barney to pen a letter for his mail-order bride; a lottery winner seeks revenge when the ticket seller loses his winning entry; Harris gets a new book deal.

3 Nov 12

The Car

A car thief’s conscience gets the better of him … after twenty-five years; Levitt saves a child from a precarious fate; an overzealous sanitation officer goes to ex…

4 Nov 19


A husband is assaulted for forcing his wife into designer jeans; a disorderly conduct report leads to a man who swears he’s possessed by an evil spirit.

5 Nov 26

Stress Analyzer

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

6 Dec 10


A manufacturer of computer game processors is accused of espionage; a WAC supplements her income on the street.

7 Dec 17


The 12th is overrun with homeless vagrants on Christmas; a greeting-card writer snaps; a cattle prod is the weapon of choice for a local merchant.

8 Jan 07

The Tontine

The penultimate survivor of a tontine attempts suicide in order to concede the money to his cousin.

9 Jan 14

Examination Day

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.

10 Jan 21

The Clown

Street clowns fall prey to a serial mugger; a hundred inmates are sneaked out of holding in the middle of the night.

11 Feb 04

Chinatown (1)

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 victi…

12 Feb 11

Chinatown (2)

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

13 Feb 18

Hunger Strike

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 in…

14 Feb 25


Luger’s mail-order bride arrives; an elderly woman mugs a man.

15 Mar 11


A newspaper obituary causes a stir when the subject turns up alive; the detectives snag a modern-day chicken thief.

16 Mar 26


Internal Affairs is called in when a charge of excessive force is leveled against Wojo; an angry parent takes action when his child is declined admission into an exclusive kind…

17 Apr 02

Old Love

Dietrich’s old flame pays a visit; a former child actor clubs an agent with a telephone.

18 Apr 09


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

19 Apr 29


A museum presses charges when an Indian retrieves his tribe’s ancestral bones from an exhibit; a scoutmaster catches a mugger.

20 May 06

Landmark (1)

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

21 May 13

Landmark (2)

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

22 May 20

Landmark (3)

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 as…

About Barney Miller

Barney Miller is the kind of cop we’d all like to run into. He is always sensible. He maintains order over a squad room of detectives who gamble for a hobby, get hit on by anything in skirts, go to renaissance philosophy conventions for fun, and would really prefer to be writing. Nearly all of the action takes place in the squad room where the citizens and criminals are brought in to complicate the mix.