CAR 54 Where Are You? is considered one of the best television comedies ever produced. From 1961 to 1963, Officers Toody and Muldoon were among the most unlikely patrol-car partners ever seen on a police force. Toody was short, stocky, and just a it nosy, a marked contrast to the tall, quiet Muldoon. Although they were assigned to New York’s fictional 53rd precinct — a run down area of the Bronx not generally considered a hotbead of hilarity — they always seemed to encounter more comedy than crime.

From the episode “Something Nice for Sol” to the classic Christmas episode of 1961, this light-hearted comedy offered a heart-warming approach to our police force at work. The comedy was invariably of the broad slapstick variety reminiscent of Mack Sennett — and one episode even soluted the Keystone Cops!

Created by Nat Hiken, this television program now receives a superb review including biographies on the lead actors, the comic books, the creation of the series, detailed listings of all 60 television episodes, broadcast history, cast list, plot summaries and lots of behind-the-scenes stories.

Published in 2009, this book has finally answered the questions asked about by fans for the past few decades!


“I recently got a great book on the history of the Car 54 TV show. It’s written by Martin Grams, Jr. and by the way, if you’d like a copy, you can order it here. Among the many other miracles of research managed by Mr. Grams, he got his mitts on the files of Howard Epstein, an executive who was involved with the TV series. In those files was a letter from this man, Paul C. Ignizio, who was looking for writing work on the show. He sent as a sample, a copy of a Car 54 comic book he wrote for Dell and also stated that he’d written comics for them of Laurel & Hardy, Diver Dan and The Twist.”
— Mark Evanier, News From Me Archives


“The Car 54 book was fun to do. After it was published, an executive at Shanachie Entertainment phoned me up and told me they were working on putting out both seasons of the TV series on DVD, which they did. They were looking for photographs and I sent them what I had, which were used for the packaging. Those are the fun things that come about from writing books on pop culture. Oddly enough, someone contacted me by e-mail one day after the book was done, asking if they could reprint a paragraph from the book for a future write-up reviewing the DVD sets. Naturally, I told them to go ahead. But when the review went to press, they got everything wrong. The reviewer said Car 54 ran three seasons (it ran two), that Al Lewis and Fred Gwynne were the co-stars (it should have been Joe E. Ross and Fred Gwynne) and other mistakes that were so obvious…. it made me wonder if they ever read the book they wanted to quote from. After all, that was the reason why I wrote the book in the first place. So mistakes like that won’t happen!”
— Martin Grams


For More Information, Recommended Links
About the cars on Car 54.  CLICK HERE
Car 54 and “The Snow Whites”  CLICK HERE
Nat Hiken’s Car 54 Tribute Page.  CLICK HERE


Click here for a PDF sample of this book

ISBN:  978-1593933401
Suggested Retail Price: $19.95