“The Child-Stealers” (January 24, 1980)

A hundred episodes and one pandemic later, we’re finally returning to the least offensive police precinct in TV history. This sixth-season episode sees the return of Marty and Daryl, the recurring homos at the center of the previous Barney Miller we covered. What results is an interesting look at how police are able and sometimes unable to intervene with homophobia keeps a parent from seeing their child.

Listen to our previous Barney Miller episode.

Regarding the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure recommendation at the end of the episode, check out the Retronauts episode that relaunched Drew’s enthusiasm for this series. Also check out the JoJo’s Bizarre Explainer podcast.

Listen to Smart Mouth’s popcorn episode and listen to Monday Afternoon Movie’s two-parter with special guest Julie Brown!

Episode art designed by Ian O’Phelan.