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Taxicab Confessions
Directed byHarry Gantz
Joe Gantz
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons11
No. of episodes19
Executive producerSheila Nevins
ProducersHarry Gantz
Joe Gantz
John Hoffman
Production locationsLas Vegas
New York City
CinematographyMitchell Wagenberg
Joe Gantz
EditorAaron I. Butler
Original release
ReleaseJanuary 1995 (1995-01) –
2006 (2006)

Taxicab Confessions is a television series of hidden camera documentaries that aired on HBO from 1995 through 2006.[1][2]

When passengers enter the cab, they are recorded with several small cameras hidden in the taxi. The producer prompts passengers into discussing their past and/or present circumstances. This has led some participants to reflect on their life, recalling extreme tragedies or triumphs. Much is verbally or visually graphic, including explicit sex talk and sex acts performed in the back seat. At the end of the taxi ride, passengers are asked to sign waivers allowing the hidden camera footage to be used on the program, and footage of this revelation is sometimes seen during the closing credits.[1]

Separating the segments are short video montages showing life in the city, incorporating quick cuts of club interiors, flashing neon signage, strippers and the homeless, along with the series theme music, "Over the Rainbow" by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.

The series originated in New York, moved to Las Vegas, and then returned to New York.[1][3]

Awards and nominations

The first episode won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series or Special in 1995. The show was also nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction Program (Reality) in 2001 and 2002.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Smith, C. Brian (14 November 2018). "An Oral History of 'Taxicab Confessions'". MEL Magazine. Retrieved 2021-08-10.
  2. ^ Reid, Joe (August 29, 2018). "HBO's 'Taxicab Confessions' Was The Most Informative Drunken Sex-Seeking Show of Its Time". Decider. Retrieved 2021-08-10.
  3. ^ Neilan, Dan (November 14, 2018). "Taxicab Confessions was initially more about heart than salaciousness". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2021-08-10.