Newhart

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Newhart

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Four years after the end of his long-running sitcom, Bob Newhart returned to series television for another eight years on this brilliantly funny, often surreal sitcom.

In it, Newhart played Dick Loudon, a writer of how-to books who buys a Vermont inn, The Stratford Inn, with his wife Joanna. Leslie Vanderkellen was the priviliged maid working her way through college, George Utley was the somewhat dim-witted handyman, and Kirk Devane was the deceptive owner of the rundown Minuteman Cafe next door.

In 1983, Leslie was replaced by her spoiled and shallow cousin Stephanie. That same year, Kirk married Cindy, a circus clown, and they moved to Europe at the beginning of the third season in 1984.

In March of 1984, Dick became host of a low-rated local talk show entitled "Vermont Today," produced by shallow baby boomer schlockmeister Michael Harris. Michael and Stephanie later fell in love and eventually married and had a baby, also named Stephanie.

The unnamed Vermont village that provided this show's setting was populated by eccentric characters such as Chester Wanamaker, who later became mayor, Jim Dixon, his addle-pated sidekick, Bev Dutton, the no-nonsense manager of Channel 8 (from which "Vermont Today" originated), and Larry, Darryl and Darryl, three surprisingly cultured woodsmen.

CBS BROADCASTING HISTORY
October 1982-February 1983 ... Monday 9:30-10:00
March 1983-April 1983 ... Sunday 9:30-10:00
April 1983-May 1983 ... Sunday 8:30-9:00
June 1983-August 1983 ... Sunday 9:30-10:00
August 1983-September 1986 ... Monday 9:30-10:00
September 1986-August l988 ... Monday 9:00-9:30
August 1988-March 1989 ... Monday 8:00-8:30
March 1989-August 1989 ... Monday 10:00-10:30
August 1989-October 1989 ... Monday 10:30-11:00
November 1989-April 1990 ... Monday 10:00-10:30
April l990-May 1990 ... Monday 8:30-9:00
May 1990-July l990 ... Monday 10:00-10:30
July 1990-August 1990 ... Friday 9:00-9:30
September 1990 ... Saturday 9:00-9:30

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Bob Newhart

Bob Newhart

Dick Loudon

Jennifer Holmes

Jennifer Holmes

Leslie Vanderkellen (1982-1983)

Tom Poston

Tom Poston

George Utley

Mary Frann

Mary Frann

Joanna Loudon

Peter Scolari

Peter Scolari

Michael Harris (1984-1990)

Julia Duffy

Julia Duffy

Stephanie Vanderkellen (1983-1990)

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Newhart was a truly great television show! It tells the tales of Dick Louden and his wife Joanna and their Inn in Vermont.

    10
    Newhart was a truly great television show! It tells the tales of Dick Louden and his wife Joanna and their Inn in Vermont. There are regular characters on the show like Stephanie, Michael, and George who are all funny and fun to watch and listen to. Then there are the townspeople like the three brothers Larry, Darryl, and Darryl. That trio was incredibly funny! Bob Newhart plays Dick Louden perfectly as the one voice of reason among all the strange and crazy townspeople. It's fun to watch all the snow on the ground and the cold Vermont weather conditions that were shown so often on the show. My wife and I watch this show every time we find out it's reruns are coming on the television!moreless
  • I would watch this show before anything else ever made.

    10
    I used to stay up to watch reruns until 1:ooam, even though I had to be up for work at 5:00am. Larry, Daryl and Daryl were so funny. George reminded me so much of me it was scarey. Stephanie the maid and Joanna the wife were really hot. The scenery of New England was breath taking. The locals in the town were the type of people you would want to live around. Stephanie and the boy friend were so shallow and self absorbed, that they made you want to hate them, but you couldn't. I would want to live there to this day. The writers of this show were absolutely brilliant.moreless
  • Life among the unique individuals at the Stratford Inn.

    9.4
    Having enjoyed a long career writing how-to manuals, Dick Loudon decides to change callings and take over a Vermont lodge named the Stratford Inn. He and his wife Joanna greet their guests and colleagues with a mixture of cheer and bemusement.



    You'll meet indelible characters like repairman George Utley, milquetoast Michael and his vain rich girlfriend Stephanie, her mansion-dwelling parents Arthur and Marian, and the legendary trio of siblings, "Larry, Darryl, and this is my other brother, Darryl."



    Eccentric doesn't begin to describe it.



    A hilarious show as charming and offbeat as its cast. Witty and cerebral, yet always accessible, this is one of the best sitcoms of modern memory.moreless
  • A hilarious story theme with a superb finale

    9.5
    A Vermont innkeeper with a wife who wore sweaters, who forgot she wasn't Japanese, a handyman who just never "got it," three woodsmen, and an heiress for a maid. The mere thought is enough to make you consider swearing off Japanese food for life.



    Or the whole thing was a dream. TVLand recently named the final scene of the Newhart series the Number 1 unexpected moment of all TV history. It was so far and away the Number 1 scene that it masked what might have otherwise been the Number 2 all-time unexpected moment - a scene just 5 minutes previous: The Darryls finally spoke.



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  • One of those shows you'll aways remember.

    9.6
    OK, I will try not restate what I said in my reveiw for The Bob Newhart Show, but that maybe hard. In this long running show Newhart plays an inn keeper who just want peace and quite, but gets surrounded by so of the craziest people in the world. It's the same basic idea for his previous series but in this case that is a good thing.

    With some of the most memoriable charactors, Newhart takes what makes you think sounds like everyday sitcom and brings it to another level of comedy.

    Newhart also has one TV's greatest ending episodes. Instead of going for the typical cheesey ending that tries to tug your heartstrings, the show takes the episode to the high road and makes it just like any other show. I won't tell you the great ended but I will say I hope you watched The Bob Newhart Show.

    This is the only show that makes you laugh everytime you hear "Hello, my name is Larry, this is my brother Daryl, and this is my other brother Daryl."moreless
  • THIS WEEK BRINGS THE EXTRA-SPECIAL SERIES FINALE OF EXTRAS, STARRING RICKY GERVAIS. ALSO ON THE LIST OF DVD RELEASES IS THE COMPELLING MINISERIES COMANCHE MOON. AND ANYONE OUT THERE WHO'S LOOKING FOR PROOF OF THE SUPERNATURAL, DON'T MISS GHOST HUNTERS, SEASON THREE, PART TWO!

    February 26, 2008 DVD Releases

  • ROSEANNE RUMORED FOR THE VIEW; VALDERAMMA LANDS TV DEAL; AUTHOR'S STRAIN TO A&E; POSTON PASSES.

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    crazy neighborhood, dumb friends, fish out of water, Sitcoms, quirky characters