Season 1 Episode 1

In the Beginning...

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Oct 25, 1982 on CBS
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In the Beginning...
Dick and Joanna Loudon purchase the Stratford Inn, a remnant of colonial times in scenic Vermont. Their caretaker, George Utley, and his family have tended the inn for decades. Dick hires a maid, Leslie, and meets their next-door neighbor (and habitual liar) Kirk. The inn opens for business amid myriad start-up problems.moreless

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  • Dick and Joanna Loudon move from Manhattan to Vermont when the purchase the Stratford Inn. Dick is a writer and Joanna does charity work. They want to turn The Stratford into a Bed and Breakfast but then Dick learns the seedy truth about The Stratford.moreless

    Bob Newhart is a comic genius. Personally I like Newhart even better than the previous Bob Newhart show. The late Tom Poston is brilliant as George Utley, caretaker of the inn. Steven Kampmann is the habitual liar who owns the Minuteman Cafe next door. Jennifer Holmes plays the Loudon's first maid Leslie who is a college Master's student and the older sister of Stephanie who comes to work for them later in the series. Rounding out the fine cast is Mary Frann as Joanna, Dick's wife who plays the perfect foil for his straight laced style of comedy.

    In this opening episode the Loudon's buy The Stratford, get their first guests and then Dick makes an amazing discovery. When the Daughters of the American Revolution find out the Inn is reopened they come to stay there and meet. Dick discovers that these women's ancestors were the occupants of the most famous cat house in the revolutionary war. He is asked to give a speech and when he reveals the truth the women seem to take it fairly well.

    With excellent writing and clever dialogue this is a show worth watching over and over again. Newhart is as clever as ever. Thanks for reading...moreless
Jack Dodson

Jack Dodson

Real Estate Agent

Guest Star

Natalie Core

Natalie Core

Mrs. Hamilton

Guest Star

Merritt Olsen

Merritt Olsen

Mr. Pomerantz

Guest Star

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    • At the end of every episode except this one and the final episode, when the MTM logo forms, the cat says "meow" in Bob Newhart's voice. In this debut episode the cat does the regular "meow" while in the final show that cat yells "QUIET!!" the one and only word ever spoken by the two Darryl Brothers in the series finale.

      It should also be noted that this season was shot on videotape while the rest of the seasons were shot on film. However the series finale "curtain call" reverted back to videotape, possibly to give it a "live" look.