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    • Brutally Yours, Bob Hartley
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      11/2/74
      9.5
      Having preached honesty in relationships to his patients, Bob decides to follow his own advice. Immediately he offends two dinner guests and starts an argument with Emily.
    • Fit, Fat, and Forty-One
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      11/24/73
      9.4
      Determined to lose eight pounds from around his middle, Bob goes on a strict diet. With Jerry's help, he joins a weight-reducing class that seems to be populated mostly by women.
    • The New Look
      Season 3 - Episode 21
      2/8/75
      9.4
      Emily redecorates the apartment in antiques. Bob finds her choice of furniture uncomfortable, unappealing, and hazardous to his health.
    • T. S. Elliot
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      12/15/73
      9.3
      Bob's patient Elliot Carlin parades all his phobias and insecurities as he prepares to ask Carol Kester for a date. He then finds it even harder to accept her answer—which is "yes."
    • Mutiny on the Hartley
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      11/10/73
      9.3
      Bob decides to meet the rising cost of living by raising his rates. But the members of his therapy group revolt when he picks the most inappropriate moment to tell them.
    • Bob Has to Have His Tonsils Out, So He Spends Christmas Eve in the Hospital
      Christmas Eve finds Bob in the hospital with tonsillitis and an impending operation. Meanwhile, his friends are all suffering from an attack of Christmas-itis.
    • Last TV Show
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      9/15/73
      9.3

      Bob's therapy group insists that he accept an invitation for the group to conduct one of its weekly sessions on television.

    • The Ironwood Experience
      The Ironwood Experience
      Season 5 - Episode 15
      1/15/77
      9.2
      Bob's invitation to lecture at a prestigious sex seminar results in distress when the audience shows up nude.
    • Dr. Ryan's Express
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      10/26/74
      9.2
      Bob's office routine becomes a wreck when Jerry hires a temporary receptionist. She's a very nice but very vague woman who can't even get Bob's name straight.
    • Over the River and Through the Woods
      11/22/75
      9.2
      It's a stag Thanksgiving for Bob when Emily flies off to join a family reunion, leaving Bob to share the holiday with his male buddies.
    • Who is Mr. X?
      Who is Mr. X?
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      11/8/75
      9.1
      Bob accepts a seemingly innocent invitation to appear as the guest on a TV discussion program. He winds up in the jaws of a dilemma when the show host turns out to have the disposition of a shark.
    • Birth of a Salesman
      Birth of a Salesman
      Season 4 - Episode 22
      2/14/76
      9.1
      The Hartleys are bombarded with legal hassles when Bob is sued by a shy patient and Emily decides to fight a parking ticket.
    • Backlash
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      9/29/73
      9.1
      One of Bob's more masculine patients enthusiastically slaps him on the back—and, unfortunately for Bob, it throws his back out. Even more unfortunately, Bob and Emily were supposed to be going to Mexico for a vacation.
    • Mister Emily Hartley
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      11/3/73
      9.1
      Bob suffers an inferiority attack when a test reveals that Emily's IQ is higher than his.
    • Shrinking Violence
      Shrinking Violence
      Season 5 - Episode 23
      3/12/77
      9.1
      Bob offers sound psychological advice to his wife and his therapy group on how to handle anger. Then he proceeds to blow up himself.
    • 9/28/74
      9.1
      Jerry Robinson suggests that all the doctors in the building form a co-op to treat each other for free. This leads to chaos and hostility that find expression in Bob's special all-doctor therapy group.
    • Serve for Daylight
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      12/14/74
      9.0
      Bob thinks his chances of winning a doctor's tennis tournament are pretty good until he learns that his doubles partner will be Emily.
    • Death of a Fruitman
      Death of a Fruitman
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      9/27/75
      9.0
      Bob's patients observe tradition by planning a surprise party to honor the fourth year of the group's therapy sessions. When an unseen member, a Mr. Gianelli, threatens to turn the party into a disaster, Bob kicks him out of the group. His decision meets with instant group approval until Mr. Gianelli dies under a ton of zucchini.moreless
    • 'Twas the Pie Before Christmas
      'Twas the Pie Before Christmas
      Season 6 - Episode 12
      12/24/77
      9.0
      Bob finds himself with unhappy and hostile patients who refuse to attend his Christmas party when they are mistakenly informed of a rate increase at the height of the Yuletide season. One patient is moved to hire a pie-throwing service.
    • Caged Fury
      Caged Fury
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      10/2/76
      8.9
      The Hartleys miss their friend's gala Fourth of July Bicentennial party celebration when they become trapped in a storage locker.
    • A Pound of Flesh
      Season 3 - Episode 19
      1/25/75
      8.9
      Bob and Jerry have a falling-out when Jerry demands that Bob lend him money for a new motorcycle.
    • A Day in the Life
      A Day in the Life
      Season 6 - Episode 6
      10/29/77
      8.9
      Bob's impulsive decision to leave town for a week is received with disastrous emotions by his patients, who seemingly can't make it without him.
    • The Article
      The Article
      Season 4 - Episode 13
      12/6/75
      8.9
      When she's given an assignment to see what makes a bunch of doctors tick, inquiring news reporter Ellen Hartley gives Bob and his medical cohorts the tell-it-like-it-is treatment. Meanwhile, Carol is on vacation and Gail is filling in for her.
    • Grizzly Emily
      Grizzly Emily
      Season 6 - Episode 14
      1/14/78
      8.8
      Emily Hartley discovers a new low in male chauvinism when Bob's father arranges a fishing trip to his cabin and assigns her woman's work while the men brave the great out-of-doors.
    • Confessions of An Orthodontist
      Season 2 - Episode 23
      2/23/74
      8.8
      While filling in for a fellow psychologist, Bob is surprised to find that his first patient is Jerry Robinson, who is reluctant to reveal his problem. A little prodding produces the startling admission that Jerry is in love with Emily.
    • The Separation Story
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      10/5/74
      8.8
      For the sake of their marriage—as well as Emily's Master's Degree and Bob's heavy work schedule—the Hartleys decide that it would be best if they took up separate residences.
    • The Battle of the Groups
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      9/21/74
      8.8
      Bob takes two of his therapy groups to a rustic retreat for a marathon session that never progresses further than everyone's complaints about the primitive conditions of their accommodations.
    • You're Having My Hartley
      You're Having My Hartley
      Season 5 - Episode 24
      3/19/77
      8.8
      Hot baby news is the order of the day when Carol, Bob's receptionist, announces that she's expecting a baby. Then, Emily drops her bombshell—and Bob nearly comes unglued at the prospect of becoming a father.
    • What's It All About, Albert?
      What's It All About, Albert?
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      11/1/75
      8.8
      Bob is depressed by his seeming lack of success as a psychologist. He seeks help from his old college professor, who manages to heighten his despair by informing him that psychology is all nonsense.
    • An American Family
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      11/23/74
      8.7
      Emily's plans for a wonderful turkey dinner go downhill when Bob's mother and Emily's father begin insulting one another the night before Thanksgiving.
    • Change is Gonna Do Me Good
      Change is Gonna Do Me Good
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      10/4/75
      8.7
      Emily accuses Bob of being stuck in a middle-aged rut and challenges him to switch family responsibilities.
    • The Man with the Golden Wrist
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      1/20/73
      8.7
      Bob refuses to wear the beautiful gold watch Emily gave him for his 40th birthday after he learns just how expensive it was.
    • Tennis, Emily?
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      9/30/72
      8.7
      Bob experiences pangs of jealousy when Emily's handsome new tennis instructor comes to see him with an emotional problem, namely, his inability to turn down the women who are all uncontrollably attracted to him.
    • Death Be My Destiny
      Death Be My Destiny
      Season 5 - Episode 19
      2/12/77
      8.7
      Bob strikes out against a friend's fear of falling, but succumbs to the same phobia himself when he is subjected to a harrowing elevator experience.
    • Big Brother is Watching
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      9/14/74
      8.7
      Bob is faced with the possibility that his younger sister, Ellen, may move in with Howard, her boyfriend.
    • I Want to Be Alone
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      12/2/72
      8.6
      Bob decides that for his own mental well-being, he needs some peace and quiet. He moves into a hotel room by himself for a few days, leaving a confused Howard Borden thinking that Bob and Emily have split up.
    • Bob Hits the Ceiling
      Season 3 - Episode 22
      2/15/75
      8.6
      Bob breaks a long-standing rule against treating friends when he agrees to counsel Emily's friend, whose marriage to a muscular gym teacher seems to be breaking up.
    • Love is the Blindest
      Love is the Blindest
      Season 5 - Episode 14
      1/8/77
      8.6
      Bob watches in amazement as one of his patients supports a blossoming romance with a tissue of lies.
    • Don't Go to Bed Mad
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      11/11/72
      8.6
      Bob wants to watch football every Monday night. Emily feels this is unfair: their other activities keep the couple busy or exhausted every other night of the week, and she thinks they should do something that they both enjoy. This leads to an unresolved, all-night argument that ends only when the two participants become exhausted.moreless
    • Motel
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      9/22/73
      8.6
      A trip to Peoria turns into one long embarrassment for Bob when Jerry introduces him to a pretty girl named Janine. Janine doesn't seem to care that Bob is a married man.
    • Breaking Up is Hard to Do
      Breaking Up is Hard to Do
      Season 5 - Episode 12
      12/11/76
      8.6
      Bob undergoes a shock when his mother announces that she has separated from his father after 47 years of marriage.
    • Guaranteed Not to Shrink
      Guaranteed Not to Shrink
      Season 4 - Episode 21
      2/7/76
      8.5
      Bob develops a unique psychological problem when his receptionist, Carol, decides to resume her college career and become a psychologist.
    • Halls of Hartley
      Halls of Hartley
      Season 5 - Episode 17
      1/29/77
      8.5
      Bob succumbs to the pressures of living in a big city and desperately seeks employment of a small rural college.
    • Making Up is the Thing to Do
      Making Up is the Thing to Do
      Season 5 - Episode 13
      12/25/76
      8.5
      Bob takes on the role of Christmas peacemaker when he attempts to reconcile his parents.
    • The Ceiling Hits Bob
      Season 3 - Episode 24
      3/8/75
      8.5
      Bob becomes a floating psychologist when the ceiling in his office collapses and he has to set up shop wherever he can find the space.
    • Fathers and Sons and Mothers
      Fathers and Sons and Mothers
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      11/29/75
      8.5
      Bob suffers family problems when his mother becomes a houseguest and an elderly patient involves him in a parent-child vendetta.
    • Easy for You to Say
      Easy for You to Say
      Season 6 - Episode 18
      2/11/78
      8.5
      Paul Billingham—known to his radio fans as Ralph Alfalfa, the Happy Farmer—comes to Bob because of his stuttering problem. On radio, he practiced several unseen rhythmic devices to mask his problem, but a new television opportunity threatens to expose his problem with disastrous results.
    • Think Smartly--Vote Hartley
      Season 3 - Episode 17
      1/11/75
      8.5
      Before he has a chance to say no, Bob finds himself running for the chairman of the local school board against an incumbent who hasn't attended a board meeting for six months.
    • Emily in for Carol
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      10/13/73
      8.5
      With Carol on vacation, Emily is elected to fill in as the receptionist. Everyone loves the idea—except Bob.
    • A Home is Not Necessarily a House
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      2/10/73
      8.5
      Bob and Emily try to decide if they should give up their apartment and buy a house.
    • Home is Where the Hurt Is
      Season 3 - Episode 15
      12/21/74
      8.4
      Facing the depressing prospect of returning home to Iowa to spend the holidays with her domineering parents, Carol brings her troubles to Bob's apartment. There she spends Christmas Eve pouring out the disasters of her childhood.
    • Life is a Hamburger
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      11/16/74
      8.4
      Carol's announcement that she's going to marry Don Fesler—an unpublished poet with bad feet—brings negative reactions from her friends.
    • Who Was That Masked Man?
      Who Was That Masked Man?
      Season 6 - Episode 4
      10/15/77
      8.4
      Bob is puzzled when his henpecked patient, Mr. Petersen, asserts himself with far-reaching consequences.
    • You Can Win 'Em All
      Season 1 - Episode 22
      2/24/73
      8.4
      When a star pitcher for the Chicago Cubs credits Bob with saving his career, the endorsement brings Bob a new patient, Moose Washburn—a second-string player whose career is beyond a mere psychologist's help.
    • The Two Loves of Dr. Hartley
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      1/27/73
      8.4
      When one of his patients falls in love with him, Bob has problems at the office and at home.
    • Ex-Con Job
      Ex-Con Job
      Season 6 - Episode 2
      10/1/77
      8.3
      Bob's attempt at treating convicts who are about to be released has him climbing the walls.
    • Let's Get Away From it Almost
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      1/6/73
      8.3
      Bob and Emily travel to a ski lodge that's nearly deserted except for the annoying couple with whom they share a bathroom.
    • Carol at 6:01
      Carol at 6:01
      Season 4 - Episode 17
      1/10/76
      8.3
      Bob contends with a patient's delusion that her bingo game is fixed, staggers through a series of wild poker parties, and watches in wonder as his secretary slowly smothers under an attack of love.
    • I'm Dreaming of a Slight Christmas
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      12/22/73
      8.3
      Christmas Eve is almost spoiled when Bob is trapped in the office because of a power failure.
    • The Great Rent Strike
      The Great Rent Strike
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      10/23/76
      8.3
      The Hartley apartment becomes a hot and cold battleground when the good doctor declares psychological warfare on his landlord.
    • Some of My Best Friends Are...
      Some of My Best Friends Are...
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      10/9/76
      8.3
      Bob's therapy group has an unexpected visitor when a friendly homosexual joins in the sessions.
    • His Busiest Season
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      12/23/72
      8.3
      Christmas means sad memories for Bob's therapy group, and it's evident that "'tis not the season" for everyone to be jolly. Bob decides to invite the group over for Christmas Eve.
    • Emily, I'm Home... Emily?
      Season 1 - Episode 21
      2/17/73
      8.3
      Bob is upset when Emily takes a fulltime job with the Board of Education. Emily explains that working full-time makes her feel wonderful, while quitting would make her miserable. Bob decides to leave well enough alone.
    • The Slammer
      The Slammer
      Season 5 - Episode 9
      11/20/76
      8.3
      Bob and his friend "The Peeper" take a trip down Memory Lane and wind up in the slammer.
    • Et, Tu, Carol?
      Et, Tu, Carol?
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      10/30/76
      8.3
      Both Bob's receptionist and a Buddha figure with a clock in its navel give the psychologist a hard time.
    • 12/9/72
      8.3
      Howard "floats" into Bob's office on Cloud Nine after having a tooth pulled. He is so poetic that Carol tells Emily, "I want him." Emily agrees to help Carol get him, and the two have an up-and-down romance.
    • My Wife Belongs to Daddy
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      12/8/73
      8.3
      Emily's parents pay a surprise visit that makes Bob terribly uncomfortable. Emily's father is gregarious, well-traveled, a war hero, an outdoors man—in short, everything that Bob isn't.
    • Emily Carlin, Emily Carlin
      Emily Carlin, Emily Carlin
      Season 6 - Episode 17
      2/4/78
      8.3
      Bob's paranoid, perennial patient, Mr. Carlin, involves Emily in his scheme to impress his former schoolmates—especially a girl who never gave him the time of day.
    • Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
      11/15/75
      8.2
      Bob moves up in the world from the seventh to the tenth floor when he joins the firm of a swinging psychiatrist.
    • Of Mice and Men
      Of Mice and Men
      Season 5 - Episode 16
      1/22/77
      8.2
      Bob runs into marital problems when he brings his therapy group home for a wild role-playing encounter.
    • The Heartbreak Kidd
      The Heartbreak Kidd
      Season 5 - Episode 18
      2/5/77
      8.2
      Bob thinks that Veronica Kidd, a student trainee, has fallen in love with him.
    • Duke of Dunk
      Duke of Dunk
      Season 4 - Episode 20
      1/31/76
      8.2
      A professional basketball team hires Bob to give a psychological assist to its superstar.
    • No Sale
      No Sale
      Season 4 - Episode 16
      1/3/76
      8.2
      Bob becomes his patient's partner in a get-rich-quick real-estate venture.
    • Bum Voyage
      Season 1 - Episode 23
      3/3/73
      8.2
      Afraid that his practice, as well as his patients, will fall apart if he leaves, Bob keeps resisting Emily's plans for a two-month European cruise.
    • Fly the Unfriendly Skies
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      9/16/72
      8.1
      Bob invites Emily to join his fear of flying group on a trip to New York City. Much to Bob's surprise he finds that Emily also has a fear of flying and refuses to go. After a conversation with Howard she decides to go, only to back out after boarding the plane.moreless
    • We Love You... Good-Bye
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      11/30/74
      8.1
      Bob forms an all-women consciousness-raising group. He gets kicked out after Emily joins and inadvertently points out some of the unliberated areas in their own marriage.
    • You're Fired, Mr. Chips
      You're Fired, Mr. Chips
      Season 6 - Episode 8
      11/19/77
      8.1
      Bob interviews a variety of psychologists to take over his patients while he's out of town. It's soon apparent that they are very much in need of help themselves. When Bob's former teacher, Professor Dreebe, offers his services, it seems the perfect answer.
    • Tobin's Back in Town
      Season 3 - Episode 16
      1/4/75
      8.1
      Ellen's ex-fiance, John Tobin—a tall, handsome egomaniac in suede and leather—arrives in Chicago to win Ellen back. The situation plays havoc with Howard's basic insecurities.
    • Goodnight Nancy
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      10/21/72
      8.0
      Bob's old girlfriend comes to Chicago with her husband and calls on Emily and Bob.
    • A Jackie Story
      A Jackie Story
      Season 6 - Episode 3
      10/8/77
      8.0
      Jerry is terrified of losing his new dream girl.
    • By the Way... You're Fired
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      2/16/74
      8.0
      When Carol's new love interest interferes with her work, Jerry Robinson doesn't seem too concerned. But when it disrupts his love life, he decides to fire her.
    • Carol's Wedding
      Carol's Wedding
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      10/18/75
      8.0
      A blind-date-initiated, 12-hour romance culminates in Carol Kester's civil marriage to a handsome travel agent.
    • The Heavyweights
      The Heavyweights
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      10/11/75
      8.0
      Bob and Emily invite Carol to share her "heavy" experiences with the "overweight workshop."
    • It Didn't Happen One Night
      It Didn't Happen One Night
      Season 6 - Episode 19
      2/18/78
      8.0
      Bob's friends close ranks to "protect" Emily Hartley when a handsome old flame pays her a very warm visit.
    • Carlin's New Suit
      Carlin's New Suit
      Season 6 - Episode 5
      10/22/77
      8.0
      Bob deals with the amusing problems of an improbable paternity suit and a phone paging service that never pages him.
    • The Way We Weren't
      Season 3 - Episode 18
      1/18/75
      8.0
      Emily is more than a little curious about Bob's reluctance to talk about a girl he used to date. Then Howard inadvertently spills the beans.
    • Not With My Sister You Don't
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      2/3/73
      8.0
      Howard Borden's 22-year old sister Debbie arrives to spend the week with him. Emily arranges a blind date for her with Jerry Robinson—and Howard suddenly turns into an overprotective big brother.
    • 12/16/72
      8.0
      Jerry decides there is something wrong with him because he never becomes serious about any of the girls he dates. He asks Bob if he can become one of his patients. Bob agrees, but they have to abandon the plan when it begins to interfere with their friendship.
    • My Business is Shrinking
      Season 3 - Episode 20
      2/1/75
      8.0
      With his confidence fading as fast as his list of patients, Bob decides to follow Emily's advice and see a psychiatrist about his problem.
    • Group on a Hot Tin Roof
      Group on a Hot Tin Roof
      Season 6 - Episode 16
      1/28/78
      8.0
      Bob advises a patient named Mr. Plager to realize his human potential by writing a play based on his own experiences. But when Plager writes, directs, and produces an actual World War I drama whose characters bear a startling resemblance to the rest of Bob's patients, the warfare really begins.
    • Mom, I L-L-Love You
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      10/7/72
      8.0
      Bob finds it extremely difficult to tell his mother that he loves her.
    • Somebody Down Here Likes Me
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      10/6/73
      7.9
      Rev. Dan Bradford seeks professional advice from Bob—then makes a startling announcement in his Sunday sermon.
    • Have You Met Miss Dietz?
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      10/20/73
      7.9
      Marilyn Dietz, a very attractive divorcee, creates a feud between Jerry and Howard when she starts dating both of them.
    • Still Crazy After All These Years
      Still Crazy After All These Years
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      10/16/76
      7.9
      The Hartleys take a vacation. In their absence, Howard undergoes a crash psychological program that changes his entire personality.
    • Anything Happen While I Was Gone?
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      11/25/72
      7.9
      As soon as Bob returns to the office from his vacation in Mexico, Jerry announces that he is about to be married to a girl he met nine days ago. Cynthia, a beautiful but domineering oral hygienist, becomes too much for Jerry, and he realizes that he has made a mistake.moreless
    • Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson
      Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson
      Season 5 - Episode 11
      12/4/76
      7.9
      Jerry, retired orthodontist and orphan, takes off on a world tour to search for his long-lost parents.
    • A Matter of Vice-Prinicipal
      A Matter of Vice-Prinicipal
      Season 4 - Episode 14
      12/13/75
      7.8
      Emily & her fellow teachers, Ed and Janet Hoffman are planning to celebrate when Ed becomes the new Vice Principal. But their friendship is strained when Emily is shocked to learn that she is selected as the new Vice Prinicipal! After dealing with many crisis and no support from the Hoffman's, Emily thinks about turning down the promotion. Meanwhile Howard is this month's "Sky Guy" in his airline's magazine, and while Carol is still on vacation, her fill-in, Gail, has a broken leg.
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    • 9/23/72
      7.8
      It's Vocation Day in Emily's class, and Bob feels left out when he's not invited. At the last minute, he's asked to fill in, but Emily's worst fears are confirmed when Bob fails to excite the kids' interest.
    • A Crime Most Foul
      A Crime Most Foul
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      11/13/76
      7.8
      Bob turns amateur detective when he believes that his expensive tape recorder has been stolen.
    • The Jobless Corps
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      1/19/74
      7.8
      Depressed after losing his job with the airline, Howard accepts Bob's offer to join his "out of workshop," a special therapy group for the unemployed. (Bob extends the invitation at Emily's insistence when Howard's attempts to help her around the apartment begin driving her up the wall.)
    • Ship of Shrinks
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      11/9/74
      7.7
      Bob's first literary venture turns out to be less than triumphant. His embarrassment makes him reluctant to join a convention of psychologists on a flight to Hawaii, especially when he finds out that Howard is the navigator.
    • Mind Your Own Business
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      2/2/74
      7.7
      At Jerry's urging, Bob hires a business manager to handle his money. He ends up living on a meager allowance that affords him only such luxuries as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch.
    • Who's Been Sleeping on My Couch?
      Season 1 - Episode 24
      3/10/73
      7.7
      Recovering from another broken romance, Jerry Robinson accepts Bob's invitation to spend a couple of days at his apartment. Bob soon comes to regret his kindness.
    • A Love Story
      Season 2 - Episode 21
      2/9/74
      7.7
      Howard falls head over heels in love with Bob's sister Ellen. Under most circumstances, Bob would find this perfectly acceptable—except that Ellen is getting married to someone else.
    • Taxation Without Celebration
      Taxation Without Celebration
      Season 5 - Episode 20
      2/19/77
      7.7
      Bob's memory is taxed to the limit when he forgets that April 15 is the Federal income tax deadline—and also the date of the Hartleys' seventh wedding anniversary.
    • A Matter of Principal
      Season 2 - Episode 24
      3/2/74
      7.7
      It's a matter of principal versus principle when Emily refuses to skip one of her students ahead two grades at the elementary school where she teaches.
    • Happy Trails to You
      Happy Trails to You
      Season 6 - Episode 22
      4/1/78
      7.7
      Bob gives up his psychological practice in Chicago to become a professor at a small college in Oregon.
    • Here's Looking at You, Kid
      Here's Looking at You, Kid
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      9/20/75
      7.7
      Howard insists on joining Bob and Emily's anniversary dinner at a fashionable Chicago restaurant in order to enlist their aid in popping the question to Ellen. But he chokes up in the clutch, and Bob is forced to do the proposing for him.
    • Jerry's Retirement
      Jerry's Retirement
      Season 5 - Episode 10
      11/27/76
      7.7
      Bob defends the work ethic when Jerry comes into a pile of money and promptly retires from the dental profession.
    • The Gray Flannel Shrink
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      10/19/74
      7.6
      Bob gives up most of his private practice to become the staff psychologist with a major insurance company. He soon learns that it's possible for a man in the corporate world to do his job too well.
    • The Boy Next Door
      The Boy Next Door
      Season 4 - Episode 23
      2/21/76
      7.6
      The Hartleys entertain Howard Borden's young son and hire a beauty queen as his babysitter.
    • Bob's Change of Life
      Bob's Change of Life
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      9/24/77
      7.6
      Bob's well-ordered life turns topsy-turvy when he and Emily move to a new Chicago residence.
    • The Crash of 29 Years Old
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      1/13/73
      7.6
      Feeling unfulfilled as a woman, and having just passed her 29th birthday, Carol quits her job as Bob's receptionist. After having been gone for a while, Carol suddenly shows up at one of Bob's group-therapy sessions and creates a situation in which Bob finds himself more of a patient than a doctor.moreless
    • A Girl in Her Twenties
      A Girl in Her Twenties
      Season 6 - Episode 10
      12/3/77
      7.6
      Emily's protective instincts are aroused when 70-year-old Grace DuBois, an odd but friendly recluse, is threatened with being sent to a rest home for elderly people who can't cope with reality.
    • Desperate Sessions
      Desperate Sessions
      Season 5 - Episode 21
      2/26/77
      7.6
      Bob is held hostage in his office by a friendly bank robber.
    • Father Knows Worst
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      11/4/72
      7.6
      Bob's divorced neighbor, Howard Borden, is convinced that his son, Howie, doesn't really like him. Later, Howard's ex-wife convinces him that Howie thinks he is the greatest guy in the world.
    • Come Live with Me
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      10/28/72
      7.6
      Carol tries to get Bob to approve her moving in with her new boyfriend Roger, who has just separated from his wife. Bob refuses, telling her she will have to make her own decision.
    • Freudian Ship
      Freudian Ship
      Season 6 - Episode 13
      1/7/78
      7.6
      The Hartleys embark on a seagoing vacation to put work behind them. But Bob can't resist playing psychologist when he undertakes to counsel a married couple.
    • The Mentor
      The Mentor
      Season 5 - Episode 22
      3/5/77
      7.5
      Bob offers to help Carol's husband, Larry with his travel agency. In return, Larry turns the psychologist's reception area into a mini-Polynesian village.
    • Son of an Ex-Con Job
      Son of an Ex-Con Job
      Season 6 - Episode 15
      1/21/78
      7.5
      Bob counsels a quintet of jovial ex-convicts to help them find honest employment.
    • Blues for Mr. Borden
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      12/1/73
      7.5
      Howard Borden suffers a bad case of the blues when his young son tells him about his marvelous new "uncle," who seems to have taken up permanent residence with Howard's ex-wife.
    • Emily Hits the Ceiling
      Season 3 - Episode 23
      2/22/75
      7.5
      Emily agrees to help operate a children's summer camp and tries to persuade Bob to be one of the counselors.
    • Shallow Throat
      Shallow Throat
      Season 6 - Episode 9
      11/26/77
      7.5
      At first, Bob is thrilled when a nontalkative patient named Mr. Twillmer finally opens up after being told that anything he might say will be held in the strictest confidence. His joy is short-lived when Twillmer confesses to grand larceny.
    • Sorry, Wrong Mother
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      10/12/74
      7.4
      As Howard prepares to introduce Howie to Ellen, he tries to remold Ellen into an image the boy will like.
    • Enter Mrs. Peeper
      Enter Mrs. Peeper
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      9/25/76
      7.3
      Bob receives a telegram saying that his old college chum, "The Peeper," is coming to Chicago and bringing a surprise. The surprise turns out to be a brand-new bride.
    • Crisis in Education
      Crisis in Education
      Season 6 - Episode 21
      3/11/78
      7.3
      At the school where Emily works, low reading scores prompt indignant outbursts and threats from angry parents. Principal Phil Bannister flees their wrath by going on an extended fishing trip—but not before he tells Emily to handle the crisis.
    • Pilot
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      11/18/72
      7.3
      Bob and Emily have been trying for some time to have a child. When they attend a party where the conversation turns to the subject of children, they feel so left out that they decide to adopt a child.
    • Clink Shrink
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      1/26/74
      7.3
      Hoping to make a contribution to society, Bob offers his psychological counseling services free to a parolee out on an armed-robbery conviction. But Bob seems to be more influenced by his patient's manner than the patient is by Bob's therapy.
    • Send This Boy to Camp
      Send This Boy to Camp
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      11/6/76
      7.3
      Bob and his friends host an orphan contingent for a wildly improbable camping-out experience.
    • The Longest Good-Bye
      The Longest Good-Bye
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      9/13/75
      7.2
      Bob's old school friend Murdock is in town for a day to sell a complex giveaway item to a Chicago cereal company. Bob invites him to stay overnight at his home. The brief encounter stretches out to a week when Murdock can't make his business connections. He gradually takes over Bob's car, clothing, and most of his home life.moreless
    • Old Man Rivers
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      10/27/73
      7.2
      A rather embarrassing operation leads to romance between Carol and her doctor. Everyone questions the relationship due to the new couple's age disparity.
    • Carol Ankles for Indie-Prod
      Carol Ankles for Indie-Prod
      Season 6 - Episode 20
      3/4/78
      7.2
      On the eve of being announced "Secretary of the Year," Carol informs Bob that she's leaving his employ.
    • Grand Delusion
      Grand Delusion
      Season 6 - Episode 11
      12/17/77
      7.1
      Bob and Emily celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary with a dream flight into the fantasy of being married to different partners.
    • The Modernization of Emily
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      1/12/74
      7.0
      Emily decides to update her image with a kinky new wardrobe that she says is youthful and Bob says is childish.
    • Warden Gordon Borden
      Warden Gordon Borden
      Season 4 - Episode 18
      1/17/76
      7.0
      Howard's game-warden brother comes to Chicago to witness the mating of two whooping cranes—and stays to make a play for Howard's girlfriend.
    • My Son the Comedian
      My Son the Comedian
      Season 6 - Episode 7
      11/12/77
      6.8
      It's no laughing matter for Howard when his 12-year-old son, Howie, announces he's leaving home to become a comedian.
    • 11/17/73
      6.8
      Bob turns out to be an uncooperative patient when Emily makes an appointment for them to see a marriage counselor.
    • Peeper Two
      Peeper Two
      Season 4 - Episode 24
      2/28/76
      6.5
      Cliff Murdock, Bob's old laugh-a-minute college buddy, affectionately known as The Peeper, pays a return visit.
    • Shrinks Across the Sea
      Shrinks Across the Sea
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      10/25/75
      6.5
      Bob and Emily suffer international complications when they host a French psychologist in their home as part of a medical exchange program.
    • Oh, Brother
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      1/5/74
      6.4
      Jerry Robinson's brother shows up in Chicago after finishing dental school. He takes over Jerry's life, his apartment, and his dental practice.
    • Jerry Robinson Crusoe
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      12/7/74
      6.2
      After renewing an acquaintance with the beautiful and free-spirited Courtney Simpson, Jerry decides to give up his dental practice: he wants to follow his dreams of romance and adventure by taking Miss Simpson to Tahiti.
    • My Boy Guillermo
      My Boy Guillermo
      Season 4 - Episode 19
      1/24/76
      6.1
      Jerry Robinson's depression turns to instant joy when a globe-trotting ex-flame suddenly re-enters his life and proposes.
    • 19th Anniversary Special
      19th Anniversary Special
      Season 0 - Episode 2
      11/23/91
      3.6
      After having a disturbing dream about being an inn keeper in Vermont, Bob questions his life in a series of flashbacks.
    • Emily, I'm Home - Emily?
      Emily, I'm Home - Emily?
      Season 6 - Episode 30
      11/16/16
      0.0
    • A Love Story
      A Love Story
      Season 6 - Episode 38
      11/30/16
      0.0
    • A Matter of Principal
      A Matter of Principal
      Season 6 - Episode 41
      11/30/16
      0.0
    • The Jobless Corps
      The Jobless Corps
      Season 6 - Episode 35
      11/30/16
      0.0
    • By the Way... You're Fired
      By the Way... You're Fired
      Season 6 - Episode 39
      11/30/16
      0.0
    • Confessions of an Orthodontist
      Confessions of an Orthodontist
      Season 6 - Episode 40
      11/30/16
      0.0
    • Clink Shrink
      Clink Shrink
      Season 6 - Episode 36
      11/30/16
      0.0
    • Mind Your Own Business
      Mind Your Own Business
      Season 6 - Episode 37
      11/30/16
      0.0
    • Oh, Brother
      Oh, Brother
      Season 6 - Episode 33
      11/30/16
      0.0
    • The Modernization of Emily
      The Modernization of Emily
      Season 6 - Episode 34
      11/30/16
      0.0
    • Tobin's Back in Town
      Tobin's Back in Town
      Season 6 - Episode 23
      12/7/16
      0.0
    • I'm Okay, You're Okay, So What's Wrong?
      11/23/16
      0.0
    • Who's Been Sleeping on My Couch?
      Who's Been Sleeping on My Couch?
      Season 6 - Episode 33
      11/16/16
      0.0
    • Original Pilot
      Original Pilot
      Season 0 - Episode 1
      0.0
      Bob and Emily have been trying for some time to have a child. When they attend a party where the conversation turns to the subject of children, they feel so left out that they decide to adopt a child. Many changes were made from this pilot to the series that we've come to know and love. Here we see Jerry Robinson(Peter Bonerz) not as an Orthodontist, but as a Psychologist who shares his office with Bob. Also absent from the cast were receptionist Carol Kester(Marcia Wallace) and patient Elliot Carlin(Jack Riley). The part of the Orthodontist was played by George Wyner, who returns in 1975 as Emily's Principal, Rex Potenger.moreless
    • P-I-L-O-T
      P-I-L-O-T
      Season 6 - Episode 23
      11/9/16
      0.0
    • Bum Voyage
      Bum Voyage
      Season 6 - Episode 32
      11/16/16
      0.0
    • Not with My Sister You Don't
      Not with My Sister You Don't
      Season 6 - Episode 28
      11/16/16
      0.0
    • Let's Get Away from it Almost
      Let's Get Away from it Almost
      Season 6 - Episode 24
      11/16/16
      0.0
    • The Man with the Golden Wrist
      The Man with the Golden Wrist
      Season 6 - Episode 26
      11/16/16
      0.0
    • The Crash of 29 Years Old
      The Crash of 29 Years Old
      Season 6 - Episode 25
      11/16/16
      0.0
    • The Two Loves of Dr. Hartley
      The Two Loves of Dr. Hartley
      Season 6 - Episode 27
      11/16/16
      0.0
    • You Can't Win 'Em All
      You Can't Win 'Em All
      Season 6 - Episode 31
      11/16/16
      0.0
    • October 5, 1974
      October 5, 1974
      Season 6 - Episode 23
      9/5/17
      0.0
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