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Bob Newhart starred as psychologist Bob Hartley in his first major sitcom, 1972 to 1978 on CBS. All 142 episodes are now available on disc.
Bob Newhart starred as psychologist Bob Hartley in his first major sitcom, 1972 to 1978 on CBS. All 142 episodes are now available on disc.
Posted: June 07, 2014

Bob Newhart will be remembered centuries hence as one of the greatest straight men in American comedy.

The soft-spoken stand-up comic and actor who has the deadliest deadpan in the biz and the driest of humors was singularly brilliant in his first major sitcom, The Bob Newhart Show, which ran for five seasons on CBS from 1972 to 1978.

In a great character choice, Newhart plays a therapist, Dr. Bob Hartley. Consistently calm in the midst of chaos, Bob listens in each episode to the strange and hilarious problems of a slew of series regulars who bare their souls to him. Florida Friebus has gone down in TV history for playing one of Bob's patients, Lillian Bakerman, an elderly woman who spends her therapy sessions knitting.

The sitcom also follows Bob's personal life at home with his comely wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette).

You can binge-watch the series with the 19-disc The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Series, which includes all 142 episodes. Extras include episode commentaries, a reunion TV special from 1991, and a 40-page booklet. (; $129.99; not rated)

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