“Hi, I’m Larry. This is my brother Darryl. And this is my other brother Darryl.”

In a decade teeming with sitcoms, it took a lot for a particular show to stand out.

Sure, our parents all knew and loved Bob Newhart from the aptly-titled The Bob Newhart Show from the 70s (boooooo!), but what on Earth would make us want to watch a sitcom about a wrinkly old man (hey, we were young!) who’s in charge of a bed and breakfast in Vermont?

Well, how about the fact that it was, hands-down, one of the funniest shows of the 80s? How about the deliciously idiotic (and cute!) Stephanie, played by Julia Duffy? How about the awesome Peter Scolari (Tom Hanks’ other half from Bosom Buddies) as her goofball boyfriend-then-hubby Michael? How about the loveable Tom Poston as handyman George? How about the ‘local color’– Larry, brother Darryl, and his other brother Darryl? And, finally, how about Bob Newhart himself (as Innkeeper Dick Loudon), whose humor is so dry it makes sandpaper look downright wet.

Newhart was destined to remain in people’s minds as an also-ran 80s sitcom, just a perfectly fine show that never really made that much noise. That is, until the series’ final episode.

Widely regarded as one of the best (if not the best) finales in the history of TV, it finds Bob (Dick) waking up one night and rolling over to tell his wife about this dream he had about being an innkeeper in Vermont, with a maid who was an heiress, and then there were these three woodsmen… Lo and behold, Bob’s wife none other than (surprise!) Suzanne Pleshette, his wife from the original Bob Newhart Show in their same bed with their same decor.


Sure, it may have all been just a dream, but what a hilarious dream Newhart was.

We ♥ Newhart.


~ by weheart80s on March 3, 2011.

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