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View Poll Results: The Bob Newhart Show or Newhart
The Bob Newhart Show 27 72.97%
Newhart 10 27.03%
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Old August 5 2008, 12:02 AM   #1
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The Bob Newhart Show or Newhart?

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I prefer the original Bob Newhart Show. I think the cast of that one is miles ahead of the Newhart cast. Suzanne Pleshette also had a much better chemistry with Bob which led to a far more believable marriage. I always felt that Dick was always kind of putting up with Joanna and never really bought into them loving each other like a husband and wife do. Newhart, while still a great comedy, to me, got a little trying at times.

The oddballs surrounding Bob in this show as opposed to the original seemed to be very frustrating at times. It was very surreal. The townsfolk were just plain, stupid people a lot of the time. Of course Newhart does have Larry, Darryl, and Darryl. The three guys who made the show. In a sense, they were almost that show's version of The Bob Newhart Show's, Howard. Whenever there seemed to be a dull moment, the trio would enter to applause and some great laughs.

But yes, overall, I prefer The Bob Newhart Show. A far better cast, each with their comedy that made for a truly funny show. I still watch this show once and a while on DVD. It keeps me in hysterics. The show is will over 30 years old, but the comedy isn't dated enough to the point where it's no longer funny.

Great, great show.

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Old August 5 2008, 01:45 AM   #2
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Re: The Bob Newhart Show or Newhart?

It has to be The Bob Newhart show. After all, Newhart was just another episode.
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Old August 5 2008, 01:59 AM   #3
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the Bob Newhart Show, because of Suzanne Pleshette. You could see what Bob saw in Emily, but Mary Frann was just a fluffy sweater. Newhart was sort of a bizarro world with the studio audience going nuts whenever Larry, Darryl, and Darryl entered, which always aggravated me.
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Old August 5 2008, 01:59 AM   #4
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It has to be The Bob Newhart show. After all, Newhart was just another episode.
LOL Good call!

It's worth noting that when Bob was preparing to come back to TV in 1982 with Newhart, one of the original ideas he had was to pick up The Bob Newhart Show four years later and show what had happened in everyone's lives since the original show ended. Interesting to think about how the show would have been if that's the idea they went with.

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Old August 5 2008, 06:09 AM   #5
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Re: The Bob Newhart Show or Newhart?

The Bob Newhart Show was and is the best. No question.

And I agree, Newhart was just an extended episode. Good call Peacemaker!
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Old August 5 2008, 03:09 PM   #6
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Re: The Bob Newhart Show or Newhart?

I'm not really familiar with the Bob Newhart Show, but I love Newhart. Anyone remember "Bob?" Came on CBS sometime in the '90s. I wish they'd release it on dvd.
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Old August 5 2008, 04:08 PM   #7
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The Bob Newhart Show. Hands down. Clever writing, a great theme song and (drumroll please) The King Of Snee. How could you go wrong? I mean, any show that could do an entire episode about being locked in a basement storage unit on the fourth of July and make it so funny it gets cited as one of the classic tv moments in the entire decade...
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Old August 5 2008, 04:51 PM   #8
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The Bob Newhart Show gets my vote, too. It was a rock from beginning to end. Funny this came up; I just saw two very early Newhart episodes the other night. There was some "cringiness" in the first one, but the next episode (the golf/poker episode) was so funny I literally lost my breath with laughter. Bob kept unintentionally winning golf and poker games to the townies. No matter how hard he tried he couldn't lose to the point where he forced one of them to cut a deck of cards for high/low double or nothing so they could win their money back. He kept winning and one of them tallied up Bob's winnings to around $40,000. The terror in their voices about having kids in college and a mortgage to pay and Bob yelling "CUT!" was too much -- it was genious
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Old August 5 2008, 05:40 PM   #9
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The Bob Newhart Show gets my vote. Newhart fell flat pretty quickly. The wife was a generic blonde in tacky sweaters; she had no personality at all. And then they added the annoying yuppie couple, who were not believable and not funny. It got old pretty fast.

But on The Bob Newhart Show, you had Suzanne Pleshette. She was his equal, and gave as good as she got. She was a believable character and you loved to watch them together. The annoying neighbors and patients that came in and out where all there to give them something to bounce off of, not become the center of the show.
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Old August 5 2008, 06:06 PM   #10
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Re: The Bob Newhart Show or Newhart?

Another vote for The Bob Newhart Show. Newhart is a drinking game almost no one can win
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Old August 5 2008, 06:11 PM   #11
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I'm gonna go against the majority here and vote for Newhart. The first three reasons are Larry, his brother Daryl, and his other brother Daryl.

The fourth reason is I've seen all eight seasons of Newhart, and none of Bob Newhart.
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Old August 5 2008, 06:31 PM   #12
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I dislike the Bob Newhart show. I havde greatly enjoyed Newhart on the other hand. So definitely Newhart.
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Old August 5 2008, 08:38 PM   #13
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"Newhart" was good for a few seasons, but "The Bob Newhart Show" is one of the all-time greats. Besides Newhart and Pleshette, who were wonderful, Bill Daily, Marcia Wallace, Peter Bonerz and Jack Riley were each good enough to carry an average sitcom. Elliott Carlin is still one of the most cynical, mistrustful, mal-adjusted and hilarious characters ever on TV, 35-odd years later.

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Old August 5 2008, 08:40 PM   #14
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J.T.B. wrote: View Post
"Newhart" was good for a few seasons, but "The Bob Newhart Show" is one of the all-time greats. Besides Newhart and Pleshette, who were wonderful, Bill Daily, Marcia Wallace, Peter Bonerz and Jack Riley were each good enough to carry an average sitcom. Elliott Carlin is still one of the most cynical, mistrustful, mal-adjusted and hilarious characters ever on TV, 35-odd years later.

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Old August 5 2008, 09:39 PM   #15
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Bob Newhart show. Grew up watching it on Nick at Nite. Never really got into Newhart.
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