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Newhart: The Complete Second Season (1983)

Bob Newhart , Mary Frann , Dick Martin  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston, Julia Duffy, Peter Scolari
  • Directors: Dick Martin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: February 11, 2014
  • Run Time: 510 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GHH9HW2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,368 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Bob Newhart returns as Dick Loudon, the New Yorker who runs a small B&B in Vermont with his wife Joanna (Mary Frann). Things operate a little differently up in ski country, as exemplified by their disparate group of friends and neighbors including Larry (William Sanderson) and his brother Darryl (Tony Papenfuss) and his other brother Darryl (John Voldstad).


Season Two highlights include Dick fighting against the advances of a celebrity author, Joanna challenging the town’s historical practice of the men and women eating separately during the town’s potluck dinners, Stephanie (Julia Duffy) getting lost in a snowstorm, Kirk (Steven Kampmann) planning to sell the Minuteman Cafe and more!


Newhart marked the return to television for multiple Emmy nominated actor and legendary comedian Bob Newhart. If you like Bob, you’ll love Newhart.

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unimpressive transfer February 11, 2014
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I just got Newhart Season 2 in the mail today. I have been a fan of this show since it first ran in the 80's, and I even recorded most of the episodes when they were first run on CBS. I am very happy that these are being issued on DVD after so many years.

My first reaction, though, is that the transfer to DVD is sub-par. This was evident when people were walking across the screen - the moving objects lost clarity. It may be due to how the series was originally filmed; the second season marked a shift from videotape (really evident in season 1) to film, but I have plenty of other series on DVD and I haven't ever noticed this effect before.

I also noticed a few glitches from time to time, dirt on the film, etc., but nothing I couldn't live with.

From time to time, I felt like the transfer was done by someone pointing a digital camera at a film projected on a wall or even filming a TV screen. There were a few noticeable jitters in the scenes. This could have been from the original filming though, I'll have to pull out my old VHS tapes to compare. The scenes seemed dark and duller than I remember. The contrast seemed off and even the colors seemed a bit wrong.

Given all that, I hope that the episodes are the full versions, not the syndicated versions (which were cut in time so more commercials could be added). Unfortunately my VHS tapes for this season are from the syndicated versions. At least the opening credits are the full version, not the shorter syndicated version.

I think the season was filmed before a live audience, without a laugh track. Although natural, it was at times disconcerting because some jokes just got a couple of laughs. I guess I'm too accustomed to either full fake laugh tracks or no laugh track as is common today.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About Time December 4, 2013
I don't believe there was ever a bad episode of this wonderful series. Lets hope every season finally gets released. THANK YOU SHOUT FACTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome. November 25, 2013
Finally, it may take a while, but every season is worth the price. Here Stephanie takes over full time and Michael comes into the picture. Much less we have the illustrious start of "Vermont Today"
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NEWHART SEASON 2 February 13, 2014
I have waited years for season 2 of one of my all time favorite series to be released on dvd. FINALLY it's here and I'm rather disappointed. I see 2 episodes are syndicated episodes with missing footage. One is Kirk Ties One On. I saw the episode side by side with the one on youtube. and 4 scenes have been chopped. Including a funny piece when Larry and his brothers are signing the guestbook. Video isn't the best either. After the perfect first season set this is rather sad.. I am surprised with SHOUT video who usually is careful with their releases. With the upcoming season 3 set already planned, I'm concerned this season too will also have syndicated episodes. A 5 star for the series, but 3 for the release.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Been waiting so long! December 18, 2013
NEWHART is my all time favorite television show! CBS please get out the entire series asap!!!! Don't make us wait so long for the rest of the series.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Newhart is 5-Stars "Shout" Production is Lacking February 13, 2014
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I bought the season two set because my recorded from broadcast TV episodes on DVD contain a few commercials and weren't the top quality that Season One on DVD is. However, these DVD's of season two are grainy and of poorer quality than expected. I feel some of the episodes I already have are in better visual condition than these--albeit mine have commercials. I sincerely hope Bob Newhart's people (or whomever is in charge of getting the rest of the series into production) does not use this company "SHOUT" again or that they SHOUT spends more money cleaning up the film and whatever else is involved in making better DVD masters. Additionally Johanna sounds like a chipmunk in a brief exchange with George on "It Happened One Afternoon Pt. 1"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kirk's swan song April 24, 2014
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My wife and I loved "Newhart" and watched it when we were first married. The "Newhart" of the first season was not the "Newhart" we watched, however. This was mostly due to the character of Kirk. Maybe some people thought he was funny, we just thought he was annoying. Still, there were enough other features in the show that we could just ignore Kirk. That was especially true of the second season. Watching Kirk being phased out and Stephanie worked in has made this a much more enjoyable season to watch.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Favorite show - but poor film quality February 11, 2014
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Newhart is just about my favorite comedy of all time. I was very happy when the announcement was made that Season Two was finally going to be released.

The DVD arrived today. The only reason I rated this a four is because of the poor quality of the film - fuzzy, jittery. It's a disappointment after waiting so long.

There's nothing wrong with Newhart - it's the quality of the film. I'll put up with it because I love this show so much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love this series more than the bob newhart show
love this series more than the bob newhart show; in this series bob is the only sane person in the town! used to watch this show with my parents when it was on tv. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Billie Twitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars We love this series and will buy them all
We have been wondering for years why this series was not made available sooner. We love this series and will buy them all. Read more
Published 4 days ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
classic tv show
Published 4 days ago by Harold W Crump
1.0 out of 5 stars Shameful disregard for seniors/a.k.a. original fans of the series
Whoever is in charge of pinpointing target audiences/demographic for these classic old shows should be fired (or shot). Read more
Published 10 days ago by Emma Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Newhart /complete 2nd seson
Loved the series.So happy to finally have another season of Newhart. Can't wait to get all the rest of the seasons as they become available.
Published 17 days ago by Jean Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Newhart second season
Worked out the teething pains of the first season. Leslie the maid was missed but her replacement Stephanie has a "likeable sassiness" about her. Read more
Published 23 days ago by D. Nakao
5.0 out of 5 stars How could you not like Larry, Darryl, and Darryl.
If you like Bob, actor and legendary comedian, you will love Newhart. Season Two has Dick spurning the advances of a
celebrity author who keeps trying to get him in bed.
Published 25 days ago by Janice Fayee
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait.
It had been years since season one was issued and I wondered if any more would be issued but was very happy when they started flowing again. Read more
Published 29 days ago by K. A. Larson
5.0 out of 5 stars Newhart is one of my favorite television series
I enjoyed every episode of this series. It's funny and warm, and the characters jump out of the screen and into my heart.
Published 1 month ago by Bonnie T. Minch
1.0 out of 5 stars A Cheap ripoff
I agree with the other reviews. The audio is cheap sounding and even tho the DVD's and the Package say 'CC', there are no captions on any of the discs. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bookworm1
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