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Bob Newhart and his eccentric cast of crazy friends are back in Season Four of The Bob Newhart Show, one of the best-loved TV comedies of all time. Newhart returns as psychologist Dr. Robert Hartley, who works with neurotic, obsessive, compulsive and just plain nutty folks every day, and those are just his friends and neighbors...wait 'til you meet his patients! Whether Bob is switching roles with his wife Emily to avoid a middle-age crisis, or hosting a booze-soaked Thanksgiving party, The Bob Newhart Show has your prescription for classic comedy. Time for a laugh-therapy sessionDoctor's orders!
Aside from Newhart himself, props are due to the writers. As always, The Bob Newhart Show's humor is mostly low-key, with none of the raunch, tasteless sexual innuendo, and flamboyant idiocy of today's sit-coms. What's more, subjects as serious as death ("The Longest Good-bye" and "Death of a Fruitman"), obesity ("Heavyweights," in which Bob presides over a workshop for "people of the hefty persuasion"), professional ethics ("Who is Mr. X?"), and jealousy on the job ("A Matter of Vice-Principal") are broached without ever becoming sententious or heavy-handed. Of course, three decades after the fact, some things will seem a little dated: the clothes are cringe-worthy, and it's hard to imagine anyone these days getting away with describing Beirut as a place where "everybody looks like Danny Thomas." Still, Newhart's show remains one of the best of the several great sit-coms that emerged in the '70s. Bonus features include commentary (by Newhart and others) on five episodes, a gag reel, and a featurette. --Sam Graham
Who doesn't love Bob Newhart! This series of his is my favorite, and it holds up well. We now own all of them, and enjoy watching them.Published 3 months ago by Wanda Jones
I remember this show on when I was a kid back in the 70s, I never paid much attention to it though; fast forward forty years & I have caught a few shows on me! Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. taran
If one were to purchase only one season of TBNS this is it! It has the classic drunken Thanksgiving episode that everyone remembers! Read morePublished 6 months ago by djmjlcst
Love Bob Newhart's dry sense of humor. Funny guy, heart-warming series. Love it.Published 9 months ago by A. Shaffer
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why in the world would you not release season 5 and 6 makes no sense at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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