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The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Series

4.2 out of 5 stars 166 customer reviews

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Dr. Hartley will see you now…and you will see Dr. Hartley in The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Series.


This sitcom classic stars the incomparable Bob Newhart as Dr. Robert Hartley, a Chicago psychologist who finds himself surrounded by some unusual and neurotic characters on the job, as well as at home! Hartley faces an uphill battle to not lose patience with his patients, but with the support of his quick-witted wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette), you can count on him to conduct a healthy session of laugh therapy in all 142 episodes of The Bob Newhart Show. An outstanding supporting cast is on call to back up Newhart and Pleshette, including Bill Daily (I Dream of Jeannie), Peter Bonerz (Man on the Moon), Jack Riley (Rugrats, Spaceballs), and Marcia Wallace (The Simpsons).


Originally airing on CBS from 1972 to 1978, The Bob Newhart Show is often cited among the best-loved situation comedies in history, with TV Guide and Time naming it one of the greatest television shows of all time. Get ready to lie back on the couch and laugh with Bob: you’d be crazy not to.

Special Features

• Group Therapy (2014): Bob Newhart sits down with Peter Bonerz, Jack Riley, Bill Daily and Michael Zinberg.

• P.I.L.O.T #1: The unaired version of The Bob Newhart Show's pilot episode

• The Bob Newhart Show 19th Anniversary (1991): The entire cast assembles for a one hour clip show which finds the shows characters in the present day.

• Audio commentaries with Peter Bonerz, Fred Willard, Jim Burrows, Suzanne Pleshette, Tom Poston and Jack Riley

• Gag reel

• 40 Page Collectible Booklet

• And More!


Product Details

  • Actors: Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Marcia Wallace
  • Directors: Peter Bonerz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 19
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2014
  • Run Time: 3180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HRUQB5O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,025 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Series" on IMDb

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By Robert J. Keil on April 19, 2014
Looks like I'm the first reviewer to have actually received and viewed (at least in part) this set, having pre-ordered it from Shout who delivered it five weeks before the official release date.

BACKGROUND: The Bob Newhart Show is my favorite show in the history of television. I've bought every VHS and DVD release available over the years, and have been making recordings off the air for 20 years in an effort to collect (and then "upgrade" the quality of) all the episodes in this series. My expectations for this set are high since the show deserves the best DVD release possible. Fox released the first four seasons in 2005 and 2006, only to leave fans hanging for 8 years for the last two seasons. Luckily, Shout Factory took the opportunity to release the Bob Newhart Show the way it should have been from the beginning - as a complete series set. Yes, this means hardcore fans like me have DVDs, VHS tapes, and old DVD-R recordings that we don't need anymore. So sell the old ones or give them away. To me it's a small price to pay to get this set.

THE SHOW ITSELF: Not much to say other than what you likely already know - The Bob Newhart Show is generally regarded as one of the greatest sitcoms of all time. Its rare combination of amazing writing, a top-notch cast, and a style of humor that is at once accessible and sophisticated, is a high water mark in the history of television.

PACKAGING: The set comes in a standard height box with 3 Amaray-style cases that holds 6 discs apiece. Gone are the two-sided Fox discs with cheesy cartoon-themed menus. Here, discs for Seasons 1 and 2 are in one case, seasons 3 and 4 in a second case and seasons 5 and 6 are in the third case. These are NOT stacked on a spindle and thus are easily accessible.
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I see A LOT of reviewers condemning Shout Factory, for releasing this set. They seem to believe that this new offering, is an attempt by Shout Factory to "double dip", and make extra money from those who already purchased seasons 1-4.

This is NOT the case.

The company that released seasons 1-4, abandoned the prospect of putting out the final two seasons.

Shout Factory is simply giving fans of the show, exactly what they've been waiting for. They should be receiving PRAISE for this...not condemnation, and a slew of 1 star reviews.

My set arrived today. I've watched 4 episodes, so far, and the video quality of seasons 1-4 is at least identical to the transfers of the original set. However, with the Shout! release you get an upgrade from those awful two-sided discs. In my opinion, the single-sided Shout! discs are worth making the purchase.

Also, these are the complete episodes...they are NOT the shortened syndicated versions.

I say, chuck out those sets (seasons 1-4), and buy this COMPLETE SERIES box set. It's easily worth the price, and the image quality is so much sharper.

It's a no brainer. This new set is better.
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Got the four Fox seasons for Christmas. I knew the series was incomplete, and I figured the DVDs would be carelessly thrown-together, and I was right. They are total, murky, chopped-up, mumble-mouthed, double-sided crap. Then a month or two later I discovered the whole series is to be released. Having experienced Shout Factory's reverent approach to other classic sitcoms, I am more than happy to shell out for the complete series so I can re-watch the shows properly and have the last two seasons. I'll just give away the badly-produced Fox ones. The box set is a convenient way to purchase these, and I'm sure Shout Factory has reasons for its pricing (still less than $20.00 per season): the correct theme songs for the correct episodes, uncut episodes, re-mastered picture and sound quality, plenty of extras, maybe permissions for music heard by the characters. Very exciting.
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I completely trust in ShoutFactory! to provide a professional and complete release of each of the six seasons as they have done in the past with other shows.

I know that some people are disappointed in the complete set, but think about the seasons that FOX provided of this great series.

Each season disc from FOX is double-sided, providing awful audio, and sometimes poor video images. Imagine what these first four season sets will look like on single sided discs, restored, and professionally produced by ShoutFactory!

Thank you ShoutFactory! for answering the call of the consumer. I'll proudly spend my money with you!

**UPDATE 4/25/2014:
I received an advanced copy from Shout!Factory and I can tell you that each disc is single-sided and there is a significant improvement with the audio from the FOX seasons, as well as, a marked improvement with the video. Shout!Factory took extra care for this release.

For instance, several episodes from the FOX releases clipped the main title from the opening credits. Comparing the same episodes with the Shout!Factory release, the main titles are intact and all of the words are included. There are no episodes with muddled audio, either.

The Bonus Disc was out of this world. You get 50 minutes of the surviving cast talking about the show. It was recorded in December 2013, so Shout!Factory pulled out all of the stops to do this release justice. In addition, there are two more extras, including the unaired pilot episode with different characters.

In addition, there is an amazing book included that has an easy to read explanation as to how they show came about, stayed on the network, and left while it was still on top in the ratings.

Seasons 1 & 2 are in one DVD case.
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