The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Series
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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: youd be crazy not to.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These videos are just as I expected and I'm enjoying watching them very much.Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
Grew up watching The Bob Newhard Show every Saturday night with my family, wonderful to be able to enjoy the laughter all over again.Published 1 month ago by Kim
Newharts dry sense of humor is one of the many reasons the show is funny and entertainingPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Not much else to say but that it is one of the best classic shows on television.Published 2 months ago by Mr. Retro
Loving my new Bob Newhart Show DVDs. This show is a classic gem and is one of my favorites. Great cast, great acting and the humor is timeless. You won't be disappointed.Published 4 months ago by Alaskandreamer