The Bob Newhart Show
- 6 Seasons
The Bob Newhart Show centers around the character of Bob Hartley, who is a psychologist working in Chicago. The show is a comedy with several recurring characters as Bob's patients. Bob has a wife named Emily and a next door neighbor named Howard. The Hartleys live in a Chicago high-rise, with Howard often dropping in to pick up his mail. Howard works as an airline navigator, so he is frequently out of town. Bob and Emily also have parents who drop in from time to time and cause disruption in the daily routine they have. Bob works in a building with some other medical personnel, one of which is his best friend Jerry. Jerry is an orthodontist who frequently meets with Bob in his office or out at the central reception area. Jerry often relays funny stories about the different kids he works on. Another character in the show is Bob's receptionist, Carol. Carol is quick-witted and often exchanges humorous banter with both Bob and Jerry. She also deals with the array of characters Bob sees as patients. One of the patients who visits Bob on a regular basis is a man named Elliot. Elliot has a negative outlook on life and is generally pessimistic about anything and everything. Bob does his best to try to get Elliot to see the bright side of life, but Elliot remains true to his negative nature. Two other patients who often visit Bob for counseling are a military veteran named Emil and a sweet older lady named Lillian. A recurring comedic routine within the show is played by Bob and a telephone. Bob Newhart's trademark stand-up comedy often involved humorous telephone conservations which were one-sided. These phone conversations are incorporated into the series through the work Bob does. The character of Bob Hartley is somewhat timid in comparison to his strong-willed wife and equally strong work colleagues. It is his quiet demeanor and timid stutter which lightens up the mood for the subject the show revolves around. While Bob counsels people who have mental problems, the show always stays on the light side.