History Series / Newhart

20th Apr '16 9:51:07 PM ropertroper
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* ExactWords: In one episode, Kirk talks Dick into co-sponsoring a pee-wee hockey team, telling him to imagine the shirt saying "The Minuteman Cafe" right beside "the Stratford Inn". When he shows a printed uniform, The Minute Man Cafe is written in big bold print, with "right beside the Statford Inn" in very tiny letters below it. Kirk claims it's a mistake.
27th Feb '16 9:42:23 AM maxwellsilver
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-> '''Bob:''' Well, I was an innkeeper in this crazy little town in Vermont. [[LampshadeHanging Nothing made sense in this place.]] I mean, the maid was an heiress. Her husband talked in alliteration. The handyman kept missing the point of things. And then there were these three woodsmen, but only one of them talked.\\

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-> '''Bob:''' Well, I was an innkeeper in this crazy little town in Vermont. [[LampshadeHanging Nothing made sense in this place.]] place. I mean, the maid was an heiress. Her husband talked in alliteration. The handyman kept missing the point of things. And then there were these three woodsmen, but only one of them talked.\\
14th Feb '16 6:37:03 AM Mdumas43073
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19th Dec '15 12:17:20 AM Mdumas43073
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'''''Newhart''''' starred Newhart as Dick Loudon, a successful author of do-it-yourself and travel books, who along with his wife Joanna (Mary Frann) decided to move from New York City to a small town in Vermont, where they purchased and ran the 200-year-old Stratford Inn. The comedy stemmed from OnlySaneMan Dick's interactions with various EccentricTownsfolk, including George Utley (Tom Poston), the inn's addle-headed handyman; Kirk Devane (Stephen Kampmann), a compulsive liar and the owner of the nearby Minuteman Café; and Leslie Vanderkellen (Jennifer Holmes), a wealthy heiress and Dartmouth student who worked as a maid for the inn.

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'''''Newhart''''' Newhart starred Newhart as Dick Loudon, a successful author of do-it-yourself and travel books, who along with his wife Joanna (Mary Frann) decided to move from New York City to a small town in Vermont, where they purchased and ran the 200-year-old Stratford Inn. The comedy stemmed from OnlySaneMan Dick's interactions with various EccentricTownsfolk, including George Utley (Tom Poston), the inn's addle-headed handyman; Kirk Devane (Stephen Kampmann), a compulsive liar and the owner of the nearby Minuteman Café; and Leslie Vanderkellen (Jennifer Holmes), a wealthy heiress and Dartmouth student who worked as a maid for the inn.
14th Oct '15 5:28:38 PM nombretomado
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* GrandFinale: "The Last Newhart," one of the most memorable sitcom finales among fans and critics, where we learn that the entire scenario of a [[OnlySaneMan mild-mannered, humble and genial innkeeper and TV show host driven to the brink of a nervous breakdown]] by [[CloudCuckoolander crazy, loony caricatures of the town's residents]] was but a nightmare of Dr. Robert Hartley (of ''TheBobNewhartShow''). The plot of this final show magnifies what the show had been doing progressively over its eight years: A Japanese tycoon buys the (unnamed) town where the Stratford Inn (which protagonists Dick and Joanna Loudon owned) was located, and after a farewell party (with Dick pretty much saying good-riddance), the main characters -- handyman George Uttley, yuppies Michael and Stephanie Harris, and Larry and his brothers Darryl and Darryl -- leave. In the five years that pass, Dick has now been dealing with crazier loons than what populated the inn years earlier, and his wife (as a geisha girl) has even gotten nuts; he's also unable to get over a golf course being built around the inn without his permission. Then, the old folks all come back and drive Dick to the brink of a nervous breakdown. The Darryls speak for the only time in the series' history ("QUIET!!!" to shut their annoying girlfriends up). Finally, things become chaotic as the new Japanese folks become friends with their old counterparts, and Dick can take it no longer; he says he's going to leave, and just as he walks out the door is knocked out by a wayward golf ball. The screen goes black ... and when a light comes back on, the scene shifts to Dr. Hartley's bedroom from ''TheBobNewhartShow'', and his wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette in a cameo of her famous role) scolds him for eating too much Japanese food before bed! (Unlike Bob on ''The Bob Newhart Show'', Dick was psychologically unable to deal with the eccentric folks in his town.) Whew!

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* GrandFinale: "The Last Newhart," one of the most memorable sitcom finales among fans and critics, where we learn that the entire scenario of a [[OnlySaneMan mild-mannered, humble and genial innkeeper and TV show host driven to the brink of a nervous breakdown]] by [[CloudCuckoolander crazy, loony caricatures of the town's residents]] was but a nightmare of Dr. Robert Hartley (of ''TheBobNewhartShow'').''Series/TheBobNewhartShow''). The plot of this final show magnifies what the show had been doing progressively over its eight years: A Japanese tycoon buys the (unnamed) town where the Stratford Inn (which protagonists Dick and Joanna Loudon owned) was located, and after a farewell party (with Dick pretty much saying good-riddance), the main characters -- handyman George Uttley, yuppies Michael and Stephanie Harris, and Larry and his brothers Darryl and Darryl -- leave. In the five years that pass, Dick has now been dealing with crazier loons than what populated the inn years earlier, and his wife (as a geisha girl) has even gotten nuts; he's also unable to get over a golf course being built around the inn without his permission. Then, the old folks all come back and drive Dick to the brink of a nervous breakdown. The Darryls speak for the only time in the series' history ("QUIET!!!" to shut their annoying girlfriends up). Finally, things become chaotic as the new Japanese folks become friends with their old counterparts, and Dick can take it no longer; he says he's going to leave, and just as he walks out the door is knocked out by a wayward golf ball. The screen goes black ... and when a light comes back on, the scene shifts to Dr. Hartley's bedroom from ''TheBobNewhartShow'', ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'', and his wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette in a cameo of her famous role) scolds him for eating too much Japanese food before bed! (Unlike Bob on ''The Bob Newhart Show'', Dick was psychologically unable to deal with the eccentric folks in his town.) Whew!
3rd Oct '15 3:50:32 PM nombretomado
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* StylisticSuck: Michael develops a truly awful sitcom called ''Seein' Double'', best described as ''ThePattyDukeShow'' meets ''Series/ThreesCompany''. We get to see footage from the "pilot", and it is atrocious. Stephanie plays twin sisters Jody and Judy, achieved by having one sister with her back to the camera in every scene (except for one, which instead features mismatched split-screen effects). The acting is universally over the top except for Dick, who is contractually obligated to play Jody and Judy's father, and doesn't even try to hide how little he wants to be there. The plot revolves around contrived misunderstandings that make even the worst ''Series/ThreesCompany'' episode look like a masterpiece of farce. Fortunately for all involved, the pilot does not make it to series.

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* StylisticSuck: Michael develops a truly awful sitcom called ''Seein' Double'', best described as ''ThePattyDukeShow'' ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow'' meets ''Series/ThreesCompany''. We get to see footage from the "pilot", and it is atrocious. Stephanie plays twin sisters Jody and Judy, achieved by having one sister with her back to the camera in every scene (except for one, which instead features mismatched split-screen effects). The acting is universally over the top except for Dick, who is contractually obligated to play Jody and Judy's father, and doesn't even try to hide how little he wants to be there. The plot revolves around contrived misunderstandings that make even the worst ''Series/ThreesCompany'' episode look like a masterpiece of farce. Fortunately for all involved, the pilot does not make it to series.
19th Sep '15 3:22:32 AM morenohijazo
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* CommunityThreateningConstruction: In the GrandFinale, the entire town is bought out by a Japanese company to build a golf course. Dick is the lone holdout, and the course is built around his inn. Smashed windows from errant golf shots are a daily occurrence. Subverted in that in the penultimate scene all the former townsfolk come back for a reunion and they're all much better off.
2nd Sep '15 8:18:03 PM BadSplice
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After the first season met with lukewarm reviews and ratings, the show was {{ReTool}}ed somewhat: the show switched from videotape to film production; Leslie was replaced as maid with her bitchy, self-absorbed cousin Stephanie (Julia Duffy); and, toward the end of Season 2, Dick was persuaded to host a local TV talk show, ''Vermont Today''. Dick's involvement with the show and its producer, the vapid but manic Michael Harris (Peter Scolari), became a whole new source of humor, as did Michael's budding romance with Stephanie. Adding to the fun was a trio of backwoodsmen who purchased the Minuteman Café from Kirk: Larry (William Sanderson), his brother Darryl (Tony Papenfuss), and his other brother Darryl (John Voldstad), of whom only Larry ever spoke.

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After the first season met with lukewarm reviews and ratings, the show was {{ReTool}}ed somewhat: the show switched from harsh videotape to a warmer film production; Leslie was replaced as maid with her bitchy, self-absorbed cousin Stephanie (Julia Duffy); and, toward the end of Season 2, Dick was persuaded to host a local TV talk show, ''Vermont Today''. Dick's involvement with the show and its producer, the vapid but manic Michael Harris (Peter Scolari), became a whole new source of humor, as did Michael's budding romance with Stephanie. Adding to the fun was a trio of backwoodsmen who purchased the Minuteman Café from Kirk: Larry (William Sanderson), his brother Darryl (Tony Papenfuss), and his other brother Darryl (John Voldstad), of whom only Larry ever spoke.
3rd Aug '15 6:41:01 PM Mdumas43073
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* TheVoiceless: Larry's brothers Darryl and Darryl, at least until the [[SuddenlyVoiced grand finale]].

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* TheVoiceless: Larry's brothers Darryl and Darryl, at least until save for one moment in the [[SuddenlyVoiced grand finale]].
3rd Aug '15 6:38:55 PM Mdumas43073
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** Once Dick started hosting "Vermont Today," much of the show took place behind the scenes at the TV station.

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** Once Dick started hosting "Vermont Today," ''Vermont Today'', much of the show took place behind the scenes at the TV station.
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