History Series / Newhart

15th Sep '16 6:32:21 PM FordPrefect
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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.

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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), Papenfuss) who [[TheVoiceless never spoke]], and his [[OneSteveLimit other brother Darryl Darryl]] (John Voldstad), of whom only Larry ever spoke.
Voldstad) who ''also'' never spoke. [[spoiler:[[SuddenlyVoiced Until the series finale]], at least.]]
13th Aug '16 3:31:29 PM morenohijazo
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* PrenupBlowup: Stephanie's father wanted Michael to sign a prenup. Stephanie didn't care one way or the other, but when Michael was uncomfortable with signing, Stephanie began to doubt his love for her.
18th Jul '16 9:54:20 AM AnotherGuy
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* MythologyGag: The final scene repeated the first series' RunningGag of "bedside lights on/off".
8th May '16 11:10:16 AM Brainbin
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** They even wrote a fake ending in case the plot were to get leaked to the tabloids (which is exactly what happened).

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** They even wrote a The actual ending was not in the script. A fake ending was included in case the plot script were to get leaked to the tabloids (which is tabloids, which as it turned out was exactly what happened).happened. In the fake ending, the golf ball that hits Dick apparently kills him, and he goes up to heaven to have a conversation with God. The actor playing God was not revealed in the "script", so the tabloids speculated that it might be [[Creator/GeorgeBurns George Burns]] (who had played God in the ''Film/OhGod'' movies), [[Creator/GeorgeCScott George C. Scott]], or maybe even Newhart's RealLife best friend [[Creator/DonRickles Don Rickles]]. Contrary to some reports, the fake ending was never filmed.
7th May '16 9:56:30 PM nombretomado
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* {{Breakout Character}}s: Larry, Darryl, and Darryl, to the point where their first appearance in a given episode would provoke a near-[[HappyDays Fonzie]]-like reaction from the StudioAudience.

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* {{Breakout Character}}s: Larry, Darryl, and Darryl, to the point where their first appearance in a given episode would provoke a near-[[HappyDays near-[[Series/HappyDays Fonzie]]-like reaction from the StudioAudience.
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!
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