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An extended nightmare dreamt by Bob Hartley of ''TheBobNewhartShow'' which aired on Creator/{{CBS}} from 1982-90.

-> '''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!\\
'''Emily:''' That settles it. [[AcidRefluxNightmare No more Japanese food before you go to bed.]]

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!!This show provides examples of:
* AesopAmnesia: In "This Probably is Condemned", Kirk learns to feel good about telling the truth. He goes back to lying in the next scene.
* AllJustADream: Played with; after the completely out-there finale, having that episode revealed to be a dream wasn't unexpected. Finding out ''whose'' dream was the fun part. According to Newhart's memoir, it was simply a good idea by his real life wife Ginnie.
* {{Arcadia}}
* AsHimself: [[TheTonightShow Johnny Carson]], [[Series/TheCarolBurnettShow Tim Conway]], Edwin Newman.
* AwayInAManger: Used in the season 1 ChristmasEpisode "No Room at the Inn".
* BigShutUp: The Darryls to their wives in the finale (also their only line in the entire series; see TheVoiceless, below).
* BirthdaySuitSurpriseParty: Season 1's "Shall We Gather at the River?" has Joanna surprised in this manner while clad in a negligee.
* BookBurning: Spoofed in an episode where the town thought one of Dick's DIY books helped a man escape from prison. Joanna convinced them [[ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch to actually read his books]], and they found them so boring, they were considering burning them just for that (fortunately they changed their minds).
* {{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.
** Larry, Darryl and Darryl were locally ''very'' popular in real-world Vermont, culminating in the actors appearing in character for an all-lard FoodFight staged in Burlington as part of a local festival in the late 1980s. Sort of a live, in-person BigLippedAlligatorMoment.
** Both Stephanie and Michael were also originally introduced as one-shot guest stars, and were popular enough to become regulars.
* CannotTellAJoke: Dick, in at least one episode.
* CantGetAwayWithNothing: In "Send Her Ella", Stephanie agrees to watch after the inn so that the others can attend a local event she's not interested in, but when she learns there's a beauty contest she changes her mind but Dick and Joanna won't let her go back on her agreement. A guest offers to watch the inn so that Stephanie can participate in the beauty contest, wearing a disguise so that Dick won't recognize her. Dick immediately figures out that it's Stephanie [[spoiler: and although Stephanie does win, the prize isn't something she's interested in.]] And to top it all off, when they get back to the inn, [[spoiler: the place had been robbed.]]
* CatchPhrase: "Hi, I'm Larry. This is my brother, Darryl. This is my other brother, Darryl."
* CloserToEarth
* ComedySeries
* ConsummateLiar: Kirk.
* DeadpanSnarker: Dick, on occasion.
* DropInCharacter: Larry and the Darryls.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: See ReTool below.
* EccentricTownsfolk: The show runs on this trope.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Larry Darryl and Darryl's first business - "Anything For a Buck". They'll do anything for a buck. If it's something cool like digging up an old witch, er old woman's body from the cellar, they might even pay YOU the buck.
* {{Flanderization}}: This show was never exactly realistic, but by the end it was basically a live action cartoon. The later seasons are far more acclaimed than the earlier ones, making this a rare example of a show ''[[TropesAreNotBad improved]]'' by flanderization.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In a last-season episode, Jack Riley, aka ''The Bob Newhart Show'''s Eliot Carlin, shows up as an unnamed man seeking psychiatric help for his deep neuroses. Could another reality have been invading, trying to [[spoiler:wake Bob Hartley up?]]
* 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!
** They went to great pains to make sure that the studio audience didn't see the [[RebuiltSet bedroom set]] until they had started filming.
* HalloweenEpisode: "Take Me to Your Loudon"
* HollywoodNewEngland
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine
* InstrumentalThemeTune: Composed by Music/HenryMancini.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: In season 1, Leslie is attending Dartmouth while working at the Stratford.
* [[TheTonightShow Johnny Carson]]: Pays Larry and the Darryls' gas bill.
-->'''Larry''': Hi, I'm Larry, this is my brother Darryl, and this is my other brother Darryl. And heeeeeeere's Johnny!
* LastOfHisKind: When ''Newhart'' premiered in 1982, it was pretty much the only remaining MTM Enterprises production that still aired on former stronghold Creator/{{CBS}}, as the company shifted most of its product to Creator/{{NBC}} due to company co-founder and president Grant Tinker becoming chairman and CEO there. In addition, it was also pretty much MTM's last major sitcom, as by this time the company had pretty much shifted its focus to cranking out dramas instead.
* LetThereBeSnow: But Larry, Darryl, and Darryl did a rush job in [[NoodleImplements whatever ritual they did]], so some of the snowflakes looked alike.
* LogoJoke: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz8ewq8mxRI "Meow."]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A27GG9ApBiM "QUIET!!"]]
* MissingTheGoodStuff
* MistakenForDying: Subversion.
* MotorMouth: Michael.
* MrFixIt: George.
* NewhartPhonecall: A common gag on the show, given Newhart used it in his stand-up.
** Interestingly in one episode Dick has a phone conversation with one of the Darryls before it was established that they never spoke, even off screen.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with Larry's brothers.
* OnlySaneMan: Dick.
* PrettyInMink: Stephanie had a couple mink jackets.
* PutOnABus: Leslie (after season 1), Kirk (after season 2).
* QuirkyTown
* ReTool: One of the most successful examples. During the second season, the show switched from videotape to film, added Stephanie as a regular, and opened up the show beyond the inn by giving Dick a job hosting a local TV show (which also brought Michael in as a new character). Weak first-season characters Kirk and Leslie were PutOnABus. All these changes helped make the show more popular.
* ReunionShow: Subversion.
* RichBitch: Stephanie, with a little ServileSnarker thrown in.
* RunningGag: "Hi, I'm Larry. This is my brother Darryl. And this is my other brother Darryl."
* ShowWithinAShow: "Vermont Today".
* TheSmartGuy: Dick, somewhat.
* SpiritualSuccessor / StealthSequel: To ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow''.
* SpoiledSweet: Leslie comes from a wealthy family but decides to get a job as a maid in Vermont to [[SlummingIt see what it's like to be average]] (though she still has big goals), and unlike Stephanie is never disappointed or horrified by the results.
* StrangeSyntaxSpeaker: Michael Harris typically speaks in rapid-fire alliteration.
* 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.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Stephanie, for Leslie.
** Or inverted, depending on how you look at it. Stephanie and Leslie were not very alike, as Leslie was too bland to even exist as a sitcom character and Stephanie was actually funny.
* SweaterGirl: Joanna. Lampshaded in the AllJustADream finale noted above, when Bob says to his "real" wife Emily, "You know, you really should wear more sweaters."
* {{Telethon}}: In one episode Michael convinces Dick into hosting a 72 hour telethon for the station ... even though it's a commercial station.
* ThanksgivingEpisode: "Don't Rain on My Parade" (season 2), "Thanksgiving for the Memories" (season 5)
* TheyDo: Stephanie and Michael marry and have a kid.
* TimeSkip / WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue / DistantFinale: Employed, subverted, and inverted in the final episode.
* TwistEnding: {{Parodied| Trope}}, in one of the all-time great TV moments.
* TheVoiceless: Larry's brothers Darryl and Darryl, at least until the [[SuddenlyVoiced grand finale]].
* WhosWatchingTheStore: There were a number of times when everybody who worked at the Stratford Inn were away from the inn, and many times when Minuteman Cafe owners Kirk or Larry, Darryl, and Darryl were away from the cafe, with no additional staff. Subverted a bit in that before Larry, Darryl, and Darryl bought the cafe Kirk had them look after the cafe on two occasions.
** In one episode Kirk ends his business with Dick then shouts out to customers screaming in his restaurant "Oh, settle down, people...it's just a little smoke!"
** In "Send Her Ella", Stephanie agrees to watch the inn while the rest attend a local event she's initially not interested in attending until she learns there's a beauty pageant included, but by then Dick and Joanna won't let her go because she already promised to watch the inn. A guest eventually decides to watch the place for her. [[spoiler: The inn ends up getting robbed as a result.]]
* WorkCom: With the twist that the Loudons' place of business also happened to be their home.
** Once Dick started hosting "Vermont Today," much of the show took place behind the scenes at the TV station.
* YeGoodeOldeDays: Dick is a great history buff and bought the Inn for nostalgia's sake. The Inn is a very tastefully done building with antiques and paintings on display.
-->'''Dick''' (Checking in their very first guests.) Just sign your John Hancock right there (looks at the guestbook) .. er .. right there under John Hancock.
* YouLookFamiliar: In the finale, Dr Hartley fails to notice that his best friend in college is his handyman.
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