[-[[caption-width-right:320:Hi, Bob!... & Carol & Jerry & Emily & Howard! In order, starting top left: Howard (Bill Daily), Carol (Marsha Wallace), Jerry (Peter Bonerz); Bottom Row: Bob (Bob Newhart), Emily (Suzanne Pleshette).]]-]

A SitCom that aired on Creator/{{CBS}} from 197278 and was the forerunner to two of Creator/BobNewhart's other sitcoms, ''Series/{{Newhart}}'' and ''Series/{{Bob}}''. It was a top-rated success at the time, and has quietly earned classic status since.

Produced by David Davis and Lorenzo Music as a deliberate complement to ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' (an established hit produced by the same studio, MTM Enteprises, and immediately preceding it in CBS' Saturday-night lineup), this series shared much the same format: drop a bunch of wacky character actors into a professional setting and hire an established star as their StraightMan.

At the time Newhart was one of comedy's hottest stars, renowned for his dryly understated standup persona. Who better to field the role of an uptight psychologist than the guy whose biggest hit album was ''The Button-Down Mind''?

The premise revolves around well-respected Chicago shrink Dr. Bob Hartley (Newhart) and his strong, sexy schoolteacher wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette) -- as one critic put it, a marriage of two people who're convinced the rest of the world is crazy, and have agreed to keep an eye on one another. It's a wise precaution: Surrounded by neurotics, depressives and other mentally unstable people both in private life ''and'' at his psychology practice, Bob has plenty of opportunity to underreact.

To further the cause, Newhart's trademark [[NewhartPhonecall telephone routine]], in which he valiantly holds down one end of an increasingly surreal conversation, is worked into virtually every episode. As is the standard closing scene, featuring Bob and Emily in bed, talking over the events of that episode and more often than not dueling for the last word.

A distinctively veteran supporting cast -- including Pleshette, Bill Daily (as Howard, the friendly but somewhat addle-headed airline navigator who lived next door to the Hartleys and had a tendency to drop in on them at odd hours), Peter Bonerz (Jerry, the swinging-single orthodontist from the clinic office next door), Marcia Wallace (Carol, the hyper-competent secretary they share) and Jack Riley (Bob's ''uber''-patient Elliott Carlin) -- serve as fine foils. Carol even made it onto an episode of ''Series/MurphyBrown'' years later, as one of Murphy's few plausible secretaries-of-the-week, who leaves when Bob comes back to beg her to return to the Chicago office ("Jerry has made a mess of his appointments!").

Not surprisingly ''Series/{{Newhart}}'' referenced it most frequently, and memorably; in an episode where Dick and his wife go to a counselor, they meet the doctor's previous patient, Jack Riley as Mr. Carlin (the doctor says that he's got a lot of work ahead of him there, "due to some quack in Chicago"). And in ''Newhart'''s final episode, one of the most famous in TV history, the entire series is revealed to be a dream of Bob Hartley's -- from which he awakens in his original bedroom set, next to Emily.

This was actually the ''[[NamesTheSame second]]'' show Newhart did that was called ''The Bob Newhart Show''. The first was a VarietyShow that aired for one season from October 1961 to June 1962.

!!This show provides examples of:
* AdvertisingCampaigns:
** In one episode Howard blames his divorce from his Stewardess wife on the fact that "the skies got a little ''too'' friendly".
** In the hostage episode Howard excitedly exclaims "The Colonel's got breasts!", a parody of a then-current KentuckyFriedChicken ad.
* TheAlcoholic: Carol, although it's played for laughs with her getting tipsy at work after lunches and making Irish coffee for the office Christmas parties.
* AlliterativeFamily: More rhyming than alliteration. Howard Borden had a brother: Gordon Borden the game warden. Later, Emily told Bob about Howard's other brother: Norman Borden the Mormon doorman. (It didn't take him long to guess that she'd made ''that'' brother up.)
* AllJustADream: Most of the episode [[spoiler: "You're Having My Hartley"]] turned out to be a dream.
* AmicableExes: Howard and his ex-wife.
* BerserkButton: If Bob grills a steak for you, do NOT put ketchup on it.
* BilledAboveTheTitle: "BOB NEWHART in The BOB NEWHART Show". Of the rest of the cast, only Suzanne Pleshette was also credited in the opening titles ("Also Starring SUZANNE PLESHETTE"). Everyone else had to settle for billing in the end credits.
* BlackComedyBurst: "Death of a Fruitman" has Bob's therapy group learning that one of their number, Mr. Gianelli, has been crushed to death by a truckload of zucchini.
* BucketBoobyTrap: Subverted. Emily and the Peeper's wife rig up one of these for Bob and the Peeper, but it remains balanced atop the door when each of them comes inside.
* BrickJoke: In what may end up being the longest brick joke in history, at the series finale of the next series he appears in, Series/{{Newhart}}, [[spoiler: Newhart - in an entirely different role as a New England innkeeper - is struck on the head and passes out. In a parody of the "ItWasAllADream" sequence used in ''Series/{{Dallas}}'', he wakes up as Bob Hartley in bed with Emily, implying the other series is just a strange dream Hartley has each night.]]
* {{Calvinball}}: Whilst playing "Dealer's Choice" poker, Harold chooses "Pai Tai" or "Chinese Poker", an absurd variant of the game that appears to have been invented on the spot to favor the dealer, though Howard insists "''I'm not just making this up''". In revenge, Bob and Jerry choose increasingly ridiculous poker variants, such as the Polish "Klopsky" involving four packs of cards and a banana, and another game in which a card is named "the King of Snee".
* CatchPhrase / PhraseCatcher: "Hi, Bob!" This was so frequently uttered that it became the basis of a very popular and dirt-simple drinking game during the show's run.
* CelebrityParadox: in the ReunionShow, where Bob alludes to [[Series/{{Newhart}} what Dick Loudon did]] and Howard talks about [[Series/IDreamOfJeannie being Major Roger Healy]]. Bob Newhart played the former two characters, Bill Daily the latter two.
* ChristmasEpisode: One each season, usually involving some version of CrappyHolidays.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The show devoted quite a few episodes to Bob's sister Ellen (Pat Finley) and her romance with Howard, but shortly after getting engaged to Howard in season 4, she disappeared from the show and was never mentioned again.
** Margaret Hoover, a neighbor seen in a few season 1 episodes, was introduced as a friend for Emily but vanished without a trace.
* CrossReferencedTitles: the third-season episodes "Bob Hits the Ceiling", "Emily Hits the Ceiling", and "The Ceiling Hits Bob", which aired in successive weeks but have nothing in common and were all written by different people. (Only the last refers directly to the episode's plot: The ceiling in Bob's office caves in and Bob has to make do with other work spaces until it's fixed.)
* CuteKitten: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgqjOBcXarM Mimsie]], the MTM Enterprises VanityPlate.
** In one episode Mimsie is replaced with a cat featured in that story.
* DeadpanSnarker: A Newhart trademark. The supporting characters (especially Emily and Mr. Carlin) often responded in kind.
* TheDitz: Howard.
* DropInCharacter: Howard.
* TheEponymousShow
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: No matter how many breakthroughs Bob has with his regular patients, they never even come close to getting better. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in an episode where Bob becomes frustrated at his lack of progress with Mr. Carlin.
** Also lampshaded in a ChristmasEpisode in which Bob's gift to Mr Peterson was that he was cured and Bob was "letting him go free". Mr Peterson was less than thrilled.
* {{Flanderization}}: Howard was originally supposed to be the show's representative of divorced men, in contrast to married Bob and single Jerry. As the show went on, he became defined mostly by his [[TookALevelInDumbass stupidity]] and [[ManChild immaturity]], until by the end he was TooDumbToLive.
* AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted: Jerry's post-retirement quest to locate his birth parents.
* FreudianCouch
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A fair number of references to Bob and Emily's affectionate marriage:
-->'''Carol:''' Emily says you were excellent.
-->'''Jerry:''' I thought she didn't go on the trip.
-->'''Bob:''' Oh, no, that's, uh...about something that happened this morning.
* HappilyMarried: Bob and Emily. Theirs is a marriage of equals who respect and support each other (though not without some gentle ribbing) and have (what is strongly implied to be) a very active sex life.
* HyperCompetentSidekick: Carol is extremely good at her job. In one episode, Bob and Jerry give her eight separate instructions on things they need done. Without taking notes, she repeats back everything perfectly. (This will be used years later in an episode of Series/MurphyBrown where she has a guest starring episode as the only secretary Murphy doesn't fire, because she's the only one who was able to keep up with Murphy's hectic personality. Bob shows up on that episode to beg her to come back.)
* HypocriticalHumor: During a late-night argument, Emily complains that Bob the psychologist always one-ups by claiming he knows why she says something when they argue. Bob's immediate response:
-->'''Bob:''' That is not true--''and I know why you said that!''
* InformedAttribute: Bob is supposed to be an excellent, well-respected psychologist, but he never seems to get anywhere with his patients - any progress or breakthroughs they make are gone by the next episode.
* InstrumentalThemeTune: "Home to Emily", composed by series co-producer (and future [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends Garfield voice]]) Lorenzo Music with his wife Henrietta. [[RearrangeTheSong Rearranged]] to a funkier-sounding version beginning in season 4.
** Referenced in an episode of ''Series/{{Taxi}}'', in which Jim Ignatowski -- a big ''Bob Newhart Show'' fan -- finds himself set up on a date with Marcia Wallace [[AsHimself playing herself]]. He insists on regaling her with the [[WithLyrics lyrics he's composed]] for the theme:
---> '''Jim''': Here comes Bob and Carol / His wife Emily really likes him / He has five people in his group... (repeat)
* LockedInARoom: Bob and Emily spend the Bicentennial Fourth stuck in their building's storage room.
* {{Manchild}}: Howard is this through and through, more childish than his young son. The show [[LampshadeHanging frequently hints]] that Bob and Emily see him as the child they never had.
* MandatoryMotherhood: Deliberately subverted. Newhart didn't want his character to be a BumblingDad[[note]]Yes, even in 1972, people were already tired of [[BumblingDad bumbling dads]][[/note]] and as a result, Bob and Emily Hartley became one of television's first working, childless couples. (Pleshette went along with this but was privately trying to get pregnant and wasn't going to avoid carrying a child just for the sake of the show - but she never had any children of her own.) Newhart's response when the producers told him that 'Bob & Emily were going to have a baby' that season has passed into legend: "Sounds great. Now, who are you going to get to play Bob?"
* MegaMealChallenge: In one episode, Bob and his friends go to a gourmet ice cream shop and one of his friends orders a "Whale," a giant sundae. The singing waiters (led by Creator/JohnRitter) bring it to the table with much fanfare: ''"You caaaaan't do it... you caaaan't do it... you can't eat a whale!"'' Bob doesn't want all that attention, so he just orders a single scoop of ice cream. But the waiters still make a fuss: ''"Single scooper, single scooper, this man is a party pooper!"''
* {{Miniseries}}: In one episode Howard wants to watch a show called ''Sick Man, Well Man'' (a play on ''Rich Man, Poor Man'').
* NewhartPhonecall: Natch.
* NonIndicativeName: The ninth episode of the first season is titled "P-I-L-O-T". This is because it was originally written as the {{pilot}} for the show, but wound up being pulled in favor of a different episode.
* OnlySaneMan: Bob on occasion, though not nearly to the extent that Dick Loudon was on ''Newhart''.
* ParentalAbandonment: Jerry was raised in an orphanage, and one season 5 episode involves his efforts to locate his natural parents.
* PekingDuckChristmas: Or rather Moo Goo Gai Pan Thanksgiving, in "Over the River and Through the Woods".
* PieInTheFace:
** When "The Peeper" comes to visit, Bob tries to nail him with this as he comes in the door...and gets his new wife instead. Then the Peeper hits Bob with a pie of his own.
** Featured in the final ChristmasEpisode, "'Twas the Pie Before Christmas", in which Mr Carlin puts a hit out on Bob ... with a professional pie thrower.
* PostScriptSeason: Newhart originally planned to stop the show after the fifth season, so the writers all took new jobs and wrote a GrandFinale where Emily and Bob would finally become parents. Then Newhart agreed to come back for one more year, so the episode became AllJustADream and a sixth season was produced with an entirely new team of writers.
* RepeatingSoTheAudienceCanHear: Naturally employed with Bob's phone conversations.
* ReunionShow: A 1991 special had Bob and his friends analyzing his crazy Vermont dream.
* RunningGag / OncePerEpisode: Bob and Emily would be in bed, one of them would say something, shut off the light, then the other would turn their light on and continue the conversation. Became a BrickJoke in the final episode of ''Series/{{Newhart}}''.
* ShownTheirWork: Subtly. Newhart insisted that his character be a psychologist (ie., therapist), not a psychiatrist, as he didn't want to poke fun at serious mental illnesses.[[note]]Psychiatrists are full medical doctors, generally work with patients who have "true" mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and prescribe medications for them. A psychologist usually has a different degree than MD, such as a PhD., so they can't prescribe medication, and works with "lesser" issues such as general unhappiness with yourself, as opposed to full clinical depression. That said, most (if not virtually all) psychologists have at least one psychiatrist they work with for those patients who would benefit from medication.[[/note]]
* SassySecretary: Carol
* TheShrink: Bob
* ShoutOut: The episode "It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time" pays tribute to ''Film/TheSting'' with an "Entertainer"-ish version of the theme music and scene titles like "The Deal" and "The Fuse".
* SitComic
* SnowedIn: One Christmas episode has Bob trapped at the office by a blizzard.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Series/{{Newhart}}'' is a combination of this and StealthSequel.
* SocietyMarchesOn: One episode was based around Bob getting a pager, and how ridiculous it was for him to think he was important enough to need one.[[note]]Note that it is not quite the same as a beeper, the device Bob had would alert him v that he had a message, whereupon he would call the answering service to get the message.[[/note]] To put it in some perspective, it would be equivalent to him purchasing a cell phone in the early 90s.
* TheStateroomSketch: "Bum Voyage" climaxes with a huge crowd of people packed into Bob and Emily's cabin on a cruise ship. Howard even [[LampshadeHanging mentions the Marx Brothers]].
* StockSitcomGrandFinale: "Happy Trails to You", which has Bob and Emily leaving Chicago after Bob gives up his practice to accept a teaching position at a college in Oregon... a move that was [[CanonDiscontinuity conveniently ignored]] for the ''Newhart'' finale and subsequent reunion special.
** Not necessarily. Maybe they came back, because the small-town college experience was too goofy for words, thus providing much of the material for Bob's subsequent dream? The later ''Murphy Brown'' cameo supports this idea too.
* TalkingInBed
* ThanksgivingEpisode: "An American Family" (season 3), "Over the River and Through the Woods" (season 4)
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Mr Peterson and Doris.
* TheTonsillitisEpisode: "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Bob Has to Have His Tonsils Out, So He Spends Christmas Eve in the Hospital]]".
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Played with in Universe....Robert Hartly quite possibly could be the first sitcom character to own a VCR (given to him by an ex-convict patient).
* UglyGuyHotWife: Newhart and Suzanne Pleshette, a gorgeous ex-movie star, were famously mismatched in looks, though this was rarely commented on in the show itself. It was however [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in a very early episode:
--> '''Emily''': Bob, I never went for tall, good-looking guys. That's why I married you.
* UncleSamWantsYou: Everyone (except Mr. Carlin) shows up at Howard's Bicentennial Fourth of July party as Uncle Sam. Including Carol.
* WackyGuy: Mr. Carlin and Howard.
* WeWantOurJerkBack: When Howard sees a therapist and gets cured of his dependency on Bob and Emily, the Hartleys do everything they can to bring the old Howard back and make him helplessly dependent on them again.
** Justified in that the therapy has given Howard an entirely new personality that's even more unhealthy than his old one.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: When Carol first meets Howard in "Bob and Emily and Howard and Carol and Jerry", he's come from a dentist appointment and the drugs haven't worn off, so he's uncharacterically serene and poetic. This makes a good impression on Carol, who decides she wants to go out with him. On the date, Howard is back to his [[TheDitz old]] [[CloudCuckoolander self]], leading to a disastrous date that causes Carol to change her mind about him and start avoiding him. When Howard finally figures out what's going on and calls her on it, they briefly argue, but then both decide that they love each other after all and run off to take a trip together. No mention is ever made of this again, nor do we ever see Carol and Howard dating after this.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: In the first episode, Bob enlists Emily to accompany him on an airline flight with his fear-of-flying workshop group, only to discover that she's terrified of flying herself.
* WrittenInAbsence: Part of Newhart's deal for doing one last season was that he could take some episodes off. The sixth season has five episodes where Bob is out of town and doesn't appear except for a pre-filmed sequence on the phone.
* YourFavorite: Banana cream pie for Bob, blueberry cheesecake for Emily.