Trivia / The Bob Newhart Show

  • Actor-Shared Background: Bob Newhart, like Bob Hartley, is a Chicago native.
  • The Danza: Bob Newhart as Bob Hartley.
  • Directed by Cast Member:
    • Peter Bonerz eventually parlayed this into an entire career as a respected TV director.
    • Will Mackenzie (Larry Bonderant) directed one episode and then went on to direct episodes of Taxi and WKRP in Cincinnati.
  • Marathon Running: Two for Nick At Nite — first Better Living Through Bob, which introduced the series to the schedule with a season-a-night run of all the episodes for eight nights; and then Bob's Bob, Bob Newhart, Newhart Marathon, which featured selected episodes of all three series as it introduced Newhart to N@N and Bob! to sister channel TV Land.
  • You Look Familiar:
    • The Peeper (Tom Poston) would return as Handyman George Utley in Bob's "Newhart" dream, although Bob doesn't seem to recognize him when he wakes up.
    • William Redfield, who played the Hartleys' neighbor Arthur Hoover in the pilot, would later play the role of Howard's brother Warden Gordon Borden.
    • Comedian Archie Hahn (from the British Whose Line Is It Anyway?) made his television debut in one episode of this show, playing a hotel bellhop. He appeared again in a later episode, this time playing a cruise director.


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