YMMV / Newhart

  • Award Snub: Bob Newhart starred in two popular, long-lasting, critically acclaimed sitcoms, The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart. The ways in which the Emmys snubbed both shows, and Newhart himself, are simply staggering.
    • Newhart was a more "fortunate" show in Emmy nominations than its predecessor, if by "fortunate" you mean "getting your hopes up as your show gets nominated for several major awards every year only to have those hopes dashed to pieces as your show fails to win a single award". Bob Newhart (for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy), Peter Scolari, and Tom Poston (the latter two for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy) were all nominated three times each and never won. Poor Julia Duffy was nominated (for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy) for all seven years she was a regular on the show and never won. The show itself was only ever nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series in its first two seasons, when it hadn't yet grown the beard and really didn't deserve the honor.
    • What's more, the show received just three Golden Globe nominations during its run: one for Best Musical or Comedy Series and one each for Newhart and Duffy.
    • Bob Newhart said that he, at least, intentionally kept himself out of consideration for many seasons.
  • Ear Worm: There are some people who have not seen the show in decades but who can recall the theme tune just by seeing the title card.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Peter Scolari's Michael Harris was written as a one-shot character for a season 2 episode, but the producers liked him so much they brought him in as a regular for season 3.
    • Same with Larry and the Darryls, who were one-shot characters for the second episode and brought back little by little, eventually replacing Kirk as the Loudons' next door business men.
  • Fridge Horror: In one episode long before the finale, it actually occurs to Dick that he might be stuck in a nightmare, and he tries pinching himself. It doesn't help.
  • Growing the Beard: The first year is widely regarded as quite bad, recorded on videotape with an inferior supporting cast. It got better in the second season when Julia Duffy joined the cast and the cameras switched to film. It grew a full beard the third year when Peter Scolari joined the cast.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Jack Riley as a patient of Dr. Kaiser (Melanie Chartoff). Riley and Chartoff went on to voice Stu and Didi Pickles.
  • It Was His Sled: Since the final episode is often ranked very high on various "television's greatest moments" lists, it's pretty much impossible to not spoil it.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe from Friends) as the wife of one of the Darryls in the final episode.
    • Mrs. Goddart would later become Mimi.
  • Rewatch Bonus: If you've seen the final episode and know that everything is All Just a Dream, the increasingly insane and unrealistic behaviour of everybody except Dick in earlier episodes makes sense.
  • Scapegoat Creator: In-universe, Michael steals a show idea from a student in his production school class, and as soon as he admits to the boss who the real creator is, the station gets nothing but phone calls from viewers complaining about the show, and Michael is quick to remind everybody of the real creator.
  • The Scrappy: Kirk DeVane. The writers tried in vain to rescue him before replacing him with Michael.