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** Bob Newhart (in his memoir), Suzanne Pleshette, and episode director Dick Martin (in two separate interviews with the Archive of American Television) all credit Ginnie Newhart, Bob's wife, with the idea for the "all just a dream" ending. The show's writers, presumably in fear that Ginnie Newhart might try to claim some of their royalties, vociferously dispute this and credit staff writer Dan O'Shannon (later known for his less-than-stellar tenures as showrunner on ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' and ''Series/{{Frasier}}'') instead.[[note]]O'Shannon has conceded that he and Ginnie Newhart might've separately come up with the idea independent of one another[[/note]]

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** Bob Newhart (in his memoir), Suzanne Pleshette, and episode director Dick Martin (in two separate interviews with the Archive of American Television) all credit Ginnie Ginny Newhart, Bob's wife, with the idea for the "all just a dream" ending. The show's writers, presumably in fear that Ginnie Ginny Newhart might try to claim some of their royalties, vociferously dispute this and credit staff writer Dan O'Shannon (later known for his less-than-stellar tenures as showrunner on ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' and ''Series/{{Frasier}}'') instead.[[note]]O'Shannon has conceded that he and Ginnie Ginny Newhart might've separately come up with the idea independent of one another[[/note]]


* HalloweenEpisode: "Take Me to Your Loudon", in which a costume party at the Stratford is interrupted by the townspeople getting sent into a panic after Michael airs ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' on TV.

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* HalloweenEpisode: "Take Me to Your Loudon", in which a costume party at the Stratford is interrupted by the townspeople getting sent into a panic after over a nonexistent AlienInvasion due to Michael airs airing ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' on TV.


* HalloweenEpisode: "Take Me to Your Loudon"

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* HalloweenEpisode: "Take Me to Your Loudon"Loudon", in which a costume party at the Stratford is interrupted by the townspeople getting sent into a panic after Michael airs ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' on TV.


* CouldHaveAVoidedThisPlot: In "Support Your Local Shifflet", the city council is unable to afford Officer Shifflet's request for a raise after approving of a traffic light Dick requested, leading Shifflet to go on strike. Eventually, they decide to give Shifflet his raise in exchange for putting in a much-cheaper stop sign instead of a traffic light. Dick says that he doesn't mind, and Jim lampshades this trope.

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* CouldHaveAVoidedThisPlot: CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: In "Support Your Local Shifflet", the city town council is unable to afford Officer Shifflet's request for a raise after approving of a traffic light Dick requested, leading Shifflet to go on strike. Eventually, they decide to give Shifflet his raise in exchange for putting in a much-cheaper stop sign instead of a traffic light. Dick says that he doesn't mind, and Jim lampshades this trope.


* DisproportionateRetribution: In one episode, after Dick deals with a critic who's constantly been writing harsh reviews of Vermont Today, once the critic starts insulting Chester, Jim, and the townspeople of Vermont in general, Jim remembers that Chester is the mayor and can do something about it, so they decide to make it so that wherever the critic parks his car is an automatic towing zone and legal for people to come into his house to use his phone. But they find Dick's suggestion that they make it against the law to write bad reviews unrealistic.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: In one episode, after "Presence of Malice", Dick deals with a critic CausticCritic who's constantly been writing harsh reviews of Vermont Today, once ''Vermont Today''. Once the critic starts insulting Chester, Jim, and the townspeople of Vermont in general, Jim remembers that Chester is the mayor and can do something about it, so they decide to make it so that wherever the critic parks his car is an automatic towing zone and legal for people to come into his house to use his phone. But they find Dick's suggestion that they make it against the law to write bad reviews unrealistic.unrealistic.
* TheDitz / DumbBlonde: Stephanie



* TheDitz / DumbBlonde: Stephanie


* {{Expy}}: At times Kirk Devane seemed like one of Herb Tarlek. That wasn't a coincidence; Steven Kampmann had been a writer on ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'' and had been instrumental in developing Herb as a character.

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* {{Expy}}: At times Kirk Devane seemed like one of for Herb Tarlek. Tarlek of ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati''. That wasn't a coincidence; Steven Kampmann had been a writer on ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'' for that show and had been instrumental in developing Herb as a character.


The first season aired to solid but not sensational ratings, but at first reviewers didn't think the show had much going for it outside of Newhart himself. Newhart and creator and executive producer Barry Kemp weren't completely happy either, so when the show was renewed, it 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 (Creator/JuliaDuffy); 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 (Creator/PeterScolari), became a whole new source of humor, as did Michael's budding romance with Stephanie. Adding to the fun was a trio of zany backwoodsmen who purchased the Minuteman Café from Kirk: Larry (William Sanderson), his brother Darryl (Tony Papenfuss), and his [[OneSteveLimit other brother Darryl]] (John Voldstad); Larry did all the talking, because neither of the Darryls [[TheVoiceless ever spoke]]. [[spoiler:At least [[SuddenlySpeaking until the series finale]].]]

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The first season aired to solid but not sensational ratings, but at first reviewers didn't think the show had much going for it outside of Newhart himself. Newhart and creator and executive producer Barry Kemp weren't completely happy either, so when the show was renewed, it 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 (Creator/JuliaDuffy); 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 (Creator/PeterScolari), became a whole new source of humor, as did Michael's budding romance with Stephanie. Adding to the fun was a trio of zany backwoodsmen who purchased the Minuteman Café from Kirk: Larry (William Sanderson), his brother Darryl (Tony Papenfuss), and his [[OneSteveLimit other brother Darryl]] (John Voldstad); Larry did all of the talking, because neither of the Darryls [[TheVoiceless ever spoke]]. [[spoiler:At least [[SuddenlySpeaking until the series finale]].]]


The first season aired to solid but not sensational ratings, but at first reviewers didn't think the show had much going for it outside of Newhart himself. Newhart and creator and executive producer Barry Kemp weren't completely happy either, so when the show was renewed, it 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 (Creator/JuliaDuffy); 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 (Creator/PeterScolari), became a whole new source of humor, as did Michael's budding romance with Stephanie. Adding to the fun was a trio of zany backwoodsmen who purchased the Minuteman Café from Kirk: Larry (William Sanderson), his brother Darryl (Tony Papenfuss), and his [[OneSteveLimit other brother Darryl]] (John Voldstad); Larry did all the talking, because neither of the Darryls [[TheVoiceless ever spoke]]. (At least [[SuddenlySpeaking until the series finale]].)

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The first season aired to solid but not sensational ratings, but at first reviewers didn't think the show had much going for it outside of Newhart himself. Newhart and creator and executive producer Barry Kemp weren't completely happy either, so when the show was renewed, it 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 (Creator/JuliaDuffy); 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 (Creator/PeterScolari), became a whole new source of humor, as did Michael's budding romance with Stephanie. Adding to the fun was a trio of zany backwoodsmen who purchased the Minuteman Café from Kirk: Larry (William Sanderson), his brother Darryl (Tony Papenfuss), and his [[OneSteveLimit other brother Darryl]] (John Voldstad); Larry did all the talking, because neither of the Darryls [[TheVoiceless ever spoke]]. (At [[spoiler:At least [[SuddenlySpeaking until the series finale]].)
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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The town in which the series takes place is never specified, with some media sources identifying it as Norwich, VT, across the Connecticut River from New Hampshire, with Vermonters complaining that the opening scenes are of New Hampshire instead of Vermont, and filming locations taking place at the Waybury Inn in East Middlebury, VT [[https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083455/location according to the Internet Movie Database]]. Throughout the series, the name of the community is never mentioned.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The town in which the series takes place is never specified, with some media sources identifying it as Norwich, VT, across the Connecticut River from New Hampshire, with Vermonters complaining that the opening scenes are of New Hampshire instead of Vermont, and filming locations taking place at the Waybury Inn in East Middlebury, VT [[https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083455/location according to the Internet Movie Database]]. Throughout the series, the name of the community [[CityWithNoName is never mentioned.mentioned]].


Newhart starred as Dick Loudon, a successful author of do-it-yourself and travel books, who along with his wife Joanna (Creator/MaryFrann) 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 (Creator/TomPoston), the inn's addle-headed handyman; Kirk Devane (Creator/StevenKampmann), a compulsive liar and the owner of the nearby Minuteman Café; and Leslie Vanderkellen (Creator/JenniferHolmes), a wealthy heiress and Dartmouth student who worked as a maid for the inn.

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Newhart starred as Dick Loudon, a successful author of do-it-yourself and travel books, who along with his wife Joanna (Creator/MaryFrann) 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 bulk of the comedy stemmed from OnlySaneMan Dick's interactions with various EccentricTownsfolk, including George Utley (Creator/TomPoston), the inn's addle-headed handyman; Kirk Devane (Creator/StevenKampmann), a compulsive liar and the owner of the nearby Minuteman Café; and Leslie Vanderkellen (Creator/JenniferHolmes), a wealthy heiress and Dartmouth student who worked as a maid for the inn.


The first season aired to solid but not sensational ratings, but at first reviewers didn't think the show had much going for it outside of Newhart himself. Newhart and creator and executive producer Barry Kemp weren't completely happy either, so when the show was renewed, it 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 zany backwoodsmen who purchased the Minuteman Café from Kirk: Larry (William Sanderson), his brother Darryl (Tony Papenfuss), and his [[OneSteveLimit other brother Darryl]] (John Voldstad); Larry did all the talking, because neither of the Darryls [[TheVoiceless ever spoke]]. (At least [[SuddenlySpeaking until the series finale]].)

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The first season aired to solid but not sensational ratings, but at first reviewers didn't think the show had much going for it outside of Newhart himself. Newhart and creator and executive producer Barry Kemp weren't completely happy either, so when the show was renewed, it 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); (Creator/JuliaDuffy); 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), (Creator/PeterScolari), became a whole new source of humor, as did Michael's budding romance with Stephanie. Adding to the fun was a trio of zany backwoodsmen who purchased the Minuteman Café from Kirk: Larry (William Sanderson), his brother Darryl (Tony Papenfuss), and his [[OneSteveLimit other brother Darryl]] (John Voldstad); Larry did all the talking, because neither of the Darryls [[TheVoiceless ever spoke]]. (At least [[SuddenlySpeaking until the series finale]].)


Newhart starred 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 (Steven 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 starred as Dick Loudon, a successful author of do-it-yourself and travel books, who along with his wife Joanna (Mary Frann) (Creator/MaryFrann) 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), (Creator/TomPoston), the inn's addle-headed handyman; Kirk Devane (Steven Kampmann), (Creator/StevenKampmann), a compulsive liar and the owner of the nearby Minuteman Café; and Leslie Vanderkellen (Jennifer Holmes), (Creator/JenniferHolmes), a wealthy heiress and Dartmouth student who worked as a maid for the inn.


* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Stephanie for Leslie. They are so similar one has to wonder if the character change was just a means to put a different actress into the role.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Stephanie for Leslie. They are so similar one has to wonder if Averted with Stephanie, who shares Leslie's background as a rich girl SlummingIt, but is a RichBitch who carries a lot of the character change comedy, while Leslie was just a means to put a different actress into the role.[[TheGenericGuy blander]].


* HilariousOuttakes: Including one where [[https://youtu.be/g10N6wHoV-E?t=180 Newhart accidentally refers to Mary Frann's character Joanna]] as "[[Series/TheBobNewhartShow Emily]]", which Frann immediately catches and makes a huge production out of (taking her bows and pretending as if she's going to leave the set). The audience howled and screamed with laughter.

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* HilariousOuttakes: Including one where [[https://youtu.be/g10N6wHoV-E?t=180 Newhart accidentally refers to Mary Frann's character Joanna]] as "[[Series/TheBobNewhartShow Emily]]", which Frann immediately catches and makes a huge production out of (taking (sauntering off the stage, taking her bows and pretending as if she's going to leave the set). The audience howled and screamed with laughter.

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