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  • 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.
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    • 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.
  • Continuity Lockout: A minor example in "The Last Newhart": if you aren't familiar with The Bob Newhart Show or with the finale of St. Elsewhere, the now-famed Twist Ending is merely another example of All Just a Dream. If you know those, it's easier to understand why it's considered one of the best sitcom Grand Finales of all time.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
    • The 1989 reference/review book Harry and Wally's Favorite TV Shows (by Harry Castleman and Walter Podrazik) comes really close to predicting the show's Twist Ending, by jokingly suggesting at the start of their Newhart review that Bob Hartley moved to Vermont, got a new job and changed his name to Dick Loudon.
    • One episode involves George going to his 40 year High School reunion to try to reconnect with a classmate he had a crush on but never pursued. Later in life, Tom Poston would reconnect with actress Suzanne Pleshette and the two married in 2001, 42 years after they first met while performing on Broadway (and almost a quarter century after they both appeared on The Bob Newhart Show).
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  • It Was His Sled: The final episode and its big twist are the main things that Newhart is best remembered for, and that episode is often ranked high on various "television's greatest moments" lists.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • Bob Newhart's star power/appeal was the main thing that kept the show afloat through its rough first two seasons, until it was fully able to grow the beard via Retool.
    • The famous Twist Ending series finale is about the only thing the series is remembered for today.
  • Memetic Mutation: The finale aired in 1990 and to this day, people will half-jokingly, half-seriously suggest that a show should end with the revelation that it's all been a dream of an actor's previous character.
  • More Popular Replacement: Replacing Leslie with Stephanie significantly improved the series.
  • 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.
    • J. F. Sebastian is now doing "Anything For a Buck".
  • 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.


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