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YMMV / The Bob Newhart Show

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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.
    • The Bob Newhart Show is generally regarded by critics as the better show of the two, yet it only received four nominations (and no wins) in its entire six year run. Newhart himself was never even nominated.
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    • See Newhart for details on its Emmy snub.
  • Fair for Its Day: The episode "Some of My Best Friends Are..." has one of Bob's therapy patients, Mr. Plager, come out as gay, and it's actually fairly progressive for a '70s sitcom: Plager is both completely non-camp and entirely comfortable with his sexuality, and Bob makes a point of dressing the rest of the group down for their homophobic attitudes toward him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "Death Be My Destiny", after Mr. Herd faces some fears, he tells Bob to call him Mad Dog, convinces Bob to get on the elevator again by saying "do it for Mad Dog!", and afterwards Bob tells Emily to call him Mad Dog. On Bob Newhart's third sitcom, Bob, he played the creator of a comic book called Mad Dog.
  • Unacceptable Targets: Bob was originally a psychiatrist when the show was pitched but Newhart was uncomfortable with the idea, he didn't think it was right to make fun of the truly mentally ill. It was at his behest that Bob was changed to an outpatient psychologist helping otherwise ordinary people through their problems.
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  • Values Dissonance: The entire "The Modernization of Emily" episode, especially when everyone is shocked at the sight of her in jeans and a t-shirt with shoulder-length hair.
  • Values Resonance: "No Sale" revolves around Bob getting involved in a real estate deal with Elliot Carlin to renovate and flip a dilapidated apartment building, but he has an attack of conscience when he learns the deal involves throwing a poor old man out on the street. As America's cities have become increasingly gentrified since the late 1990s and the displacement of their poorer residents has caused visible increases in homelessness in some areas, this episode resonates stronger today than it did in the mid-1970s.


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