They don’t make them like they used to. This is one of TV’s great comedies, anchored by Bob Newhart, and supported by an excellent cast that changed through the seasons. Season one has almost no Julia Duffy character – the ditzy, pampered maid – no Peter Scolari (the irritating yuppy) in love, and minimal Larry, Darryl and Darryl, the Marx brother like stooges who later become a major fixture on the show.
Still Tom Poston, the handyman, Kirk, the narcissistic cafe owner, and the wonderfully inept local Vermont Townsmen do a great job, and they just get better as the show develops. Truly intelligent family fare.
I really miss this one considering the current wasteland of staged “reality” shows, nasty and violent cop dramas, and smutty dysfunctional family comedies. You can sign me up for this one, and I can’t wait for the other seasons.
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Newhart was very likely the best situation comedy of the 80s and I sorely miss seeing Bob on TV. I’m one of those who has a fondness for the first couple of seasons, when the humour was at its most intelligent and subtle…not unlike Bob himself, come to think of it. This DVD release is highly anticipated though I share the pessimism of others that Fox will stick with the series. Inevitably, demand for series TV tends to drop off as additional years are released. Perhaps more distrubutors should take a cue from Time-Life, who released all seasons of Get Smart in a single package, before rolling out individual seasons. It allows true fans to collect the full set at a reasonable one-time price and more casual fans to collect only selected seasons. Much smarter marketing, in my view, than the painful sporadic (and indefinite) release of discs over a period of years.
Newhart is simply the best television show ever made. It’s funny, relaxing, and something that the whole family can watch together. I will buy this dvd set on Feb 26th, and will be ready for season 2 by 9pm that night!
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