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Forty-two years after its premiere, The Bob Newhart Show continues to matter. Based on Newhart’s buttoned-up comic sensibility — yes, before making Johnny Carson roar with laughter, Newhart had been an accountant — The Bob Newhart Show was the story of a Chicago psychologist, Bob Hartley; his lovely wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette); and the oddball characters that lived in their building and visited his office. With its simple, straightforward premise — low-concept, even — the show became the template for subsequent comic-driven sitcoms, good and bad.
For six seasons, The Bob Newhart Show ran as part of CBS’s juggernaut Saturday-night lineup, which »
- Jeff Labrecque
A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I want a banana made of spiders... "Parks and Rec" didn't have to open this season with a perfect episode like "London," but it sure helped, given that the previous season had started to show signs of aging. Similarly, we didn't need a great episode our first time out after the departures of Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe — especially since Ann and Chris were pretty marginal before they left — but it felt very reassuring to return from the Olympic hiatus with such a fabulous installment like "Anniversaries." It's not an episode that does anything fancy: no trips to foreign countries, no last-minute wedding ceremonies, not even a Macklin/Snakehole adventure. It's just a half hour where the stories and jokes are firing on all cylinders, and where everything neatly connects to everything else. Leslie is busy with »
- Alan Sepinwall
2 items from 2014
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