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Series cast summary:
 Dick Loudon / ... (184 episodes, 1982-1990)
Mary Frann ...
 Joanna Loudon (184 episodes, 1982-1990)
 George Utley (184 episodes, 1982-1990)
 Stephanie Vanderkellen (163 episodes, 1983-1990)
 Michael Harris (142 episodes, 1984-1990)
 Larry (91 episodes, 1982-1990)
Tony Papenfuss ...
 First Darryl / ... (91 episodes, 1982-1990)
John Voldstad ...
 Second Darryl / ... (91 episodes, 1982-1990)


Dick Loudon and his wife Joanna decide to leave life in New York City and buy a little inn in Vermont. Dick is a how-to book writer, who eventually becomes a local TV celebrity as host of "Vermont Today." George Utley is the handyman at the inn and Leslie Vanderkellen is the maid, with ambitions of being an Olympic Ski champion; she is later replaced by her cousin Stephanie, an heiress who hates her job. Her boyfriend is Dick's yuppie TV producer, Michael Harris. There are many other quirky characters in this fictional little town, including Dick's neighbors Larry, Darryl, and Darryl...three brothers who buy the Minuteman Cafe from Kirk Devane. Besides sharing a name, Darryl and Darryl never speak (until the final episode). Written by Jim Wiley <jgwiley@wayoutwest.org>

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Bob's Inn Trouble! Running a 200-year old inn is Bob's way of getting back to nature. But it's really nature's way of getting back at him. Looks like Bob's open for laughs year round. Starring Bob Newhart. Also starring Mary Frann and Tom Poston. (season 1)







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25 October 1982 (USA)  »

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Vermont residents complained that the opening scenes are of New Hampshire, and not Vermont. See more »


Dick Loudon: [During Founders' Day, Dick has been placed in the stocks] My nose itches.
[calling out]
Dick Loudon: Anybody! Stratch my nose! Anybody! OK, 5 bucks! Anybody, scratch my nose for 5 bucks!
Larry: Okay.
[Hands Dick $5 and scratches his nose]
Dick Loudon: Okay, anybody else, scratch my nose for 5 bucks!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are expanded slightly on a handful of episodes. After Bob Newhart's credit the picture switches to a boat slowly coming to the shore for about five seconds as the theme adds an extra stanza, afterward the credits return to normal for Mary Frann's credit. See more »


Referenced in The Bob Newhart Show 19th Anniversary Special (1991) See more »

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21 July 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Newhart was indeed a funny and brilliant show without being crude or vulgar. It was fun watching the late wonderful Mary Frann and the amazing genius of Bob Newhart as innkeepers in Vermont. Newhart had a wonderful supporting cast of interesting characters played by Tom Poston, Julia Duffy, and Peter Scolari, and more. It should have won Emmys rather than being nominated but it was a great cast and legacy to sitcom television. Too bad, they don't make them like they used to. Newhart is better known for his dry wit and humor. He is not a slapstick comedian at all. He knows how to tell a story and his facial expressions while similar always is worth watching. Mary Frann was a great actress who was taken from us too young. Julia Duffy and Peter Scolari were great together as a couple and their humor helped enhance this classic show. Tom Poston was always a joy to see and who could forget backwoods Larry and his brothers, Daryl and Darrell who never spoke.

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