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Season: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
Year: 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989 | 1990


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: In the Beginning

25 October 1982
New York couple Dick and Joanna Loudon purchase the Stratford Inn in rural Vermont.

Season 1, Episode 2: Mrs. Newton's Body Lies A-Mould'ring in the Grave

1 November 1982
Dick and Joanna are horrified to discover a 300 year-old grave in their basement belonging to a woman who was hanged as a witch.

Season 1, Episode 3: Hail to the Councilman

8 November 1982
Dick is persuaded to run for the town council.

Season 1, Episode 4: Shall We Gather at the River?

15 November 1982
Dick is in the doghouse when he persuades Joanna to attend the town's annual River Party and chaos ensues.

Season 1, Episode 5: This Probably Is Condemned

22 November 1982
The staff of the Stratford Inn pitch together to help Kirk get his café up to code after a surprise visit from the health inspector.

Season 1, Episode 6: No Tigers at the Circus

29 November 1982
Dick becomes disenchanted with the Stratford when its application to be made a historical landmark is denied.

Season 1, Episode 7: The Perfect Match

6 December 1982
Kirk is jealous when an old flame of Leslie's appears with a proposal.

Season 1, Episode 8: Some Are Born Writers... Others Have Writers Thrust Upon Them

13 December 1982
Dick reluctantly helps an aspiring author make it in the business.

Season 1, Episode 9: No Room at the Inn

20 December 1982
Dick and Joanna's much-awaited first Christmas in Vermont ends up being not so traditional after all when a massive snowstorm strands them and everyone else at the Stratford.

Bob Newhart ... Dick Loudon
Mary Frann ... Joanna Loudon
Steven Kampmann ... Kirk Devane
Jennifer Holmes ... Leslie Vanderkellen

Tom Poston ... George Utley
Milt Oberman ... Silverbird Member
Kres Mersky ... Silverbird Member
Bob Perlow ... Silverbird Member
Kate Zentall ... Joe's Wife

Terence McGovern ... Joe (as Terry McGovern)
Vahan Moosekian ... Alan Wiseman

Season 1, Episode 10: The Senator's Wife Was Indiscreet

27 December 1982
Dick and Joanna play marriage counselors when the flaky wife of a senator leaves her husband and comes to the Stratford.

Season 1, Episode 11: Sprained Dreams

3 January 1983
Kirk has a date with Leslie. Bob decides he wants to go skiing but since he doesn't know how to ski he gets Leslie to go since she's an Olympic skiing hopeful. One thing leads to another and she winds up with a knee injury that will probably end her dreams. Kirk and all of Leslie's school friends wind up angry with Dick.

Bob Newhart ... Dick Loudon
Mary Frann ... Joanna Loudon
Steven Kampmann ... Kirk Devane
Jennifer Holmes ... Leslie Vanderkellen

Tom Poston ... George Utley

Alley Mills ... Professor

Bill Wiley ... Doctor

Stephen Furst ... Student

Paddi Edwards ... Student
Irene Arranga ... Student
Amy Kirkpatrick ... Student
Cary Smith ... Student

Dan Gilvezan ... Student
Michael Mitz ... Student
Sean Roche ... Student (as Sean Thomas Roche)

Season 1, Episode 12: The Way We Thought We Were

10 January 1983
George is dismayed when an old flame returns after thirty-one years and has changed completely.

Season 1, Episode 13: The Visitors

17 January 1983
Dick and Joanna feel left out when some old friends visit the Inn but spend no time with them.

Season 1, Episode 14: What Is This Thing Called Lust?

31 January 1983
Leslie's cousin is about to be wed and has set her lustful sights on next-door Kirk for some passion in her life.

Season 1, Episode 15: Breakfast Theatre

7 February 1983
An aging, unfunny comic who is an old friend of Dick's uses the Stratford to jump start his career, despite Joanna's objections.

Season 1, Episode 16: Ricky Nelson, Up Your Nose

14 February 1983
While Kirk goes in for surgery, Larry, Darryl and Darryl mind the Minuteman Café.

Season 1, Episode 17: A View from the Bench

21 February 1983
Dick, George and Kirk embark on a trip to Boston to attend a Celtics game, meanwhile Joanna and Leslie prepare for the arrival of a celebrity at the Inn.

Bob Newhart ... Dick Loudon
Mary Frann ... Joanna Loudon
Steven Kampmann ... Kirk Devane
Jennifer Holmes ... Leslie Vanderkellen

Tom Poston ... George Utley

Daniel J. Travanti ... Daniel J. Travanti

Ernie Sabella ... Police Officer
Wolfe Perry ... Celtic

Julius Carry ... Celtic (as Julius Carry III)
Marie Denn ... Mrs. Cooper
Ollie O'Toole ... Mr. Cooper
Jimmy Baron ... Celtic Assistant
David Eric ... Vendor
Mark Ganzel ... Mascot

Season 1, Episode 18: The Boy Who Cried Goat

13 March 1983
Kirk must take a lie detector test to prove his claims that the Minuteman Café was robbed.

Season 1, Episode 19: Heaven Knows Mr. Utley

20 March 1983
George becomes the joke of the town after he spies a UFO and nobody believes him.

Bob Newhart ... Dick Loudon
Mary Frann ... Joanna Loudon
Steven Kampmann ... Kirk Devane
Jennifer Holmes ... Leslie Vanderkellen

Tom Poston ... George Utley

Hansford Rowe ... Mr. Feifer
Barbara Collentine ... Dorothy Feifer
Terence Goodman ... Construction Worker
Bill Capizzi ... Construction Worker

James Avery ... Construction Worker
Allison Marich ... Mrs. Tyler
Fil Formicola ... Mr. Tyler

Channing Chase ... Mother of Boy
Jeremy Scott Reinbolt ... Boy (as Jeremy Reinbolt)

Season 1, Episode 20: You're Homebody 'til Somebody Loves You

27 March 1983
When Dick labels her a homebody, Joanna decides to return to the workforce.

Season 1, Episode 21: Grandma, What a Big Mouth You Have

3 April 1983
Kirk finally manages to get a date with Leslie when his grandmother arrives for a visit.

Season 1, Episode 22: I Enjoy Being a Guy

10 April 1983
After winning big at golf and poker, Dick tries desperately to lose his new winnings, meanwhile George convinces Kirk to take him clothes shopping.

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: It Happened One Afternoon: Part 1

17 October 1983
Stephanie returns to the Stratford to fill Leslie's shoes; Dick meets with a lustful celebrity in Manhattan to help her write her memoirs.

Season 2, Episode 2: It Happened One Afternoon: Part 2

24 October 1983
Conclusion. Dick fends off the advances of a celebrity while Stephanie must decide whether to stay at the Inn or return home to her parents.

Season 2, Episode 3: Animal Attractions

31 October 1983
Stephanie's jilted husband Carl comes looking for her while George adopts a stray dog.

Season 2, Episode 4: The Stratford Wives

7 November 1983
Joanna challenges the town's historical practice of the men and women eating separately during the town's regular potluck dinners.

Season 2, Episode 5: The Girl from Manhattan

14 November 1983
Joanna convinces Dick to direct a play for the town but is angry when he refuses to cast her in the lead.

Season 2, Episode 6: Don't Rain on My Parade

21 November 1983
Thanksgiving Day finds Joanna preparing dinner for over 100 people and George in charge of a rained-out parade.

Season 2, Episode 7: Lady & the Tramps

5 December 1983
Lost in the woods during a snowstorm, Stephanie takes refuge in an empty cabin.

Season 2, Episode 8: The Man Who Came Forever

12 December 1983
A melodramatic marriage crisis of one of the townsfolk keeps interfering with Dick's book deadline.

Season 2, Episode 9: The Looks of Love

19 December 1983
Dick and Joanna allow Kirk to hold his new singles group at the inn.

Season 2, Episode 10: Kirk Goes for the Juggler

2 January 1984
Kirk meets the woman of his dreams but struggles to accept her chosen profession.

Season 2, Episode 11: Jug of Wine, Loaf of Bread & Pow

9 January 1984
Joanna is bound to convince Dick and Stephanie that a man and a woman can be just friends after a professor asks her out after attending his poetry night.

Season 2, Episode 12: Cats

16 January 1984
An old beau of Stephanie's arrives at the Stratford with his new fiancée in tow--Stephanie's best friend from high school.

Season 2, Episode 13: Curious George at the Firehouse

23 January 1984
George joins the volunteer fire department.

Season 2, Episode 14: Book Beat

30 January 1984
A guest-spot on a local cable TV show called Book Beat lands Dick a potential new career; Kirk convinces Joanna to star in a commercial for the Minuteman Café.

Season 2, Episode 15: Kirk Pops the Question

6 February 1984
When he finds out that Cindy is planning a trip to Europe next year, Kirk decides to ask her to marry him.

Season 2, Episode 16: Best Friends

13 February 1984
Kirk plans to sell the Minuteman Cafe, which will result in a fast food restaurant next door to the Stratford Inn, unless Dick admits Kirk is his best friend.

Season 2, Episode 17: Kirk Ties One On

27 February 1984
Kirk and Cindy's plans to get married at the Stratford are thrown into disarray when Kirk faints every time the minister begins the marriage service.

Season 2, Episode 18: Go, Grandma, Go

5 March 1984
Kirk and Cindy's honeymoon is delayed when Kirk's grandmother Blanche arrives for a visit--with a stolen car.

Season 2, Episode 19: Leave It to the Beavers

12 March 1984
George invites Dick to join his fraternal order, but the other members don't want Dick as a member.

Season 2, Episode 20: Vermont Today

19 March 1984
A local TV station offers Dick his own public affairs show.

Bob Newhart ... Dick Loudon
Mary Frann ... Joanna Loudon
Steven Kampmann ... Kirk Devane

Julia Duffy ... Stephanie Vanderkellen

Tom Poston ... George Utley

Peter Scolari ... Michael Harris

Anne Haney ... Pearl Reskoff
Britt Leach ... Jocko Braverman

John Lawlor ... Director of Vermont Today (as John C. Lawlor)

Lucy Lee Flippin ... Bassett Hound Lady
Hennen Chambers ... Horse Owner #1
John C. Becher ... Horse Owner #2

Season 2, Episode 21: Send Her Ella

26 March 1984
Stephanie stubbornly refuses to stay home to mind the Inn when Dick, Joanna and George head to the annual town Maple Syrup Festival.

Season 2, Episode 22: New Faces of 1951

16 April 1984
Dick and Joanna plan a birthday party for George but can't find anyone in town to invite.

Bob Newhart ... Dick Loudon
Mary Frann ... Joanna Loudon
Steven Kampmann ... Kirk Devane

Julia Duffy ... Stephanie Vanderkellen

Tom Poston ... George Utley
Michael Currie ... Party Guest
Charles McDaniel ... Party Guest (as Charles Mc Daniel)
Garry Goodrow ... Party Guest
Michael Harrington ... Party Guest
Gene Ross ... Party Guest

Ernie Lively ... Eric Hall (as Ernie Brown)
Frank Coghlan ... Party Guest

Season 3


Season 3, Episode 1: Tell a Lie, Get a Check

15 October 1984
Charged with selling the Minute Man Cafe after Kirk leaves town, Dick and Joanna resort to lying about the restaurant's numerous problems to a prospective buyer, while Michael tries to get Dick to record a degrading promo for his television show.

Season 3, Episode 2: Twenty Year Itch

22 October 1984
Dick becomes jealous when Joanna decides to keep a date with her old college boyfriend that they made twenty years ago.

Season 3, Episode 3: A Hunting We Will Go

29 October 1984
Michael decides to film Dick's duck hunting trip with George, Chester, and Jim, but things go awry when their boat floats away, leaving them stranded in the wilderness.

Season 3, Episode 4: Miss Stephanie

5 November 1984
Larry announces that he plans to marry Stephanie, despite the fact that she's dating Michael.

Season 3, Episode 5: But Seriously, Beavers

12 November 1984
George enlists Dick to help roast him at his Man of the Year ceremony for the Beavers, but gets upset when Dick's jokes hit too close to home.

Season 3, Episode 6: Tickets, Please

19 November 1984
Stephanie collects several parking tickets driving Dick's car, but Dick ends up having to pay them.

Season 3, Episode 7: Poor Reception

26 November 1984
Michael hires Stephanie to be the television station's new receptionist, but her terrible performance forces him to fire her.

Season 3, Episode 8: The Fan

3 December 1984
Joanna has her doubts but Dick is delighted when 'Tracy', a star struck admirer, wants to set up a fan club.

Season 3, Episode 9: Happy Trails to You

10 December 1984
Dick is sued for $500,000 when another author accuses him of plagiarism.

Season 3, Episode 10: Georgie's Girl

31 December 1984
George begins dating the sister of his friend Dutch, but frets when he realizes he doesn't love her and must breakup with her.

Season 3, Episode 11: Pillow Fight

7 January 1985
To thank Joanna for her help on his new book, Dick offers to make her co-author, only to have her propose a long string of changes to his work.

Season 3, Episode 12: Local Hero

14 January 1985
George becomes a hero after rescuing the occupants of a car that crashed into a lake. Dick wants to celebrate his heroism by having George as a guest on his television show, but Michael insists on booking a young science-contest winner.

Season 3, Episode 13: Dick Gets Larry's Goat

4 February 1985
Larry, Darryl, and Darryl begin feudin' with the Loudons after Dick reports their trouble-making pet goat to Animal Control. The feud threatens to prevent Stephanie and Michael's vacation to the tropics.

Season 3, Episode 14: Once I Had a Secret Love

11 February 1985
Dick and Joanna spar after Dick is 'riddled' with doubts when Joanna is set to appear on his Valentine's Day Show.

Season 3, Episode 15: Lady in Wading

18 February 1985
Stephanie must chose between her relationship with Michael and a millionaire who is romancing her at the same time that he's considering buying Michael's television station.

Season 3, Episode 16: Look Homeward, Stephanie

25 February 1985
On a visit to Stephanie's home, Michael is wowed by her parent's incredible wealth while Stephanie discovers that being around it makes her mean-spirited and even more spoiled than usual. Meanwhile, despite Dick's best attempts, Joanna continues to guess what he's bought for her birthday presents.

Season 3, Episode 17: My Fair Larry

4 March 1985
Joanna tries to help Larry, Darryl, and Darryl improve their service at the Minuteman Cafe.

Bob Newhart ... Dick Loudon
Mary Frann ... Joanna Loudon

Peter Scolari ... Michael Harris

Julia Duffy ... Stephanie Vanderkellen

Tom Poston ... George Utley

William Sanderson ... Larry
Tony Papenfuss ... First Darryl
John Voldstad ... Second Darryl

Walter Olkewicz ... Mr. Thurman

Sandy Helberg ... Minuteman Cafe Customer #1
Donald Bishop ... Minuteman Cafe Customer #2
Theresa DePaolo ... Minuteman Cafe Customer #3 (as Theresa De Paolo)
Lawrence Braude ... Minuteman Cafe Customer #4 (as Laurence Braude)

Season 3, Episode 18: You're Nobody 'til Somebody Hires You

11 March 1985
Michael is sacked when the station manager refuses his demands for his new contract. He sinks to the depths of despair with no money to keep Stephanie happy. Dick is made the producer of his own show but it doesn't turn out well.

Season 3, Episode 19: Out with the New, Inn with the Old

18 March 1985
When Dick finds a old picture of what the Stratford Inn used to look like, he decides to restore the carriage house from the garage that it is now. However, George is not happy with the idea.

Season 3, Episode 20: R.I.P. Off

8 April 1985
Harley is sacked from his job at the car wash and Dick manages to get him a job selling burial plots. Unknowingly, it turns out that he is selling swamp land and Harley ends up being arrested for fraud.

Season 3, Episode 21: The Prodigal Darryl

6 May 1985
Larry and his two brothers win $30 000 writing a jingle. But the money causes a rift and Larry's brother Darryl leaves home. Dick, Larry and the other brother Darryl head to a frat house to bring him back.

Season 3, Episode 22: What Makes Dick Run

27 May 1985
There is only one week left until nominations close for a VITA, the Vermont Industry TV award, and Dick is advised to animate his performance but he is against the idea of competition. Michael is leading the charge towards an upbeat show.

Season 4


Season 4, Episode 1: Pirate Pete

30 September 1985
Dick is the substitute host of a children's TV show. Meanwhile, Stephanie believes she has put on weight.

Season 4, Episode 2: The Way We Ought to Be

7 October 1985
Michael breaks up with Stephanie after Dick tells him not to always let her have her way.

Season 4, Episode 3: Summa Cum Larry

21 October 1985
Larry after watching Jeopardy decides to try and get his high school equivalency. So he asks Dick to help him. When he fails the test, Dick goes to the teacher and convinces him to give Larry another try and to test him as if he was on Jeopardy. And Joanna upon seeing the Inn's rating in the Vermont guide go down, sets out to restore it. So she drives George and Stephanie crazy.

Season 4, Episode 4: Oh, That Morocco

28 October 1985
Stef and Michael plan to go to Morocco when Stef and Joanna become best friends. Stef wants her and Dick to go too. Dick was there in the Army and got sick from the food and doesn't want to go, but Joanna talks him into going.

Season 4, Episode 5: Candidate Larry

4 November 1985
Larry runs for mayor.

Season 4, Episode 6: Locks, Stocks, and Noodlehead

11 November 1985
Stephanie's father acts strangely when he visits the Stratford during the town's celebration of Colonial Days, while Dick bristles at the foppish costume Joanna makes him wear.

Season 4, Episode 7: The Geezers in the Band

25 November 1985
Dick was a member of a band in college and he plans a reunion with his other band members at the Inn. Everyone is now older, taking pills for all sorts of ailments due to getting older, but they try to perform anyway.

Season 4, Episode 8: The Shape of Things

2 December 1985
Joanna and Stephanie start an aerobics studio but self centered Stephanie thinks it is all about her.

Season 4, Episode 9: Write to Privacy

16 December 1985
Michael is upset when his friends read his personal diary, but his friends are equally upset about the things he wrote in it.

Season 4, Episode 10: Still the Beavers

23 December 1985
George quits the Beaver lodge when he feels that they did not award him a prize he thinks he deserved. He tries to start a new lodge with the help of Dick and Michael.

Season 4, Episode 11: Much Ado About Mitch

6 January 1986
George volunteers to be a big brother to a boy named Mitch, but he would rather have writer and TV host Dick for his big brother.

Season 4, Episode 12: Look Ma, No Talent

13 January 1986
Michael's Mother shows up and thinks he doesn't have any talent, so he takes up dancing, painting, writing a novel and the violin trying to impress her.

Season 4, Episode 13: Larry's Dead, Long Live Larry

20 January 1986
Larry changes after a near-death experience.

Season 4, Episode 14: Stephanie Nightingale

27 January 1986
Everyone gets the measles and Stef ends up taking care of them while Michael can only talk to her through the front door of the Inn or by phone. George runs such a high fever that Stef calls the doctor to come in an emergency.

Season 4, Episode 15: The Stratford Horror Picture Show

3 February 1986
When the previous owners of the Stratford Inn become jealous of the inns new success, they try to scare everyone into thinking the Inn is haunted in hopes of getting the Loudens to sell the Inn back to them.

Bob Newhart ... Dick Loudon
Mary Frann ... Joanna Loudon

Peter Scolari ... Michael Harris

Julia Duffy ... Stephanie Vanderkellen

Tom Poston ... George Utley

William Sanderson ... Larry
Tony Papenfuss ... First Darryl
John Voldstad ... Second Darryl

Todd Susman ... Officer Shifflett

Bruce French ... Ned Tate
Marilyn Schreffler ... Gloria Tate

William Bassett ... First male guest to leave (as William H. Bassett)
Annie Gagen ... Frightened Hotel Guest

Peggy J. Scott ... First Female Guest To Leave (as Peggy Schoditsch)

Season 4, Episode 16: I Do, Okay?

10 February 1986
Dick and Joanna renew their vows - sort of. Stef is Maid of Honor and George is Best Man.

Season 4, Episode 17: The Snowmen Cometh

17 February 1986
The town's snow carnival is in danger because there is no snow. In desperation, they turn to the only men who guaranteed snow for the carnival: Larry, Darryl, and Darryl.

Season 4, Episode 18: Will the Real Dick Loudon Please Shut Up?

24 February 1986
Dick is set to star in a home video version of his self-help plumbing book, but the director decides he lacks charisma and replaces him with an actor who knows nothing about plumbing.

Season 4, Episode 19: He Ain't Human, He's My Cousin

3 March 1986
George's only living relative, his boorish cousin Eugene, comes to visit.

Season 4, Episode 20: Dwight Schmidlapp Is Not a Quitter

10 March 1986
Dick realizes he's been resting on his laurels as a writer when all of his attempts to get a book published under the pen name Dwight Schmidlapp are met with rejection.

Season 4, Episode 21: Torn Between Three Brothers

17 March 1986
A new waitress at the Minuteman Cafe comes between Larry, Darryl, and Darryl. Meanwhile, George protests Michael's decision to cancel the television station's reruns of Barnaby Jones.

Season 4, Episode 22: Baby, I'm Your Handyman

7 April 1986
An actress with a reputation as a man-eater stays at the Inn and takes a liking to George, much to Dick and Joanna's concern.

Season 4, Episode 23: Replaceable You

14 April 1986
When Michael goes to interview for a new job, he puts the television station's receptionist in charge of Dick's show, and she turns out to be a much better producer than Michael.

Season 4, Episode 24: Pre-Nups

12 May 1986
Michael balks when Mr. Vanderkellen demands he sign a prenuptial agreement, feeling it indicates a lack of trust on Stephanie's part. Meanwhile, Dick breaks an irreplaceable music box given to the Vanderkellens by Winston Churchill.

Season 5


Season 5, Episode 1: Co-Hostess Twinkie

29 September 1986
Dick is saddled with a perky co-host he doesn't want; Larry, Darryl, and Darryl name their pet pig after Stephanie.

Season 5, Episode 2: Camp Stephanie

6 October 1986
When his boss goes out of town, Michael volunteers Stephanie to run her girl scout troupe, but the girls aren't interested in Stephanie's shallow and materialistic ways, and Stephanie is horrified to learn she's expected to go camping with them.

Season 5, Episode 3: Dick the Kid

13 October 1986
Dick goes to a dude ranch for his vacation.

Season 5, Episode 4: High Fidelity

20 October 1986
Everyone in town assumes Joanna is having an affair with a man she meets in her wine tasting class.

Season 5, Episode 5: Desperately Desiring Susan: Part 1

27 October 1986
While spending all his time at WPIV producing the station's 5th anniversary show, Michael falls for his assistant, Susan, and breaks up with Stephanie.

Season 5, Episode 6: Desperately Desiring Susan: Part 2

3 November 1986
Stephanie is desperate to win back Michael after he dumps her, first by belittling his new girlfriend, Susan, and then by taking lessons in being nice from George.

Season 5, Episode 7: My Two and Only

17 November 1986
Larry feels abandoned after Darryl and Darryl begin spending all their time with a new friend.

Season 5, Episode 8: Thanksgiving for the Memories

24 November 1986
The Vanderkellens lose Stephanie's favorite childhood toy and try to replace it with a lookalike.

Season 5, Episode 9: Utley, Can You Spend a Dime?

1 December 1986
When Dick and Joanna learn that George has $50,000 in the bank, they encourage him to spend it in order to enjoy life, but he only ends up miserable.

Season 5, Episode 10: Sweet and Sour Charity

8 December 1986
Dick is chosen to lead a fund raiser for the town library, but it's Joanna's idea to have an auction that everyone actually accepts.

Season 5, Episode 11: Everybody Ought to Have a Maid

15 December 1986
Stephanie accidentally breaks her toe while dusting and plays up the injury for sympathy, but when her temporary replacement turns out to be a perfect maid, she becomes desperate to keep her job.

Season 5, Episode 12: Saturday in New York with George

22 December 1986
Dick is invited to a publishers party in New York. Joanna is unable to go with him since some good friends are due to arrive at the inn. After some prodding, Dick reluctantly agrees to take George with him.

Bob Newhart ... Dick Loudon
Mary Frann ... Joanna Loudon

Peter Scolari ... Michael Harris (credit only)

Julia Duffy ... Stephanie Vanderkellen

Tom Poston ... George Utley

William Sanderson ... Larry
Tony Papenfuss ... First Darryl
John Voldstad ... Second Darryl

Clive Revill ... Ben Williams

Robert Harper ... Mr. Lalow

Meg Gibson ... Dr. Harriet Weston (as Margaret Gibson)
Harold Surratt ... Photographer (as Harold J. Surratt)

Bill Quinn ... Party Guest

Season 5, Episode 13: Love Letters in the Mud

5 January 1987
Michael helps Larry marry the girl of his dreams and Joanna holds Dick responsible for his actions in her dream.

Season 5, Episode 14: The First of the Belles

12 January 1987
Dick's old college sweetheart visits the Inn, making Joanna worried that Dick will want to get back together with her.

Season 5, Episode 15: It's My Party and I'll Die If I Want To

19 January 1987
Stephanie's uncle Ned dies after blowing out the candles on his 100th birthday cake.

Bob Newhart ... Dick Loudon
Mary Frann ... Joanna Loudon

Peter Scolari ... Michael Harris

Julia Duffy ... Stephanie Vanderkellen

Tom Poston ... George Utley

José Ferrer ... Arthur Vanderkellen
Priscilla Morrill ... Marian Vanderkellen

Lyle Talbot ... Cousin Ned
George Pentecost ... Minister
F.J. O'Neil ... Executor of the Estate
Dan Ziskie ... Man from Coroner's Office (as Daniel Ziskie)

Buddy Powell ... Usher
Thomas Reynolds ... Delivery Man
Hank Robinson ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)

Season 5, Episode 16: Chimes They Are a Changin'

26 January 1987
George tries to fix the town's bell tower after a big snowstorm and Michael rents The Wizard of Oz to overcome his fear of wind.

Season 5, Episode 17: Unfriendly Persuasion

2 February 1987
Dick attempts to help Joanna overcome her fear of eye doctors.

Season 5, Episode 18: Jail, Jail, the Gang's All Here

9 February 1987
Larry, Darryl, and Darryl ask Dick to represent them after they're arrested for rustling a neighbor's cow.

Season 5, Episode 19: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Loudon

16 February 1987
In spite of Dick's objections, "Vermont Today" turns into a confrontational, exploitative talk show to boost its ratings.

Season 5, Episode 20: Fun with Dick and Joanna

23 February 1987
Joanna pressures Dick into being spontaneous, but disaster strikes when they take off on a spur-of-the-moment trip.

Season 5, Episode 21: Night Moves

9 March 1987
After an argument with Joanna, Dick spends the rest of the night trying to find a place to sleep.

Season 5, Episode 22: Harris Ankles PIV for Web Post

16 March 1987
Michael has an offer to take a network job.

Season 5, Episode 23: Good-Bye & Good Riddance, Mr. Chips

6 April 1987
Dick enrolls in an adult-education typing class, only to discover that the instructor is the same teacher who failed him in grade school.

Season 5, Episode 24: Much to Do Without Muffin

13 April 1987
Michael is lost when Stephanie goes away for the weekend. He goes to a Beaver Lodge dinner with George and is the life of the party.

Season 6


Season 6, Episode 1: Here's to You, Mrs. Loudon

14 September 1987
When a 16 year old guest at the Stratford develops a crush on her, Joanna has a hard time turning him down.

Season 6, Episode 2: Prima Darryl

21 September 1987
Larry, Darryl, and Darryl have their relationship turned upside down when Larry discovers he isn't the oldest brother.

Season 6, Episode 3: Inn This Corner

28 September 1987
Dick and Joanna's new friends decide to open an inn right next door, and it ends up being such a success, it steals all the Stratford's business.

Season 6, Episode 4: Me and My Gayle

5 October 1987
George's 40-year high school reunion gives him the chance to admit his feelings to an old crush.

Season 6, Episode 5: Reading, Writing, and Rating Points

12 October 1987
Michael steals an idea for a new program from a new student at his television production class.

Bob Newhart ... Dick Loudon
Mary Frann ... Joanna Loudon

Peter Scolari ... Michael Harris

Julia Duffy ... Stephanie Vanderkellen

Tom Poston ... George Utley
Linda Carlson ... Bev Dutton

John Putch ... Bill Coder
John Zarchen ... Neil
Ralph Manza ... Bud

Willie Garson ... Steve Windsell (as William Garson)

Kellie Overbey ... Student #1
Suzanne Calvert ... Student #2
Daniel Berman ... Vern (as Dan Berman)
Keith Amos ... Nicholas Prescott
Kim Ameen ... Television Director

Season 6, Episode 6: Vintage Stephanie

19 October 1987
Stephanie panics when she discovers she's no longer "blossoming". It takes Larry, Darryl, and Darryl's sage advice to break her depression. George buys blue jeans.

Season 6, Episode 7: Take Me to Your Loudon

26 October 1987
It's Halloween, and the townspeople believe the town is about to be invaded by aliens.

Season 6, Episode 8: Till Depth Do Us Part: Part 1

9 November 1987
When their relationship hits a rut due to a series of boring dates, Michael and Stephanie seek help from a couples therapist who advises them to break up.

Season 6, Episode 9: Till Depth Do Us Part: Part 2

16 November 1987
When Michael and Stephanie decide to get married in order to return a spark to their stagnant relationship, Dick, Michael's Best Man, has reservations about how seriously they are are taking the marriage.

Season 6, Episode 10: Telethon Man

23 November 1987
Dick hosts a telethon to rescue the financially strapped WPIV.

Season 6, Episode 11: Laugh at My Wife, Please

7 December 1987
When Joanna is asked to be a tour guide at the local museum, she asks Dick to write her a speech about the history of Vermont, but he delivers one filled with terrible jokes. Meanwhile, George agrees to lead Darryl and Darryl around while Larry is away on vacation.

Season 6, Episode 12: Support Your Local Shifflet

14 December 1987
Dick encourages Officer Shifflet to go on strike for a raise, but when the town makes due without a policeman, Dick feels guilty and hires Shifflet to work at the Stratford.

Season 6, Episode 13: My Three Dads

4 January 1988
Larry, Darryl, and Darryl decide to adopt a child, but when the only one the adoption agency will give them is a 17-year old, they try to cram a lifetime of parenting into one month.

Season 6, Episode 14: A Friendship That Will Last a Lunchtime

11 January 1988
Stephanie becomes friends with Buffy Denver, Dick's annoying former co-host.

Season 6, Episode 15: Presence of Malice

18 January 1988
A vindictive critic in the local newspaper targets Dick's performance on Vermont Today, while Larry, Darryl, and Darryl create a sensation when they find a pancake that looks like Paul Anka's head.

Season 6, Episode 16: Would You Buy a Used Car from This Handyman?

1 February 1988
Dissatisfied with his life as a handyman, George quits to become a used car salesman. Meanwhile, Michael and Stephanie build a "Snow Steph" on the Stratford's front lawn but are horrified when it begins to melt.

Season 6, Episode 17: The Buck Stops Here

8 February 1988
George spots the Great White Buck, which legend says brings luck to the town, but disaster strikes when Dick kills it with his car. Meanwhile, a persistent guest pursues Stephanie.

Season 6, Episode 18: Attention WPIV Shoppers

15 February 1988
Michael puts a home shopping program on Channel 8.

Season 6, Episode 19: The Big Uneasy

22 February 1988
Dick and Michael attend a conference in New Orleans in order to sell Vermont Today into syndication, and an executive wants to buy it, provided Michael sleeps with her.

Season 6, Episode 20: Draw Partner

7 March 1988
As the Stratford awaits its 5000th customer, Dick is thrilled to learn he'll be working with a famous illustrator on his next book, but when he meets her, he can't stand her.

Season 6, Episode 21: A Midseason's Night Dream

14 March 1988
Dick, George, Stephanie, Michael, and Larry all have a series of strange dreams.

Bob Newhart ... Dick Loudon
Mary Frann ... Joanna Loudon

Peter Scolari ... Michael Harris

Julia Duffy ... Stephanie Vanderkellen

Tom Poston ... George Utley

William Sanderson ... Larry
Tony Papenfuss ... Darryl #1
John Voldstad ... Darryl #2

Emma Samms ... Herself
Tommy Newsom ... Himself

Fred Travalena ... Himself
Joan Embery ... Herself
James F. Dean ... Rick

Dan Gilvezan ... Bill
Deanna Oliver ... Jane
Bob Walton ... T.V. Reporter

Chad Doreck ... Michael Harris Jr. (uncredited)

Ed McMahon ... Himself - Announcer (voice) (uncredited)

Season 6, Episode 22: Newsstruck

21 March 1988
Michael takes over as producer of WPIV's nightly news, but his new informed outlook on life drives a wedge between him and Stephanie. Meanwhile, George announces he has given up on being a Red Sox fan.

Season 6, Episode 23: The Gleeless Club

2 May 1988
Joanna becomes upset when she and Dick audition for the town's new glee club but only Dick is accepted.

Season 6, Episode 24: Courtin' Disaster

9 May 1988
George begins dating a new woman, but her ex-boyfriend threatens to beat him up.

Season 7


Season 7, Episode 1: Town Without Pity

24 October 1988
When Al "The Mole" Griswold uses one of Dick's "How To" books to break out of prison the town has a book burning for all of Dick's books.

Season 7, Episode 2: Apples, Apples, Apples

31 October 1988
The town puts Michael in charge of the annual apple festival.

Season 7, Episode 3: This Blood's for You

14 November 1988
Stephanie receives a blood transfusion after an appendectomy, not knowing that it was one of the Darryls who gave her blood.

Season 7, Episode 4: I Married Dick

21 November 1988
Joanna forces Dick to attend couples counseling when she feels their marriage has become stagnant.

Season 7, Episode 5: Goonstruck

12 December 1988
Stephanie is smitten by the handsome stonemason repairing the Stratford's fireplace, but he shows her no interest.

Season 7, Episode 6: I Came, I Saw, I Sat

19 December 1988
Dick's father visits the Inn. Dick tries to get him to do things but all his dad wants to do it sit around the Inn.

Season 7, Episode 7: Twelve Annoyed Men and Women

9 January 1989
Having to serve as foreman on a jury that can't come to a consensus may force Dick to miss a New England Patriots game he and George have tickets to.

Season 7, Episode 8: Home for the Holidays

16 January 1989
Joanna becomes a Real Estate sales person.

Season 7, Episode 9: Shoe Business Is My Life

23 January 1989
Michael is fired after insulting the daughter of WPIV's new owner and the only work he can find is as a shoe salesman.

Season 7, Episode 10: George and the Old Maid

6 February 1989
The Inn's old maid, Madelyn Stone, returns after a 25-year absence to answer George "The Brick" marriage proposal.

Season 7, Episode 11: Hi, Society

13 February 1989
Dick takes Stephanie to a High Society gala.

Season 7, Episode 12: Cupcake on My Back

20 February 1989
Michael cannot afford the extravagant lifestyle Stephanie has become accustomed to on his salary as a shoe salesman, while accusations of cheating at poker threaten Jim and Chester's friendship.

Season 7, Episode 13: Another Saturday Night

27 February 1989
Michael and Joanna endure a torturous evening at Larry, Darryl, and Darryl's house. Dick gives a commencement speech at an exclusive school.

Season 7, Episode 14: The Nice Man Cometh

13 March 1989
Dick unwillingly becomes the sidekick and target of mockery of an insult comic hired to host WPIV's new late night talk show.

Season 7, Episode 15: One and a Half Million Dollar Man

20 March 1989
Scooter Drake comes to Vermont in hopes of buying an inn. Michael begins a new career as a mime.

Season 7, Episode 16: The Little Match Girl

27 March 1989
Michael is hospitalized in a sanitarium after suffering a breakdown due to his life falling apart. When visiting him, Dick meets Corinne Denby, the irascible artist who is now a mental patient, and agrees to sponsor her release so she can work on his new book, not knowing she's a pyromaniac.

Season 7, Episode 17: Buy, Buy Blues

10 April 1989
Stephanie becomes addicted to shopping as a means of dealing with her and Michael's breakup.

Season 7, Episode 18: Message from Michael

24 April 1989
Michael becomes a guest on Vermont Today and is a town favorite.

Season 7, Episode 19: Homes and Jo-Jo

1 May 1989
Joanna hosts a real estate TV show where her co-host tries to create sexual tension between the two of them.

Season 7, Episode 20: Georgie and Bess

8 May 1989
George's Aunt Bess visits the inn but she isn't the kind woman he remembers.

Season 7, Episode 21: Murder at the Stratley

15 May 1989
Everyone in town is talking about Dick's first novel: a murder mystery with characters who are thinly disguised versions of people in his own life.

Season 7, Episode 22: Malling in Love Again

22 May 1989
Michael and Stephanie get married; Dick doesn't believe Larry, Darryl, and Darryl when Larry says they know Johnny Carson.

Season 8


Season 8, Episode 1: Don't Worry Be Pregnant

18 September 1989
Michael and a very pregnant Stephanie return from a six-month honeymoon.

Season 8, Episode 2: Get Dick

25 September 1989
Dick believes Hubert is trying to kill him after he accidentally burns down his restaurant.

Season 8, Episode 3: Poetry and Pastries

2 October 1989
When Dick is named the judge of the local poetry and pastry contest, Joanna is convinced she will win until Dick belittles her ability as a poet.

Season 8, Episode 4: Utley Exposed

16 October 1989
Everyone decides to run George out of town when he reveals that, as a teenager, he was the perpetrator of an infamous prank.

Season 8, Episode 5: Ramblin' Michael Harris

23 October 1989
Michael quits his job at the grocery store and becomes a lounge singer at a local restaurant.

Season 8, Episode 6: Meet Michael Vanderkellen

13 November 1989
Mrs. Vanderkellen promises to buy Michael and Stephanie a house if Michael changes his last name.

Season 8, Episode 7: Good Lord Loudon

20 November 1989
A cash-strapped visiting dignitary makes Dick a royal Lord. After hearing of his good fortune, the townspeople's opinion of Dick jumps up a notch.

Season 8, Episode 8: Cupcake in a Cage

4 December 1989
Stephanie ends up in jail after slapping a mall security guard during an emotional outburst brought on by her pregnancy hormones.

Season 8, Episode 9: Attack of the Killer Aunt

11 December 1989
Joanna's Aunt Louise, who dislikes Dick and tried to stop their wedding, comes for a visit.

Season 8, Episode 10: I Like You, Butt...

18 December 1989
George meets a woman with an extremely large behind.

Season 8, Episode 11: Jumpin' George

1 January 1990
Suffering from a recurring nightmare, George vows to never sleep again.

Season 8, Episode 12: Lights! Camera! Contractions!

8 January 1990
Michael wants to capture the birth of Stephanie's baby on video.

Bob Newhart ... Dick Loudon
Mary Frann ... Joanna Loudon

Peter Scolari ... Michael Harris

Julia Duffy ... Stephanie Vanderkellen

Tom Poston ... George Utley
Ralph Manza ... Bud

Jill Jacobson ... Chantal

Lou Cutell ... Dr. Grossman
Tina Johnson ... Nurse
Freyda Thomas ... Mrs. Pesko
Ken Kerman ... Cameraman

Patrick Duffy ... Patrick Duffy (uncredited)

Angela Lansbury ... Angela Lansbury (uncredited)

Gerald McRaney ... Gerald McRaney (uncredited)

Jean Smart ... Jean Smart (uncredited)

Tom Williams ... Baby V.O. (uncredited)

Season 8, Episode 13: Beauty and the Pest

15 January 1990
Joanna tries to sell a house to a fan of her real estate television show, only to discover he has a crush on her. Meanwhile, Stephanie and Michael plan to charge the townspeople to view their new daughter.

Season 8, Episode 14: Good Neighbor Sam

29 January 1990
An annoying and morose guest moves in next door to the Stratford and declares himself Dick's new best friend, prompting the other men in town to protest that Dick is dumping them.

Season 8, Episode 15: Child in Charge

5 February 1990
Stephanie's parents buy Baby Stephanie WPIV making her the new owner of the local television station.

Season 8, Episode 16: Seein' Double

19 February 1990
Michael produces a sloppily written sitcom as a star vehicle for Stephanie.

Season 8, Episode 17: Born to Be Mild

26 February 1990
George, Jim, and Chester reform the Hooligans, their teenage gang, allow Dick, Michael, and Mr. Rusnak to join, and have a rumble with the similarly aged members of their old rivals, the Ruffians.

Season 8, Episode 18: Daddy's Little Girl

5 March 1990
Michael has competing dreams about Baby Stephanie as a grown up, one in which she's horribly spoiled, the other in which she's selfless to a fault.

Season 8, Episode 19: Georgie and Grace

19 March 1990
Depressed due to the long Vermont winter and inspired by a group of priests staying at the Stratford, George decides to join the clergy.

Season 8, Episode 20: Handymania

9 April 1990
George invents a simple board game based on his handyman duties and it becomes a sensation among the townsfolk.

Season 8, Episode 21: Dick and Tim

30 April 1990
Dick inadvertently drives Tim Conway away from his regular poker game.

Season 8, Episode 22: Father Goose

7 May 1990
Michael meets his long-lost father when he auditions for the lead in a proposed children's TV show.