Newhart (1982–1990)
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In the Beginning 

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




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Episode complete credited cast:
Mary Frann ...
Steven Kampmann ...
Jennifer Holmes ...
Mr. Shaver
Natalie Core ...
Mrs. Hamilton
Merritt Olsen ...
Mr. Pomerantz
Beth LeGrant ...
Mrs. Pomerantz (as Beth Le Grant)


Manhattanites Dick and Joanna Louden take the plunge and move to Vermont where they've bought the historic Stratford Inn. Dick is far keener than Joanna but she relents and they are soon renovating and getting to know their surroundings. They meet George the inn's handyman and Kirk Devane who runs the restaurant and gift shop next door. They also hire new maid, socialite Leslie Vanderkellen. The local ladies historical society is thrilled that the Revolutionary-era inn is to be re-opened and ask Dick, who is a writer by profession, to give a talk on the history of the inn and particularly on the winter of 1775 when many of their ancestors stayed there. Dick agrees but when his research shows that inn was used as a house of ill-repute during that winter, he's at something of a loss as to what to tell them. Written by garykmcd

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25 October 1982 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The only episode of the series where the kitten's meow on the MTM logo at the end of the show is the normal meow. See more »


During the series, whenever we see anyone enter or leave from the inside of the Stratford, they approach or leave to the right (presumably to steps at the right end.) However, from the outside shot in the opening credits, it's clear that the porch in that direction is closed off by a room. See more »

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You can see how the series got off to a rough start in this pilot episode.
23 May 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I loved the show "Newhart". However, I have got to be honest...the first couple seasons were rough and not all that good. The problem was the chemistry. While some of the cast would remain on the show throughout its run, the chemistry in the show wasn't particularly great when it first began. Kirk Devane (Steven Kampmann) was THE kooky neighbor but he was a one-not character....a character who lies and is a selfish jerk....not exactly endearing traits! When he left the show, the quality improved well as adding folks like Michael and Larry, Darryl and Darryl.

In this pilot episode, I could see how the show was affected by Kirk. The first portion, starring only Mary Frann, Bob Newhart and Jack Dodson (the realtor) was fine. Then, when Kirk entered, the show ground to a halt. He lies, he lies and he lies a whole lot more....and, in essence, you've seen the entirety of Kirk as a character. Because of this, the show is uneven and not entirely successful...though funny and interesting enough that it limped along. As the show evolved, its ratings improved as did the quality.

The plot finds Dick and Joanna buying the inn as well as having the Daughters of the American Revolution come there for a meeting...and unfortunately, Dick learns that the historic inn actually was a brothel during the Revolution! Quite funny...but only when Kirk was not in the show.

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