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(1982–1990)

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It was Bob Newhart's idea to begin using film from Season 2 onward in order to give the show a more realistic look.
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The opening credits are outtakes of On Golden Pond (1981). If you look closely you can see Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn in the car. William Lanteau, who was the recurring role of Chester in the series, was also in "On Golden Pond".
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Larry, Darryl and Darryl were supposed to be one time characters but the studio audience's reaction to their introduction was so spontaneous the producers used them again.
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Larry always wears a quarter in his ear. William Sanderson also used this prop in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980).
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The show was videotaped in the first season, later episodes were filmed.
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Vermont residents complained that the opening scenes are of New Hampshire, and not Vermont.
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Darryl and Darryl were originally named Larry. They altered their given names to avoid confusion both at home and at obedience school.
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Mary Frann (who played Joanna) visited several Vermont inns to do research and brought back the Pfaltzgraff dishes that are seen as props in the Stratford.
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Julia Duffy was pregnant during several episodes of the show and had to hide her condition by wearing baggy clothes and standing behind furniture.
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Jerry Van Dyke was the first choice to play George Utley, but his audition for the role was unsuccessful.
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Darryl (unclear whether it's one or both) doesn't talk because when he was seven years old, he sat on a porcupine and "he ain't talked since."
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Exterior scenes of the Stratford Inn were those of the Waybury Inn in Vermont.
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The role of Larry was written for Tracey Walter. He auditioned but William Sanderson was eventually cast.
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The name of the community/town where The Vermont Inn is, and the show takes place is never mentioned in eight years of episodes.
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Over the course of the series, how long the Loudons had been married kept changing. In an early episode in 1982 they'd been married 16 years; in a 1984 show it was said to be 18 years; when the Loudons are going to renew their vows in 1986 it was said to be 15 years.
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The characters "Larry, Darryl, and Darryl," who often waxed philosophical, probably got their names from the main character of the book "The Razor's Edge," by W. Somerset Maugham, Larry Darrell, who traveled the world looking for the meaning of life.
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Logo gimmick: MTM kitty saying "meow" in Bob Newhart's voice.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Despite the dream revelation in the final episode, books by Dick Loudon and the characters of Larry, Darryl, and Darryl all appear in various episodes of Coach (1989), also created by Barry Kemp.
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It is revealed in the final episode that the entire series was a dream of Robert Hartley's (Bob Newhart's character from his previous series The Bob Newhart Show (1972).)
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Bob Newhart often made slight references to The Bob Newhart Show (1972) throughout the run of Newhart (1982) Most were veiled, mainly poking fun at the quirks of Dr. Bob Hartley. None of these references ever made any clues to the series finale.
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To keep the tabloid press from finding out the real surprise ending, Bob Newhart leaked a "false ending" story for the series, before the final episode was aired. In the "false ending," after being hit on the head by a flying golf ball, Dick Loudon would wake up in Heaven, where he would meet God, to be played by either George Burns or George C. Scott.
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