Newhart (1982–1990)
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In the Beginning 

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


John Rich


Barry Kemp

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Episode complete credited cast:
Bob Newhart ... Dick Loudon
Mary Frann Mary Frann ... Joanna Loudon
Steven Kampmann Steven Kampmann ... Kirk Devane
Jennifer Holmes Jennifer Holmes ... Leslie Vanderkellen
Tom Poston ... George Utley
Jack Dodson ... Mr. Shaver
Natalie Core Natalie Core ... Mrs. Hamilton
Merritt Olsen Merritt Olsen ... Mr. Pomerantz
Beth LeGrant 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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Release Date:

25 October 1982 (USA) See more »

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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 anyone enters or leaves from the inside of the Stratford, they approach from or leave to the right (presumably to or from 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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The First Episode of One of the Funniest Shows Ever
24 April 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Bob and Joanna arrive at the Stratford Inn. The inn goes back a couple hundred years to the American Revolution. The immediately encounter the cast of characters that will make up the first season. The best of all is George Utley, played by Tom Poston. His clueless antics will be a constant plus for this show. Two characters that are less important in the long run are Stephanie, the rich maid and Kirk Devane, the guy who runs the Minuteman Cafe (later owned by Larry, Darryl, and the other Darryl). The initial plot involves getting their first guests and a speech by Bob after he finds out that the Stratford Inn was really a Cat House during the Revolution. Great writing and amazing timing with Newhart doing his phone thing to perfection.

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