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Ramblin' Michael Harris 

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


David Steinberg, Michael Lessac (uncredited)


Barry Kemp (created by), Sheldon Bull (developed by) | 5 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Bob Newhart ... Dick Loudon
Mary Frann Mary Frann ... Joanna Loudon
Peter Scolari ... Michael Harris
Julia Duffy ... Stephanie Vanderkellen
Tom Poston ... George Utley
Ernie Lively ... Terry Sadler
Debra Jo Rupp ... Irene Sadler
Craig Bierko ... Dirk
Jill Jacobson ... Chantal
Phyllis Flax Phyllis Flax ... Grandma Menkey


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

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Release Date:

23 October 1989 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tom Poston would later play Debra Jo Rupp's father in That 70's Show. See more »


Hey! Look Me Over
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Performed by Bob Newhart
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Painfully unfunny and awful
25 May 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Of all the episodes of "Newhart" from the good seasons (i.e., after Kirk left the show), "Ramblin' Michael Harris" might just be the worst. It seems practically scriptless and aside from a segment involving a VERY strict grocery store, none of the show is funny and the plot just bizarre and not in a good way.

Michael is still working at the local grocery store since deservedly losing his job with the TV station. His co-worker apparently is making extra money singing in a lounge after work and Michael jumps into this new gig...going so far as quitting his bag-boy job. When George and the Loudons go to see Michael perform, he's god- awful...and this segment seems to go on FOREVER. At the conclusion, Dick tries his hand at lounge singing and isn't any better.

You just have to see this one to believe how unfunny and painful it is to watch. The fact it came in the final season isn't a huge surprise, as the quality of the shows varied widely...mostly because the show had run out of good script ideas. Horrible and the only way to have made it worse was to have Kirk show up sometime in the show!

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