TV Trivia: The Bob Newhart Show
Q1. Comedian Bob Newhart played psychologist and straight man Dr. Bob Hartley on the 1972-1978 sit-com The Bob Newhart Show. He starred in two other TV’s shows (1961-62 & 1982-1990). What were they called?
Q2. Which recurring guest star on The Bob Newhart Show married actress Suzanne Pleshette (she played Bob’s wife Emily) in 2001, 23 years after the show ended?
Baby boomers and seniors will recall the other regulars from The Bob Newhart Show – Bob & Emily’s neighbour, pilot Howard Borden (played by Bill Daily); orthodontist Jerry Robinson (Peter Bonerz); and receptionist Carol Kester, played by Marcia Wallace. Wallace passed away in 2013 at age 70, but Bob Newhart (85), Bill Daily (87) and Peter Bonerz (76) are all still alive and occasionally acting.
Between the series regulars and recurring guest stars such as Jack Riley (he played neurotic Elliot Carlin for 76 episodes), characters from The Bob Newhart Show appeared on 8 other subsequent tv shows in the 80′, including Alf, St. Elsewhere, Newhart, Murphy Brown, and Saturday Night Live.
In The Bob Newhart Show‘s final episode, Bob & Emily move to Oregon because Bob has accepted a teaching position there. In the final episode of the 1980’s series Newhart (starring Bob Newhart as Vermont inn owner and author Dick Louden), Bob wakes up from a dream next to Suzanne Pleshette in the bedroom set of The Bob Newhart Show – and viewers realize that the entire Newhart series had been Bob’s dream.
A1. The networks weren’t very original; Bob Newhart’s 1961-62 variety show was called The Bob Newhart Show; and the 1982-1990 sit-com was titled Newhart.
A2. Actor Tom Poston played Bob’s college roommate and friend from Vermont, Cliff Murdock; in reality, Poston was in fact a long-time friend of Bob Newhart (he also starred with him on Newhart). In the late 1950’s, while Tom was married to his first wife, he co-starred with Pleshette in a play on Broadway and they had a brief affair which ended in 1959. He was 80 and Pleshette was 64 when they finally married in 2001 (his 4th marriage and her 3rd). Sadly both of them are now gone; Poston died in in 2007 and Pleshette died in 2008.
Below: The Bob Newhart Show regulars Marcia Wallace (Carol), Suzanne Pleshette (Emily), Bob Newhart (Bob), and Tom Poston (Cliff), re-united for a TV Land Award in 2005: