Comedian Bob Newhart returned to the small screen in the 1980s to welcome back his old audience and bring in a new fanbase with his sitcom Newhart.
Newhart’s new show debuted on CBS in October 1982, paired with actress Mary Frann as a couple who owns an inn in rural Vermont and are surrounded by an odd group of friends, employees and guests.
Newhart plays DIY author Dick Loudon and Frann plays Joanna, both who moved from New York City to small town Vermont. The supporting cast included Tom Poston as George the handyman, Jennifer Holmes and Julia Duffy as rich sisters Leslie and Stephanie who take jobs at the inn for a lark.
Three other unique characters included Larry, Darryl and Darryl, backwoodsmen who live in a shack and soon become regulars to hang out at the inn, played by William Sanderson, Tony Papenfuss and John Volstad.
Newhart once again showed off Bob Newhart’s low key comedic style, letting the cast be the dramatic foil to his quiet demeanor. Eventually Newhart starts a tv show in Vermont, showcasing the DIY and the rural life.
Int he top 20 for almost all of its eight season run, Newhart was a tv viewer favourite, a sitcom that looked at small town life, with a unique view, and certainly let the crazy characters almost steal the show.