The Spokesman-Review

Cbs’ ‘Bob Newhart Show’ Gets A New Life On Video


Fans of “The Bob Newhart Show” can enjoy psychologist Bob Hartley’s pokes and jabs at neuroses, anxieties and quirks as the ‘70s CBS sitcom comes to home video.

The introductory volume, “The Bob Newhart Show: The Collector’s Edition,” is available for $4.95 plus shipping and handling at (800) 638-2922.

It features four episodes:

“Pilot,” with a social worker interviewing the Hartleys in their Chicago apartment when they decide to adopt a child.

“Tracy Grammar School, I’ll Lick You Yet,” in which Hartley attempts to describe the psychology profession to a class of 8-year-olds.

“Death Be My Destiny,” with Hartley and patient Mr. Herd (Oliver Clark) out to conquer phobias.

And “A Day in the Life,” in which Hartley tries to reschedule his appointments to make a plane as patients pop up all around.

Subsequent volumes will be available every four to six weeks for $19.95, plus shipping and handling.

The 1972-78 sitcom surrounded Newhart with a talented ensemble cast of peculiar friends and zany patients for whom Newhart was a perfect foil and master reactor.

Regulars, in addition to Suzanne Pleshette, who played Newhart’s wife, were Bill Daily, an airline navigator who had an apartment next to the Hartleys; Peter Bonerz as an orthodontist in a neighboring office; and Hartley’s secretary, Marcia Wallace. Regular patients included henpecked John Fiedler, obsessively inferior Oliver Clark and outspoken, hostile Jack Riley.

Newhart played television’s first prime-time psychologist, paving the way professionally for at least a pair of today’s popular sitcoms, NBC’s “Frasier” and Comedy Channel’s “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.”

Tours of 26 cities on tape

Travelogues of 26 of the world’s most-loved cities are offered in the “Super Cities” series of home videos from IVN Communications Inc. For $9.95 each, you can view the heart of a bustling metropolis, get acquainted with the local folks and become familiar with the history and character of each city.

The 30-minute cassettes may be ordered from IVN at (800) 767-4486.

The cities on video include: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Berlin, Bern (and Lucerne), Budapest, Cairo, Florence, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Marrakesh (and Fez), Mexico City, Munich, New York, Paris, Prague, Rio De Janeiro, Rome, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Venice and Vienna.

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