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The Bob Newhart Show
Season Six: 1977-78
THE SIXTH SEASON
Year-End Rating: 16.2 (67th place)
By the time Bob Newhart reconsidered his earlier decision to end the
series after the fifth year, most of the show's longtime staff had already
moved on to other projects. But despite the loss of so many key writers
and producers, the show's final and least consistent season is redeemed
by a handful of memorable and funny episodes.
Executive producer Michael Zinberg assembled a sixth-season staff
that included producers Glen Charles and Les Charles, story editor Lloyd
Garver, and executive script consultant Tom Tenowich. Directing chores
are divided almost equally between Peter Bonerz, Michael Zinberg, and
Dick Martin, who also serves as creative consultant in the show's final
Bob faces a mid-life crisis when he and Emily decide to move to a new
Bob's newest therapy group has a unique set of problems--all five are
freshly paroled ex-convicts.
Bob treats a schizophrenic ventriloquist and his dummy; and Jerry is
convinced that his beautiful new girlfriend is too good for him.
After his wife kicks him out, Mr. Peterson finds an unlikely soulmate
in Mr. Carlin.
Carlin decides to take advantage of a bogus paternity suit to pal around
with the son he never had.
Loni Anderson would soon make waves as the sultry receptionist of
MTM's WKRP in Cincinnati.
Bob accepts a spur-of-the-moment invitation to Mardi Gras and then
has but a single day to convince his patients that they can survive
a week without him.
Howard laughs at all his son's jokes, until Howie decides to quit high
school to pursue a career as a professional comedian.
Bob hires his old college professor to help out with his practice and
then faces the unenviable task of firing his mentor when things don't
Bob convinces a closed-mouthed patient to open up but wishes he'd left
well enough alone when the man's confession makes him an accessory to
While Bob's away on business, Emily becomes better acquainted with
an eccentric neighbor--an elderly woman who's perfectly content to live
her life in the past.
As a condition of his return to the series's final year, Newhart's
sixth-season contract allowed him to sit out five of the final twenty-two
shows. Emily takes the spotlight in this episode, as well as in "Grizzly
Emily," "Emily Carlin, Emily Carlin," "It Didn't Happen One Night,"
and "Crisis in Edukation," while Bob makes only token appearances in
On the evening of their tenth anniversary, Bob and Emily imagine how
their lives might have been different had they each married someone
Bob's group decides to boycott his Christmas party after they each
discover a rate increase notice that was accidentally included with
their Christmas cards.
Even though he and Emily are supposed to be enjoying themselves on
a ten-day pleasure cruise, Bob can't seem to resist solving other people's
Emily is one disgruntled camper after Bob's father insists that she
stay behind to cook and clean while he and Howard go fishing.
Unable to find work on the outside, the parolees from Bob's ex-con
therapy group decide to go into business for themselves.
Mr. Plager invites Bob's group to see his play--a turgid World War
I drama with characters who bear more than a passing resemblance to
the other members of the group.
Carlin convinces Emily to attend his high school reunion posing as
his wife, and then takes shameless advantage of the situation.
Bob treats Ralph Alfalfa, a stuttering radio personality who dreams
of hosting a children's TV show.
The Hartleys' friends assume the worst when Emily renews her friendship
with a handsome old boyfriend while Bob's away on business.
Bob and Jerry are shocked when Carol announces that she's quitting
to accept a better job offer--working as personal assistant to Mr. Carlin!
Director Mark Tinker, the son of MTM founder Grant Tinker, was also
associate producer of the final two seasons of The Bob Newhart Show.
He would later produce MTM's The White Shadow and St. Elsewhere.
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Emily is left to fend off a group of irate parents after her principal
skips town to avoid the brewing protest.
Jerry, Howard, and Carol exchange tearful farewells at the Hartleys'
good-bye party after Bob accepts a teaching job at a small college in
When the show went off the air, it seemed almost unimaginable that
Bob would trade in the hustle and bustle of the big city for the bucolic
pace of small-town life. And yet, four years later, Newhart reappeared
in a new MTM series set, coincidentally, in a small town. Before Newhart
premiered in 1982, the star actually considered returning to his former
stomping grounds. "At one time," Newhart told TV Guide, "I thought
of simply picking up the old show four years later. I think it might
Perhaps. But given the unlikelihood of any such officially sanctioned
postscript, fans of The Bob Newhart Show can always take solace
in the show's continued afterlife in nightly rerun syndication. For
it's there that the infectious wit and cockeyed wisdom of Bob and Emily
and Carol and Jerry and Howard will continue to illuminate the late
night landscape as long as there are people willing to smile in the