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The Bob Newhart Show The Complete Second Season

 

Picture: C Sound: C+ Extras: C+ Episodes: B

 

 

After The Mary Tyler Moore Show, no non-spin-off series was more of a hit for MTM Productions than The Bob Newhart Show, which entered its second season in 1973 and it was a strong as the first. The Complete Second Season is again offered on three double-sided DVDs in another set of nice slender cases in a nicely illustrated box. This time, we get some extras! First, the show.

 

To recap, the classic cast headed by Suzanne Pleshette, Peter Bonerz, Bob Daily, Marcia Wallace, Patricia Smith, John Fiedler and others in this David Davis/Lorenzo Music created show which became an instant classic. With everything set up, the comedy about a psychologist (something that had never been done on TV before) became even more well rounded and the creators really ran with it. The comedy never humiliated the persons suffering mental illness, while actually exposing such problems for the first time in a way TV had never seen before.

 

In this season, guest stars included Michael Conrad (later of Hill Street Blues), Teri Garr, Mariette Hartley, Ron Glass, Jeff Corey, Katherine Helmond, Julius Harris, Ann Rutherford, Raul Julia, Sharon Gless, Henry Winkler, and Ron Rifkin. This was often before these actors became recognized and found success of their own. MTM had a knack for casting the best talent n the business and it paid off as this show continued to build and build in the ratings after a rough start.

 

I have much more to say about the entire show in my review of the previous season, but am happy it was still sticking to its big city feel at this time, though I did complain about the theme song being cut in all the prints in the last set. This time, that has not happened, but the theme was altered a bit by this time, so that leaves no shows with the original credits and original theme music in tact. A minor complaint, but one important enough to address, especially for fans.

 

The 1.33 X 1 image a bit softer throughout than the last set for whatever reason, including a little more grain, Video Black limits and color that is getting faded somewhat. A comparison to the first set quickly reveals the subtle differences. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also adequate, though it still sounds a tad small. The music was by Pat Williams, with the original title song by Lorenzo and Henriette Music. Extras include five very funny commentary tracks with Newhart participating in all of them. He is joined by Jack Riley on Last TV Show, Marcia Wallace & David Davis on Mister Emily Hartley, solo on Blues For Mr. Borden, Wallace and Davis again on T.S. Elliot and The Modernization Of Emily. A brand new 13:41 featurette about this season in particular, but the series overall that is most welcome. The Bob Newhart Show - The Complete Second Season is another great set. Now if they can just get more good prints and more good extras by the next set together.

 

 

- Nicholas Sheffo


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