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The Bob Newhart Show – The Complete Third Season


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



The Bob Newhart Show - The Complete Third Season is another strong season of the best comedy MTM Productions ever made outside of their cycle of Mary Tyler Moore Show episodes and spin-offs.  This time in a compact set once again offered on three double-sided DVDs in another set of nice slender cases in another nicely illustrated box, we get extras again and Pleshette’s Emily become a working wife.


This is spoofed in the opening montage, where gender reversal is thrown into the mix as a great joke.  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) continued to find new places to go.  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 1974-75 season, guest stars included Howard Hesseman, Daniel J. Travanti (later of Hill Street Blues), Carl Gottlieb, John Ritter, Barnard Hughes, John Randolph, Ann Rutherford, Martha Scott, Gail Strictland, Howard Platt, Fred Willard, Cliff Norton, Mike Henry and Bill Quinn.  This was often before these actors became recognized and found success of their own.  MTM had a knack for casting the best talent in the business and it paid off as this show continued to build and build in the ratings after a rough start.  Here are the episodes, with commentary by Newhart and Peter Bonerz marked *, Newhart and Fred Willard**, Newhart and Jim Burrows*** and Newhart solo****:


  1. Big Brother Is Watching
  2. The Battle of the Groups*
  3. The Great Rimpau Medical Arts Co-Op Experiment
  4. The Separation Story
  5. Sorry, Wrong Mother*
  6. The Gray Flannel Shrink
  7. Dr. Ryan's Express
  8. Brutally Yours, Bob Hartley
  9. Ship of Shrinks
  10.  Life Is a Hamburger
  11.  An American Family
  12.  We Love You... Good-Bye
  13.  Jerry Robinson Crusoe
  14.  Serve for Daylight
  15.  Home Is Where the Hurt Is
  16.  Tobin's Back in Town**
  17.  Think Smartly--Vote Hartley
  18.  The Way We Weren't***
  19.  A Pound of Flesh
  20.  My Business Is Shrinking
  21.  The New Look
  22.  Bob Hits the Ceiling
  23.  Emily Hits the Ceiling
  24.  The Ceiling Hits Bob****



I have much more to say about the entire show in my review of the first season, but am glad the theme song is back in tact.  The 1.33 X 1 image are better than the second season set, more on par with the first, including a little grain but better color.  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 above and another new featurette about this season on the final side of DVD 3.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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