Sitcoms Online - Main Page / Message Boards - Main Page / Photo Galleries / DVD Reviews / News Blog / Buy TV Shows on DVD

View Today's Active Threads / View New Posts / Mark All Boards Read / Chit Chat Board

Bob links and theme songs at Sitcoms Online / Bob Photo Gallery


Bob - The Complete Series

Buy Bob - The Complete Series on DVD

Sitcoms Online Message Boards - Forums  

Go Back   Sitcoms Online Message Boards - Forums > 1990s Sitcoms > Bob
User Name
Password


Welcome to the Sitcoms Online Message Boards - Forums.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, search, view attachments, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

SitcomsOnline.com News Blog Headlines Twitter Facebook Instagram RSS

SitcomsOnline Digest: Showrunner for The Grinder Exits Before Series Debut; CPO Sharkey Wrapping Up on DVD
American Dad! Renewed for Seasons 12 and 13 on TBS; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of August 31, 2015)
COZI TV Launches The Munsters on October 5; Instant Mom Returns to TV Land for 3rd Season
getTV Acquires Classic TV Westerns; Candace Cameron Bure Joins The View as Co-Host
NBC Summer Pilot Review: The Carmichael Show - Premieres Wednesday, Aug. 26; WGN America Announces Launch Date for Prime Crime Block
A Different World, Happily Divorced Coming to Logo in September; FX and FXX Empire, Simpsons Labor Day Marathons
Summer 2015 Week 13 Sitcom Ratings


New on DVD/Blu-ray (August)

The Jeffersons - Season Eight Maude - The Complete Second Season 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fourth Season Mike & Molly - The Complete Fifth Season Welcome Back, Kotter - The Final (Fourth) Season

08/04 - The Comeback - The Complete Series
08/04 - I Love Lucy - Ultimate Season 2 (Blu-ray)
08/04 - Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show) - The Third Season
08/11 - The Jeffersons - Season Eight
08/11 - Maude - The Complete Second Season
08/11 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Fourth Season
08/18 - The Jeff Foxworthy Show - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
08/18 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Fifth Season
08/18 - Welcome Back, Kotter - The Final (Fourth) Season
08/25 - King of the Hill - The Complete 11th Season
08/25 - The Mindy Project - Season Three
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-29-2012, 12:35 AM   #1
TJ
Administrator
Administrator
 
TJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 03, 2000
Location: Marietta, GA
Posts: 7,495
Send a message via AIM to TJ
Default Bob - The Complete Series DVD Review

If you ever watched television in the '70s and '80s, you know Bob. From 1972-1978, he was Bob Hartley, the Chicago area psychologist dealing with problems both at work and at home. After that, there was a little bit less Bob until 1982, when he returned as Vermont inn-keeper Dick Loudon in the series Newhart, where he remained for eight years. But perhaps what people remember the least is his return to television in 1992, again on CBS (always returning to CBS as Lucille Ball had done for nearly 30 years), with the series Bob, where he was now cartoonist Bob McKay.

Bob McKay was the creator of a comic book superhero in the '50s called Mad-Dog, and it had the potential to be big. But in the the McCarthy era, his material was considered by a United States Senate sub-committee to be subversive and a contributor to the corruption of the youth. That was the end of Mad-Dog and Bob went on to become a greeting card artist for many years... until his employer, AmCanTranConComCo, revives the superhero and wants to put the comic back into publication. With a little encouragement from his family, including wife Kaye (Carlene Watkins), daughter Trisha (Cynthia Stevenson), and friends, Bob reluctantly gets back into the comic book business which he left forty years ago.

The series was retooled significantly for the second season (which only received an eight episode order, and of those eight episodes, three didn't even air until a special airing on TV Land in 1997), where Bob's company was sold and he was fired. But not all is lost for Bob. Sylvia Schmitt (Betty White), the wife of his former boss, hires Bob as the president of the greeting card company which he left earlier.

Read our review by skees53 here:
http://www.sitcomsonline.com/bobthec...dvdreview.html

Please post any questions or comments about this set.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2012, 09:33 AM   #2
zypherix
Forum Regular
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 14, 2003
Posts: 677
Default

I dont have the DVD set, but I have a copy of the episodes from season one, from original airings.
"The Phantom Of AmCanTranConComCo" originally ran 23:15 so its likely edited, there is a part towards the end where one character turns the tv on, and sings along to "i wish i was a fish" from The Incredible Mr. Limpet. This could be what is edited out.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 02:22 AM   #3
bh7812
Frequent Poster
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 21, 2005
Posts: 151
Send a message via MSN to bh7812 Send a message via Yahoo to bh7812
Default

I'm a pretty big fan of Bob's and bought the set for his 3rd sitcom earlier this year. The first thing that will really jump out at everyone who takes the time to watch through it..this is definitely NOT Bob Hartley, Dick Loudon, or George Stoody (I hope I got his last name right from George and Leo!) In this series, Bob plays a brand new character that at least in Season 1 has more in common with George Stoody in my opinion. Is the show bad? Not at all! I will say this, and kind of throw it out there as a friendly warning: I liked Season 1 a LOT more than Season 2! The gap between the end of Season 1 and the beginning of Season 2 was pretty significant, and they re-tooled almost the whole frickin show and concept from top to bottom. I liked how in Season 1 they had him actually returning to his job illustrating his old comic book character much much more than what they did with him in Season 2. I liked the cast of characters surrounding Bob in Season 1 a LOT more as well. I just felt, as a show and concept Season 1 gelled together and worked a lot better than Season 2. Season 2 just changed way too much, way too fast. I didn't think his character fit into that greeting card company at all really and the cast of characters surrounding him during that season didn't work so well. Season 2 the show just got lost and I have to say I was disappointed. The massive gap between the 2 seasons, plus the pretty much complete overhaul of the show are a huge reason why it didn't go beyond Season 2. If they'd stuck with, and expanded on his comic book career, the comic book office, and those characters..honestly, they probably could have gotten a SOLID FULL 3 seasons out of it, if not 4 or 5. I honestly felt there was enough for Bob and the creative team to work with to get that far. I mean hell, the end of Season 1 even ended on a small bit of a cliff hanger even. If Bob had stuck with that foundation and concept I really think they were on the right track with that and the show could have lasted quite a bit of time. I'll forever question in my mind just what on Earth caused them to think that complete overhaul was such a great idea. Fantastic potential, the best TV potential for Bob since Newhart..ruined by that total overhaul. If you compare Season 2 to all of George and Leo, George and Leo was the FAR better show and in that show you can see the potential Bob had for a long lasting series again. At least George and Leo didn't get massively overhauled.

This is my summary of Bob:

Season 1: A+. Honestly, I really recommend it to big fans of Bob's. It's got his dry, witty humor that he's known for, a great concept, premise, characters, supporting cast. Why why why why did you change things so much after this Bob? Ya should have just stuck with the original foundation and concept Some truly great Bob Newhart moments this season. Best damn episode of this show's entire run was the episode with the wanna be Barney!! That was comedy gold! If you watch only one episode of the 2 seasons make it that one! But anyway, Season 1 is totally worth the time to watch.

Season 2: I'll be very generous and give it a C-. In my mind and heart though I really do want to say season 2 is a D- effort. It was painful to watch and hard to get through those several episodes. Too much change, waaaay too fast IF they'd very gradually and sensibly transitioned to what the show had ultimately become I think it would have been better for that. The only things that remained from Season 1 were Bob's wife, daughter, and dog. Everything else totally and completely overhauled. Even their house was different this season!! The idea of him working for a greeting card company COULD have been very interesting and extremely well done if they'd been smart about it. I just think what did happen was a train wreck. A lot like a puzzle with pieces that will never fit together and at best will only get partially completed. The supporting characters and cast just didn't gel well with Bob or his character I felt. Especially the last 2 or so episodes, that was showing through big time on Bob's face I think. Just terrible what happened to the show. Massive potential from Season 1 ruined. Very sad.

Overall, if you can borrow the show, PLEASE do watch Season 1! If you can get the set for cheap, again at least watch through that first year. It really is some of Bob's best work and that season is truly up there with his best Bob Newhart Show and Newhart Seasons. Season 2..well I'll say if you have the time and are heart set on seeing what they tried to do and the train wreck fiasco that ensued go for it. I'd love to know who's idea those massive changes were I sure hope they weren't Bob's. In a word..you'll walk away from Season 2 disappointed. Severely disappointed most likely over what coulda been.

Bob's final sitcom, George and Leo, was a much much better overall series compared to Bob and hopefully that one will finally get to DVD too!
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2013, 01:13 PM   #4
zypherix
Forum Regular
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 14, 2003
Posts: 677
Default

Other edits:
S01E06 - Trisha quoting Janice Ian is cut out
S01E10 - Stone singing "Come Fly With Me" is cut out.
S02E06 - There is very likely a song played on the piano at 15:05 as you hear the piano music fading away as the scene cuts. I dont have the original episode to confirm this but the cut is rather abrupt.

Last edited by zypherix : 07-31-2013 at 07:31 PM.
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:52 AM.


Although the administrators and moderators of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards, nor Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message. The owners of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason.

Powered by: vBulletin Version 3.5.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.