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Old 10-19-2011, 10:56 PM   #1
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Question Is There Anything That Could've Been Improved on 'The Bob Newhart Show?'

....or was it a perfect sitcom for its time?


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Old 10-19-2011, 11:43 PM   #2
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It's hard to mess with success! Looking at the storylines, the humor, situations, and all -- it's still relevant to today. The only thing that ages the show at all are the fashions....both the set and the clothing. However, wait a few years and the clothes will come back into fashion. :-)
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Ahhh...the 70s decor and clothes...scary. I have to say I wasn't a huge fan of S1. There were some terrific episodes like "Fly the Unfriendly Skies" and "Don't Go to Bed Mad", but they hadn't found their bearings yet. It felt a little awkward and uneven, like with "P-I-L-O-T" (which was wisely shelved for a few weeks in favor of "Fly") and the neighbor Margaret, who just didn't work. Thankfully, S2 started strong and never looked back.
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One of the shows I can watch over and over and not get tired of. The fashions and decor were part of the age and that only adds to the show. The characters and writing on this show were excellent and the performers were perfect for their roles. Great show!
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Definitely a classic show that still doesn't get all the props it deserves.
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NO HOWARD would have improved the show
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NO HOWARD would have improved the show
Part of the charm of this show were the situations that the characters found themselves in. They related to things in real life. With the group, each person had a problem that viewers could scratch their heads and think, "I know someone just like that!"

The same could be said for Howard. He is the annoying neighbor that almost everyone has or has had at one time or another. Perhaps you don't have a neighbor that barges in at all hours of the day and night, but is annoying in other ways. Or perhaps you have a friend or neighbor that is somewhat of a space cadet.

Bill Daily, who plays Howard, did it brilliantly. As I've had the privilege of sitting and talking to Bill for a couple of hours one time, I can tell you that Bill is nothing like Howard. It was brilliant acting.

I can't imagine TBNS without Howard/Bill Daily. It just wouldn't be the same!



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Part of the charm of this show were the situations that the characters found themselves in. They related to things in real life. With the group, each person had a problem that viewers could scratch their heads and think, "I know someone just like that!"

The same could be said for Howard. He is the annoying neighbor that almost everyone has or has had at one time or another. Perhaps you don't have a neighbor that barges in at all hours of the day and night, but is annoying in other ways. Or perhaps you have a friend or neighbor that is somewhat of a space cadet.

Bill Daily, who plays Howard, did it brilliantly. As I've had the privilege of sitting and talking to Bill for a couple of hours one time, I can tell you that Bill is nothing like Howard. It was brilliant acting.

I can't imagine TBNS without Howard/Bill Daily. It just wouldn't be the same!



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I never liked GOOFY male characters on any sitcom and I think that's why I hate him so much. Mr. Carlin is more normal than howard-lol
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Sol, I think you're the first person I've ever heard call Mr. Carlin normal!!
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Sol, I think you're the first person I've ever heard call Mr. Carlin normal!!

Compared to Howard he was normal-lol
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Hmmmm...I think it's a tossup.
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Compared to Howard he was normal-lol
We've met more people like Carlin in our lives than Howard.

But Carlin in every episode would have been too much.

I think the show balanced characters quite effectively.
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But Carlin in every episode would have been too much.

I think the show balanced characters quite effectively.
Agreed on both counts!!
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Does Howard get a woman at all during the series??-lol
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Yes - he dates and eventually becomes engaged to Bob's sister, Ellen. Alas, they never make it to the altar. He is also seen with various other ladies throughout the show's run, but Ellen was the only woman that he was serious about.
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