How did Bob Newhart become such an audience favorite that he got 3 network shows? 4 if you count George and Leo. With most TV stars I can see the appeal but Bob is boring and devoid of personality.
A coworker recommended his show because we both enjoy The Big Bang Theory and he's made guest appearances on it. I made it through S 3,4,5 of TBNS and S1 of Newhart. I prefer TBNS but damn is Bob's character a boring old drip. In the audio commentaries the real Bob is every bit as dull and uninteresting as he stammers through the same stories in every commentary. Thank you Suzanne Pleshette who didn't let him get a word in when they commented together.
Did Bob know where the skeletons were buried, did he have relatives in show business or were the 70s really a time when a boring middle aged man with one gimmick - a stutter could get several shows built around him and attract such a following. Maybe he was just inoffensive enough to attract advertisers and appeal to middle America?
|by Anonymous||reply 31||08/07/2016|
How can you hate Bob Newhart?
|by Anonymous||reply 1||08/05/2016|
It's DL; someone has to keep the hate going and we're running out of things to hate.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||08/05/2016|
That's the point r1 I don't but I also don't like him or have any strong feelings at all. Such an inoffensive white bread person rarely becomes a huge star with shows built around them. How did he get such a substantial career.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||08/05/2016|
He had a very successful stand-up career in the 60s and a huge hit with a comedy album......not every comedian is an Andrew Dice Clay.....some actually have talent and can make you laugh just musing about everyday things....think Bill Cosby and his schtick with kids.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||08/05/2016|
Love him, love his (deadpan) humor. His old telephone comedy bits are priceless.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||08/05/2016|
"Such an inoffensive white bread person "
Perhaps you answer your own question, as the white bread he was the foundation on which to build a tall tasty sandwich. Bob was one of the most likeable straight men in comedy.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||08/05/2016|
I think his success comes from him being an Everyman. I know my father watched everything he did because my father sort of looked like him, balding, schlubby and I think my father identified with him.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||08/05/2016|
Compared to McLean Stevenson, he might as well have been Daffy Duck!
|by Anonymous||reply 9||08/05/2016|
He was Kermit The Frog; the sane center of an insane world. Funny people are a dime a dozen. Good straight men are rare as hen's teeth.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||08/05/2016|
R10 Exactly. Also, he did well in TV because he had a true Midwestern work ethic and demeanor. He was always professional and worked hard. Never gave anyone any problems.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||08/05/2016|
His humor was incredibly dry and reactive. I think that's too sophisticated for OP, who prefers Jerry Lewis types.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||08/05/2016|
You lost me at "we both enjoy The Big Bang Theory," OP.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||08/05/2016|
Does he still do his own taxes?
|by Anonymous||reply 14||08/05/2016|
Look beyond the 'boring' surface and you find an understated, dry, absurdist comedian. Absolutely brilliant.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||08/05/2016|
his comedy was dull and conservative because he used to be an accountant before doing standup comedy. My ex was an accountant and was as dull as dishwater but had a huge cock and could plow like a jackhammer.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||08/05/2016|
We need to hunt op down and seek vengeance.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||08/05/2016|
Larry, Darryl and Darryl make a great reference point for a hick.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||08/05/2016|
He was a low key, adult character. That's why I loved the Seventies, they weren't afraid to put actual adults on screen.
Good luck with finding one know. Even if they're over the age of 40, they act like they're in high school.
Boring and so played.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||08/05/2016|
I grew up in the 60's and he was on TV constantly. Every talk show imaginable.
We watched TV with the whole family and he fit right into that.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||08/06/2016|
It was his comedic timing and stoic facial expressions.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||08/06/2016|
It takes some intellect to get his dry humor.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||08/06/2016|
There's a radio station here that plays comedy instead of music and sometimes they play his standup. He's spectacularly unfunny. There's some bit where he's a driving instructor or something that's excruciating to listen to.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||08/06/2016|
OP is a Philistine. Bob was brilliant.
And if you don't like him, why watch so many seasons of his shows?
|by Anonymous||reply 24||08/06/2016|
I love Bob Newhart's "Stop ItL skit. I think it was for MadTV? Anyway, it's hilarious.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||08/06/2016|
Sir Walter Raleigh calling from the Colonies, explaining tobacco to Elizabethan Bob.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||08/06/2016|
Mr. Newhart surrounded himself with talented actors and actresses, good writers and directors. He let the other actors develop as characters and essentially let them go. He was very generous with screen time and wasn't afraid of being the butt of a joke. He also avoided typical sitcom storylines, especially in the Newhart series.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||08/06/2016|
Newhart's humor was extremely subversive and yet oblivious to its targets, like OP. The finale to his second show, when he woke up in bed with his wife from his first show and realized the entire second series had been a dream, was one of the most brilliant moments on commercial network TV of that era.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||08/07/2016|
I quite agree. Whoever came up with that finale should've retired, how could you ever top something that was so ingenious, sweet, compelling AND funny?
|by Anonymous||reply 29||08/07/2016|
I remember how hush-hush they had to be about it -sneaking Pleshette into the studio.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||08/07/2016|
" The finale to his second show, when he woke up in bed with his wife from his first show and realized the entire second series had been a dream, was one of the most brilliant moments on commercial network TV of that era. "
Watching that episode when it first ran, when that scene had played out I applauded from my chair. How often in ANY decade do you see something on television that worthy of applause.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||08/07/2016|