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Bob Newhart

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 Anonymousreply 3108/07/2016

How can you hate Bob Newhart?

by Anonymousreply 108/05/2016

It's DL; someone has to keep the hate going and we're running out of things to hate.

by Anonymousreply 208/05/2016

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 Anonymousreply 308/05/2016

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 Anonymousreply 408/05/2016

Love him, love his (deadpan) humor. His old telephone comedy bits are priceless.

by Anonymousreply 508/05/2016

"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 Anonymousreply 608/05/2016

Love the Bob!

by Anonymousreply 708/05/2016

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 Anonymousreply 808/05/2016

Compared to McLean Stevenson, he might as well have been Daffy Duck!

by Anonymousreply 908/05/2016

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 Anonymousreply 1008/05/2016

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 Anonymousreply 1108/05/2016

His humor was incredibly dry and reactive. I think that's too sophisticated for OP, who prefers Jerry Lewis types.

by Anonymousreply 1208/05/2016

You lost me at "we both enjoy The Big Bang Theory," OP.

by Anonymousreply 1308/05/2016

Does he still do his own taxes?

by Anonymousreply 1408/05/2016

Look beyond the 'boring' surface and you find an understated, dry, absurdist comedian. Absolutely brilliant.

by Anonymousreply 1508/05/2016

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 Anonymousreply 1608/05/2016

We need to hunt op down and seek vengeance.

by Anonymousreply 1708/05/2016

Larry, Darryl and Darryl make a great reference point for a hick.

by Anonymousreply 1808/05/2016

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 Anonymousreply 1908/05/2016

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 Anonymousreply 2008/06/2016

It was his comedic timing and stoic facial expressions.

by Anonymousreply 2108/06/2016

It takes some intellect to get his dry humor.

by Anonymousreply 2208/06/2016

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 Anonymousreply 2308/06/2016

OP is a Philistine. Bob was brilliant.

And if you don't like him, why watch so many seasons of his shows?

by Anonymousreply 2408/06/2016

I love Bob Newhart's "Stop ItL skit. I think it was for MadTV? Anyway, it's hilarious.

by Anonymousreply 2508/06/2016

Sir Walter Raleigh calling from the Colonies, explaining tobacco to Elizabethan Bob.

Fucking priceless.

by Anonymousreply 2608/06/2016

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 Anonymousreply 2708/06/2016

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 Anonymousreply 2808/07/2016

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 Anonymousreply 2908/07/2016

I remember how hush-hush they had to be about it -sneaking Pleshette into the studio.

by Anonymousreply 3008/07/2016

" 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 Anonymousreply 3108/07/2016
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