The BEST Episodes of The Bob Newhart Show
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Dec 30, 2019
Bob Newhart is Dr. Robert Hartley, a Chicago psychologist living with his schoolteacher wife Emily. Complicating life for the serene, stammering doc was his neighbor, Howard, a flighty navigator; and Bob's coworkers, dentist Jerry and flippant receptionist Carol. The humor was gentle, sophisticated and, at times, wonderfully surreal.
#2 - Some of My Best Friends Are...
Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 9, 1976
Bob's therapy group has an unexpected visitor when a friendly homosexual joins in the sessions.
#3 - Grand Delusion
Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 17, 1977
Bob and Emily celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary with a dream flight into the fantasy of being married to different partners.
#4 - Still Crazy After All These Years
Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 16, 1976
The Hartleys take a vacation. In their absence, Howard undergoes a crash psychological program that changes his entire personality.
#5 - You're Having My Hartley
Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 19, 1977
Hot baby news is the order of the day when Carol, Bob's receptionist, announces that she's expecting a baby. Then, Emily drops her bombshell—and Bob nearly comes unglued at the prospect of becoming a father.
#6 - Shallow Throat
Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 26, 1977
At first, Bob is thrilled when a nontalkative patient named Mr. Twillmer finally opens up after being told that anything he might say will be held in the strictest confidence. His joy is short-lived when Twillmer confesses to grand larceny.
#7 - Over the River and Through the Woods
Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 22, 1975
It's a stag Thanksgiving for Bob when Emily flies off to join a family reunion, leaving Bob to share the holiday with his male buddies.
#8 - The Slammer
Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 20, 1976
Bob and his friend "The Peeper" take a trip down Memory Lane and wind up in the slammer.
#9 - Et Tu, Carol?
Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 30, 1976
Both Bob's receptionist and a Buddha figure with a clock in its navel give the psychologist a hard time.
#10 - Enter Mrs. Peeper
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 25, 1976
Bob receives a telegram saying that his old college chum, "The Peeper," is coming to Chicago and bringing a surprise. The surprise turns out to be a brand-new bride.
#11 - The Great Rent Strike
Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 23, 1976
The Hartley apartment becomes a hot and cold battleground when the good doctor declares psychological warfare on his landlord.
#12 - Who is Mr. X?
Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 8, 1975
Bob accepts a seemingly innocent invitation to appear as the guest on a TV discussion program. He winds up in the jaws of a dilemma when the show host turns out to have the disposition of a shark.
#13 - Warden Gordon Borden
Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 17, 1976
Howard's game-warden brother comes to Chicago to witness the mating of two whooping cranes—and stays to make a play for Howard's girlfriend.
#14 - Breaking Up is Hard to Do
Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 11, 1976
Bob undergoes a shock when his mother announces that she has separated from his father after 47 years of marriage.
#15 - Bob's Change of Life
Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 24, 1977
Bob's well-ordered life turns topsy-turvy when he and Emily move to a new Chicago residence.
#16 - A Day in the Life
Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 29, 1977
Bob's impulsive decision to leave town for a week is received with disastrous emotions by his patients, who seemingly can't make it without him.
#17 - Carol Ankles for Indie-Prod
Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 4, 1978
On the eve of being announced "Secretary of the Year," Carol informs Bob that she's leaving his employ.
#18 - A Home is Not Necessarily a House
Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 10, 1973
Bob and Emily try to decide if they should give up their apartment and buy a house.
#19 - Emily, I'm Home... Emily?
Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 17, 1973
Bob is upset when Emily takes a full-time job with the Board of Education. Emily explains that working full-time makes her feel wonderful, while quitting would make her miserable. Bob decides to leave well enough alone.
#20 - Freudian Ship
Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 7, 1978
The Hartleys embark on a seagoing vacation to put work behind them. But Bob can't resist playing psychologist when he undertakes to counsel a married couple.
#21 - The New Look
Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 8, 1975
Emily redecorates the apartment in antiques. Bob finds her choice of furniture uncomfortable, unappealing, and hazardous to his health.
#22 - You Can Win 'Em All
Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 24, 1973
When a star pitcher for the Chicago Cubs credits Bob with saving his career, the endorsement brings Bob a new patient, Moose Washburn, a second-string player whose career is beyond a mere psychologist's help.
#23 - I Want to Be Alone
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 2, 1972
Bob decides that for his own mental well-being, he needs some peace and quiet. He moves into a hotel room by himself, leaving a confused Howard Borden thinking that Bob and Emily have split up.
#24 - Don't Go to Bed Mad
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 11, 1972
Bob wants to watch football every Monday night. Emily feels this is unfair: their other activities allow the couple only two nights each week to be together, and she thinks they should do something that they both enjoy. This leads to an unresolved, all-night argument that ends only when the two participants become exhausted.
#25 - The Man with the Golden Wrist
Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 20, 1973
Bob refuses to wear the beautiful gold watch Emily gave him for his 40th birthday after he learns just how expensive it was.