The BEST Episodes of The Bob Newhart Show

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 7, 2020

Network: CBS

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.

It Didn't Happen One Night

#1 - It Didn't Happen One Night

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 18, 1978

Bob's friends close ranks to "protect" Emily Hartley when a handsome old flame pays her a very warm visit.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Dick Martin
Writers: Laura Devine
Who is Mr. X?

#2 - 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.

star 8.10
10 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Bruce Kane
Breaking Up is Hard to Do

#3 - 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.

star 8.00
8 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Sy Rosen
Bob's Change of Life

#4 - 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.

star 8.00
7 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Glen Charles, Les Charles
Emily, I'm Home... Emily?

#5 - 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.

star 7.96
73 votes
Directors: Rick Edelstein
Writers: Martin Cohan
Freudian Ship

#6 - 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.

star 7.94
32 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Earl Pomerantz
A Home is Not Necessarily a House

#7 - 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.

star 7.89
74 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: David Davis, Lorenzo Music
Don't Go to Bed Mad

#8 - 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.

star 7.89
81 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Gene Thompson
The Man with the Golden Wrist

#9 - 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.

star 7.88
77 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Bill Idelson
Caged Fury

#10 - Caged Fury

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 2, 1976

The Hartleys miss their friend's gala Fourth of July Bicentennial party celebration when they become trapped in a storage locker.

star 7.88
8 votes
I Want to Be Alone

#11 - 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.

star 7.87
75 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Jerry Mayer
Over the River and Through the Woods

#12 - 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.

star 7.83
18 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Bruce Kane
A Crime Most Foul

#13 - A Crime Most Foul

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 13, 1976

Bob turns amateur detective when he believes that his expensive tape recorder has been stolen.

star 7.83
6 votes
You Can Win 'Em All

#14 - 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.

star 7.81
72 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Writers: Bill Idelson
Halls of Hartley

#15 - Halls of Hartley

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 29, 1977

Bob succumbs to the pressures of living in a big city and desperately seeks employment of a small rural college.

star 7.80
35 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Michael Zinberg
A Day in the Life

#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.

star 7.80
35 votes
Directors: Dick Martin
Writers: Kathy Donnell, Madeline Di Maggio
My Business is Shrinking

#17 - My Business is Shrinking

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 1, 1975

With his confidence fading as fast as his list of patients, Bob decides to follow Emily's advice and see a psychiatrist about his problem.

star 7.78
9 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Alan Rafkin, Arnie Kogen
Fly the Unfriendly Skies

#18 - Fly the Unfriendly Skies

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 16, 1972

Bob invites Emily to join his fear of flying group on a trip to New York City. Much to Bob's surprise he finds that Emily also has a fear of flying and refuses to go. After a conversation with Howard she decides to go only to back out after boarding the plane.

star 7.75
183 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: David Davis, Lorenzo Music
Shrinks Across the Sea

#19 - Shrinks Across the Sea

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 25, 1975

Bob and Emily suffer international complications when they host a French psychologist in their home as part of a medical exchange program.

star 7.70
10 votes
Directors: Bob Claver
Writers: Douglas Arango, Phil Doran
Tennis, Emily?

#20 - Tennis, Emily?

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 30, 1972

Bob experiences pangs of jealousy when Emily's handsome new tennis instructor comes to see him with an emotional problem, namely, his inability to turn down the women who are all uncontrollably attracted to him.

star 7.66
125 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: David Davis, Lorenzo Music
Bob Hits the Ceiling

#21 - Bob Hits the Ceiling

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 15, 1975

Bob breaks a long-standing rule against treating friends when he agrees to counsel Emily's chum, whose marriage to a muscular gym teacher seems to be breaking up.

star 7.63
8 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: Phil Davis
Still Crazy After All These Years

#22 - 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.

star 7.62
8 votes
Directors: Alan Myerson
Writers: Hugh Wilson
Carlin's New Suit

#23 - Carlin's New Suit

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 22, 1977

Bob deals with the amusing problems of an improbable paternity suit and a phone paging service that never pages him.

star 7.60
5 votes
Directors: Dick Martin
Writers: Andrew Smith
The Gray Flannel Shrink

#24 - The Gray Flannel Shrink

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 19, 1974

Bob gives up most of his private practice to become the staff psychologist with a major insurance company. He soon learns that it's possible for a man in the corporate world to do his job too well.

star 7.59
17 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Jerry Mayer
Mom, I L-L-Love You

#25 - Mom, I L-L-Love You

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 7, 1972

Bob finds it extremely difficult to tell his mother that he loves her.

star 7.58
92 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Dick Clair, Jenna McMahon