The BEST Episodes of The Bob Newhart Show

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 10, 2019

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.

Happy Trails to You

#1 - Happy Trails to You

Season 6 - Episode 22

Bob gives up his psychological practice in Chicago to become a professor at a small college in Oregon.

star 9.33
3 votes
Writers: Lloyd Garver, Les Charles, Glen Charles
Some of My Best Friends Are...

#2 - Some of My Best Friends Are...

Season 5 - Episode 3

Bob's therapy group has an unexpected visitor when a friendly homosexual joins in the sessions.

star 8.60
5 votes
Grand Delusion

#3 - Grand Delusion

Season 6 - Episode 11

Bob and Emily celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary with a dream flight into the fantasy of being married to different partners.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Dick Martin
Writers: Lloyd Garver
Still Crazy After All These Years

#4 - Still Crazy After All These Years

Season 5 - Episode 4

The Hartleys take a vacation. In their absence, Howard undergoes a crash psychological program that changes his entire personality.

star 8.43
7 votes
Directors: Alan Myerson
Writers: Hugh Wilson
You're Having My Hartley

#5 - You're Having My Hartley

Season 5 - Episode 24

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.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Gordon Farr, Lynne Farr
Shallow Throat

#6 - Shallow Throat

Season 6 - Episode 9

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.

star 8.20
5 votes
Directors: Dick Martin
Writers: Earl Pomerantz
The Slammer

#7 - The Slammer

Season 5 - Episode 9

Bob and his friend "The Peeper" take a trip down Memory Lane and wind up in the slammer.

star 8.17
6 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Gordon Farr, Lynne Farr
Et Tu, Carol?

#8 - Et Tu, Carol?

Season 5 - Episode 6

Both Bob's receptionist and a Buddha figure with a clock in its navel give the psychologist a hard time.

star 8.14
7 votes
Directors: Alan Myerson
Writers: Gary David Goldberg
Enter Mrs. Peeper

#9 - Enter Mrs. Peeper

Season 5 - Episode 1

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.

star 8.13
8 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Gordon Farr, Lynne Farr
The Great Rent Strike

#10 - The Great Rent Strike

Season 5 - Episode 5

The Hartley apartment becomes a hot and cold battleground when the good doctor declares psychological warfare on his landlord.

star 8.13
8 votes
Who is Mr. X?

#11 - Who is Mr. X?

Season 4 - Episode 9

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
Change is Gonna Do Me Good

#12 - Change is Gonna Do Me Good

Season 4 - Episode 4

Emily accuses Bob of being stuck in a middle-aged rut and challenges him to switch family responsibilities.

star 8.00
11 votes
Directors: John Erman
Writers: Gordon Farr, Lynne Farr
Over the River and Through the Woods

#13 - Over the River and Through the Woods

Season 4 - Episode 11

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 8.00
15 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Bruce Kane
Warden Gordon Borden

#14 - Warden Gordon Borden

Season 4 - Episode 18

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.

star 8.00
8 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Gordon Farr, Lynne Farr
Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson

#15 - Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson

Season 5 - Episode 11

Jerry, retired orthodontist and orphan, takes off on a world tour to search for his long-lost parents.

star 8.00
6 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Gordon Farr, Lynne Farr
Breaking Up is Hard to Do

#16 - Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Season 5 - Episode 12

Bob undergoes a shock when his mother announces that she has separated from his father after 47 years of marriage.

star 8.00
7 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Sy Rosen
Death Be My Destiny

#17 - Death Be My Destiny

Season 5 - Episode 19

Bob strikes out against a friend's fear of falling, but succumbs to the same phobia himself when he is subjected to a harrowing elevator experience.

star 8.00
3 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Sy Rosen
Bob's Change of Life

#18 - Bob's Change of Life

Season 6 - Episode 1

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
Who Was That Masked Man?

#19 - Who Was That Masked Man?

Season 6 - Episode 4

Bob is puzzled when his henpecked patient, Mr. Petersen, asserts himself with far-reaching consequences.

star 8.00
6 votes
Directors: Dick Martin
Writers: Glen Charles, Les Charles
You're Fired, Mr. Chips

#20 - You're Fired, Mr. Chips

Season 6 - Episode 8

Bob interviews a variety of psychologists to take over his patients while he's out of town. It's soon apparent that they are very much in need of help themselves. When Bob's former teacher, Professor Dreebe, offers his services, it seems the perfect answer.

star 8.00
5 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Lloyd Garver
Emily Carlin, Emily Carlin

#21 - Emily Carlin, Emily Carlin

Season 6 - Episode 17

Bob's paranoid, perennial patient, Mr. Carlin, involves Emily in his scheme to impress his former schoolmates—especially a girl who never gave him the time of day.

star 8.00
3 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Laura Levine
Carol Ankles for Indie-Prod

#22 - Carol Ankles for Indie-Prod

Season 6 - Episode 20

On the eve of being announced "Secretary of the Year," Carol informs Bob that she's leaving his employ.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Lloyd Garver
The New Look

#23 - The New Look

Season 3 - Episode 21

Emily redecorates the apartment in antiques. Bob finds her choice of furniture uncomfortable, unappealing, and hazardous to his health.

star 7.90
10 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Gordon Farr, Lynne Farr
Death of a Fruitman

#24 - Death of a Fruitman

Season 4 - Episode 3

Bob's patients observe tradition by planning a surprise party to honor the fourth year of the group's therapy sessions. When an unseen member, a Mr. Gianelli, threatens to turn the party into a disaster, Bob kicks him out of the group. His decision meets with instant group approval until Mr. Gianelli dies under a ton of zucchini.

star 7.90
10 votes
Goodnight Nancy

#25 - Goodnight Nancy

Season 1 - Episode 5

Bob's old girlfriend comes to Chicago with her husband and calls on Emily and Bob.

star 7.90
30 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: Susan Silver