The BEST Episodes of The Bob Newhart Show

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021

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.

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do

#1 - 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 8.09
11 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Sy Rosen
Bob's Change of Life

#2 - 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
8 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Glen Charles, Les Charles
Shrinks Across the Sea

#3 - 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 8.00
14 votes
Directors: Bob Claver
Writers: Douglas Arango, Phil Doran
Emily, I'm Home... Emily?

#4 - 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
75 votes
Directors: Rick Edelstein
Writers: Martin Cohan
A Home is Not Necessarily a House

#5 - 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 7.92
75 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: David Davis, Lorenzo Music
Caged Fury

#6 - 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 7.91
11 votes
The Man with the Golden Wrist

#7 - 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 7.87
80 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Bill Idelson
Freudian Ship

#8 - 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 7.85
34 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Earl Pomerantz
Don't Go to Bed Mad

#9 - 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 7.82
85 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Gene Thompson
I Want to Be Alone

#10 - 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 7.82
78 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Jerry Mayer
You Can Win 'Em All

#11 - 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 7.79
73 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Writers: Bill Idelson
Who is Mr. X?

#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.

star 7.79
14 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Bruce Kane
Halls of Hartley

#13 - 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 7.78
37 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Michael Zinberg
A Crime Most Foul

#14 - 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 7.78
9 votes
A Day in the Life

#15 - 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 7.78
36 votes
Directors: Dick Martin
Writers: Kathy Donnell, Madeline Di Maggio
Fly the Unfriendly Skies

#16 - 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 7.74
186 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: David Davis, Lorenzo Music
Birth of a Salesman

#17 - Birth of a Salesman

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 14, 1976

The Hartleys are bombarded with legal hassles when Bob is sued by a shy patient and Emily decides to fight a parking ticket.

star 7.67
12 votes
The Ironwood Experience

#18 - The Ironwood Experience

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 15, 1977

Bob's invitation to lecture at a prestigious sex seminar results in distress when the audience shows up nude.

star 7.67
9 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Phil Davis
Carlin's New Suit

#19 - 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 7.67
6 votes
Directors: Dick Martin
Writers: Andrew Smith
Have You Met Miss Dietz?

#20 - Have You Met Miss Dietz?

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 20, 1973

Marilyn Dietz, a very attractive divorcee, creates a feud between Jerry and Howard when she starts dating both of them.

star 7.65
17 votes
Directors: George Tyne
Writers: Bill Idelson
Some of My Best Friends Are...

#21 - 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.

star 7.64
11 votes
Tennis, Emily?

#22 - 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 7.62
128 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: David Davis, Lorenzo Music
Over the River and Through the Woods

#23 - 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 7.61
23 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Bruce Kane
Still Crazy After All These Years

#24 - 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 7.60
10 votes
Directors: Alan Myerson
Writers: Hugh Wilson
Bob and Emily and Howard and Carol and Jerry

#25 - Bob and Emily and Howard and Carol and Jerry

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 9, 1972

Howard "floats" into Bob's office on Cloud Nine after having a tooth pulled. He is so poetic that Carol tells Emily, "I want him." Emily agrees to help Carol get him, and the two have an up-and-down romance.

star 7.56
85 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Charlotte Brown