The BEST Episodes of The Bob Newhart Show

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 30, 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 - Aired Apr 1, 1978

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

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

#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.

star 8.60
5 votes
Grand Delusion

#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.

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 - Aired Oct 16, 1976

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 - 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.

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

#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.

star 8.20
5 votes
Directors: Dick Martin
Writers: Earl Pomerantz
Over the River and Through the Woods

#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.

star 8.18
17 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Bruce Kane
The Slammer

#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.

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

#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.

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

#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.

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

#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.

star 8.13
8 votes
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 8.10
10 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Bruce Kane
Warden Gordon Borden

#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.

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

#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.

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

#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.

star 8.00
7 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Glen Charles, Les Charles
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 8.00
29 votes
Directors: Dick Martin
Writers: Kathy Donnell, Madelyn Dimaggio Wagner
Carol Ankles for Indie-Prod

#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.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Lloyd Garver
A Home is Not Necessarily a House

#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.

star 7.97
72 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: David Davis, Lorenzo Music
Emily, I'm Home... Emily?

#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.

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

#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.

star 7.94
32 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Earl Pomerantz
The New Look

#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.

star 7.90
10 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Gordon Farr, Lynne Farr
You Can Win 'Em All

#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.

star 7.89
70 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Writers: Bill Idelson
I Want to Be Alone

#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.

star 7.87
75 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Jerry Mayer
Don't Go to Bed Mad

#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.

star 7.86
80 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Gene Thompson
The Man with the Golden Wrist

#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.

star 7.85
75 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Bill Idelson