The BEST Episodes of The Bob Newhart Show
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Aug 31, 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
Bob's therapy group has an unexpected visitor when a friendly homosexual joins in the sessions.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#25 - Goodnight Nancy
Season 1 - Episode 5
Bob's old girlfriend comes to Chicago with her husband and calls on Emily and Bob.