Bob Newhart and company invite you to check in to the Stratford Inn for Newhart: Season 3, a delightful collection of some of the 1980s’ finest television comedy.Dick Loudon (Newhart) and his wife Joanna (Mary Frann) have their hands full running their quaint colonial inn. In addition to the seemingly never-ending parade of unusual guests, they must contend with the quirky antics of their employees and friends: the spoiled maid Stephanie (Julia Duffy), dim-bulb handyman George (Tom Poston), and the back(wards)woodsmen Larry, Darryl, and Darryl (William Sanderson, Tony Papenfuss, and John Voldstad.) And to top it off, Dick has become the host of the small-time talk show Vermont Today, produced by the upwardly-mobile Michael (Peter Scolari).

All 22 episodes from the Emmy-nominated third season are here to deliver the off-kilter, character-based comedy that endeared Newhart to critics and audiences alike.


“Newhart” enters its third season in a state closer to the sitcom’s fondly remembered prime. While you get more of the big Larry, Darryl and Darryl moments; fewer of the episodes are bigger standouts. That being said, how many of you out there can pinpoint one precise Newhart moment? This stuff is the definition of background viewing. But, that’s not a bad thing.

This was the year where things really began for the show. Peter Scolari and Julia Duffy start acting closer to what we can remember. If that wasn’t enough, Bob Newhart starts to really play it up as an American Fawlty Towers. Good laughs are held around. Plus, Tom Poston got really dumb this season.

The DVD comes with no special features. However, you get a cleaned up A/V Quality that beats your old VHS recordings. That being said, I would’ve loved to have had something from Bob Newhart. The guy is a living treasure and TV fans need to have as much as access to the guy as possible. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.

RELEASE DATE: 04/22/2014


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