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Comedy legend Bob Newhart is back as Dick Loudon in Newhart: The Complete Fourth Season of the Emmy-nominated sitcom classic brought to you by Shout! Factory.
In this season, which originally aired on CBS from 1985-86, life at the Stratford Inn gets even more eccentric for Dick and his wife Joanna (Mary Frann). But in their little Vermont town, and for their friends George (Tom Poston), Stephanie (Julia Duffy) and Michael (Peter Scolari), eccentric is business as usual! It all adds up to a series of fresh and delightful events at the Stratford that you ll love with no reservations.
All twenty-four Season 4 episodes, available on DVD for the first time, are sure to please both newcomers and returning guests of the Loudons. Sit back and enjoy Newhart: The Complete Fourth Season with your brother Darryl…and your other brother Darryl.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Newhart” plays like a less hostile version of “Fawlty Towers”. Dick Loudon just wants to run the Stratford Inn, but the townies are so weird and they won’t leave his guests alone. By this season, viewers lost interests in the guests and they kept themselves amused with the redneck trio. I never pieced it together until much later, but aren’t Larry and his brothers really odd for New England? I’ve seen the Southie and Mass bros before, but outright rednecks that far north is very peculiar.
The fourth season doesn’t have any major moments, but it flies through pretty quickly. The Pirate Pete stuff and Larry as Mayor were funny, but everything else just felt standard sitcom level action. Tom Poston didn’t get a ton to do this year. But, I guess that I’m the only one that was big on Poston. Oh well, maybe I’m weird.
The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is on par with past releases. The transfer is strong enough for a vintage sitcom. Plus, the Dolby surround track kicks in where needed. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!