I’m living in the Bob Newhart Show (and I like it)


Thanks to Hulu, I’ve been catching up on all the iconic TV series of yesteryear, like “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, “Rhoda”, “The Dick Van Dyke Show”, and most recently, “The Bob Newhart Show”. I never watched it growing up, as I was born very late in the 1970’s, and didn’t watch in syndication or on Nick at Nite. I spent my childhood watching “Newhart”, so at least I was a fan of Bob Newhart’s “button-down” style of comedy.

Upon watching the first episode, I was in love. In love with the theme song*, the wide ties, and most of all the decor. Both Bob’s office AND Bob & Emily’s apartment are totally cool. The dark wood wall shelving systems, the macrame, the Herman Miller office pieces — and have I mentioned the orange chairs and couches? All of these things could have been pulled out of our home.

And the parallels don’t just end with decor. Bob is a psychologist (Mark is becoming a psychologist). And Bob & Emily are consciously child-free (like us), something I find totally surprising considering the show’s early-1970’s vintage. There has been more than one episode when upon watching, I’ve thought to myself “this feels like our life”… without the laugh track of course.

If you haven’t seen it, check it out — there are three retro-licious seasons to sink into. And try not to dream of orange velvet couches. I dare you!

–The Baroness

*About that theme song: the show’s music was arranged & conducted by one Patrick Williams, someone I worked with extensively in my former life as a musician and member of the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Small world, huh?!

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