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The Bob Newhart Show is an American situation comedy produced by MTM Enterprises, which aired 142 original episodes on CBS from September 16, 1972, to April 1, 1978. Comedian Bob Newhart portrays a psychologist having to deal with his patients and fellow office workers. The show was filmed before a live audience.



Standing, from left:Howard Borden, Carol Kester, Jerry Robinson. Seated: Bob and Emily Hartley.

The popular CBS series stars Newhart as Robert Hartley, Ph.D., a Chicago psychologist. The show divided most of its action between the character’s home life and work, with Suzanne Pleshette as Hartley’s supportive (though occasionally sarcastic) wife Emily, and Bill Daily as their friendly but inept neighbor, airline navigator Howard Borden. At the medical office where Hartley had his psychology practice, Peter Bonerz appeared as Jerry Robinson, D.D.S., an orthodontist who shared the office suite, and Marcia Wallace portrayed their joke-loving receptionist, Carol Kester (later Kester-Bondurant).

Hartley’s three most frequently seen regular patients were the mean-spirited and neurotic Elliot Carlin (Jack Riley), the milquetoast Marine veteran Emil Peterson (John Fiedler), and shy, reserved Lillian Bakerman (Florida Friebus), an elderly lady who spent most of her sessions knitting. (Carlin was ranked 49th in TV Guide’s List of the 50 Greatest TV Characters of All Time, and Riley reprised the character in guest appearances on both St. Elsewhere and Newhart.)

Most of the situations involved Newhart’s character playing straight man to his wife, colleagues, friends, and patients, an extension of Newhart’s stand-up comedy routines, where Newhart would play one side of a telephone conversation, the other side of which was not heard. Emily routinely acted as straight man to dimwitted Howard, and on occasion to Bob.


Opening credits

The original opening of the show begins with a ringing telephone on Bob’s office desk, which he answers with a simple, “Hello?” This is a reference to Newhart’s stand-up comedy act, which often featured him carrying on a phone conversation with an unheard party on the other end. A piano riff then introduces a jazzy, trumpet-heavy instrumental theme tune (“Home to My Emily,” composed by series co-creator Lorenzo Music with his wife Henrietta), as numerous brief shots document Bob’s journey home from work, ending with a shot of Emily greeting Bob at their apartment. As is often the case with location filming, Bob’s commute journey was geographically inconsistent. For example, he leaves his office building by heading west toward Michigan Avenue, only to then be seen from below walking east from Michigan Avenue, before strolling south over the Michigan Avenue bridge. Bob boards a pair of Chicago Transit Authority 6001-6200 class PCC rapid transit cars at a Loop Elevated station, with the train moving from left to right on screen. The next shot shows Bob sitting down and removing his hat on a 2000-class car, moving from right to left. After that is seen a long shot of a pair of 6000-class cars crossing the Wells Street bridge northbound (screen left to right). Finally, Bob leaves the train at Isabella station (now demolished) on the Evanston line—several miles from his condo building in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago.

In the 1990s, Nick at Nite parodied this opening by adding lyrics to it. The lyrics consisted solely of the words “Bob Newhart” repeated throughout, echoing the melody (and drum rhythms), finally ending with “Here on Nick at Nite.”

Later seasons, set to new music, show Bob’s morning commute and feature all of the principal actors.


Emily listens to Howard.

Bob Newhart as Dr. Robert Hartley, psychologist
Suzanne Pleshette as Emily Hartley (née Harrison), his wife, a school teacher
Bill Daily as Howard Borden, their next-door neighbor, an airline navigator who also dates Bob’s sister
Peter Bonerz as Dr. Jerry Robinson, Bob’s friend, an orthodontist
Marcia Wallace as Carol Kester, their receptionist

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Well, I understand the need for more and better sitcom TV, but if Hollywood can’t make a buck on it, then we get shows that are SUPPOSED to be based on reality…So, if Hollywood is only giving us shows like 2 1/2 men (hang on folks, it’s getting better…), then we either watch them or nothing at all, I guess…The theme to the Bob Newhart Show is one of my favs of all time tied closely to the Mary Tyler Moore theme…and of course, That 70s Show…

DISCOBABY1956 18 hours ago

we’replaying this in band and i get a solo!

mindbend13 1 week ago

Would love somebody to post the whole opening, visuals and all. But thanks for posting the song, for sure.

For anybody who hasn’t seen this already, the Hallmark Channel (common on standard cable) has started running the old Bob Newhart show late nights. I absolutely grew up on this and other shows like it. Even had early ideas of what a literate, independent, funny, good-looking wife would be–and then ended up with one.

emncaity 1 week ago

@emncaity If you get a solo, is it a musical one or a vocal one…I don’t think there are lyrics to it…

DISCOBABY1956 18 hours ago

the first few bars soundz like close to you by the carpenters, oh and ilike the country piano too

elvispresley718 1 week ago

I just discovered MeTV today; waiting for me at home is MTM, Bob Newhart, The Odd Couple, Love American Style and Family affair! Born in the year 1964 indeed has it’s benefits.

thatkoolkatal 2 weeks ago

Today, people watch “Two and a half men” and think it’s funny…..sigh

somewhatlongdong 1 month ago


sad ain’t it?

Arthro92 4 days ago in playlist TV Theme Songs

@bigwillietheb Moore, Van Dyke, Newhart, “and a host of others” are all currently airing on MeTV (Memorable Entertainment Television) weeknights starting at 8PM Eastern. Check local subchannels for MeTV in your area.

vgmc7650 2 months ago

@vgmc7650 I know – MeTV is sensational!!

pwrbroker1 1 month ago

what ever happened to good programing like the Bob Newhart show or the Mary Tyler moore show I mean good shows, funny also now everyone wants reality well not me

bigwillietheb 3 months ago

This is good, but I like the jazzier arrangement from Season 4 onward a little better.

LastNetwork2 4 months ago

something about the second half of this theme reminds me of “Coronation St.” theme.

MegaCrowman 4 months ago

i love that last half

munfmunf4boisdinner 5 months ago

Dig that funky bass line during the first half!

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somewhatlongdong 6 months ago

You cut out the cat (Newhart) saying meow. Maybe it was just at the end of the show. That is burned in my mind.

valhallaforever1 8 months ago

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somewhatlongdong 9 months ago

I liked this jazzy version the best. The later version was too “funky” for my taste.

billbadford 1 year ago

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TheNewsoul2 1 year ago

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TheNewsoul2 1 year ago

This was the best version of the several opening themes used on the show. Thanks for posting…great audio quality btw.

LTSoxFan 1 year ago

The show had more than one opening theme. This was the first one until they switched to a new one some years later.

roscoegino 1 year ago

This isn’t even the best opening theme of this show.

SPICESMUGGLER71 1 year ago

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roscoegino 1 year ago

@SPICESMUGGLER71 Agreed–While this one is good, I liked the later season’s opening/closing theme better.

bradchaz 6 months ago

What a great song, brings back so many memories.

jatroup12 1 year ago

Great bass line

zazu2303 1 year ago

Quality. How I miss it.

chrisman737 1 year ago

This is a remake. Not the version that was on TV.

rdangelo 1 year ago

ah yes, the tune written by the late Lorenzo Music, that’s of “This is Carlton, Your Doorman”, fame. Remember his late night show, The Lorenzo & Henrietta Music Show”

gemsmfan 1 year ago

Has anyone ever played the drinking game “Hi, Bob.” while watching this show?

JasonL77 1 year ago

@JasonL77 No, but I know what I’m doing next time I see this show!! lol. Thanks.

nauort23 1 year ago

@nauort23 If you don’t know the rules, here they are. Whenever someone on the show says “Hi, Bob.” you do a shot. When the writers found out about this game, they would write in as many lines like “Hi, Bob.”, “Hello, Bob.”, “Hey,Bob.”, etc. as possible into the show.

JasonL77 1 year ago

OMG could it BE any more 70s?? lol, what a gem!!

kittensugars 1 year ago

I would love to hear the jazzed up second season opening.

elmerfusco 1 year ago

Long live the Peeper!

Festizzle 1 year ago

In Stereo!? If that’s not the original recording, it’s spot on!

radioguyrey 1 year ago

im playing this song in band and i have a long trumpet solo! im so excited!

tayshirlynneb 1 year ago

@tayshirlynneb where did your band teacher find it? I’d love to play it, but I can’t find it anywhere!

flyfisherman1001 1 year ago

Got to love that Lorenzo Music.

japstoryeditor 1 year ago 3

Is it not in the realm of possibility for someone to post the intro to the show? And not one with a camera pointed at a TV? It has never been on YT, ever!!

fizbin321 2 years ago 10

One of the best theme songs for one of the best TV shows…great quality too!

JerseyBob86 2 years ago 31

Great quality!

BerettaTM 2 years ago 7

A time when we had REAL t.v.!!!

hardlines4 2 years ago 10

Sometimes I wish life were as uncomplicated as it was in the 70s, but that’s life.

somewhatlongdong 2 years ago 6

Great sound quality. Does the song justice.

rawlad 2 years ago 3

What a good time to be born! To be old enough to watch Saturday night on CBS – All in the Family, Bob Newhart, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett. Now THAT’S Entertainment!

WSenator1 2 years ago 61

@WSenator1 you’ll be able to watch all those and more…for the rest of civilizations history.

NOTgarycoleman 1 year ago

@NOTgarycoleman – that is most reassuring. Thanx!

WSenator1 1 year ago

@WSenator1 I well remember those days: Saturday nights on CBS…yep that was entertainment…

bentley19581 1 year ago

@WSenator1 I second that entirely!

JudyGarland38 1 year ago

@WSenator1 I remember that block of programmes! We watched it, too…

shmuli9 11 months ago

@WSenator1 In this era,I would have been a mere toddler.But what a lineup for a Saturday night,which was typically not a great night for the Nielsen Ratings.

landrykkb 10 months ago

@WSenator1 im only 20 yeats old yet i long too see these show again!

jjboy90 10 months ago


I remember that. A great Saturday night back in the early 70s

Cheessa 9 months ago 3

@WSenator1 Absolutely all of America stayed home to watch those shows. They were the best…

Johng1962 9 months ago 2

@Johng1962 How about CBS’s Saturday-night lineup from the 1984-85 season? Don’t forget Airwolf, Mike Hammer and Cover Up – they were good shows in their own right too. Cover Up would’ve lasted longer were it not for the untimely death of Jon-Erik Hexum…

jsrosa1282 9 months ago

@WSenator1 So jealous!!!! That’s quite the lineup compared to today’s standards.

dwlightfoot 4 months ago

@dwlightfoot – Well, at least we have YouTube, DVDs, and various cable stations, to recapture some of that magic. Enjoy, take care, and have a good day!

WSenator1 4 months ago


Could not agree more. TV shows today are about like movies: exponentially more of them, more channels, etc., but the talent seems to have been diluted. I guess there’s an upside to the fact that it’s easier and cheaper to make an entry-level film or sell a TV show now than it ever has been–I’m sure talented people and good ideas were shut out back then–but it’s also true that the end result is a real sea of mediocrity, on the average.

emncaity 4 months ago

@emncaity – You make a lot of good points. I’m not trying to go into a “good old days” rant (because there has been serious junk in every generation’s entertainment), but it does seem sometimes that we’ve passed a golden age of television, and while there are some great shows on now – it appears that very little of it will become “classic” status. Well, enjoy what you can out there, and have a good day.

WSenator1 4 months ago

@WSenator1 I sure do remember those days on saturday nights back then thats when tv was good and better shows. The shows today are crap nothing but reality garbage. You are so right!! Good time to be born to be old enought to watch CBS.

doom666metal 2 weeks ago

great them song !!

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