This is a list of episodes for The Bob Newhart Show, which was originally broadcast on CBS from 1972 to 1978, spanning six seasons and 142 half-hour episodes.

Series overview

The first four seasons were released on DVD by 20th Century Fox, while seasons 5 and 6, along with The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Series, have been released through Shout! Factory.[1][2][3][4] Seasons 1–3 of the show were also made available for streaming and download in the digital format.[5]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
124September 16, 1972March 10, 1973
224September 15, 1973March 2, 1974
324September 14, 1974March 8, 1975
424September 13, 1975February 28, 1976
524September 25, 1976March 19, 1977
622September 24, 1977April 1, 1978


Season 1 (1972–73)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
11"Fly the Unfriendly Skies"Jay SandrichDavid Davis & Lorenzo MusicSeptember 16, 1972 (1972-09-16)7251
Bob brings Emily to his "fear of flying" therapy group to help her overcome her own fear of flying. Penny Marshall has a minor role in this episode as a stewardess.
22"Tracy Grammar School, I'll Lick You Yet"Jay SandrichCarl Gottlieb & George YanokSeptember 23, 1972 (1972-09-23)7258
Bob tries to impress Emily's students, who find his job boring.
33"Tennis, Emily?"Alan RafkinDavid Davis & Lorenzo MusicSeptember 30, 1972 (1972-09-30)7253
Bob is worried when a handsome, womanizing tennis pro (Peter Brown) praises Emily's beauty.
44"Mom, I L-L-Love You"Alan RafkinDick Clair & Jenna McMahonOctober 7, 1972 (1972-10-07)7252
Emily urges Bob to tell his mother (Martha Scott) that he loves her.
55"Goodnight, Nancy"Jay SandrichSusan SilverOctober 21, 1972 (1972-10-21)7254
Emily is unexpectedly jealous of Bob's old girlfriend Nancy (Penny Fuller).
66"Come Live with Me"Alan RafkinJerry MayerOctober 28, 1972 (1972-10-28)7256
Carol considers co-habitating with her boyfriend.
77"Father Knows Worst"Alan RafkinTom Patchett & Jay TarsesNovember 4, 1972 (1972-11-04)7255
Howard is crushed when his son Howie prefers spending time with Jerry.
88"Don't Go to Bed Mad"Alan RafkinGene ThompsonNovember 11, 1972 (1972-11-11)7262
When the Hartleys have a fight, they resolve not to go to sleep until they've settled their differences.
99"P.I.L.O.T."Jay SandrichDavid Davis & Lorenzo MusicNovember 18, 1972 (1972-11-18)5536
The Hartleys try to adopt a child and meet with a woman (Louise Lasser) from the adoption agency. (Note: This is the original unaired pilot of the show, with some scenes added or re-shot.)
1010"Anything Happen While I Was Gone?"Jay SandrichMartin CohanNovember 25, 1972 (1972-11-25)7260
Jerry announces his engagement to a woman he's only just met.
1111"I Want to Be Alone"Alan RafkinJerry MayerDecember 2, 1972 (1972-12-02)7261
Bob goes to a hotel for a few days to get some time alone, leading Howard to fear that the Hartleys are breaking up. Bernie Kopell has a role in this episode as a philandering doctor.
1212"Bob and Emily and Howard and Carol and Jerry"Peter BaldwinCharlotte BrownDecember 9, 1972 (1972-12-09)7263
Howard and Carol start dating. Pat Morita has a minor role in this episode as a bartender.
1313"I Owe It All to You... But Not That Much"Alan RafkinMartin CohanDecember 16, 1972 (1972-12-16)7257
Jerry starts going to Bob for therapy, which hurts their ability to be friends.
1414"His Busiest Season"Peter BaldwinDavid Davis & Lorenzo MusicDecember 23, 1972 (1972-12-23)7268
Bob invites his patients to a Christmas party at his apartment.
1515"Let's Get Away from It Almost"Jay SandrichTom Patchett & Jay TarsesJanuary 6, 1973 (1973-01-06)7265
The Hartleys spend an unpleasant vacation at a ski lodge.
1616"The Crash of Twenty-Nine Years Old"Alan RafkinCharlotte BrownJanuary 13, 1973 (1973-01-13)7269
Depressed at turning twenty-nine, Carol decides to quit her job and do something new with her life.
1717"The Man with the Golden Wrist"Alan RafkinBill IdelsonJanuary 20, 1973 (1973-01-20)7270
Bob is too nervous to wear the expensive watch that Emily bought him.
1818"The Two Loves of Dr. Hartley"George TyneGene ThompsonJanuary 27, 1973 (1973-01-27)7264
One of Bob's patients (Emmaline Henry) falls in love with him.
1919"Not with My Sister You Don't"Alan RafkinFrank BuxtonFebruary 3, 1973 (1973-02-03)7266
Howard is extremely protective of his visiting sister Debbie (Heather Menzies).
2020"A Home Is Not Necessarily a House"Peter BaldwinDavid Davis & Lorenzo MusicFebruary 10, 1973 (1973-02-10)7271
Bob and Emily consider moving out of their apartment and into a house.
2121"Emily, I'm Home... Emily?"Rick EdelsteinMartin CohanFebruary 17, 1973 (1973-02-17)7273
Emily is rarely home for Bob after she finds a full-time job.
2222"You Can't Win 'Em All"Jerry LondonBill IdelsonFebruary 24, 1973 (1973-02-24)7272
Bob becomes a local hero when his therapy helps a Chicago Cubs pitcher end a losing streak.
2323"Bum Voyage"Martin CohanAustin & Irma KalishMarch 3, 1973 (1973-03-03)7274
Bob is reluctant to go on an ocean voyage with Emily and abandon his therapy group.
2424"Who's Been Sleeping on My Couch?"Alan RafkinJerry MayerMarch 10, 1973 (1973-03-10)7275
Jerry starts making a nuisance of himself while recovering from a bad breakup.

Season 2 (1973–74)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
251"The Last TV Show"Jay SandrichCharlotte BrownSeptember 15, 1973 (1973-09-15)7355
At the prodding of his patients, Bob reluctantly accepts an offer to allow TV cameras into a group therapy session.
262"Motel"Jay SandrichTom Patchett & Jay TarsesSeptember 22, 1973 (1973-09-22)7360
Bob and Jerry go to a motel in Peoria so they can watch a football broadcast that's not available in Chicago.
273"Backlash"George TyneSusan SilverSeptember 29, 1973 (1973-09-29)7352
The Hartleys have to cancel their planned vacation in Mexico because of Bob's back pain.
284"Somebody Down Here Likes Me"Jerry LondonPeter MyersonOctober 6, 1973 (1973-10-06)7357
A Minister (John McMartin) decides to leave the Church because of Bob's advice, leaving Bob overcome with guilt.
295"Emily in for Carol"Alan RafkinJerry MayerOctober 13, 1973 (1973-10-13)7356
When Carol is on vacation, the other doctors on Bob's floor hire Emily as the new receptionist.
306"Have You Met Miss Dietz?"George TyneBill IdelsonOctober 20, 1973 (1973-10-20)7353
Howard and Jerry compete for the affections of an attractive recent divorcée (Mariette Hartley)
317"Old Man Rivers"Martin CohanMartin CohanOctober 27, 1973 (1973-10-27)7359
Carol starts dating a much older man (Jeff Corey).
328"Mister Emily Hartley"Jerry LondonCharlotte BrownNovember 3, 1973 (1973-11-03)7363
Bob feels humiliated when Emily turns out to have a higher I.Q. than he does and is invited to join a high-I.Q. group.
339"Mutiny on the Hartley"Peter BaldwinTom Patchett & Jay TarsesNovember 10, 1973 (1973-11-10)7365
Bob's patients revolt against him when he raises his hourly rates.
3410"I'm Okay, You're Okay, So What's Wrong?"George TyneEarl BarretNovember 17, 1973 (1973-11-17)7364
Fearing that their marriage has lost its spark, Bob and Emily go to a marriage counselor (Katherine Helmond).
3511"Fit, Fat and Forty-One"Peter BaldwinBill Idelson and Harvey MillerNovember 24, 1973 (1973-11-24)7358
Bob goes on a diet, determined to keep his resolution to lose weight before his forty-first birthday.
3612"Blues for Mr. Borden"Jerry LondonTom Patchett & Jay TarsesDecember 1, 1973 (1973-12-01)7366
Howard's ex-wife is getting married again—and this time, she's marrying a pilot.
3713"My Wife Belongs to Daddy"Jerry LondonJerry MayerDecember 8, 1973 (1973-12-08)7362
A visit from Emily's parents (John Randolph and Ann Rutherford) has Bob feeling intimidated by his father-in-law.
3814"T.S. Elliot"Peter BaldwinGerry Renert & Jeff WilheimDecember 15, 1973 (1973-12-15)7368
Mr. Carlin goes on a date with Carol.
3915"I'm Dreaming of a Slight Christmas"Peter BaldwinTom Patchett & Jay TarsesDecember 22, 1973 (1973-12-22)7370
Bob is trapped in his office on Christmas Eve.
4016"Oh, Brother"Peter BaldwinMartin CohanJanuary 5, 1974 (1974-01-05)7367
Jerry's brother (Raul Julia) starts stealing his patients.
4117"The Modernization of Emily"Peter BaldwinCharlotte BrownJanuary 12, 1974 (1974-01-12)7371
Shaken after meeting a former student who's all grown up, Emily tries to recapture her youth with an embarrassing new wardrobe.
4218"The Jobless Corps"Peter BaldwinTom Patchett & Jay TarsesJanuary 19, 1974 (1974-01-19)7374
After Howard is laid off, he joins Bob's therapy group for unemployed people.
4319"Clink Shrink"Peter BonerzPaul B. Lichtman and Howard StormJanuary 26, 1974 (1974-01-26)7369
Bob gets a suspiciously expensive gift from a client (Henry Winkler) who is an ex-convict.
4420"Mind Your Own Business"Alan RafkinTom Patchett & Jay TarsesFebruary 2, 1974 (1974-02-02)7351
To help manage his money, Bob hires a business manager (Ron Rifkin) who puts him on a budget of $50 a week.
4521"A Love Story"Peter BonerzMartin CohanFebruary 9, 1974 (1974-02-09)7375
Howard falls in love with Bob's sister Ellen (Pat Finley) even though she's engaged to another man. NOTE: First appearance of Ellen.
4622"By the Way... You're Fired"Peter BaldwinBarbara Gallagher & Sybil AdelmanFebruary 16, 1974 (1974-02-16)7372
Distracted by a new boyfriend, Carol neglects her duties at the office and is fired by Jerry for incompetence.
4723"Confessions of an Orthodontist"Peter BaldwinTom Patchett & Jay TarsesFebruary 23, 1974 (1974-02-23)7376
Bob temporarily takes over a practice for another psychologist (Roger Perry), including a ditzy secretary (Teri Garr). One of his first patients is Jerry, who confesses he's in love with Emily.
4824"A Matter of Principal"Don BustanyArnie Kogen & Ray JesselMarch 2, 1974 (1974-03-02)7373
Emily stands on her principles and defies an order to let an unqualified student skip a grade.

Season 3 (1974–75)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
491"Big Brother Is Watching"Robert MooreCharlotte BrownSeptember 14, 1974 (1974-09-14)4052
Bob disapproves of the idea of his sister Ellen moving in with Howard.
502"The Battle of the Groups"Alan RafkinTom Patchett & Jay TarsesSeptember 21, 1974 (1974-09-21)4051
Bob unwisely brings two of his therapy groups together at a weekend retreat.
513"The Great Rimpau Medical Arts Co-op Experiment"George TyneColeman Mitchell & Geoffrey NeigherSeptember 28, 1974 (1974-09-28)4056
Jerry organizes all the doctors on his floor into a medical co-op arrangement.
524"The Separation Story"Peter BonerzStory by : Bob Garland
Teleplay by : Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses
October 5, 1974 (1974-10-05)4054
Emily moves out of the apartment and into a college dorm so she can study to get her Master's degree.
535"Sorry, Wrong Mother"Jay SandrichCharlotte BrownOctober 12, 1974 (1974-10-12)4067
Ellen tries to get Howard's son Howie (Moosie Drier) to like her. John Ritter plays a waiter at an ice cream shop.
546"The Grey Flannel Shrink"Peter BonerzJerry MayerOctober 19, 1974 (1974-10-19)4064
Bob accepts an offer to become the in-house therapist for a major corporation.
557"Dr. Ryan's Express"Alan RafkinTom Patchett & Jay TarsesOctober 26, 1974 (1974-10-26)4059
When Carol is away again, Jerry hires an incompetent temp.
568"Brutally Yours, Bob Hartley"Alan RafkinJohn RappaportNovember 2, 1974 (1974-11-02)4062
Bob vows to be completely honest with everyone, which soon leaves everyone hating him.
579"Ship of Shrinks"Alan RafkinColeman Mitchell & Geoffrey NeigherNovember 9, 1974 (1974-11-09)4066
Because of an embarrassing article published under his byline, Bob has second thoughts about attending a psychology conference in Hawaii.
5810"Life Is a Hamburger"George TyneJerry MayerNovember 16, 1974 (1974-11-16)4068
Carol announces her engagement to her weird poet boyfriend (Richard Schaal).
5911"An American Family"Peter BonerzCharlotte BrownNovember 23, 1974 (1974-11-23)4069
Bob and Emily's Thanksgiving plans are threatened when Bob's mother gets into an argument with Emily's father.
6012"We Love You... Good-bye"Peter BonerzCharlotte BrownNovember 30, 1974 (1974-11-30)4061
Emily's revelations about Bob's chauvinism get him kicked out of his own therapy group for women.
6113"Jerry Robinson Crusoe"Alan RafkinErik TarloffDecember 7, 1974 (1974-12-07)4055
Jerry decides to leave everything behind and move to a South Seas island with his new girlfriend (Gail Strickland).
6214"Serve for Daylight"Alan RafkinJerry MayerDecember 14, 1974 (1974-12-14)4071
Bob wants to win a tennis match but doesn't think his doubles partner, Emily, is good enough to win.
6315"Home Is Where the Hurt Is"Alan RafkinTom Patchett & Jay TarsesDecember 21, 1974 (1974-12-21)4065
The Hartleys have to spend Christmas Eve listening to Carol talk about her depressing family and personal relationships.
6416"Tobin's Back in Town"Peter BonerzMichael ZinbergJanuary 4, 1975 (1975-01-04)4057
Ellen's ex-fiancé (Fred Willard) tries to win her back from Howard.
6517"Think Smartly—Vote Hartley"Bob FinkelColeman Mitchell & Geoffrey NeigherJanuary 11, 1975 (1975-01-11)4070
Emily gets Bob to run for a spot on the school board.
6618"The Way We Weren't"James BurrowsRoger BeattyJanuary 18, 1975 (1975-01-18)4063
Emily finds out a secret about the girl Bob was dating before he met her.
6719"A Pound of Flesh"Alan RafkinJerry MayerJanuary 25, 1975 (1975-01-25)4074
Jerry is angry at Bob for refusing to lend him money.
6820"My Business Is Shrinking"Alan RafkinArnie Kogen & Ray JesselFebruary 1, 1975 (1975-02-01)4053
Bob himself joins a therapy group to get some help for his recent depression.
6921"The New Look"Peter BonerzGordon & Lynne FarrFebruary 8, 1975 (1975-02-08)4073
Bob's routine is disrupted after Emily gets new furniture for the apartment.
7022"Bob Hits the Ceiling"Jay SandrichPhil DavisFebruary 15, 1975 (1975-02-15)4072
Bob reluctantly agrees to a therapy session to help Emily's friend (Cynthia Harris) with her marriage problems.
7123"Emily Hits the Ceiling"James BurrowsJerry MayerFebruary 22, 1975 (1975-02-22)4075
Emily talks Bob into being a counselor at the summer camp she's organizing.
7224"The Ceiling Hits Bob"Alan RafkinTom Patchett & Jay TarsesMarch 8, 1975 (1975-03-08)4076
Everything's collapsing around Bob: Howard and Ellen announce they're moving to New York, Carol announces she's looking for a new job, and the ceiling literally collapses in his office.

Season 4 (1975–76)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
731"The Longest Good-bye"James BurrowsTom Patchett & Jay TarsesSeptember 13, 1975 (1975-09-13)5054
Bob gets a visit from his old college buddy, the Peeper (Tom Poston).
742"Here's Looking at You, Kid"Peter BonerzGordon & Lynne FarrSeptember 20, 1975 (1975-09-20)5052
Howard decides it's time to propose to Ellen.
753"Death of a Fruitman"Peter BonerzTom Patchett & Jay TarsesSeptember 27, 1975 (1975-09-27)5063
One of Bob's patients dies after being crushed by a truckload of zucchini.
764"Change Is Gonna Do Me Good"John ErmanGordon & Lynne FarrOctober 4, 1975 (1975-10-04)5058
Emily and Bob decide to get out of their rut by taking on each other's household chores.
775"The Heavyweights"Bob ClaverTom Patchett & Jay TarsesOctober 11, 1975 (1975-10-11)5053
Carol is stuck with one of Bob's overweight patients (Cliff Osmond) on a date.
786"Carol's Wedding"Michael ZinbergGordon & Lynne FarrOctober 18, 1975 (1975-10-18)5060
Carol marries Larry Bondurant (Will Mackenzie) despite knowing him for less than a day.
797"Shrinks Across the Sea"Bob ClaverPhil Doran & Douglas ArangoOctober 25, 1975 (1975-10-25)5061
The Hartleys play host to a supercilious French psychologist (René Auberjonois).
808"What's It All About, Albert?"Michael ZinbergPhil DavisNovember 1, 1975 (1975-11-01)5059
After realizing that he's not actually helping any of his patients, Bob goes to his old mentor (Keenan Wynn) for guidance.
819"Who Is Mr. X?"Peter BonerzBruce KaneNovember 8, 1975 (1975-11-08)5056
In an interview with a vicious TV talk show host (Jennifer Warren) Bob lets it slip that one of his patients was a prominent politician.
8210"Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time"Richard KinonTom Patchett & Jay TarsesNovember 15, 1975 (1975-11-15)5051
In an episode framed as an homage to The Sting, Bob enters into an uncomfortable new partnership with an upscale psychologist.
8311"Over the River and Through the Woods"James BurrowsBruce KaneNovember 22, 1975 (1975-11-22)5065

Bob spends a depressing Thanksgiving with Jerry, Howard and Mr. Carlin, getting drunk, watching football and ordering "Moo Goo Gai Pan."

In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #9 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[6] In 2009, it moved to #37.[7]
8412"Fathers and Sons and Mothers"James BurrowsArnold KaneNovember 29, 1975 (1975-11-29)5057
Bob's mother (Martha Scott) comes to visit and won't leave him alone.
8513"The Article"Michael ZinbergErik TarloffDecember 6, 1975 (1975-12-06)5062
The doctors in Bob's building regret giving Ellen permission to write an article about them.
8614"A Matter of Vice-Principal"Peter BonerzGordon & Lynne FarrDecember 13, 1975 (1975-12-13)5069
Emily is promoted to Vice-Principal over another teacher who's been at the school longer.
8715"Bob Has to Have His Tonsils Out, So He Spends Christmas Eve in the Hospital"James BurrowsTom Patchett & Jay TarsesDecember 20, 1975 (1975-12-20)5068
Bob has to... well, the title pretty much says it all.
8816"No Sale"Eddie RyderMichael ZinbergJanuary 3, 1976 (1976-01-03)5055
Bob and Jerry invest in Carlin's real estate deal, but discover that it involves evicting an old man (Malcolm Atterbury).
8917"Carol at 6:01"Peter BonerzGordon & Lynne FarrJanuary 10, 1976 (1976-01-10)5066
Carol finds that her new husband, Larry, is giving her more attention than she can handle.
9018"Warden Gordon Borden"James BurrowsGordon & Lynne FarrJanuary 17, 1976 (1976-01-17)5070
Howard gets a visit from his brother Gordon Borden the Game Warden (William Redfield), who becomes his romantic rival for Ellen (Pat Finley). NOTE: Final appearance of Ellen.
9119"My Boy Guillermo"Alan MyersonSy RosenJanuary 24, 1976 (1976-01-24)5071
Jerry's free-spirited ex-girlfriend Courtney (Gail Strickland) returns, offering to let him marry her and help raise her son.
9220"Duke of Dunk"Peter BonerzDouglas Arango & Phil DoranJanuary 31, 1976 (1976-01-31)5072
Bob tries to help a basketball star (Anthony Costello) become better at teamwork.
9321"Guaranteed Not to Shrink"James BurrowsSy RosenFebruary 7, 1976 (1976-02-07)5067
Carol decides to follow in Bob's footsteps and enrolls in a night school psychology course.
9422"Birth of a Salesman"John C. ChulaySy RosenFebruary 14, 1976 (1976-02-14)5074
Bob teaches the art of assertiveness to Mr. Herd, whose first act after learning to stand up for himself is to bring a lawsuit against Bob.
9523"The Boy Next Door"Peter BonerzHugh WilsonFebruary 21, 1976 (1976-02-21)5073
Howard gains custody of his son Howie (Moosie Drier) , but leaves most of the actual work of taking care of him to Bob and Emily. Bob hires a gorgeous young woman (Brooke Adams) as Howie's babysitter.
9624"Peeper Two"Michael ZinbergTom Patchett & Jay TarsesFebruary 28, 1976 (1976-02-28)5075
The Peeper (Tom Poston) returns to Chicago after being dumped by his wife, and Jerry shows him how to live life as a swinging bachelor.

Season 5 (1976–77)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
971"Enter Mrs. Peeper"Michael ZinbergGordon & Lynne FarrSeptember 25, 1976 (1976-09-25)6066
The Peeper returns yet again, this time with a new wife.
982"Caged Fury"Michael ZinbergGordon & Lynne FarrOctober 2, 1976 (1976-10-02)6062
Emily accidentally gets herself and Bob trapped in the basement storage locker while they're preparing for their Bicentennial party.
993"Some of My Best Friends Are..."James BurrowsPat Jones & Donald ReikerOctober 9, 1976 (1976-10-09)6054
Bob has to handle the prejudice in his group when Mr. Plager (Howard Hesseman) comes out as gay.
1004"Still Crazy After All These Years"Alan MyersonHugh WilsonOctober 16, 1976 (1976-10-16)6061
Howard sees a therapist (Leonard Stone) to cure himself of his dependency on Bob and Emily, but the cure turns him into an exact clone of his doctor.
1015"The Great Rent Strike"John C. ChulayDavid LloydOctober 23, 1976 (1976-10-23)6059
Slumlord Mr. Carlin takes over Bob and Emily's building, leading Bob to organize a rent strike.
1026"Et tu, Carol?"Alan MyersonGary David GoldbergOctober 30, 1976 (1976-10-30)6058
Bob must find a new receptionist after Carol quits.
1037"Send This Boy to Camp"Michael ZinbergDavid LloydNovember 6, 1976 (1976-11-06)6067
Bob and Jerry volunteer to organize a camping trip for underprivileged children.
1048"A Crime Most Foul"John C. ChulaySy RosenNovember 13, 1976 (1976-11-13)6064
Everyone, including Emily, is a potential suspect after Bob's new tape recorder vanishes.
1059"The Slammer"Michael ZinbergGordon & Lynne FarrNovember 20, 1976 (1976-11-20)6070
Bob and the Peeper visit the bar they used to go to in college, and get arrested when the bar is raided.
10610"Jerry's Retirement"Alan MyersonHugh WilsonNovember 27, 1976 (1976-11-27)6051
When Jerry comes into a lot of money, he decides to quit his practice and do nothing for the rest of his life.
10711"Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson"James BurrowsGordon & Lynne FarrDecember 4, 1976 (1976-12-04)6056
The newly wealthy and retired Jerry goes on a quest to find his biological parents.
10812"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do"Peter BonerzSy RosenDecember 11, 1976 (1976-12-11)6068
Bob is stunned when his parents announce they're separating. John Holland guest stars as Brian McDermott, the new man in the life of Bob's mother (Martha Scott).
10913"Making Up Is the Thing to Do"Harvey MedlinskyGordon & Lynne FarrDecember 25, 1976 (1976-12-25)6072
Bob invites his separated parents to Christmas dinner to try to get them back together.
11014"Love Is the Blindest"Will MackenzieGary David GoldbergJanuary 8, 1977 (1977-01-08)6063
Mr. Carlin tries to impress his attractive new secretary the only way he knows how: lying.
11115"The Ironwood Experience"Peter BonerzPhil DavisJanuary 15, 1977 (1977-01-15)6065
Bob gives a lecture at the Ironwood Interpersonal Relationships at the invitation of its director (Max Showalter), but is surprised when his entire audience shows up naked.
11216"Of Mice and Men"Peter BonerzBruce KaneJanuary 22, 1977 (1977-01-22)6053
Emily plays the wife in a role-playing game with Bob's group of henpecked men.
11317"Halls of Hartley"James BurrowsMichael ZinbergJanuary 29, 1977 (1977-01-29)6055
Bob considers leaving the city and taking a position at a college in the sticks.
11418"The Heartbreak Kid"Dick MartinSy RosenFebruary 5, 1977 (1977-02-05)6052
A psychology student (Tovah Feldshuh) gets a crush on Bob while interning with him.
11519"Death Be My Destiny"Michael ZinbergSy RosenFebruary 12, 1977 (1977-02-12)6073

After a near-death experience, Bob becomes obsessed with the fact of his own mortality.

In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #50 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[6]
11620"Taxation Without Celebration"Peter BonerzSy RosenFebruary 19, 1977 (1977-02-19)6060
Bob has to choose between celebrating his wedding anniversary and doing his taxes on time.
11721"Desperate Sessions"Dick MartinMichael Zinberg & Michael DavidsonFebruary 26, 1977 (1977-02-26)6071
A bank robber (Robert Pine) takes Bob as a hostage.
11822"The Mentor"Michael ZinbergGary David GoldbergMarch 5, 1977 (1977-03-05)6069
On Bob's advice, Carol's husband Larry opens up a travel agency—in Bob's building.
11923"Shrinking Violence"Peter BonerzSy RosenMarch 12, 1977 (1977-03-12)6074
Emily has trouble expressing anger against an obnoxious mechanic (Robert Ridgely), so Bob tries to show her how it's done.
12024"You're Having My Hartley"Peter BonerzGordon & Lynne FarrMarch 19, 1977 (1977-03-19)6075
Bob dreams that both Carol and Emily are pregnant.
Note: This script was originally written as the series finale. When Newhart decided to return for one more season and didn't want to play a father, the episode was rewritten into a dream sequence.[8]

Season 6 (1977–78)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
1211"Bob's Change of Life"Peter BonerzGlen Charles & Les CharlesSeptember 24, 1977 (1977-09-24)7051
Bob and Emily move to a new apartment.
1222"Ex-Con Job"Michael ZinbergZiggy SteinbergOctober 1, 1977 (1977-10-01)7056
Bob leads a new therapy group for ex-convicts.
1233"A Jackie Story"Michael ZinbergLloyd GarverOctober 8, 1977 (1977-10-08)7053
Jerry is worried that he's not good enough for his girlfriend, while Bob treats a ventriloquist who thinks his dummy is real.
1244"Who Was That Masked Man?"Dick MartinGlen Charles & Les CharlesOctober 15, 1977 (1977-10-15)7058
After Mr. Peterson's wife kicks him out, he bonds with Mr. Carlin.
1255"Carlin's New Suit"Dick MartinAndrew SmithOctober 22, 1977 (1977-10-22)7061
A single mother (Loni Anderson) brings a false paternity suit against Mr. Carlin, who goes along with it because he likes her son (Sparky Marcus).
1266"A Day in the Life"Dick MartinKathy Donnell & Madelyn Dimaggio WagnerOctober 29, 1977 (1977-10-29)7054
Bob wants to go to New Orleans for a week, but first has to pacify all his patients in only one day.
1277"My Son the Comedian"Dick MartinDavid LloydNovember 12, 1977 (1977-11-12)7059
Howard's son (Moosie Drier) announces that he wants to drop out of school and become a stand-up comic.
1288"You're Fired, Mr. Chips"Peter BonerzLloyd GarverNovember 19, 1977 (1977-11-19)7063
Bob hires his former professor (Ralph Bellamy) to help with his practice, and soon has to fire the old man.
1299"Shallow Throat"Dick MartinEarl PomerantzNovember 26, 1977 (1977-11-26)7064
Bob faces the issue of doctor/patient confidentiality when a patient confesses to a robbery.
13010"A Girl in Her Twenties"Peter BonerzLaura LevineDecember 3, 1977 (1977-12-03)7055
While Bob is away, Emily meets an old neighbor (Mildred Natwick) who has never adjusted to the modern world.
Note: First of five episodes this season which were shot without Newhart, who appears only in pre-recorded sequences on the telephone.[9]
13111"Grand Delusion"Dick MartinLloyd GarverDecember 17, 1977 (1977-12-17)7067
Bob and Emily both imagine what life would be like if they were married to other people. Episode features Morgan Fairchild in what is possibly her first TV guest appearance.
13212"'Twas the Pie Before Christmas"Dick MartinPhil DavisDecember 24, 1977 (1977-12-24)7057
Bob's patients once again boycott him over a rate increase, this time just before his Christmas party.
13313"Freudian Ship"Peter BonerzEarl PomerantzJanuary 7, 1978 (1978-01-07)7069
Bob goes on a cruise with Emily to get away from work, but can't resist practicing a little psychology for free.
13414"Grizzly Emily"Peter BonerzLaura LevineJanuary 14, 1978 (1978-01-14)7062
On a camping trip, Emily is annoyed by the sexist attitudes of Bob's father.
Note: Second of five episodes in this season shot without Newhart.[9]
13515"Son of Ex-Con Job"Michael ZinbergEmily Purdum MarshallJanuary 21, 1978 (1978-01-21)7070
Bob's ex-con patients decide to start their own business.
13616"Group on a Hot Tin Roof"Michael ZinbergAndrew SmithJanuary 28, 1978 (1978-01-28)7068
Mr. Plager writes a play based on his experiences in Bob's group.
13717"Emily Carlin, Emily Carlin"Peter BonerzLaura LevineFebruary 4, 1978 (1978-02-04)7065
Mr. Carlin asks Emily to pretend to be his wife at his high school reunion.
Note: Third of five episodes shot this season without Newhart.[9]
13818"Easy for You to Say"Dick MartinAndrew SmithFebruary 11, 1978 (1978-02-11)7071
Bob helps a man get over his stuttering problem.
13919"It Didn't Happen One Night"Dick MartinLaura LevineFebruary 18, 1978 (1978-02-18)7073
While Bob is away, his friends suspect Emily is up to something with a handsome old flame (David Hedison).
Note: Fourth of five episodes shot this season without Newhart.[9]
14020"Carol Ankles for Indie-Prod"Mark TinkerLloyd GarverMarch 4, 1978 (1978-03-04)7072
Carol accepts an offer to become Mr. Carlin's new assistant.
14121"Crisis in Education"Peter BonerzEarl PomerantzMarch 11, 1978 (1978-03-11)7074
The principal of Emily's school leaves town, leaving her to deal with irate parents.
Note: This is the fifth and final episode that was shot this season without Newhart.[9]
14222"Happy Trails to You"Michael Zinberg and Peter BonerzGlen Charles & Les Charles and Lloyd GarverApril 1, 1978 (1978-04-01)7075
In the series finale, Bob and Emily prepare to leave Chicago for a teaching job at a college in Oregon.


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