Contributed by Johnny Graves
I was reminded of my very favorite cameo appearance when I caught an old rerun on http://www.direct.tv last night. It was the final episode of Newhart. The star and namesake of the show was deadpan comedian Bob Newhart.
Newhart was best known for his previous series The Bob Newhart show, which ran from 1972 through 1978, in which he played unflappable psychotherapist Robert Hartley. Newhart acted as the perfect straight man to the flamboyant personalities of Hartley’s various neighbors, friends and patients. Suzanne Pleshette performed brilliantly as his sexy wife Emily a! nd they were destined to go down in history as one of TV’s favorite couples.
In 1982 Bob Newhart assumed the role of stodgy author and Vermont innkeeper. The townsfolk were outrageously quirky and Newhart had perfected the straight man act. Who could forget the inn’s spoiled socialite maid Stephanie or its three eccentric brothers Darryl, Darryl and Darryl?
In Newhart Mary Fran filled the role of Bob’s beautiful and loyal wife Joanne. Newhart earned high ratings during its run largely due to its talented writers and endearing characters. In 1990 the series finale produced the best cameo appearance of all time when Newhart wakes up in bed beside Suzanne Pleshette and realizes the entire Vermont experience had been nothing more than a nightmare brought on by overeating.