TV binge on Dr Bob

Sunday Herald Sun - - News -

IN his trade­mark low-key way, Bob Ne­whart says he’s pleased that his 1970s sit­com about psy­chol­o­gist Dr Robert Hart­ley and his quirky pa­tients and pals is mark­ing its 45th an­niver­sary with a TV marathon.

But the comic, 88, who still does stand-up gigs, can’t re­sist a wise­crack when asked if he too will be watch­ing 84 backto-back episodes of The Bob Ne­whart Show, air­ing on the CBS-owned Decades chan­nel across Amer­ica this week­end.

“No, I know the end­ing of most of them,” he said, drolly.

Ne­whart, a for­mer ac­coun­tant who be­came a com­edy sen­sa­tion in the early 1960s thanks to club gigs and al­bums, has en­joyed a long TV ca­reer.

In re­cent years he has been seen on The Big Bang The­ory, which has at­tracted old fans from his clas­sic 142-episode show that ran from 1972-78.

He’s never won an Emmy though, say­ing stand-up comics don’t tend to get re­spect for sit­com work. “The gen­eral at­ti­tude is, ‘That’s just Bob be­ing Bob’. They think there’s no act­ing in­volved, but there is!”

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