The 70's brought a lot of classic sit-coms. Among them is this one, the first to star Bob Newhart.
In this show, he stars as Dr. Bob Hartley, a psychologist with a successful practice in Chicago. He has a mostly happy home life with his wife Emily, a teacher. There's also their neighbor Howard, a navigator for an airline. At the office, Bob must not only deal with his patients, but also secretary Carol and best friend Jerry, an orthodontist.
Of course, the best part of the show is Bob's reactions to the situation around him. He's the master of sarcasm and facial expressions. He can get more laughs with a look then any comedians I've seen.
On the down side, like many shows, this one is still developing. This is most obvious by throwing the pilot in as the ninth episode. I had a hard time figuring out what Emily teaches for sure. Some episodes she's a sub, some she has a regular class. And there's the sad case of Margaret, a neighbor who vanished half way through the season.
This set will delight fans of the series. All 24 episodes are compiled on three double-sided DVD's. With only four episodes per side, they look and sound sharp, even if the sound is only mono. Unfortunately, there aren't any extras, but that looks like it will change with the next season release.
I'll admit to being a bigger fan of Newhart then of this show. Even so, I can't help but find this show charming and funny.