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By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Classic comedy's still funny, though it shows signs of age.

TV CBS Comedy 1982
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While it might seem hokey by today's standards, this series is still fun and filled with memorable, kooky characters. The Bob Newhart Show, which aired on CBS from 1972 to 1978, broke new ground in television at the time with its focus on the field of psychology and its attempts to show the lighter side of mental health. It also paved the way for Newhart, which aired on the same network just a few years later and applied its titular lead's impeccable timing and deadpan delivery to an arguably more mundane topic -- rural life.

Watching it today feels less like you're watching television and more like you're watching a well-directed and well-timed stage play in which the jokes fall exactly as they should. And that's part of what makes Newhart a classic that continues to deliver decades later. Yes, it's dated (and the rooms go for $20 a night!), but it's still delightfully funny.

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