Bob Newhart’s second hit sitcom (following The Bob Newhart Show in the 1970s), Newhart posited the deadpan comic as the proprietor of a Vermont inn frequented by a bevy of eccentric locals. After eight seasons and 184 episodes on CBS, the series ended with one of the most famous finales in TV history. Newhart’s character, Dick Loudon, is struck with a golf ball in the episode’s closing moments. One fade to black later, his The Bob Newhart Show character, Dr. Bob Hartley, awakens in his bed and reveals to his wife (Suzanne Pleshette, also reprising her role from the earlier series) that the entirety of Newhart was a dream. -A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: Raymond Burr, attorney (d. 1993); Peggy Cass, chimp rearer (d. 1999); Lisa Edelstein, hospital administrator (47); Al Franken, SNLer (62); Carolyn Lawrence, voice actress (49); Mr. T, mercenary (61); Sarah Ramos, Braverman kin (22); J. Elvis Weinstein, movie-mocking robot (42).