Considered one of the finest moments in scripted TV history, Newhart ended its eight season run with a brilliant TV in-joke. TV Land to Go: The Big Book of TV Lists, TV Lore, and TV Bests by Tom Hill describes the episode as “a bizarre final chapter in the strange tale of Bob’s life in Vermont, and an ending that immediately became a television legend.”
The Archive of American Television celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Newhart finale two ways. Tune in tonight to the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, which features a final segment with Bob Newhart himself (and a clip of our interview with Suzanne Pleshette) discussing the landmark show. Plus, see the Archive’s new show page for Newhart: “The Last Newhart” featuring behind-the-scenes stories from Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Tom Poston, and director Dick Martin.