Four years after the end of his long-running sitcom, Bob Newhart returned to series television for another eight years on this brilliantly funny, often surreal sitcom.
In it, Newhart played Dick Loudon, a writer of how-to books who buys a Vermont inn, The Stratford Inn, with his wife Joanna. Leslie Vanderkellen was the priviliged maid working her way through college, George Utley was the somewhat dim-witted handyman, and Kirk Devane was the deceptive owner of the rundown Minuteman Cafe next door.
In 1983, Leslie was replaced by her spoiled and shallow cousin Stephanie. That same year, Kirk married Cindy, a circus clown, and they moved to Europe at the beginning of the third season in 1984.
In March of 1984, Dick became host of a low-rated local talk show entitled "Vermont Today," produced by shallow baby boomer schlockmeister Michael Harris. Michael and Stephanie later fell in love and eventually married and had a baby, also named Stephanie.
The unnamed Vermont village that provided this show's setting was populated by eccentric characters such as Chester Wanamaker, who later became mayor, Jim Dixon, his addle-pated sidekick, Bev Dutton, the no-nonsense manager of Channel 8 (from which "Vermont Today" originated), and Larry, Darryl and Darryl, three surprisingly cultured woodsmen.
CBS BROADCASTING HISTORY
October 1982-February 1983 ... Monday 9:30-10:00
March 1983-April 1983 ... Sunday 9:30-10:00
April 1983-May 1983 ... Sunday 8:30-9:00
June 1983-August 1983 ... Sunday 9:30-10:00
August 1983-September 1986 ... Monday 9:30-10:00
September 1986-August l988 ... Monday 9:00-9:30
August 1988-March 1989 ... Monday 8:00-8:30
March 1989-August 1989 ... Monday 10:00-10:30
August 1989-October 1989 ... Monday 10:30-11:00
November 1989-April 1990 ... Monday 10:00-10:30
April l990-May 1990 ... Monday 8:30-9:00
May 1990-July l990 ... Monday 10:00-10:30
July 1990-August 1990 ... Friday 9:00-9:30
September 1990 ... Saturday 9:00-9:30