Episodes: 33, three unaired (half-hour)
TV show dates: September 18, 1992 — December 27, 1993
Series status: Cancelled/ended
Performers include: Bob Newhart, Carlene Watkins, Cynthia Stevenson, Andrew Bilgore, Timothy Fall, John Cygan, Micheal Cumpsty, Tom Poston, Dick Martin, Lisa Kudrow, Dorothy Lyman, Christine Dunford, Jere Burns, Megan Cavanagh, Betty White, and Eric Allan Kramer.
TV show description:
Cartoonist Bob McKay (Bob Newhart) has worked for the Chicago-based Schmitt Greeting Card Company for 20 years and has always dreamed of becoming a comic book artist.
He gets his chance when ACE Comics senior editor Harlan Stone (John Cygan) wants to revive Bob’s Mad-Dog character that had lasted only 12 issues years ago. Unfortunately, Harlan has changed Mad-Dog from a decent superhero to a bloodthirsty vigilante. Bob and Harlan argue but decide that, together, they can make a great comic.
Other series characters include Bob’s wife Kaye (Carlene Watkins), flaky daughter and colorist Trisha (Cynthia Stevenson), spaced-out inker Chad Pfefferie (Timothy Fall), self-esteem challenged gofer Albie Lutz (Andrew Bilgore), old-timer Iris Frankel (Ruth Kobart), and Harlan’s pushy girlfriend Shayla (Christine Dunford).
At the end of the first season, ACE is sold to a millionaire who hate comics and the entire staff is fired. When season two begins, Sylvia Schmitt (Betty White) hires Bob to be the president of his old greeting card company. It seems her husband (Bob’s old boss) has run off with a dental hygenist.
It’s no easy job for Bob, especially since he has to deal with Sylvia’s nasty son, Pete (Jere Burns), who’d expected to take over the company; sarcastic bookkeeper Chris Szelinski (Megan Cavanagh); and oafish Whitey van de Bunt (Eric Allan Kramer) who works in the production department.
Episode 33 — Better to Have Loved and Flossed
The dental hygienist who ran off with Sylvia’s husband returns to town and Sylvia decides to confront her. Peter Bonerz reprises his Jerry Robinson character from The Bob Newhart Show.
The episode did not air on CBS. First aired: March 23, 1997 on TV Land.
There’s been no news of plans to revive the show.
Image courtesy CBS.