The Bob Newhart Show and Murphy Brown

The Bob Newhart Show (1972-1978)
Murphy Brown (1988-1998)
Type: Crossover
Group 2

    Even though The Bob Newhart Show went off the air in 1978, that Bob Hartley is really active! He appeared on the classic finale of Newhart, made a special one shot reunion episode of The Bob Newhart Show and managed a crossover episode with Murphy Brown! All this years after cancellation! For those of you who don't know, Dr. Bob Hartley is the character Bob Newhart played on the classic Bob Newhart Show. On that show Bob Hartley and his friends in the office building where he worked shared a dynamo receptionist named Carol. Just the sort of secretary poor Murphy Brown could use...

    You see, the running gag on Murphy Brown for its entire run was that Murphy could not get a good secretary to save her life. One crazy or inefficient secretary after another paraded their way through the show. Until one day Murphy came to work to find she now had a GREAT secretary who was organized efficient and, well, just plain GREAT! It was, of course, Carol! The audience reaction to her surprise appearance was great. When have you ever seen a secretary get a huge ovation! For once Murphy was in hog heaven! She had a bona fide great secretary! It was too good to last.

    Toward the end of the episode, in rushed Bob Hartley, frantic to get Carol back. As it turns out she had left Bob and company because she felt unappreciated by her bosses. Bob proceeded to on and on about how bad things had gotten for him and her other boss Jerry Robinson without her. He begged her to come back. Murphy fought desperately to have her stay but in the end Carol's loyalty to Bob and Jerry won out and she left with Bob. This episode is worth a look. It gives you a chance to see lots of funny Carol/Bob bits one last time.

Other The Bob Newhart Show Crossover Links
The Bob Newhart Show and Bob
The Bob Newhart Show and I Dream Of Jeannie
The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart
The Bob Newhart Show and St. Elsewhere

Other Murphy Brown Crossover Links
Murphy Brown and Can't Hurry Love
Murphy Brown and The Famous Teddy Z
Murphy Brown and High Society
Murphy Brown and Ink
Murphy Brown and Love And War
Murphy Brown and The Nanny Page 1
Murphy Brown and The Nanny Page 2

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