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New releases: Classic fare in 'Life Aquatic,' 'Bob Newhart Show'
New releases: Classic fare in 'Life Aquatic,' 'Bob Newhart Show'

"The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Series," Shout! Factory, $129.99 The comedy ran for six seasons on CBS in the 1970s, giving the stand-up comedian his best showcase since his early comedy albums. Onstage and on record, Newhart had humorously exasperated, one-sided telephone conversations; on "The Bob Newhart Show," Newhart's Chicago psychologist Bob Hartley reacted to silly patients and neighbors with the same stammering incredulity. Half domestic sitcom and half workplace sitcom, "The Bob Newhart Show" kept its ensemble lean by making Bob part of a childless married couple and sticking him in an office suite with only one actual employee. The...

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