First Telecast: September
Telecast: August 26, 1978
9:30-10:00 on CBS
8:30-9:00 on CBS
8:00-8:30 on CBS
June 1978-August 1978,
8:00-8:30 on CBS
Hartley..... Suzanne Pleshette
Robinson..... Peter Bonerz
Bernie Tupperman (1972-1976).....
Bakerman..... Florida Friebus
Mr. Herd (1976-1977).....
Hartley was a successful Chicago psychologist who lived in a high-rise
apartment with his wife Emily, an elementary school teacher. Bob shared
the services of his receptionist Carol with a bachelor dentist, Jerry Robinson.
Carol was a brash, nutty individual who could dish it out pretty well to both
her bosses. In the fall of 1975, she married Larry Bondurant, a travel
agent, after a whirlwind courtship. Originally, two of the Hartley's neighbors were
seen on a regular basis: Howard Borden, a divorced commercial
airline pilot who had an annoying habit of barging into their apartment
without knocking, and Margaret Hoover, a friend of Emily's. For a period, Bob's sister
Ellen lived with him and Emily, and at one point, almost
married Howard, but that passed.
was a very low-key guy, which was handy at the office but did not always
prove effective in dealings with his wife and friends. He had a number of
regular patients, including all of the above cast of characters from Elliot
Carlin to the bottom of the list. Bob's patients had problems ranging from
ordinary, everyday neuroses to homosexuality to extreme paranoia. They were all
trying themselves. The character who appeared most regularly - and the one with
the biggest problems - was Elliot, without a doubt one of the most neurotic
individuals ever seen on television. He was completely lacking in
self-confidence, had a persecution complex, and was forever putting himself
In addition to treating his
patients individually, Bob was a firm believer in group therapy, and his
patients interacted in various groups in hilarious fashion.