Who doesn’t love a great sitcom ensemble? I sure do. That’s why I decided to write a series of articles about the best sitcom ensembles by decade. I already covered the ’60s, giving the title to Batman. Shout out to Adam West! Now, I move onto the ‘70s.
I’ll be honest. I got this idea because I was watching the show I am giving the award for the ‘70s to. This was an easy decision for me. However, I will give some nods to other shows. Honorable mentions if you will. I will not be honoring MASH, though. I don’t like that show. Taxi would be good, but Taxi’s first season started airing in 1978. That show will come back for the ‘80s battle.
The runner up for the ‘70s is The Bob Newhart Show. I’m a big fan of that show, and it has a great cast. Newhart is in a role literally built for him, of course, so that makes sense. Suzanne Pleshette is wonderful as his wife Emily. Also, that’s maybe my favorite TV couple ever. Peter Bonerz and Marcia Wallace are fun as Bob’s friends/coworkers. Then, there’s Bill Daily, who rules. He’s the perfect wacky sitcom foil. He did it on I Dream of Jeannie, and he did it on Bob Newhart Show.