I own the series and I find it very funny and well done. Bob Newhart plays the "how to writer" and innkeeper. He is almost always getting checked by his wife or getting into some other kind of trouble. The casting is excellent although I must admit I liked the first maid, Jennifer Holmes, better than Julia Duffy. Julia plays a much snootier person than Jennifer did. Since they are both from the same family in the show it must be the writers fault!! The three brothers who will do just about anything are pr4etty funny most of the time. Tom Poston as George the handyman was a great casting call. A lot of the humor evolves Newhart's dry wit and dead pan expression. This is one excellent series.