After a flying golf ball from the course next-door hits Newhart, he wakes up in bed. What the audience sees is Bob Newhart as the character from his previous show, "The Bob Newhart Show." Next to him in bed is his wife from that show. Even the set had been rebuilt to look like the older show.
The audience is led to believe that this is still the earlier show, and the show Newhart was all just a strange dream.
Of course, this next show was not a dream, but rather a long, frantic chase ...
No. 2: "The Fugitive" - Aug. 22-29, 1967
Though modern audiences may be more familiar with the feature film version, older audiences will remember how compelling it was to watch "The Fugitive" in the 1960s.
The final episode was actually a two-part finale with the first part airing Aug. 22, 1967, and the second part a week later on Aug. 29, 1967. After four seasons, audiences had to wonder what would happen to the main character, Richard Kimble. Would he find the real perpetrator and be exonerated? Or would he be on the run forever?
Part two of the finale was the most-watched television series episode at that time. It was viewed by 25.7 million households (about 46 percent of American households with a television set and a 72 percent share. That record would hold up for more than 13 years until the "Who Done It" episode of "Dallas."
Finally, the audience could exhale as Kimble is found innocent, and he is able to live happily ever after.
It is good to go free, but it is also wonderful to walk away from a show on top ...
No. 1: "The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson" - May 21, 1992
"The Tonight Show" is not the same as a scripted drama or comedy series, but the last episode featuring Johnny Carson was no less compelling.
Carson was not the first host of the show, nor did the show end after he departed. However, Johnny was so much of what made "The Tonight Show" successful, and it was hard for some people to say good-bye after 30 successful years.
His final guests on May 21, 1992, included Robin Williams and Bette Midler, whose emotional serenade turned into an impromptu duet with Carson.
Technically this wasn't his last episode since a retrospective show, taped before a by-invitation-only studio audience, was aired one night later. But it's the night before and his final guests that's most remembered.
After a heartfelt and sincere speech that included a hearty word of thanks to the audience, Johnny walked away from the show and from television. It was a fitting end for a great comedian -- and a highly entertaining era of the show.