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The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

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The misadventures of a TV writer both at work and at home.


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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 25 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 Rob Petrie / ... (158 episodes, 1961-1966)
 Sally Rogers (158 episodes, 1961-1966)
 Buddy Sorrell (158 episodes, 1961-1966)
 Ritchie Petrie (158 episodes, 1961-1966)
 Laura Petrie / ... (158 episodes, 1961-1966)
 Mel Cooley (82 episodes, 1961-1966)


Rob, Buddy and Sally write for the Alan Brady TV show under the thumb of Brady's brother-in-law Mel. Rob and Laura live in new Rochelle next-door to Jerry and Millie. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Release Date:

3 October 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

All in a Day's Work  »

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(158 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The writers' office where Rob works is a recreation of the writers' bullpen from Your Show of Shows (1950), where Carl Reiner worked as a writer. The character role Rob Petrie, was based on Reiner and the character role of Buddy Sorrell, was based on the longtime television comedy writer Mel Brooks. The character role of Alan Brady, was based on Sid Caesar. See more »


Maurice (Buddy) Sorrell: [Sally emerges from another room wearing a facemask] Sal! We've been working together all these years, I never knew you looked like that!
Sally Rogers: Looked like what?
Maurice (Buddy) Sorrell: Like my wife!
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Crazy Credits

The most famous image of the opening credits is of Van Dyke falling over an ottoman as he enters his living room. However, a second version, showing him sidestepping the piece of furniture instead, was also used. The two openings were filmed back to back and were used randomly throughout the last four seasons of the series. The first season used a completely different opening credits sequence featuring still pictures. See more »


Referenced in Frozen Assets (1992) See more »

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The Best Written Show In TV History
10 April 2001 | by (Collinsport, Maine) – See all my reviews

Carl Reiner made one of the most best written shows with this series by creating all of the scripts by himself. The man has an innate talent for comedy, timing and characters as the first show known where the characters spend half of the time hurling funny insults at their boss, and the other half showing the life of a happily married couple very much in love with each other. This is probably the first show to show the husband at work where so many other tv husbands vanished to "the job;" for all we know, Ward Cleaver and Ozzie Nelson could of been embezzlers or secret agents. This show went one more level further by showing the scenes behind the writing of a comedy-variety show. Dick Van Dyke is an eternally likeable talent and Mary Tyler Moore was demurely sexy and wonderfully irresistible before her looklike cousin got a job in that Minneapolis news office. That role was a far distant cry to this one. Forget the Bradys, they were the parents I wanted; they were both wonderful, fair and funny, but who wants to have a crush on their mom ? Larry Matthews was every model son as he played the "low-maintenance kid" missing from shows on end. Morey Amsterdam and Richard Deacon were perfect comedy foils for each other as was Rose Marie who played eternally optimistic bachelorette Sally Rogers. Jerry Paris and Ann Morgan Guilbert were everyone's favorite neighbors. All this and appearances by Reiner himself as oft seen Alan Brady, the star of the show within the show, made this series a comedy classic even above The Cosby Show or the Brady Bunch.

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