Widower Sheriff Andy and his son Opie live with Andy's Aunt Bee in Mayberry NC. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy's time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney.
Widower Steve Douglas raises three sons with the help of his father-in-law, and is later aided by the boys' great-uncle. An adopted son, a stepdaughter, wives, and another generation of sons join the loving family in later seasons.
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
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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 »
Dick van Dyke was a truly remarkable comedian. In this show he was in his prime and he never seemed to match the level of critical acclaim popularity and overall quality of his performances he did here. The sitcom is without a doubt one of the classic shows of all time. In the show Dick van Dyke played Robert Petrie a writer for the Alan Brady Show. His wife was Laura Petrie and his two co-workers were Sally Rogers and Buddy Sorell. His boss was Mel Cooley.
The show had a lot of slapstick, a lot of wordplay and a lot of singing and dancing. It was a great five-year run. My favorite character on the show was Mel Cooley. He was played excellently by Richard Deacon. He was sophisticated and had perfect Mary Tyler Moore became very famous as a result of this show. She was very funny here and will continue to impress audiences for generations.
I think this is one of those shows where there was not a bad show. Every episode of the Dick Van Dyke show has it's own unique little charm. There are some great episodes. Perhaps the Twizzle episode and the walnut episode are some of the best. The show did end too early. They were on top of the game and Dick van Dyke and Carl Reiner both just wanted to quit. Perhaps they wanted to do other things.
Dick van Dyke as I said never seemed to achieve such high status since. Perhaps his alcoholism didn't help. He was the reason they never did a sequel to Mary Poppins because they couldn't do the movie without him. Mary Tyler Moore would of course go on to do the Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rose Marie would be on the Hollywood Squares for a long time after this. Morey Amsterdam and Richard Deacon would continue to make cameos and appear on talk shows for years to come.
This was one of the first truly sophisticated comedies. The writing was excellent and witty, the acting was perfect and the show just had it together. The show overall probably could have been on for fifteen years if it really wanted to be. Still it is on TV Land sometime you will probably get a laugh out of it.
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