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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 Rob Petrie / ... (158 episodes, 1961-1966)
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 Sally Rogers (158 episodes, 1961-1966)
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 Buddy Sorrell (158 episodes, 1961-1966)
Larry Mathews ...
 Ritchie Petrie (158 episodes, 1961-1966)
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 Laura Petrie / ... (158 episodes, 1961-1966)
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 Mel Cooley / ... (82 episodes, 1961-1966)
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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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3 October 1961 (USA)  »

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All in a Day's Work  »

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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 Rob is based on Reiner and the character Buddy Sorrell is based on then-television comedy writer Mel Brooks. The character of Alan Brady was based on Sid Caesar. See more »

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Alan Brady: [re note about letting go of the staff] Didn't you see I crumpled it up?
Maurice (Buddy) Sorrell: [inspects paper] Yeah that's his crumple!
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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 »

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Season 3 Episode 1 "That's My Boy???"
18 February 2010 | by (Netanya, Israel) – See all my reviews

As a teenager growing up in the early 1960's, I was a big fan of "The Dick Van Dyke Show". And this episode is the one I remember the best, after all these years. It is a flashback to when Ritchie was born and Rob becomes convinced that the hospital accidentally switched their baby for another one born at the same time of a family with a similar name. The climactic moment (which I will not reveal) was both one of the funniest things I ever saw on television in my life and an amazing demonstration of how American attitudes were changing. I have read that this is Dick Van Dyke's personal favorite episode, and I completely agree with him. Apparently, the live studio audience laughed so long and hard that the cameras had to stop until they calmed down and the actors could continue.

I would guess that today the shock of this moment is lost to a great extent, but for its time, it was an astonishing, courageous moment - and also side-splittingly funny.


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