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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There are 158 episodes, in the 5 seasons run. First season, first 14 were 13 Tuesdays, 1 Monday. The first 15 links are, 1st: The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Sick Boy and the Sitter (1961) (Tuesday, October 3rd, 1961). 2nd: The Dick Van Dyke Show: My Blonde-Haired Brunette (1961). 3rd: The Dick Van Dyke Show: Sally and the Lab Technician (1961). 4th: The Dick Van Dyke Show: Washington vs. the Bunny (1961). 5th: The Dick Van Dyke Show: Oh, How We Met on the Night That We Danced (1961). *6th: The Dick Van Dyke Show: Harrison B. Harding of Camp Crowder, Mo. (1961), [only Monday], Monday, November 6th, 1961. 7th: The Dick Van Dyke Show: Jealousy! (1961). It televised Tuesday, November 7th, 1961. 8th: The Dick Van Dyke Show: To Tell or Not to Tell (1961). 9th: The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Unwelcome Houseguest (1961). 10th: The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Meershatz Pipe (1961). 11th: The Dick Van Dyke Show: Forty-Four Tickets (1961). 12th: The Dick Van Dyke Show: Empress Carlotta's Necklace (1961). 13th: The Dick Van Dyke Show: Sally Is a Girl (1961) 14th: The Dick Van Dyke Show: Buddy, Can You Spare a Job? (1961) televised Tuesday, December 26th, 1961. Starting with The Dick Van Dyke Show: Where Did I Come From? (1962), it televised on Wednesday, January 3rd, 1962. The last 144 episodes televised on Wednesday evenings. See more »

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Laura Petrie: You wanna end up another Dwight Heatherton, go ahead!
Rob Petrie: Who's that?
Laura Petrie: Dwight Heatheron happens to be an excellent writer who is unknown because he gets no publicity.
Rob Petrie: Then how do you know him?
Laura Petrie: Oh Rob, he's *famous*.
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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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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Howard Hesseman/Randy Newman (1979) See more »

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Even with the twin beds, it's still the best sitcom ever!
5 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I guess the most dated item on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" are those silly twin beds in Rob and Laura's bedroom. This had to be one of the last sitcoms to feature such absurdities.

Regardless, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" is the best sitcom ever! The writing, characterizations, and timing are flawless. Few sitcoms since the mid '60's have measured up to the quality of this series. None have surpassed it.

Be thankful for the incredible 5-season DVD set. This set has been a long time coming, but the wait has been worth it. The DVDs will help preserve the greatness of this show into the 21st century.


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