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The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited (2004)

A reunion of the surviving cast members from the original 1961-1966 TV series finds Alan Brady wanting Rob and Sally to collaborate on a eulogy for him before he dies.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Robert 'Rob' Petrie
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Laura Petrie
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Millie Helper
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Jerry Helper (archive footage)
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Buddy Sorrell (archive footage)
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Sally Rogers Glimscher
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Stacey Petrie
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Herman Glimscher
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40 years after The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961), Allan Brady wants to hire Rob and Sally to write his eulogy - in order to win a bet with his wife. Although they don't want to do it, he offers them a huge amount of money. If Rob takes the job, Laura could open her dream dance studio. Written by Martha Quick

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Rather than make this special simply a clip-filled reunion show, creator Carl Reiner instead chose to produce it in the format of a regular episode. See more »

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Alan Brady calls Rob's old home phone number looking for him, and Richie answers, explaining that he bought the house from the person who had bought it from his parents. There is no way the phone number would have been the same. See more »

Crazy Credits

The late Richard Deacon is the only major cast member to not receive screen credit during the opening sequence, though he (along with now-deceased producers Danny Thomas and Sheldon Leonard ) does receive special acknowledgment at the end of the show. See more »

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Follows The Comedy Spot: Head of the Family (1960) See more »

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what goes around comes around
1 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Over the years, TV show reunions have varied in quality. "The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited" actually comes out quite well. In this one, Rob (Dick Van Dyke) and Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) are retired and living in Manhattan when Alan Brady (Carl Reiner) summons Rob and Sally (Rose Marie) to write a eulogy for him before he dies. So arises the question: how do you write a eulogy for someone like Alan Brady? The characters themselves haven't changed a bit in the nearly 40 years since the original series. Rob is still tense, Laura is still fiery, and Alan is still a jerk. Sally is now married to Herman Glimscher (Bill Idelson), and neighbor Millie Helper (Ann Morgan Guilbert) is dating Rob's brother Stacy (Jerry Van Dyke). A good thing that the reunion did is not try to replace the deceased cast members (Morey Amsterdam, Richard Deacon, Jerry Paris); I think that we can agree that no one throws out hilarious insults like Morey Amsterdam.

So, this reunion isn't bad at all. However, couldn't they have found someone other than Ray Romano to host it? Oh well, it's pretty good otherwise. Still, I would have liked to have heard Buddy make just one more comment about Cooley's bald head.


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