The Comedy Spot (1960–1962)
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Rob is asked to write an amusing bulletin for the PTA bazaar. Richie is having a difficult time explaining to his friends just what his father does at work and he's taking out his ... See full summary »



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Rob is asked to write an amusing bulletin for the PTA bazaar. Richie is having a difficult time explaining to his friends just what his father does at work and he's taking out his frustration on his father. Laura thinks it would be a good idea for Rob to take Richie with him to the office for a day so he can see first hand what his dad does. Rob is skeptical this will work but agrees to give her plan a try. Written by tomtrekp

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19 July 1960 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


On the Dick Van Dyke Show DVD collection, this pilot is included with it, and in an interview with Carl Reiner he states that he let this pilot sit for about a year after it didn't sell, and then he showed it to Sheldon Leonard who told him he liked it and it had potential, but it "needs better actors, including you!" As it came into being there was concern over Dick Van Dyke being cast as Rob Petrie as he was a stage actor, and it was Danny Thomas who suggested that they get the "girl with three names", Mary Tyler Moore to play Laura, the rest is history. See more »


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Not as good as you might expect.
10 July 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the pilot episode for what later went on to become "The Dick Van Dyke Show". In this pilot, an entirely different group of actors are cast--with Carl Reiner playing Robert Petry (pronounced 'Peetry' in this show). The setup for the show is very similar--the family lives in the suburbs, Rob writes for a weekly variety TV show, etc.. The biggest difference is chemistry. Like most pilots, the chemistry hasn't yet been established. Additionally, there were a few things that really stood out for me as needing improvement. The biggest was how obnoxious and annoying the kid was who played Richie. In many ways, his high-pitched and adenoidal whine was like a little Jerry Lewis--and I can sure see and hear why he wasn't invited back after the show was re-tooled. It was even more obvious than it could have been, as the plot revolved around this brat. Also, the laugh track was very bad--very intrusive and often blasting out laughs when nothing funny was occurring. And finally, it just wasn't particularly funny or enjoyable overall.

This show was a bit of a bust and I could see why it was remade with an all-new cast. However, for fans of the show and the history of TV, it's a fascinating look at the germ that later grew into one of the great shows of the 1960s.

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