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The Dick Van Dyke Show 

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The misadventures of a TV writer both at work and at home.

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Carl Reiner
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5   4   3   2   1  
1966   1965   1964   1963   1962   1961  
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 25 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Dick Van Dyke ...  Rob Petrie / ... 158 episodes, 1961-1966
Rose Marie ...  Sally Rogers 158 episodes, 1961-1966
Morey Amsterdam ...  Buddy Sorrell 158 episodes, 1961-1966
Larry Mathews ...  Ritchie Petrie 158 episodes, 1961-1966
Mary Tyler Moore ...  Laura Petrie / ... 158 episodes, 1961-1966
Richard Deacon ...  Mel Cooley 82 episodes, 1961-1966
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Storyline

Rob Petrie is the head writer for the television sketch comedy, the Alan Brady Show, starring the egotistical Alan Brady. Rob's appointment started off as being a controversial one, especially to his two co-writers, the more experienced Buddy Sorrell and Sally Rogers, who end up becoming his friends regardless. Rob has to balance his New York City work life with his New Rochelle home life with wife Laura Petrie, who he met while he was in the army and she a dancer with a USO troupe, and their young son Ritchie. Although largely content in her roles as housewife and mother, Laura on occasion aspires to her former dancer life, which places added complications into the marriage. Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In The X Files Mulder chooses for himself and Scully the names of Rob and Laura Petrie when they must work undercover as a married couple. See more »

Quotes

Maurice (Buddy) Sorrell: This guy laughs at everything! Bet he'll laugh if I say "shoehorn"... SHOEHORN!
Maxwell Cooley: heh huhh heh huhh!
[silly laughter]
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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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Even with the twin beds, it's still the best sitcom ever!
5 April 2005 | by ebrennemSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Head of the Family See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Calvada Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(158 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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