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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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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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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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Comedy | Family

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Trivia

After The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) composer Earle Hagen also wrote the theme songs for three others. In order, they are Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964), That Girl (1966) and Mod Squad (1968). See more »

Quotes

Laura Petrie: Rob, Millie has something to tell you.
Rob Petrie: If it'll make me happy, tell me, but if it won't don't say it because I am on the brink!
Millie Helper: Oh, Rob, I'm so sorry and you never have to speak to me again!
[Starts to cry]
Rob Petrie: It's not gonna make me happy, is it?
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Crazy Credits

A third variation on the tripping-on-the-ottoman opening was added in later seasons, wherein Van Dyke neither stumbles over nor skips around it, but trips on a corner attempting to do the latter, and recovers without falling. See more »

Connections

Featured in The King of Queens: Bed Spread (2003) See more »

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Going Nuts!!! Walnuts!!!
12 June 2007 | by dataconflossmoorSee all my reviews

This is one of the all time classic sitcoms in the history of television!!! "The Dick Van Dyke Show" was pioneer as a sitcom revelation which implemented many different forms of comedic conversation!! Because "The Dick Van Dyke Show" used so many dead pan dialog techniques, and one liner diatribes of amusement, it left a positively impressionable trademark on the television audience!! For an extended period in prime-time during this era , it effortlessly became the most popular T.V. Show on television!!! The talent was there, on and off the screen!! Dick Van Dyke, RoseMarie, Morey Amsterdam, Jerry Paris, Richard Deacon, and of course, MTM Productions mogul, Mary Tyler Moore!! Off the screen, you had Bill Persky, Sam Denoff, John Rich, and the creator of the show, Carl Reiner!! This show exuded a plethora of talent!! Comical situations persistently amused the small screen viewer by illustrating predicaments of precarious identifiability, and aspects of utterly human quirkiness that were never depicted on television shows before!! "The Dick Van Dyke Show" was the inventor of the triple!! What is the triple? When two statements follow a pattern, and the third statement breaks the pattern which sparks a laughter!!! Examples of the triple are:

Does this restaurant serve anything flaming?

1) Saganaki

2) Bananas Foster

3) Richard Simmons?

Another one: You need something that breathes a lot:

1) A Full Bodied Bordeaux

2) A Summer Linen

3) A Raunchy Pervert

Another one: Did something go down the wrong way?

1) Something You Ate

2) Something You Drank

3) Your Last Property Tax Bill!!

Suffice it to say, the element of the triple is a lot of fun, not to mention, very effective!! The above triples are mere examples, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" had their own, and popularized the use of the triple tremendously!! The triple has been a sitcom staple ever since!! This show discusses a lot of real life experiences with the characters on the show, as well as many typical proclivities which are indicative of many New Yorkers!! This show was an excellent portrayal of a polite comedy writer who displays his latent tendencies through a lot of physical humor (Dick Van Dyke)!! Razor sharp sarcasm was replaced with succinct accuracy!! The Madison Ave boys who are writing the show can be the ones who are acrimonious, they are better at it anyway!!! When the show went off the air in '1966, it left an indelible mark on small screen entertainment!! The episode with Laura falling out of the hallway closet with a bunch of walnuts is considered THE!! classic episode of all time!! My favorite episode is the one with the Spanish dancer who was auditioning for a benefit show that Rob was in charge of!! Her dancing redefined sensuality for suburban Connecticut (New Rochelle). Her sex appeal was the genuine article, as opposed to someone like Laura, who just looks sophisticated in worsted wool!! A lot a people may recognize this episode in which I am talking about!! This series, in my opinion, is one of the best sitcoms ever!! Many critics rank it third, putting it only behind "The Honeymooners" and "M*A*S*H". This series was totally outstanding!! The "Dick Van Dyke Show" was a definite diamond in the rough!!


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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 »

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Calvada Productions See more »
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(158 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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