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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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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

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TV-G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Reportedly Mary Tyler Moore told the producers she was older than she really was in order to get the role of Laura. This fact was later incorporated in episode The Dick Van Dyke Show: Laura's Little Lie (1963) in which Rob and Laura have to get re-married in The Dick Van Dyke Show: Very Old Shoes, Very Old Rice (1963) because Laura had lied about her age, telling Rob she was 19. In reality, she was only a 17 year young damsel. Mary Tyler Moore was born in December 1936, which would make her 24 when the show first aired in 1961. See more »

Quotes

Rob Petrie: [Sally, Buddy, Rob and Laura are staying in a haunted cabin, all four are in the same bed because they are scared of the ghost] It's been over two hours and nothing strange or unusual has happened.
Sally Rogers: Oh, really? What do you call four grown people sleeping in the same bed with their clothes on?
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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 »

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Referenced in Archer: Three to Tango (2015) See more »

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Can you imagine being these characters and experiencing this wackiness? It would be great.
28 March 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

The crazy tales of comedy writer Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke), his wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), son Ritchie (Larry Matthews) and co-workers Buddy Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam) and Sally Rogers (Rose Marie). Usually, some mishap starts out small, but spreads and ends up involving everyone. As a side note, whenever Rob, Buddy and Sally's producer Mel Cooley (Richard Deacon) enters the office, Buddy always makes unfriendly remarks about his bald head.

I watch "The Dick Van Dyke Show" every chance I get. From the moment that Rob trips over the ottoman in the opening sequence, you know that something loony is fast approaching. Whether Rob and Laura accidentally eavesdrop on their neighbors Jerry and Millie Helper (Jerry Paris and Ann Morgan Guilbert), or Sally's relationships remain in limbo, TDVDS never disappoints me.

While of course Rob is the main character, my favorite character is Buddy. I nearly die laughing at his comments about Cooley's bald head. It's just wickedly funny. The sort of material that could only come from Carl Reiner (who occasionally appeared on the show as Rob, Buddy and Sally's boss, the tyrannical Alan Brady).

All in all, TDVDS is definitely one of the funniest shows in TV history. I hope that it never stops rerunning!


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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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