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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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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, 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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TV-G | See all certifications »

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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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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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Trivia

Voted #13 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Ritchie Petrie: Oh, yeah, I forgot.
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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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Featured in The History of Comedy: The Comedy of Real Life (2017) 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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