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Encyclopedia > The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Dick Van Dyke Show

Mary Tyler Moore and Dick van Dyke
Format Sitcom
Created by Carl Reiner
Starring Dick Van Dyke
Mary Tyler Moore
Rose Marie
Morey Amsterdam
Larry Mathews
Richard Deacon
Jerry Paris
Ann Morgan Guilbert
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of episodes 158 + 1 reunion special
Production
Running time approx. 25 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run October 3, 1961June 1, 1966
External links
IMDb profile

The Dick Van Dyke Show is an American television situation comedy which initially aired on CBS from October 3, 1961 to June 1, 1966, created by Carl Reiner and starring Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. Image File history File links Dick_van_dyke_show_3. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Carl Reiner (born March 20, 1922) is an American actor, film director, producer, writer and comedian. ... Richard Wayne Dick Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an Emmy-Award winning American actor of film, stage, and screen, comedian and dancer. ... This article is about the actress. ... Rose Marie (born August 15, 1923) is an actress who had a career as a child star under the name Baby Rose Marie but is best known for her adult role as Sally Rogers in the The Dick Van Dyke Show. ... Morey Amsterdam (December 14, 1908 – October 27, 1996) was a veteran American television actor and comedian, renowned for his large, ready supply of jokes. ... Richard Deacon (May 14, 1921 - August 8, 1984), born in Philadelphia, was a television and motion picture actor. ... Tall, comedic actor born William Gerald Grossman in San Francisco, California on July 25, 1925. ... Ann Morgan Guilbert (born October 16, 1928) is an American actress. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This is a list of all The Dick Van Dyke Show episodes. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about a genre of comedy. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Carl Reiner (born March 20, 1922) is an American actor, film director, producer, writer and comedian. ... Richard Wayne Dick Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an Emmy-Award winning American actor of film, stage, and screen, comedian and dancer. ... This article is about the actress. ...


Totalling 158 episodes and five seasons, the show was also produced by Reiner, who wrote many episodes and played the part of Alan Brady. Reiner based the main character on himself and the Brady character on his former boss Sid Caesar. Many of the show's plots were inspired by Reiner's experiences as a writer for Your Show of Shows (which starred Caesar). Sid Caesar (born September 8, 1922) is an Emmy-winning American comic actor and writer, best known as the leading man on the 1950s television series Your Show of Shows, and to younger generations as Coach Calhoun in Grease and Grease 2. ... Your Show of Shows was a live sketch comedy television series appearing weekly in the United States, from 1950 until June 5, 1954, featuring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. ...

Contents

Main characters

  • Robert "Rob" Petrie (Dick Van Dyke), the head comedy writer for a fictional New York TV variety series called The Alan Brady Show. The role of Rob Petrie was almost given to Johnny Carson, but Sheldon Leonard, the show's executive producer, suggested Van Dyke.
  • Laura Meeker/Meehan Petrie (Mary Tyler Moore), Rob's wife. A stay-at-home mom and former dancer in the U.S.O. (where she met Rob). The role of Laura proved to be the most difficult to cast. About 60 actresses auditioned for the part before Moore was signed, and she almost didn't go to the audition.
  • Maurice "Buddy" Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam), an energetic (and at times facetious) "human joke machine," one of the comedy writers; he's constantly making fun of Mel Cooley (the show's producer) for being bald (and dull). His character is loosely based on Mel Brooks who also wrote for Your Show of Shows. Amsterdam was recommended by Rose Marie as soon as she had signed on.
  • Sally Rogers (Rose Marie), another of the comedy writers (and the comedy trio's designated typist), who is always on the lookout for a husband.

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Supporting characters

  • Richard "Ritchie" Petrie (Larry Matthews), Rob and Laura's son.
  • Melvin "Mel" Cooley (Richard Deacon), the balding producer of the "Alan Brady Show" (and Brady's brother-in-law), who is constantly fighting with Buddy
  • Jerry (Jerry Paris) and Mildred "Millie" Krumbermacher Helper (Ann Morgan Guilbert), the zany next-door neighbors.

Other less frequently seen characters include: Richard Deacon (May 14, 1921 - August 8, 1984), born in Philadelphia, was a television and motion picture actor. ... Tall, comedic actor born William Gerald Grossman in San Francisco, California on July 25, 1925. ... Ann Morgan Guilbert (born October 16, 1928) is an American actress. ...

  • Alan Brady (Carl Reiner), the toupee-wearing star of the "Alan Brady Show".
  • Stacy Petrie (Jerry Van Dyke), Rob's brother, banjo player, and sleepwalker, played by Dick Van Dyke's real-life brother.
  • Fiona "Pickles" Sorrell (Barbara Perry/Joan Shawlee), Buddy's slightly nutty wife.
  • Herman Glimscher (Bill Idelson), Sally's occasional and "nerdy" boyfriend.
  • Sam and Clara Petrie (Tom Tully/J. Pat O'Malley and Isabel Randolph), Rob's parents.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Alan Meehan (Carl Benton Reid and Geraldine Wall), Laura's Parents.
  • Freddie Helper (Peter Oliphant), Millie and Jerry Helper's son.

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Storyline

Storylines deal with Rob and his two coworkers, Buddy and Sally, who write material for the TV show. Mel Cooley, a balding straight man (and recipient of numerous insulting one-liners from Buddy), is the show's producer and the brother-in-law of Alan Brady, the show's seldom-seen star. As Rob, Buddy and Sally write for a comedy show, the premise provides a built-in forum for them to "be funny". Other stories focus on the home life of Rob and Laura, who live in suburban New Rochelle, New York. Frequently seen is their young son, Ritchie, as well as their neighbors, Jerry and Millie Helper. New Rochelle City Hall New Roc City New Rochelle (French: Nouvelle-Rochelle) is a city in the southeast portion of the U.S. state of New York in Westchester County, 16 miles (26 km) from Grand Central Terminal in New York City and 2 miles north of the border with...


Famous catchphrases

  • "Oh, Rob!" -- Laura to Rob
  • "Yeech!" -- Mel's annoyed reaction to Buddy's insults
  • "Shut up, Mel!" -- Alan Brady's usual reply to Mel
  • "Oh yeah, I forgot." -- Ritchie Petrie (Rob and Laura's son)

Influence

The show was an excellent vehicle for Van Dyke's physical comedy and sight gags. The classic example is the scene in the opening titles, in which Van Dyke enters through the front door and trips over the ottoman. Producers filmed three versions: one in which Van Dyke trips over the ottoman, one in which he steps around it, and a rarely seen third variation in which Van Dyke avoids the ottoman and then trips on the carpet. Viewers were kept wondering which version would be used on any particular episode, as the show's editors were instructed to use them randomly. (The famous ottoman opening was added beginning in the second season of the series. The first season's opening credits were a composite of promotion stills and screen grabs from the pilot episode.) For other uses, see Slapstick (disambiguation). ... This example of a title sequence, from long-running serial drama Another World, was seen from 1966 to 1981, making it one of the longest-running continuous title sequences on television. ... An Ottoman in its natural habitat. ...


The series was considered a trailblazer for its comparatively realistic portrayal of relationships — although the Petries slept in separate beds — and caused some mild controversy because of Mary Tyler Moore's decision to wear capri slacks in an era when most sitcom wives wore dresses and skirts, even though Lucille Ball had previously worn capri slacks on I Love Lucy. Capri pants (often just called capris) are a style of trousers worn during the summer. ... Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an iconic American comedian, actress and star of the landmark sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, and Heres Lucy. ... I Love Lucy is a television situation comedy, starring Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, also featuring Vivian Vance and William Frawley. ...


The show included humorous but intelligent portrayals of other subjects not previously seen on sitcoms, including religion, race, death, infidelity, and psychiatry. One episode dealt with Ritchie Petrie's use of profanity; another involved his parents' explaining to him the "facts of life".


The storylines gave viewers an "inside look" at how a TV show was run and written. This was rare at a time when situation comedy was limited to occupations other than show business. It also gave the cast an opportunity to do "variety" episodes that included stand-up comedy, music, and other non-situation segments. A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ...


Carl Reiner originally planned to produce and star in the series, which was going to be titled Head of the Family. A pilot episode was made in July of 1960, but it was unsuccessful. He ended up playing the role of Alan Brady, the egotistical television star for whom Rob Petrie worked. Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Reiner always maintained that he never intended for the series to run more than five seasons, making this one of the first successful American TV series to end on its own accord while still popular rather than through cancellation. It has done extremely well in syndicated reruns, most notably on Nick at Nite from 1991-2000, and on its sister cable network TV Land from 2000 - 2007. Rerun van Pelt is the name of Linus and Lucys younger brother in the comic strip Peanuts. ... Nick-at-Nite (sometimes spelled Nick @ Nite, by its current logo) is the evening programming block broadcast over Nickelodeon Sunday–Thursdays from 9 PM–6 AM and Friday–Saturdays from 10 PM–6 AM Eastern and Pacific Standard Time. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...


The Dick Van Dyke Show is considered to have been an inspiration for many later sitcoms, in particular the long-running Mad About You, which was in many ways a modern-day remake. Carl Reiner even reprised the role of Alan Brady for an episode. The relationship between Reiner as writer and Van Dyke as actor can be compared to that between Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld. Mad About You is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 23, 1992, to May 24, 1999. ... Lawrence Gene Larry David (born July 2, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York) is an Emmy-winning actor, writer, comedian, producer and film director. ... This article is about the comedian. ...


Van Dyke returned in 1971 in an unrelated vehicle, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, which despite running for three years is rarely shown in syndication and has been largely forgotten, in contrast with The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which became at least as successful as the original Dick Van Dyke Show. The New Dick Van Dyke Show brought Van Dyke back into TV in 1971, but despite running for three years is no longer seen, in contrast with Mary Tyler Moore, which became as successful as the original Dick Van Dyke Show. ... Mary Tyler Moore is an American television sitcom created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns that aired on CBS from September 19, 1970 to March 19, 1977. ...


Reunion special

On May 11, 2004, CBS aired a reunion special, The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited. Produced by Carl Reiner, who referred to the hour-long special as "The 159th Episode," the show reunited cast members Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Larry Mathews, Ann Morgan Guilbert, and Jerry Van Dyke. Reiner reprised his role as Alan Brady. Deceased cast members Morey Amsterdam, Richard Deacon, and Jerry Paris were remembered in flashbacks. is the 131st day of the year (132nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jerry Van Dyke (born July 27, 1931, in Danville, Illinois) is an American comedian and actor. ... Morey Amsterdam (December 14, 1908 – October 27, 1996) was a veteran American television actor and comedian, renowned for his large, ready supply of jokes. ... Richard Deacon (May 14, 1921 - August 8, 1984), born in Philadelphia, was a television and motion picture actor. ... Tall, comedic actor born William Gerald Grossman in San Francisco, California on July 25, 1925. ...


The main plot of the special involves the relatively healthy Alan Brady asking Rob and Sally to write his eulogy so that he knows in advance what will be said about him after he dies. The Petries and Sally, along with Rob's brother Stacey and longtime friend Millie, discuss ideas that are illustrated by way of flashbacks to the old show. The special ends with Van Dyke and Moore, out of character, reminiscing about the series as more flashbacks are shown. Ray Romano hosts the special. Look up eulogy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Raymond Romano (born December 21, 1957 in Queens, New York) is an Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated, American actor and comedian best known for his starring role on the sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond. ...


DVD releases

For reasons that are unclear, six episodes from the second season have lapsed into the public domain, and as a result are widely available at Walmart and 'dollar stores' for $1-$2 per DVD or VHS tape. The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ...


Image Entertainment has released all 5 Seasons of The Dick Van Dyke Show on DVD in Region 1. Season sets were released between October 2003 - June 2004. Also, on May 24, 2005, Image Entertainment released a 25-disc boxset of the entire series. Image Entertainment is a major home video and television distribution company that has handled digital media distribution of television programs, public domain and copyrighted feature films, and music concerts. ... Image Entertainment is a major home video and television distribution company that has handled digital media distribution of television programs, public domain and copyrighted feature films, and music concerts. ...

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
Season 1 31 October 21, 2003
Season 2 33 October 21, 2003
Season 3 31 February 24, 2004
Season 4 32 April 27, 2004
Season 5 31 June 29, 2004

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Episode guide

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External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
CNN.com - The return of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' - May 11, 2004 (938 words)
The show, which centered around the lives of Rob Petrie (Van Dyke), a comedy writer for "The Alan Brady Show," his wife (Moore) and co-workers, was originally canceled after the first season.
Since the days of JFK and Capri pants, the members of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" have moved on in both their professional and personal lives.
Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke on the set of the 159th episode.
Dick Van Dyke - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1687 words)
Carl Reiner saw Van Dyke in Bye Bye Birdie and cast him in the role of Rob Petrie in the highly-rated and critically acclaimed CBS sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Van Dyke was living in Arizona at the time and the show was filmed there.
Van Dyke was a great admirer of Stan Laurel and even gave the eulogy at his funeral.
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