The Dick Van Dyke Show

CBS (ended 1966)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 32

    The Last Chapter

    Aired 6/1/66

  • S 5 : Ep 31

    The Gunslinger

    Aired 5/25/66

  • S 5 : Ep 30

    Long Night's Journey into Day

    Aired 5/11/66

  • S 5 : Ep 29

    Love Thy Other Neighbor

    Aired 5/4/66

  • S 5 : Ep 28

    You Ought to Be in Pictures

    Aired 4/27/66

  • Cast & Crew
  • Richard Deacon

    Melvin Cooley

  • Dick Van Dyke

    Rob Petrie

  • Mary Tyler Moore

    Laura Petrie

  • Jerry Paris

    Jerry Helper

  • Rose Marie

    Sally Rogers

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  • Once Upon a Time... There's a New Show on CBS-TV called The Dick Van Dyke Show debuted on October 3, 1961 and fresh out of the pilot called "Head of the Family" in 1960 as part of "The Comedy Spot". On this Series, Set in New Rochelle, NY at home. The Show focus on Robert "Rob" Petrie is the husband and Father of 1 Child and the Head Writer of the mythical "THE ALAN BRADY SHOW" where his co-writers Maurice "Buddy" Sorrell & Sally Rogers. Buddy Sorrell is a Married Man and he's unflappable and also he can insult Mel Cooley. Sally Rogers is a Single Woman as she's looking for a Husband. Melvin "Mel" Cooley is the Brother-In-Law of the Star of the Show and the unseen wife and The Star of the Show is Alan Brady is egomaniac, arrogant, selfish, obnoxious and stubborn Boss of Rob, Sally & Buddy in New York City. At Home, There's Laura Meeker Petrie is a Sensitive but Nervous and absolute Sexy Wife and Mother of 1 Child when she knows, sees and hears about goings-on of Rob's follies and non-sensible activities. The Child is Richard R. "Richie" Petrie is the 1 and Only Child of Rob & Laura happens to be their own son as he's being obedient and an habit of trouble and very loud when he gets into havoc of his wild fantasies and mischievous schemes and finally The Helpers lived across the street where Millie & Jerry Helper are helping out. Stories relates the trials and tribulations of the Petries, the Helpers and the Writing Staff of "THE ALAN BRADY SHOW". On September 7, 1966 THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW is hot on CBS-TV when its Cancelled. The Daytime Edition of the show aired reruns from August 1965 to September 1969. Syndicated from 1969 to 1991. From September 1991 to September 1998, Nick-at-Nite aired the show and in 1997, TV LAND airs the show. In 2004 CBS-TV and TV LAND airs the true last episode of the show. -------------- NIELSEN RATINGS (Top 30 or Better) No Ranking in the 1961-1962 Season No. 9 in the 1962-1963 Season No. 3 in the 1963-1964 Season No. 7 in the 1964-1965 Season No. 16 in the 1965-1966 Season No. 12 in the 1965-1966 Season (Daytime) No. 11 in the 1966-1967 Season (Daytime) No. 18 in the 1967-1968 Season (Daytime) No Ranking in the 1968-1969 Season (Daytime) __________ THE BROADCAST HISTORY of The Dick Van Dyke Show October 3, 1961-December 26, 1961 Tuesdays at 8:00-8:30pm January 3, 1962-September 16, 1964 Wednesdays at 9:30-10:00pm September 23, 1964-September 8, 1965 Wednesdays at 9:00-9:30pm September 15, 1965-September 7, 1966 Wednesdays at 9:30-10:00pm on CBS-TV Nighttime. August 2-13, 1965 Monday-Friday at 7:30-8:00am on CBS-TV August 16, 1965-September 2, 1966 Monday-Friday at 11:00-11:30am on CBS-TV September 5, 1966-September 5, 1969 Monday-Friday at 11:30am-12Noon on CBS-TV Daytime.moreless

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  • Quotes (150)

    • (Rob takes the liver out of the frying pan) Laura: What are you doing? Rob: I know you. Once this liver is cooked you'll never go. Laura: You won't change my mind, so you might as well put it back in the pan. Rob: Oh, let's talk it over a little longer. Laura: Robert, will you please put my liver back.

    • Sally: I've got another word over here, milkbath. Buddy: Milkbath! Say that is a good one...anybody else got one? Sally: Milkbath! Buddy: All right, a friend of mine was very seriously hurt while taking a milkbath. (to Sally) Ask me why. Sally: Why? Buddy: Funny you should ask. What happened was, the cow slipped on a piece of soap and fell on his head.

    • Laura: Oh, and Janie, if anything unusual happens just call your mother, she lives next door. Rob: She knows where her mother lives.

    • Laura: Well there are symptoms. Rob: What symptoms? Laura: Well... Rob: Come on, I'm the boy's father. Laura: He turned down his cupcake. (acting as if he is startled by the news) Rob: He turned down his cupcake! And you didn't call the ambulance!

    • Rob: Hi, honey. How’s your white satin evening gown? Laura: Fine. How’s your red flannel bathrobe?

    • Mel:(pointing at Buddy) What about him? Buddy: Him will be there with bells on. If it’s cold I’ll wear something warmer.

    • Mel: Rob, as the producer of this show, once more I must insist that you must instruct your staff to show me a little respect. Buddy: We're showing you as little respect as possible.

    • Sally: ...and Mr. Cooley is paid to produce the show because... Buddy: ...because he is the star's brother-in-law.

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    Notes (143)

    • This unsold pilot, originally considered for the 1959-'60 season, was filmed in New York, and originally presented on CBS' summer pilot showcase, "The Comedy Spot".

    • Since this episode never aired, the story line was reworked and shown as the 'Father of the Week' episode of Season 1.

    • Carl Reiner changed the name of Alan Sturdy to Alan Brady when it was brought to his attention that saying Alan Sturdy quickly makes it sound like 'Alan's dirty'.

    • In the pilot Rob and Laura's last name is pronounced PEET-tree, although throughout The Dick Van Dyke Show it is pronounced PET-tree.

    • Carl Reiner almost thought of not doing tv anymore If Head of the family didn't sell!

    • Rob is asked to re write a script because Allan thinks the idea came from The Bob Hope Show.

    • Rob Petrie writes for the Alan Strudy Show. The Alan Strudy show airs on Sunday Nights.

    • Sheldon Leonard suggets the cast change for the pilot. This time with Dick as Rob.

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    Trivia (37)

    • Goof: When Rob is doing the impression of Laura's Uncle Henry, you can see where the carpet ends and the hard floor of the studio begins when he falls on the ground.

    • The song Sally sings is called "I wish I could sing like Durante."

    • Goof: When Janie leaves to go home she leaves all of her school books on the table.

    • Goof: When Sally is singing her song, in one of the frames her hands are down. In the next frame are up by her neck.

    • The Meershatz pipe is an obvious take-off on the real-life Meerschaum pipe.  But at one point in the episode, Morey Amsterdam mistakenly refers to it by the Meerschaum name.  

    • Goof: When Rob and Laura are watching the Alan Brady Show, you can see the camera shadow as the camera pans around.

    • Goof: When Richie asks Laura if he can keep the dollar bill Rob gave him, the boom mike shadow is seen.

    • Goof: When Rob is trying to sneak out of the bedroom without waking up Laura, there is a shadow on Laura's blankets from the cameramen.

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    Allusions (39)

    • Rob: Okay, Gorgeous George. Gorgeous George (George Wagner) was a professional American wrestler.

    • The referance to the "Meershatz" pipe is an allusion to the famous and collectable "Meerschaum" pipes. Handcarved and quite often highly expensive the "Meershatz" as it is called in the show adds to it allure, making it seem like an even more expensive gift!

    • The episode title is a variant of the first line of "The Anniversary Song", written by Al Jolson and Saul Chaplin: "Oh how we danced on the night we were wed..."

    • Mr. Mathias: He's like that Jose, Jose....? Rob: Jose Greco? Mr. Mathias: : Yeah, Jose Greco! This is an allusion to the famous flamenco dancer Jose Greco, (Dec. 23, 1918 - Dec. 31, 2000) Jose appeared on many shows including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and The Ed Sullivan Show.

    • Burger and Mason The two attorneys in the trial are named after Perry Mason and his nemesis, Hamilton Burger. In this episode, their roles are reversed (Burger is the defense attorney and Mason is the prosecutor.)

    • Juror #2: (to Rob) We're not making a movie here Mr. Fonda! This is in reference to the movie "12 Angry Men" which starred Henry Fonda.

    • The ducks' names, Stanley and Oliver, are a tribute to the comedy team of Laurel and Hardy. Dick Van Dyke frequently does an imitation of Stan Laurel in the series, though not in this episode.

    • When Rob mentions "How do I love thee", Buddy says, "by Wayne King?" This is a reference to Wayne King (February 18, 1901 – July 16, 1985) an orchestra musician, and song writer. His Wayne King Orchestra had a television show in Chicago from 1949 to 1952. One of their hits was "How Do I Love Thee".

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  • Fan Reviews (23)
  • True fans...

    By MovingMillie, Jan 08, 2013

  • such a really good classich show

    By cube2k8, May 06, 2010

  • Way too much talent for one show...

    By Theoacme, Jun 15, 2008

  • Classic Show

    By LOSTismylife, Dec 31, 2007

  • Rob Petrie is a TV writer for the Alan Brady Show trying to balance his work life with his home life with his wife and son.

    By drwoowoocl, Oct 20, 2007

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