The Dick Van Dyke Show

Season 1 Episode 1

The Sick Boy and the Sitter

Aired Unknown Oct 03, 1961 on CBS

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  • The Petrie's, Rob and Laura, are invited to his boss's lavish party at his penthouse. Excited Rob tries to convince his reluctant wife to go, but she's too worried about Richie, their son who's ill. Laura's instinct says not to go. Rob tries desperatel

    This the episode that started it all, and the premise is a standard theme, but pulled off with style and a nice warm charm! Young couple leave the ill son with the babysitter, and mother is sure something bad will happen. It does, but not how you think.

    You can see that the actors and even the writers were still hashing out and getting a feel of the show. Rob calls Laura “Lorrie”, and DVD is obviously wearing lots of make-up, especially around the eyes. He almost looks like his real life hero, Stanley Laurel with his white face powder and eyelash treatment!
    The episode shows the potential for showcasing Dick Van Dyke’s considerable talent, as witnessed in the skits he and his two cohorts, Sally Rogers and Buddy Sorell perform for the bosses guests at the party! You will smile as you see how talented these people are. You will know you're in for a treat.
    It also introduces us to a gorgeous and multitalented young actress, you will hear more of as the years come, namely, Mary Tyler Moore!
    This episode along with a few to follow, still feel a bit campy and homogenous, but begin to get more substantial as the crew and cast flesh out the roles, and feel comfortable with the scripts.
    A fair start to an even greater classic series!