In a very funny first episode, Carl Reiner sets up the formula for "The Dick Van Dyke Show" that would keep the show going over its five seasons. Domestic life intersects with the showbiz career as Rob and Laura attend a dinner party for the network while Ritchie seems to be coming down with a cold.
Everybody shines in this episode, even Larry Matthews. Laura's frantic instructions to the babysitter, culminating with Rob carrying her out of the house; Rob's pleading with his wife to attend the party and his own attempts to diagnose his son...I was surprised at the number of times I laughed out loud during the show. The episode even gives Morey Amsterdam, Rose Marie and Van Dyke all a chance to showcase their unique talents - Amsterdam as a vaudeville style comic; Marie and her Jimmy Durante impression and Van Dyke in an absolutely hilarious drunk routine.
It's unusual for a series of any kind to start off on the right foot as well as "Dick Van Dyke does, but it's the start of something great.