The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Dick Van Dyke Show.jpg
Colorized version of opening title card. The original show aired in black and white.
GenreSitcom
Created byCarl Reiner
Written byCarl Reiner
Frank Tarloff (as "David Adler")
John Whedon
Sheldon Keller
Howard Merrill
Martin Ragaway
Bill Persky
Sam Denoff
Garry Marshall
Jerry Belson
Carl Kleinschmitt
Dale McRaven
Directed bySheldon Leonard
John Rich
Jerry Paris
Howard Morris
Alan Rafkin
StarringDick Van Dyke
Mary Tyler Moore
Rose Marie
Morey Amsterdam
Larry Mathews
Richard Deacon
Theme music composerEarle Hagen
ComposerEarle Hagen
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes158 half-hour black-and-white episodes + 1 reunion special in color (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersSheldon Leonard, in association with Danny Thomas
ProducersCarl Reiner
Bill Persky (1965)
Sam Denoff (1965)
Running time22–24 minutes
Production companyCalvada Productions
DistributorCBS Enterprises
Paul Brownstein Productions
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture formatNTSC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseOctober 3, 1961 (1961-10-03) –
June 1, 1966 (1966-06-01)
Chronology
Followed byThe New Dick Van Dyke Show

The Dick Van Dyke Show is an American television sitcom created by Carl Reiner that initially aired on CBS from October 3, 1961 to June 1, 1966, with a total of 158 half-hour episodes spanning five seasons. It was produced by Calvada Productions[notes 1] in association with the CBS Television Network, and was shot at Desilu Studios. Other producers included Bill Persky and Sam Denoff. The music for the show's theme song was written by Earle Hagen.[1]

The show starred Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, and Larry Mathews. The Dick Van Dyke Show centered on the work and home life of television comedy writer Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke), the head writer for the fictional Alan Brady Show, who lived in New Rochelle, New York with his stylish wife Laura Petrie (Mary Tyler Moore) and young son Ritchie (Larry Mathews). The series portrayed daily life, comic scenarios that charming, goofy Rob Petrie found himself in the middle of with work colleagues--Buddy Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam), Sally Rogers (Rose Marie), Mel Cooley (Richard Deacon)--or family, various friends, and neighbors Millie (Ann Morgan Guilbert) and Jerry Helper (Jerry Paris).

The series won 15 Emmy Awards. In 1997, the episodes "Coast-to-Coast Big Mouth" and "It May Look Like a Walnut" were ranked at 8 and 15 respectively on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time.[2] In 2002, the series was ranked at 13 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time[3] and in 2013 it was ranked at 20 on their list of the 60 Best Series.[4]

Premise

The two main settings show are the work and home life of Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke), the head writer of a comedy/variety show produced in Manhattan. Viewers are given an "inside look" at how a television show (the fictional The Alan Brady Show) was written and produced. Many scenes deal with Rob and his co-writers, Buddy Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam) and Sally Rogers (Rose Marie). Mel Cooley (Richard Deacon), a balding straight man and recipient of numerous insulting one-liners from Buddy, was the show's producer and the brother-in-law of the show's star, Alan Brady (Carl Reiner). As Rob, Buddy, and Sally write for a comedy show, the premise provides a built-in forum for them to constantly make jokes. Other scenes focus on the home life of Rob, his wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), and son Ritchie (Larry Mathews), who live in suburban New Rochelle, New York. Also often seen are their next-door neighbors and best friends, Jerry Helper (Jerry Paris), a dentist, and his wife Millie (Ann Morgan Guilbert).

Many of the characters in The Dick Van Dyke Show were based on real people, as Carl Reiner created the show based on his time spent as head writer for the Sid Caesar vehicle Your Show of Shows. Carl Reiner portrayed Alan Brady who is a combination of the abrasive Milton Berle and Jackie Gleason, according to Reiner, refuting rumors that Alan Brady was based on Caesar.[5] Van Dyke's character was based on Reiner himself.

Moore's character's "look" was influenced to some extent by that of Jackie Kennedy, who was at the time First Lady of the United States.[6]

Head of the Family pilot

The Dick Van Dyke Show was preceded by a 1960 pilot for a series to be called Head of the Family with a different cast, although the characters were essentially the same, except for the absence of Mel Cooley. In the pilot, Carl Reiner, who created the show based on his own experiences as a TV writer, played Robbie Petrie. Laura Petrie was played by Barbara Britton, Buddy Sorrell by Morty Gunty, Sally Rogers by Sylvia Miles, Ritchie by Gary Morgan, and Alan Sturdy, the Alan Brady character, was played by Jack Wakefield, although his face was never fully seen, which was also the case with Carl Reiner's Alan Brady for the first three seasons of The Dick Van Dyke Show.

The pilot was unsuccessful, which led Reiner to rework the show with Dick Van Dyke playing the central character (who went by Rob, not "Robbie", and pronounced his last name PET-tree.)[7]

The pilot was subsequently the basis of the series episode "Father of the Week".

Episodes

Main article: List of The Dick Van Dyke Show episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRank[8]Rating[8]
First airedLast aired
PilotJuly 19, 1960 (1960-07-19)
130October 3, 1961 (1961-10-03)April 18, 1962 (1962-04-18)8016.1
232September 26, 1962 (1962-09-26)May 8, 1963 (1963-05-08)927.1
332September 25, 1963 (1963-09-25)May 13, 1964 (1964-05-13)333.3
432September 23, 1964 (1964-09-23)May 26, 1965 (1965-05-26)727.1
532September 15, 1965 (1965-09-15)June 1, 1966 (1966-06-01)1623.6

At least four episodes were filmed without a live studio audience: "The Bad Old Days," which featured an extended flashback sequence that relied on optical effects that would have been impractical to shoot with a live audience in the studio;[9] "The Alan Brady Show Presents," which required elaborate set and costume changes;[10] "Happy Birthday and Too Many More," which was filmed on November 26, 1963, only four days after President Kennedy's assassination;[11] and "The Gunslinger", which was filmed on location.

Reiner considered moving the production of the series to full color as early as season three, only to drop the idea when he was informed that it would add about $7,000 to the cost of each episode.[12] On December 11, 2016, two episodes from the series were presented on CBS-TV colorized.[13] Two more colorized episodes aired December 22, 2017,[14] and an additional two colorized episodes aired on December 15, 2018.[15]

On July 1, 2020, it was announced that two previously-aired colorized episodes would air as part of The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now in Living Color! A Special Tribute to Carl Reiner on July 3, 2020.[16] Two more previously-aired episodes aired as ... Now in Living Color! on May 21, 2021, with the 2018 episodes being rebroadcast the following Friday, May 28.

"The Last Chapter" was the last episode that aired; "The Gunslinger" was the last episode filmed.

Characters

Morey Amsterdam, Richard Deacon, Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, and Rose Marie

Main:

Ann Morgan Guilbert alongside Mary Tyler Moore
Ann Morgan Guilbert alongside Mary Tyler Moore

Supporting:

Recurring:

A group of character actors played several different roles during the five seasons. Actors who appeared more than once, sometimes in different roles, included Elvia Allman (as Herman Glimscher's mother), Tiny Brauer, Bella Bruck, Jane Dulo, Herbie Faye, Bernard Fox, Dabbs Greer, Jerry Hausner, Peter Hobbs, Jackie Joseph, Sandy Kenyon (who also appeared in the 2004 reunion special), Alvy Moore, Isabel Randolph, Burt Remsen, Johnny Silver, Doris Singleton, Amzie Strickland, George Tyne, Herb Vigran and Len Weinrib. Frank Adamo, who served as Van Dyke's personal assistant and stand-in, also played small roles throughout the show's five seasons.

Production

Rob throws his hat into the ring in the election for city councilman, 1965
Rob throws his hat into the ring in the election for city councilman, 1965

The Dick Van Dyke Show was filmed before a live audience (one of the few sitcoms at the time to do so) at Desilu-Cahuenga Studios in Hollywood, California,[19] with audience "sweetening" performed in post-production.

Many of the show's plots were inspired by Reiner's experiences as a writer for Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour, both of which starred Sid Caesar. Reiner based the character of Rob Petrie on himself, but Rob's egocentric boss Alan Brady is not based on Caesar, but is a combination of the abrasive Milton Berle and Jackie Gleason, according to Reiner.[5]

CBS had intended to cancel the show after its first season, but Procter & Gamble threatened to pull its advertising from "the network's extremely lucrative daytime lineup" and the show was renewed, keeping its Wednesday night time slot.[20] The show jumped into the top 10 by the third episode of its second season, helped by coming directly after The Beverly Hillbillies, the number one show at the time.

In 2019 the show's archives were donated to the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York.[21]

Crossovers

Theme

The show's theme was by Earle Hagen, who also wrote many other TV series themes, including those for The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle, USMC, I Spy, and The Mod Squad.

While his wife is away, Buddy becomes the Petries' houseguest.
While his wife is away, Buddy becomes the Petries' houseguest.

In a 2010 interview on National Public Radio, Van Dyke revealed Morey Amsterdam's lyrics for the show's theme song:

So you think that you've got trouble?
Well, trouble's a bubble
So tell old Mr. Trouble to get lost!
Why not hold your head up high and
Stop cryin', start tryin'
And don't forget to keep your fingers crossed.
When you find the joy of livin'
Is lovin' and givin'
You'll be there when the winning dice are tossed.
A smile is just a frown that's turned upside down
So smile, and that frown will defrost.
And don't forget to keep your fingers crossed.[22]

Broadcast history and Nielsen ratings

Season TV Season Time slot (ET) Nielsen ratings[23]
Rank Rating
1 1961–62 Tuesday at 8:00 pm (October 3 - December 26, 1961)
Wednesday at 9:30 pm (January 3 - April 18, 1962)
80 16.1
2 1962–63 Wednesday at 9:30 pm 9 27.1
3 1963–64 3 33.3
4 1964–65 Wednesday at 9:00 pm 7 27.1
5 1965–66 Wednesday at 9:30 pm 16 23.6

Primetime Emmy Awards

The Dick Van Dyke Show was nominated for 25 Primetime Emmy Awards and won 15.[24]

Laura and Rob, 1964
Laura and Rob, 1964
Laura, Rob and Ritchie Petrie, 1963
Laura, Rob and Ritchie Petrie, 1963
Rob and Laura, 1961
Rob and Laura, 1961
Baby flashback, 1963
Baby flashback, 1963
Rob (Dick Van Dyke) and Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), 1961
Rob (Dick Van Dyke) and Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), 1961
Award Nominee Result
1961–1962 (presented May 22, 1962)[25]
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy John Rich Nominated
Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy Carl Reiner Won
1962–1963 (presented May 26, 1963)[26]
Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Series (Lead) Dick Van Dyke Nominated
Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead) Mary Tyler Moore Nominated
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy John Rich Won
Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actress Rose Marie Nominated
Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Humor Won
Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy Carl Reiner Won
1963–1964 (presented May 25, 1964)[27]
Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Series (Lead) Dick Van Dyke Won
Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead) Mary Tyler Moore Won
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Jerry Paris Won
Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actress Rose Marie Nominated
Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Comedy Won
Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy or Variety Carl Reiner, Sam Denoff and Bill Persky Won
1964–1965 (presented September 12, 1965)[28]
Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment: Actors and Performers Dick Van Dyke Won*
Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment: Writers Carl Reiner for "Never Bathe on Saturday" Nominated
Outstanding Program Achievements in Entertainment Carl Reiner, producer Won
1965–1966 (presented May 22, 1966)[29]
Outstanding Comedy Series Carl Reiner, producer Won
Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series Dick Van Dyke Won
Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series Mary Tyler Moore Won
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Jerry Paris Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy Morey Amsterdam Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Comedy Rose Marie Nominated
Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy Bill Persky and Sam Denoff for "Coast to Coast Big Mouth" Won
Bill Persky and Sam Denoff for "The Ugliest Dog in the World" Nominated

0*Shared with Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt for Hallmark Hall of Fame: "The Magnificent Yankee" and Barbra Streisand for My Name Is Barbra

Cast reunions

Home media

Image Entertainment has released all five 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 repackaged the discs from the individual season sets into a complete series box set. On Blu-ray, the complete series, remastered in high definition, was released on November 13, 2012.[30]

In Region 2, Revelation Films has released the first two seasons on DVD in the UK.[31][32]

In Region 4, Umbrella Entertainment has released the first three seasons on DVD in Australia.

Following the well-received colorizations of I Love Lucy in the US, two episodes, "That’s My Boy" and "Coast to Coast Big Mouth", were computer colorized by West Wing Studios in 2016 and broadcast by CBS.[33][34] They were later released on DVD and Blu-ray by CBS Home Entertainment as The Dick Van Dyke Show: Now in Living Color!

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
The Complete Series 158 May 24, 2005 (DVD)
November 13, 2012 (Blu-ray)
November 10, 2015 (remastered DVD)
Now in Living Color! 2 March 3, 2017 (DVD and Blu-ray)

Six episodes of the series, all from the second season, are believed to have lapsed into the public domain and have been released by numerous discount distributors.[citation needed] There also seems to be no original record of copyright for episodes 33–62, which were released in 1962 and 1963. This does not preclude their creators from claiming royalties for them.[35] CBS policy has generally been to claim indirect copyright on such episodes by claiming them as derivative works of earlier episodes that were copyrighted.[36][37]

In popular culture

See also

References

Informational notes

  1. ^ "Calvada" is derived from the letters from producers CArl Reiner, Sheldon Leonard, VAn Dyke and DAnny Thomas[citation needed]

Citations

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  2. ^ "Special Collector's Issue: 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time". TV Guide. June 28, 1997.
  3. ^ "TV Guide Names Top 50 Shows". CBS News. April 26, 2002. Retrieved June 18, 2011.
  4. ^ Fretts, Bruce; Roush, Matt. "The Greatest Shows on Earth". TV Guide Magazine. Vol. 61, no. 3194–3195. pp. 16–19.
  5. ^ a b Clark, John (November 22, 2009). "'2,000 Year Old Man' still kicking on new DVD". San Francisco Chronicle.
  6. ^ Farber, David (2004). The Sixties Chronicles. Publications International Ltd. p. 153. ISBN 1-4127-1009-X.
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  8. ^ a b "The Classic Sitcoms Guide to...The Dick Van Dyke Show".
  9. ^ Waldron, Vince (2011). The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book. Episode Guide: Chicago Review Press. p. 310. ISBN 978-1-56976-839-6.
  10. ^ Waldron, Vince (2011). The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book. Episode Guide: Chicago Review Press. p. 334. ISBN 978-1-56976-839-6.
  11. ^ Waldron, Vince (2011). The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book. Episode Guide: Chicago Review Press. pp. 336–337. ISBN 978-1-56976-839-6.
  12. ^ Waldron, Vince (2011). The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book. Footnote: Chicago Review Press. p. 250. ISBN 978-1-56976-839-6.
  13. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (December 9, 2016). "'The Dick Van Dyke Show' in Color? See It on Sunday". The New York Times. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  14. ^ "CBS Presents Two Newly Colorized Episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, Today". Broadway World. December 22, 2017. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
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  17. ^ Waldron, Vince (2011). The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book. Episode Guide: Chicago Review Press. p. 291. ISBN 978-1-56976-839-6.
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  21. ^ Dick Van Dyke show archives, scripts donated to National Comedy Center Buffalo Business First. March 20, 2019.
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  32. ^ "The Dick Van Dyke Show - The Complete Season Two". Amazon.co.uk. May 21, 2007.
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