Watch The Dick Van Dyke Show Online - Full Episodes
One of the last of television's black-and-white comedy series, perhaps the first of modern television sitcoms, The Dick Van Dyke Show was a tribute and slice-of-life of an era in an America on the verge of losing innocence. This television landmark represented how life was for middle-class professionals and gave example of how life could be for those striving to that class.
Aired during a cultural bridge in years prior to the JFK assassination and the years following, the show presented viewers with a mixture of values based upon experience and more modern values of education. Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) was the college-educated head of a team of comedy writers that included two veterans without formal education, but with a wealth of experience. By making Rob the boss, the show foreshadowed a move in American society towards achievement through education rather than that based on sweat, toil and experience.
The Dick Van Dyke Show also highlighted many basic American family values. Rob was married to Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), they shared a suburban home in New York with their son. Rob donned his hat and left each morning for work while Laura stayed home to keep house and care for their child. Rob came home from work to deal with troubles Laura had worked up as a sometimes frustrated housewife. The only female figure who worked in the show was Rob's work-mate Sally (Rose Marie), single and always hunting for the right man, never getting past her current boyfriend.
Somewhat autobiographical of its creator, Carl Reiner, the Dick Van Dyke show gave insight into the workings of television at a time when the media was evolving from theatrical presentation and almost slap-stick comedy to more audacious treatments of everyday life. Though Mr Van Dyke was given freedom to mime, make faces and take pratfalls, realism was important in the development of the scripts that would later be taken as standard for situation comedies that followed in later years.
The Dick Van Dyke show closed at the end the fifth season with an intentional last episode. As television moved towards the realism of color, this black-and-white show became a time capsule, a representation of the Camelot of the JFK years as well as a reality-check of the awakening of America in the aftermath of that historical moment. It was a precursor to a real look at American life on television.
The Dick Van Dyke Show Full Episode Guide:
Season 5 (153 full episodes)
Episode 31 - The Last Chapter
First Aired: June 01, 1966
Episode 30 - The Gunslinger
First Aired: May 25, 1966
Episode 29 - Long Night's Journey into Day
First Aired: May 11, 1966
Episode 28 - Love Thy Other Neighbor
First Aired: May 04, 1966
- Episode 27 - You Ought to Be in Pictures
- Episode 26 - The Man from My Uncle
- Episode 25 - Obnoxious, Offensive, Egomaniac, Etc.
- Episode 24 - A Day in the Life of Alan Brady
- Episode 23 - Talk to the Snail
- Episode 22 - Bad Reception in Albany
- Episode 21 - Buddy Sorrell, Man and Boy
- Episode 20 - Dear Sally Rogers
- Episode 19 - Remember the Alimony
- Episode 18 - The Bottom of Mel Cooley's Heart
- Episode 17 - The Curse of the Petrie People
- Episode 16 - The Making of a Councilman
- Episode 15 - I Do Not Choose to Run
- Episode 14 - Who Stole My Watch?
- Episode 13 - Fifty-Two, Forty-Five or Work
- Episode 12 - You're Under Arrest
- Episode 11 - See Rob Write -- Write, Rob, Write
- Episode 10 - Body and Sol
- Episode 9 - Go Tell the Birds and Bees
- Episode 8 - Viva Petrie
- Episode 7 - Odd But True
- Episode 6 - The Great Petrie Fortune
- Episode 5 - Draw Me a Pear
- Episode 4 - No Rice at My Wedding
- Episode 3 - The Ugliest Dog in the World
- Episode 2 - Uhny Uftz
- Episode 1 - Coast-to-Coast Big Mouth
Season 4 (156 full episodes)
- Episode 32 - A Farewell to Writing
- Episode 31 - There's No Sale Like Wholesale
- Episode 30 - Br-rooom, Br-rooom
- Episode 29 - 100 Terrible Hours
- Episode 28 - Baby Fat
- Episode 27 - A Show of Hands
- Episode 26 - Never Bathe on Saturday
- Episode 25 - Anthony Stone
- Episode 24 - Your Home Sweet Home is My Home Sweet...
- Episode 23 - Bupkis
- Episode 22 - Girls Will Be Boys
- Episode 21 - Young Man With a Shoehorn
- Episode 20 - The Case of the Pillow
- Episode 19 - The Redcoats Are Coming
- Episode 18 - Boy #1 Versus Boy #2
- Episode 17 - Stacey Petrie, Part 2
- Episode 16 - Stacey Petrie, Part 1
- Episode 15 - The Impractical Joke
- Episode 14 - Brother, Can You Spare $2500?
- Episode 13 - Stretch Petrie vs. Kid Schenk
- Episode 12 - The Death of the Party
- Episode 11 - It Wouldn't Hurt Them to Give Us a Ra...
- Episode 10 - Pink Pills and Purple Parents
- Episode 9 - Three Letters from One Wife
- Episode 8 - The Alan Brady Show Goes to Jail
- Episode 7 - 4 1/2
- Episode 6 - Romances, Roses, and Rye Bread
- Episode 5 - The Man from Emperor
- Episode 4 - A Vigilante Ripped My Sports Coat
- Episode 3 - The Lady and the Babysitter
- Episode 2 - The Ghost of A. Chantz
- Episode 1 - My Mother Can Beat Up My Father