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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.

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5 Seasons, 159 Episodes - Canceled
October 3, 1961
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The Dick Van Dyke Show Full Episode Guide

  • Rob recalls the events from his life as he wrote in his autobiography, causing Alan Brady to purchase the rights to use as a premise for a TV series.

  • As Rob is put to sleep while Jerry removes his tooth, he begins to dream about his family and friends all living in the days of the wild west.

  • Rob an Jerry decide to go on a fishing trip, leaving Laura and Millie alone in their homes. Being Laura's first night by herself, she begins to hear all sorts of noises and calls Millie over to spend the evening.

  • Millie becomes insanely jealous when the Petrie's spend time with their new neighbors, the Stagg's.

  • Rob becomes the world's worst actor when he is given a role in a low budget movie, featuring an Italian bombshell actress.

  • The government wants to use the Petrie's home as a surveillance outpost to spy on their neighbor's home.

  • A script containing insults towards Alan Brady accidentally gets delivered to his office. The gang decide they must break in and get the script back before Alan sees it and they are fired. Once inside they are informed that the script has been sent to Alan's home.

  • When Rob and Laura set up an anniversary party for Jerry and Millie, it unwittingly turns into a Alan Brady documentary.

  • Rob applies for a job working with a annoying ventriloquist and his puppet of a obnoxious snail, after discovering that Alan plans on cutting down his writing staff.

  • Rob and Laura head to Albany to attend a wedding. Alan had asked Rob to watch a fashion show to get an idea for a sketch, causing him to scurry to find a television set in time to see the show. A mix up has Rob rushing to the church and dressed in a fur collared tuxedo.

  • Sally and Rob are in search of what secret Buddy is hiding. They come to the conclusion that he is either having an affair or seeing a psychiatrist. Fact is he has been preparing for his Bar Mitzvah he never had as a boy.

  • While on the The Stevie Parsons Show, Sally mentions that she is looking for a husband, unaware of the flood of responses she would receive.

  • Rob and Laura recall the time they spent in Mexico and how they almost filed for a $10 divorce.

  • Rob gives Laura a family heirloom which tells the Petrie family history, but destroys it after it drops into a garbage disposal. Now she needs to repair it before Rob's mother comes for a visit.

  • Rob wants to back out of the race for city council after meeting his opponent in which he believes is better suited for the job.

  • Rob is asked to run for city council after making a speech at a council meeting, but is unsure of whether he wants the job.

  • Rob's accusations against all his friends after his new expensive watch disappears, has them all angered and offended.

  • As the Alan Brady Show is set to go on hiatus, Rob recalls the time when he was out of work, with no home and Laura was pregnant with Ritchie.

  • Rob heads off to a drive in movie after having an argument with Laura, and then is arrested for assaulting an old woman.

  • Laura is inspired to write a children's story to go with the pictures she sees at the Butcher Shop. But after Rob questions her about being able to finish what she started, the gauntlet has been thrown down in a challenge to see who can write the better story.

  • Rob recalls his glory days as the middle weight boxing champion in the Army camp.

  • The Petrie's are called into the school psychologist's office after Ritchie tells some wild stories of the birds and the bees.

  • The Petrie's maid Maria, suggests that bullfighter Manuel Luis Rodriguez, ask Rob for a job as a handyman. But it quick to see that Manuel hasn't a clue of how to do the job.

  • Rob is offered $500 from a newspaper after Ritchie discovers that his freckles create the shape of the Liberty Bell.

  • Rob goes on a treasure hunt after finding an old home movie in which his uncle Hezekiah mentions that there may be a family fortune hidden somewhere.

  • Laura asks Rob to join her in an art class and then becomes jealous when the female teacher shows him extra attention.

  • Rob tells the story of a time when he and Laura were dating and how he almost lost her in a raffle to a man named Clark Rice.

  • Rob is left in charge of an ugly dog which he is suppose to write a skit for. But after the bit is left out of the show, Rob is left with the dog to bring home with him.

  • Rob believes he has seen a flying saucer while alone in his office and thinks he has tracked it down, just above his office.

  • Alan Brady is upset now that Laura has let out his secret on a nation wide TV game show, that Alan wears a toupee.

  • Rob plans to spend his vacation time writing a novel, but gets a case of writer's block.

  • Rob and Laura learn that buying a fur coat wholesale can be trouble when their "connection" is Buddy Sorrell.

  • Rob buys a motorcycle and is arrested as a joy-riding delinquent the first time out.

  • Rob recalls his job interview with Alan Brady near the end of an arduous keep-awake marathon.

  • Rob helps Alan Brady by rewriting a play starring the comic.

  • Just before they are due at a formal banquet, Rob and Laura accidentally dye their hands an indelible black.

  • The Petries' romantic second honeymoon becomes a disaster when Laura's toe gets caught in a bath spout.

  • Sally's new tall, dark and handsome boyfriend is secretive about what he does for a living.

  • Rob recalls the time he and his best friend tried to buy the same house.

  • Rob learns that a song he wrote with an old buddy is about to be a hit, and he starts a fight over authorship...

  • The Petries face a problem when Richie is beaten up by a pretty little girl who loves him.

  • Rob becomes a trial lawyer to prosecute a shifty salesman.

  • The Petries are invaded by a horde of teenagers when they entertain two British rock-and-roll idols. Chad &...

  • Laura and Millie become unbearable stage mothers when their sons are cast in a television commercial.

  • Rob's brother Stacey Petrie tries to save his new coffeehouse from closing and his romance from ending. Jerry Van Dyke guest-stars.

  • Rob's brother Stacey Petrie tries to save his new coffeehouse from closing and his romance from ending. Jerry Van Dyke guest-stars.

  • Rob resorts to psychological warfare to get even with a practical joker.

  • Rob receives a ransom demand of $2500 for his lost television script.

  • Rob is forced to squelch the scheme of an opportunistic old friend. Jack Carter guest-stars.

  • Rob struggles through a party for Laura's relatives rather than admit he is sick as a dog.

  • Rob tries to get a raise for Buddy and Sally from Alan Brady's tight-fisted accountant.

  • Laura takes two of Millie's prescription pills and suffers disastrous side effects.

  • Rob risks his job when he convinces Alan Brady to do a cultural documentary program.

  • The Alan Brady writers entertain at a prison and Rob gets locked up with the inmates. Don Rickles guest-stars.

  • Rob and Laura are on their way to see Laura's obstetrician when they are trapped in a stalled elevator with a...

  • Sally is romanced by a secret admirer when the owner of a delicatessen delivers flowers with her sandwich.

  • When Rob is offered a job as humor consultant on a magazine for men-about-town, he runs into misgivings from...

  • Rob's friendship with Jerry is almost destroyed in a row over a neighbor's crab grass.

  • Rob and Laura are unaware that their teenage babysitter has a crush on Laura.

  • Rob, Laura, Sally, and Buddy spend a frightening night in a haunted cabin at a mountain resort.

  • Laura proves herself more proficient than Rob in the art of self-defense.

Most Popular The Dick Van Dyke Show Episodes

  • Season 1 Episode 28 I Am My Brother's Keeper 4/04/1962
  • Season 2 Episode 2 The Two Faces of Rob 10/03/1962
  • Season 5 Episode 31 The Last Chapter 6/01/1966
  • Season 1 Episode 27 The Bad Old Days 3/28/1962
  • Season 1 Episode 21 A Word a Day 2/14/1962

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