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Dick Van Dyke Show
10/3/1961 – 9/7/1966
CBS 30 minutes
Black and White
Created by Carl Reiner
Produced by Sheldon Leonard
Dick Van Dyke Show Cast
Dick Van Dyke as Robert ‘Rob’ Petrie
Mary Tyler Moore as Laura Petrie
Rose Marie as Sally Rogers
Morey Amsterdam as Maurice ‘Buddy’ Sorrell
Richard Deacon as Melvin ‘Mel’ Cooley
Larry Mathews as Richard Rosebud ‘Ritchie/Rich’ Petrie
Carl Reiner as Alan Brady (1963-1966)
Herb Vigran as Alfred Reinbeck
Ann Morgan Guilbert as Millie Helper
Jerry Paris as Jerry Helper
Dick Van Dyke Show Theme Song
“Theme from the Dick Van Dyke Show” by Earle Hagen.
Dick Van Dyke Show Tidbits
The Dick Van Dyke Show is rightly considered a classic. Although, it got off to a slow start and showed poorly in its first year of ratings, once people discovered this delight, it climbed quickly in theratings.
The story centered around The Petries, Rob and Laura, and their son Ritchie. Rob was the head writer for the Alan Brady Show, a job he was assisted in by Sally (Rose Marie) and Buddy (Morey Amsterdam). Balding Mel (Richard Deacon) was the producer and brother-in-law of the fictional show’s star, Alan Brady (Carl Reiner). Brady wasn’t actually seen, however, later in the series. With or without the toupee that was the butt of many jokes.
Buddy was married to Pickles and Sally was always husband searching. The pair performed as a comedy team called Gilbert and Solomon.
Eventually, some shows were done as flashbacks to the days when Rob and Laura courted.
The Dick Van Dyke Show went off the air not because of poor ratings, but because the stars wanted to pursue other interests. They quit at the top.
Richard Deacon died in 1984 of hypertensive heart disease, Jerry Paris in 1986 of a brain tumor, Morey Amsterdam in 1996 of a heart attack.
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Rob and Laura met at Camp Crowder MO army base where Rob was a sergeant and Laura, a dancer, was a U.S.O. performer.
“Oh, Rob” was Laura’s standard response to her husband.
“Yeeech” was Mel’s standard response to Buddy.
Mary Tyler Moore wore capri pants which started the fad, the first time around.
Carl Reiner reprised his role as Alan Brady in a 2/1995 episode of “Mad About You”