3 October 1961 - 7 September 1966
Created by Carl Reiner
The Dick Van Dyke Show was very innovative for the time that it aired.
After a shaky first season (the series didn't crack Nielsen's top thirty-five shows), this popular situation comedy became a solid hit. It was one of the first series in which the central characters worked for a television series. With Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie, head writer for The Alan Brady Show, a variety series; Mary Tyler Moore as his wife, Laura Petrie, a former dancer; Morey Amsterdam as Buddy Sorrell, wisecracking comedy writer; Rose Marie as Sally Rogers, husband-hunting comedy writer; Richard Deacon as Mel Cooley, producer of The Alan Brady Show (and brother-in-law of Alan Brady), the target of many of Buddy's barbs; Carl Reiner as Alan Brady, the vain star; Jerry Paris (who also directed many episodes) as dentist Jerry Helper, the Petries' next-door neighbor in New Rochelle; Ann Morgan Guilbert as Millie Helper, Jerry's wife; Larry Matthews as Richie Petrie, Rob and Laura's young son.
Did You Know?
That the show's creator Carl Reiner actually played the part of Robert Petrie in the pilot episode. The name of the show was originally "Head of the Family".
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