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'The Dick Van Dyke Show' Turns 50 Today

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 3rd 2011 9:30AM
'The Dick Van Dyke Show'Before he was known as an all-singing, all-dancing chimney sweep or a crime-fighting doctor, Dick Van Dyke was famous for playing comedy writer Rob Petrie on 'The Dick Van Dyke Show.'

The landmark comedy debuted on CBS on Oct. 3 1961, exactly 50 years ago today, and it's been announced that having acquired the broadcast rights, TV Land will mark the anniversary by airing all 159 episodes of the series, premiering tonight.

Deadline reports that the network will run episodes in a three-hour block from 6-9PM ET Monday through Friday, culminating in a marathon over the weekend.

From Oct. 10 the series will air weekdays at 7PM ET.

'The Dick Van Dyke Show' ran for five seasons, and made stars of Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore who played young married couple Rob and Laura Petrie. It followed Rob's life at home and at work on the set of a successful fictitious TV series, 'The Alan Brady Show.'

Creator Carl Reiner largely based the comedy on his experiences as a writer on 'Your Show of Shows,' and was originally slated to star. However, after producing an unsuccessful pilot with Reiner in the lead, CBS ordered the part recast and Reiner himself suggested Van Dyke.

'The Dick Van Dyke Show' returns tonight, 6PM ET on TV Land.

Check out the classic 'Dick Van Dyke Show' episode 'Romance, Roses and Rye Bread' below:




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tedk817

Actually, it was producer Sheldon Leonard (for whom the two main characters in "The Big Bang Theory" are affectionately named) who suggested Reiner not play the lead in the show. And Leonard and Reiner sought out Dick Van Dyke who was the lead in "Bye Bye Birdie" on Broadway at the time.

October 04 2011 at 3:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sylvie

There were some absolutely terrible sitcoms, as well, back then. Unfortunately, not enough of them got destroyed. Case in point, "My Mother the Car."

October 04 2011 at 5:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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October 04 2011 at 4:58 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
jdonoh4

What???!!!

October 04 2011 at 4:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mhsden

Awe simpler times he was great in the movie cold turkey funny stuff

October 04 2011 at 4:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ukfashionlist

see Dick van dyke's comedy movie is make people feel simply and comfort.

October 04 2011 at 4:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ukfashionlist

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October 04 2011 at 4:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ukfashionlist

when Dick Van Dyke is young, he looks so handsome,haha.....

October 04 2011 at 4:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ccjames4

TV LAND IS FINALLY DOING SOMETHING RIGHT............

October 04 2011 at 4:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ken

Shows like this can`t be produce today,because it was a simpler time,today crap sells.

October 04 2011 at 3:09 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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anpra3

Ain't that the GOD AWFUL truth.I grew up watching Dick Van Dyke and anything today is flat out CRAP.

October 04 2011 at 6:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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