History Series / TheDickVanDykeShow

11th Dec '16 9:00:39 PM FordPrefect
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I wish my heart would keep it's big mouth shut!

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I wish my heart would keep it's its big mouth shut!
11th Dec '16 8:59:42 PM FordPrefect
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* AmbiguouslyJewish: Some writers have observed that the Petries were the only unambiguous gentiles in an otherwise all-ambiguously-Jewish (except for Buddy, who is clearly shown to be Jewish) cast. [http://www.interestingideas.com/ii/rob.htm]

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* AmbiguouslyJewish: Some writers have observed that the Petries were the only unambiguous gentiles in an otherwise all-ambiguously-Jewish (except for Buddy, who is clearly shown to be Jewish) cast. [http://www.[[http://www.interestingideas.com/ii/rob.htm]htm Some writers have observed]] that the Petries were the only unambiguous gentiles in an otherwise all-ambiguously-Jewish (except for Buddy, who is clearly shown to be Jewish) cast.
11th Dec '16 8:57:54 PM FordPrefect
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Though the show stayed away from JiveTurkey territory as much as possible, Kennedy era reflections abound, including Laura as a Jackie O. surrogate; the Mafia, via the imposing Big Max Calvada (executive producer Sheldon Leonard); TheBritishInvasion ("The Redcoats are Coming"); a self-indulgent [[Magazine/{{Playboy}} Hugh Hefner]] surrogate; Carl Reiner as a Jackson Pollack-like abstract painter; or Rob and Laura's praise for baby guru Dr. Spock.

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Though the show stayed away from JiveTurkey territory as much as possible, Kennedy era reflections abound, including Laura as a Jackie O. surrogate; the Mafia, via the imposing Big Max Calvada (executive producer Sheldon Leonard); TheBritishInvasion ("The Redcoats are Coming"); a self-indulgent [[Magazine/{{Playboy}} Hugh Hefner]] surrogate; Carl Reiner as a Jackson Pollack-like Pollock-like abstract painter; or Rob and Laura's praise for baby guru Dr. Spock.
11th Dec '16 6:28:50 PM Mdumas43073
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This series is also notable as one of the first mainstream shows to feature, albeit in a bit part, middle-class African-American characters in a non-criminal, non-servile role. In the third-season flashback episode "That's My Boy??", Rob tells of wondering if his infant son belonged to his family due to paperwork confusion with another family at the hospital. Finally, the other family, the Peterses, come to straighten things out, and to [[CrowningMomentOfFunny one of the longest laughs from a studio audience ever]], they are [[TheReveal revealed]] to be an African-American couple played by Greg Morris and Mimi Dillard. A small role, yes, but groundbreaking at the time. A later episode ("The Man From My Uncle") guest stars [[Film/WatermelonMan Geoffrey Cambridge]] as a G-Man.

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This series is also notable as one of the first mainstream shows to feature, albeit in a bit part, middle-class African-American characters in a non-criminal, non-servile role. In the third-season flashback episode "That's My Boy??", Rob tells of wondering if his infant son belonged to his family due to paperwork confusion with another family at the hospital. Finally, the other family, the Peterses, come to straighten things out, and to [[CrowningMomentOfFunny one of the longest laughs from a studio audience ever]], they are [[TheReveal revealed]] to be an African-American couple played by Greg Morris and Mimi Dillard. A small role, yes, but groundbreaking at the time. A later episode ("The Man From My Uncle") guest stars [[Film/WatermelonMan Geoffrey Godfrey Cambridge]] as a G-Man.
11th Dec '16 6:28:01 PM Mdumas43073
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This series is also notable as one of the first mainstream shows to feature, albeit in a bit part, middle-class African-American characters in a non-criminal or servile role. In the third-season flashback episode "That's My Boy??", Rob tells of wondering if his infant son belonged to his family due to paperwork confusion with another family at the hospital. Finally, the other family, the Peterses, come to straighten things out, and to [[CrowningMomentOfFunny one of the longest laughs from a studio audience ever]], they are [[TheReveal revealed]] to be an African-American couple played by Greg Morris and Mimi Dillard. A small role, yes, but groundbreaking at the time. A later episode ("The Man From My Uncle") guest stars [[Film/WatermelonMan Geoffrey Cambridge]] as a G-Man.

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This series is also notable as one of the first mainstream shows to feature, albeit in a bit part, middle-class African-American characters in a non-criminal or servile non-criminal, non-servile role. In the third-season flashback episode "That's My Boy??", Rob tells of wondering if his infant son belonged to his family due to paperwork confusion with another family at the hospital. Finally, the other family, the Peterses, come to straighten things out, and to [[CrowningMomentOfFunny one of the longest laughs from a studio audience ever]], they are [[TheReveal revealed]] to be an African-American couple played by Greg Morris and Mimi Dillard. A small role, yes, but groundbreaking at the time. A later episode ("The Man From My Uncle") guest stars [[Film/WatermelonMan Geoffrey Cambridge]] as a G-Man.
11th Dec '16 6:27:39 PM Mdumas43073
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Also, this show was one of the mainstream shows to first use, even in a bit role, middle-class African-Americans in a non-criminal or servile role. In the episode "That's My Boy??", Rob tells of wondering if his infant son belonged to his family due to paperwork confusion with another family at the hospital. Finally, the other family, the Peters, come to straighten things out, and to [[CrowningMomentOfFunny one of the longest laughs from a studio audience ever]], they are [[TheReveal revealed]] to be an African-American couple played by Greg Morris and Mimi Dillard. A small role, yes, but groundbreaking at the time. A later episode ("The Man From My Uncle") guest stars [[Film/WatermelonMan Geoffrey Cambridge]] as a G-Man.

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Also, this show was This series is also notable as one of the first mainstream shows to first use, even feature, albeit in a bit role, part, middle-class African-Americans African-American characters in a non-criminal or servile role. In the third-season flashback episode "That's My Boy??", Rob tells of wondering if his infant son belonged to his family due to paperwork confusion with another family at the hospital. Finally, the other family, the Peters, Peterses, come to straighten things out, and to [[CrowningMomentOfFunny one of the longest laughs from a studio audience ever]], they are [[TheReveal revealed]] to be an African-American couple played by Greg Morris and Mimi Dillard. A small role, yes, but groundbreaking at the time. A later episode ("The Man From My Uncle") guest stars [[Film/WatermelonMan Geoffrey Cambridge]] as a G-Man.
11th Dec '16 6:25:02 PM Mdumas43073
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Created and produced by Carl Reiner, the series centers around TV comedy writer Rob Petrie (Creator/DickVanDyke), who works in New York City and lives in [[{{Suburbia}} suburban]] New Rochelle with his attractive wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), their cute son Richie (Larry Matthews), and a pair of brash next-door neighbors. Coinciding with the Kennedy "Camelot" era, which heralded a new age of youthfulness, ''The Dick Van Dyke Show'' reflected a break from the old-fashioned sensibility of previous television families.

This was the first sitcom to focus as much, if not more, on the main character's work life as his home life, influencing later {{Work Com}}s such as ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'' and ''Series/NewsRadio''. As head writer for the fictional variety series ''The Alan Brady Show'', Rob spent much of his time in the office bantering with fellow writers Buddy Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam) and Sally Rogers (Rose Marie). Sally was an unusual female character for the era, in that she was both a working professional (not a teacher or nurse) and single (although she was portrayed as man-hungry and desperate to end her spinsterhood). Rounding out the ensemble was Mel Cooley (Richard Deacon), the bespectacled, bald-pated, uptight show producer and sycophantic brother-in-law to Alan Brady. The egotistical Brady, played by Carl Reiner himself, was rarely seen and actually served as TheFaceless in the show's early seasons. Rounding out the cast were Jerry Paris and Ann Morgan Guilbert as the Petries' neighbors, Jerry and Millie Helper.

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Created and produced by Carl Reiner, the series centers around TV comedy writer Rob Petrie (Creator/DickVanDyke), who works in New York City and lives in [[{{Suburbia}} suburban]] New Rochelle with his attractive wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), their cute son Richie (Larry Matthews), and a pair of brash next-door neighbors.neighbors Jerry and Millie Helper (Jerry Paris and Ann Morgan Guilbert). Coinciding with the Kennedy "Camelot" era, which heralded a new age of youthfulness, ''The Dick Van Dyke Show'' reflected a break from the old-fashioned sensibility of previous television families.

This was the first sitcom to focus as much, if not more, on the main character's work life as his home life, influencing later {{Work Com}}s such as ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'' and ''Series/NewsRadio''. As head writer for the fictional variety series ''The Alan Brady Show'', Rob spent much of his time in the office bantering with fellow writers Buddy Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam) and Sally Rogers (Rose Marie). Sally was an unusual female character for the era, in that she was both a working professional (not a teacher or nurse) and single (although she was portrayed as man-hungry and desperate to end her spinsterhood). Rounding out the ensemble was Mel Cooley (Richard Deacon), the bespectacled, bald-pated, uptight show producer and sycophantic brother-in-law to Alan Brady. The egotistical Brady, played by Carl Reiner himself, was rarely seen and actually served as TheFaceless in the show's early seasons. Rounding out the cast were Jerry Paris and Ann Morgan Guilbert as the Petries' neighbors, Jerry and Millie Helper.\n
11th Dec '16 6:23:56 PM Mdumas43073
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Created and produced by Carl Reiner, the series centers around TV comedy writer Rob Petrie (Creator/DickVanDyke), who works in New York City and lives in [[{{Suburbia}} suburban]] New Rochelle with his attractive wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), their cute son Richie (Larry Matthews), and a pair of brash next-door neighbors, Jerry and Millie Helper (Jerry Paris and Ann Morgan Guilbert). Coinciding with the Kennedy "Camelot" era, which heralded a new age of youthfulness, ''The Dick Van Dyke Show'' reflected a break from the old-fashioned sensibility of previous television families.

This was the first sitcom to focus as much, if not more, on the main character's work life as his home life, influencing later {{Work Com}}s such as ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'' and ''Series/NewsRadio''. As head writer for the fictional variety series ''The Alan Brady Show'', Rob spent much of his time in the office bantering with fellow writers Buddy Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam) and Sally Rogers (Rose Marie). Sally was an unusual female character for the era, in that she was both a working professional (not a teacher or nurse) and single (although she was portrayed as manhungry and desperate to end her spinsterhood). Rounding out the ensemble was Mel Cooley (Richard Deacon), the bespectacled, bald-pated, uptight show producer and sycophantic brother-in-law to Alan Brady. The egotistical Brady, played by Carl Reiner himself, was rarely seen and actually served as TheFaceless in the show's early seasons.

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Created and produced by Carl Reiner, the series centers around TV comedy writer Rob Petrie (Creator/DickVanDyke), who works in New York City and lives in [[{{Suburbia}} suburban]] New Rochelle with his attractive wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), their cute son Richie (Larry Matthews), and a pair of brash next-door neighbors, Jerry and Millie Helper (Jerry Paris and Ann Morgan Guilbert).neighbors. Coinciding with the Kennedy "Camelot" era, which heralded a new age of youthfulness, ''The Dick Van Dyke Show'' reflected a break from the old-fashioned sensibility of previous television families.

This was the first sitcom to focus as much, if not more, on the main character's work life as his home life, influencing later {{Work Com}}s such as ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'' and ''Series/NewsRadio''. As head writer for the fictional variety series ''The Alan Brady Show'', Rob spent much of his time in the office bantering with fellow writers Buddy Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam) and Sally Rogers (Rose Marie). Sally was an unusual female character for the era, in that she was both a working professional (not a teacher or nurse) and single (although she was portrayed as manhungry man-hungry and desperate to end her spinsterhood). Rounding out the ensemble was Mel Cooley (Richard Deacon), the bespectacled, bald-pated, uptight show producer and sycophantic brother-in-law to Alan Brady. The egotistical Brady, played by Carl Reiner himself, was rarely seen and actually served as TheFaceless in the show's early seasons.
seasons. Rounding out the cast were Jerry Paris and Ann Morgan Guilbert as the Petries' neighbors, Jerry and Millie Helper.
11th Dec '16 6:21:02 PM Mdumas43073
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Created and produced by Carl Reiner, the series centers around TV comedy writer Rob Petrie (Creator/DickVanDyke), who works in New York City and lives in [[{{Suburbia}} suburban]] New Rochelle with his attractive wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), their cute son Richie (Larry Matthews), and a pair of brash next-door neighbors. Coinciding with the Kennedy "Camelot" era, which heralded a new age of youthfulness, ''The Dick Van Dyke Show'' reflected a break from the old-fashioned sensibility of previous television families.

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Created and produced by Carl Reiner, the series centers around TV comedy writer Rob Petrie (Creator/DickVanDyke), who works in New York City and lives in [[{{Suburbia}} suburban]] New Rochelle with his attractive wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), their cute son Richie (Larry Matthews), and a pair of brash next-door neighbors.neighbors, Jerry and Millie Helper (Jerry Paris and Ann Morgan Guilbert). Coinciding with the Kennedy "Camelot" era, which heralded a new age of youthfulness, ''The Dick Van Dyke Show'' reflected a break from the old-fashioned sensibility of previous television families.
22nd Nov '16 12:50:22 AM alexandrajade
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* BreakoutCharacter: Laura. Sally was supposed to be the female lead/foil to Rob, with Laura as a minor side character, but Mary Tyler Moore broke out in a big way to become the show's second lead. This caused a bit of resentment between the two actresses -- while they have always been cordial to one another, they never became close friends the way nearly everyone else in the cast did.
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