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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1961! The Dick Van Dyke opening screenshot
In 1961, The Dick Van Dyke Show made its debut on television. Though only broadcast for a brief five years, the show continues to play in reruns and syndication on various cable and network stations.

It is interesting to note that while the show was getting underway, Dick Van Dyke was also appearing on Broadway in the Tony-award winning musical, Bye Bye Birdie.

Click here to listen to the opening sequence from
The Dick Van Dyke Show
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Main Characters:
  • Robert Petrie played by Dick Van Dyke
  • Laura Petrie played by Mary Tyler Moore
  • Richard "Richie" Rosebud Petrie played by Larry Matthews
  • Jerry Helper played by Jerry Paris
  • Millie Helper played by Ann Morgan Guilbert
  • Sally Rogers played by Rose Marie
  • Maurice "Buddy" Sorrell played by Morey Amsterdam
  • Mel Cooley played by Richard Deacon
  • Alan Brady played by Carl Reiner

Show Concept:

  • Rob Petrie was a scriptwriter for the fictitious Alan Brady Show.  Along with his co-workers Buddy and Sally, they tried to come up with scripts that Alan would approve only to be shot down often by Alan's henchman, Mel Cooley (the butt of many bald jokes by Buddy). The show also followed the lives of Rob, Laura, and their young son Richie in New Rochelle, Connecticut, through misadventures, entertaining, and the ever-present neighbors, the Helpers.

Hosts or Guests:

  • Some of the guest stars:
    • Jerry Van Dyke
    • Jamie Farr
    • Gavin MacLeod
    • Vic Damone

Writers or Producers:

  • Written by Carl Reiner, Bill Persky, Sam Denoff, and others
  • Produced by Carl Reiner, Sheldon Leonard, and Danny Thomas
  • Directed by Sheldon Leonard, Jerry Paris, and others


  • unknown

Networks or stations:

  • CBS (1961-1966)

Total shows or length of production:

  • Premiered on October 3, 1961
  • Final episode on September 7, 1966
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