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This night on “Dick Van Dyke” in 1962

An episode called "A Bird in the Head Hurts" first aired on Dec. 5, 1962.

Ritchie keeps getting attacked by a woodpecker, and his parents suspect he isn't telling the truth. Naturally, that worries Rob and Laura.

I was never a fan of the child actor who played Ritchie, so I preferred that he stay in his room and out of sight.

But the real problem here is that "The Andy Griffith Show" had adressed this theme a few months earlier in a terrific episode called "Mr. McBeevee." This was early in that show's run, but it featured Griffith and Ron Howard at their best.

"A Bird in the Head Hurts," on the other hand, was pretty forgettable. 

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