Posts tagged: Dick Van Dyke Show
Suddenly Rob remembered that…
An episode called “The Night the Roof Fell In” first aired on Nov. 21, 1962. It featured Rob and Laura having a fight.
They eventually made up and, presumably, repaired to their separate beds.
Casually sexist stereotyping is the order of the day in “The Curious Thing About Women.”
Apparently Laura takes the liberty of looking at Rob's mail. He gets miffed. She gets defensive. Antics ensue.
Do you remember what happens right after scene below?
The first airing of an episode called “Where Did I Come From?”
Rob and Laura think their kid wants to know about the birds and the bees. They fret. But it turns out that wasn't really his question at all.
The first episode of the classic sitcom aired 50 years ago today. The show is back on TV Land as of this afternoon, with multi-episode blocks.
Much has been written about the landmark series. But here's why I think it worked.
1. Rob Petrie was smart, funny and always likable. 2. Rob's workplace was an entertaining counterpoint to New Rochelle domesticity. 3. Richie Petrie's on-screen time was limited. 4. Laura Petrie wasn't just beautiful. She was, given the make-believe context, remarkably human. 5. Consistently top-notch writing. 6. Most adult viewers knew a Mel Coulee, a Jerry Helper and an Alan Brady. 7. Instead of the usual wildly over-the-top sitcom stuff (think “I Love Lucy”), the Petrie household was plausibly normal. Well, except maybe for the separate beds. And some of the home entertaining extravaganzas. 8. Most of the regulars could act. 9. One of TV's all-time best musical themes. 10. You could tell Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore actually liked one another.
…if this is what life was like in other people's homes?