The Dick Van Dyke Show

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8.31963NR
The misadventures of a TV writer both at work and at home.
Starring
Dick Van DykeRose MarieMorey Amsterdam
Genres
Comedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Never Name a Duck
    September 26, 1962
    25min
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    English
    When one of Richie's two pet ducks dies, it seems as if the Petrie family has lost one of its human members.
  2. 2. The Two Faces of Rob
    October 3, 1962
    26min
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    To prove that a wife cannot always recognize her husband on the telephone, Rob disguises his voice and asks Laura for a date.
  3. 3. The Attempted Marriage
    October 10, 1962
    26min
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    A crippled jeep and a sprained ankle make Rob two hours late for his own wedding.
  4. 4. Bank Book 6565696
    October 17, 1962
    27min
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    Rob is puzzled and chagrined when he finds that Laura has a secret nest egg of her own.
  5. 5. Hustling the Hustler
    October 24, 1962
    25min
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    Rob has an evening of high adventure with a veteran pool shark who pretends he can't play the game.
  6. 6. What's in a Middle Name?
    November 7, 1962
    25min
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    Rob has some explaining to do when son Richie learns that his middle name is Rosebud.
  7. 7. My Husband Is Not a Drunk
    October 31, 1962
    26min
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    English
    Rob Petrie suffers from a post-hypnotic suggestion meant for someone else, and it causes mayhem at work.
  8. 8. Like a Sister
    November 14, 1962
    27min
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    English
    A handsome balladeer brings romance into Sally's life.
  9. 9. The Night the Roof Fell In
    November 21, 1962
    25min
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    Rob and Laura recount vastly different versions of a marital spat that send Rob storming out of the house.
  10. 10. The Secret Life of Buddy and Sally
    November 28, 1962
    27min
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    English
    Rob suspects cowriters Buddy and Sally of carrying on a clandestine romance.
  11. 11. A Bird in the Head Hurts
    December 5, 1962
    26min
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    Richie runs into the house screaming that he has been pecked on the head by a giant woodpecker.
  12. 12. Gesundheit, Darling
    December 12, 1962
    25min
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    Rob begins to fear he is allergic to his own family when proximity to Laura and Richie starts him sneezing.
  13. 13. A Man's Teeth Are Not His Own
    December 19, 1962
    26min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Rob feels that he has betrayed his dentist friend, Jerry Helper, when he lets another dentist work on his teeth.
  14. 14. Somebody Has to Play Cleopatra
    December 26, 1962
    26min
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    Rob directs an amateur theatrical in which rehearsals are dogged by controversy over the casting of a key part--Cleopatra. Bob Crane guest stars.
  15. 15. The Cat Burglar
    January 2, 1963
    26min
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    A phantom burglar pillages the Petrie home, but the police are baffled as to how he did it.
  16. 16. The Foul-Weather Girl
    January 9, 1963
    25min
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    English
    Laura sees a singing weather girl as a threat to her marriage.
  17. 17. Will You Two Be My Wife?
    January 16, 1963
    26min
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    English
    Rob is slapped, kicked, and screamed at--among other things--by the girl he left behind when he entered the Army. Barbara Bain guest stars.
  18. 18. Ray Murdock's X-Ray
    January 23, 1963
    25min
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    Rob finds himself in hot water after giving a television interview in which he unwittingly portrays his wife Laura as a nut.
  19. 19. I Was a Teenage Head Writer
    January 30, 1963
    26min
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    An office crisis sets Rob to reminiscing about his hectic early days as a comedy writer.
  20. 20. My Husband Is a Check-Grabber
    February 13, 1963
    26min
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    Laura tries to break Rob of his expensive habit of picking up the check.
  21. 21. It May Look Like a Walnut
    February 6, 1963
    25min
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    Under the influence of science fiction, Rob fears that a walnut will steal his imagination and his thumbs. Danny Thomas guest-stars.
  22. 22. Don't Trip Over That Mountain
    February 20, 1963
    25min
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    English
    To his great regret, Rob ignores Laura's warning to stay off the big slopes on his first skiing excursion.
  23. 23. Give Me Your Walls
    February 27, 1963
    25min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    When Rob's living room needs a paint job, he hires a colorful master painter of Rome, Florence, and Brooklyn. Vito Scotti guest stars.
  24. 24. The Sam Pomerantz Scandals
    March 6, 1963
    25min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Rob, Laura and the office gang put together a variety show to help out an old friend.
  25. 25. I'm No Henry Walden!
    March 27, 1963
    26min
    TV-G
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Rob finds himself very out of place at a dinner party for celebrated literati. Carl Reiner guest-stars.
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Dr. PaulReviewed in the United States on January 28, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Dick Van Dyke Show holds up, great comedy
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If you've never watched the Dick Van Dyke Show you're missing a classic TV comedy. Dating to the 1960s, this show holds up, offers up some "original" comedy, and is anchored by a stellar cast. I grew up watching Dick Van Dyke in reruns, but when Amazon offered a good deal, I grabbed the series for streaming - now I can watch whenever I want. There are favorite episodes each season, but overall, for the numbers of episodes you get, plus the great comedy from these talented people, any episode is worth it. Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore anchor a cast of comedians who left an endurable mark on the entertainment industry. It's been pretty much 50 years since this show was on television and it doesn't just hold up, it brought us some of televisions' greatest moment. If you haven't seen it, check out some of Season 2's best; Rob and Laura try to get married, a personal favorite, when Ritchie learns how he got his middle name, and in The Secret Life of Buddy and Sally the cast shows off what set this series apart - the talent. We love this show and hope you will too.
KristinReviewed in the United States on April 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hilarious, fun episodes
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Dick Van Dyke is one of my favorite shows, there are a lot of episodes in the season. Robert and Laurie Petrie (Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore) face problems with friends, parenting and work. A few examples: Ritchie, their son, wants to know why his middle name is Rosebud. Rob suspects Buddy and Sally of having an affair, falsely, of course. A giant woodpecker seems to plague Ritchie. Buddy's brother comes and attempts to hustle different people. Robert reflects on the time when he first got the head writer job. Sally falls for a number of men and Laura desperately tries to throw Rob a surprise party. A great season of fun episodes.
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onashelfReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Oh Rob....
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I love this show and I esp. love Season 2. It contains my absolutely fav. episode. i always loved the show as a kid, but as a kid, I never picked up on some fo the sexual nuances, never appreciated how wonderfully talented Dick van dyke was.. he was just a fantastic physical comedian. The things he could do with his body, those long legs, the goofy faces he could make.. and I also never appreciated how beautifiul and gifted MTM was .. she could sing, dance and had those killer legs any girl would kill for.
Anyhow, my fav. episode is All about eavesdropping.. and I could watch it over and over.. Not sure what it is about this that I love so much.. it's Laura and Rob getting ready to go to dinner party at Millie and Jerry's. .. while waiting for Laura to get ready , Rob accidentally turns on Richie's intercom toy.. him and Freddie had hooked up between 2 house.s. Rob and Laura hear Jerry and Millie make some disparaging remarks about them.. starting with the dip that Millie mad .. it is Laura's recipe and Millie is certain Laura had left something out.. she did.. anyhow one thing leads to another, Rob and laura go, they are very rude the whole evening... it's hysterical to see two mature adults pouting and acting like 13 yr olds... the charades scene is hilarious..
This episode alone is worth the price of the season.
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David Von PeinReviewed in the United States on April 17, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
"ALL ABOUT EAVESDROPPING" -- One Of The Best Episodes (Ever) Of "The Dick Van Dyke Show"
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In the five-year network TV life of "THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW", which encompassed 158 total episodes, this particular installment -- "All About Eavesdropping" -- is one of my all-time favorites.

This episode was filmed at the tail-end of Season #2 of the series (on April 9, 1963). It was the "head start" episode for Season 3, and was aired on Wednesday, October 23, 1963. It was co-written (impeccably) by Sheldon Keller and Howard Merrill. "Eavesdropping" was directed by Stanley Cherry.

The program, filmed in black-and-white (as were all Van Dyke Show eps.), begins in the living room of Rob and Laura Petrie of 148 Bonnie Meadow Road in New Rochelle, New York. The Petrie couple is getting ready to attend a casual dinner party at the home of their next-door neighbors (Jerry and Millie Helper).

As Rob waits for Laura to finish getting dressed ("a quarter of a minute" is when Laura says she's going to be ready), he accidentally turns on his son Ritchie's toy intercom, which has been hooked up to the Helper's house next door.

What Rob and Laura hear next is too tantalizing to miss (even though they know darn well they shouldn't be "eavesdropping" on their neighbors, hence the episode's title).

After hearing a few not-so-kind words from Millie and Jerry (regarding "Avocado & Peanut Butter Dip" and "Albert Schweitzer"), the Petries aren't too thrilled with the idea of now having to go to their neighbors' party (which will also be attended by Rob's co-workers from "The Alan Brady Show", Buddy Sorrell and Sally Rogers).

But the Petries decide it's too late to back out of their party invitation, so they elect to head next door (sans the bottle of wine they were originally planning on taking with them). What occurs next is classic TV situation comedy if there ever was any.

The scenes that take place at Jerry and Millie's house are always worth a replay when this episode is fired up in the DVD player, especially the hilarious "Charades" game. The comic timing of the excellent Van Dyke Show cast excels in just about every episode of this wonderful and timeless television series....and "Eavesdropping" is certainly no exception to that rule.

Dick Van Dyke (Rob), Mary Tyler Moore (Laura), Morey Amsterdam (Buddy), Rose Marie (Sally), Jerry Paris (Jerry), and Ann Morgan Guilbert (Millie) are the actors who make up this perfect cast, and each one has a "naturalness" and "real" quality to their acting that always makes each episode of this 1960s TV show worthy of additional praise.

Carl Reiner created "The Dick Van Dyke Show", and also wrote and produced many of the episodes during the five seasons it was on the air on CBS-TV (from 1961 to 1966). And Reiner's "real" touch shines through in very nearly each program in the series.

For example, the situations and dialogue written for "Eavesdropping" are entirely "real", in my opinion. Two people accidentally hear some things they shouldn't have heard and react in perfectly-natural, real, and believable ways.

The episode then plays out to its logical and "real"-like conclusion, with the two couples patching up their disagreement at the end of these 25 well-scripted minutes of fun, comedy, anger, and apologies (and that terrific Charades game). :)

"All About Eavesdropping" is available on DVD by way of Image Entertainment's picture-perfect second-season 5-Disc boxed collection of "The Dick Van Dyke Show", which hit store shelves in late October of 2003, and has been a highly-revisited DVD set for this writer ever since.

So, if you ever wanted to "eavesdrop" on a neighbor, take my advice and watch this flawless episode of "The Dick Van Dyke Show". You'll get an earful. And quite a few belly-laughs, to boot.

FAVORITE "EAVESDROPPING" QUOTES:

"You know what that is? That's malicious accusory!" -- Rob

"Boy, I haven't had laughs like this since the St. Valentine's Day Massacre." -- Buddy

"You mean you didn't give 'em the house?" -- Buddy

"I got it!! -- On The Street Where You Live!!" -- Rob

"Pearl Harbor? Stab in the back??" -- Sally

"Boy, this isn't Charades...this is a new game...World War Three." -- Buddy

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ADDENDUM......

MY "TOP 10" FAVORITE EPISODES OF "THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW":

1.) "All About Eavesdropping"

2.) [[ASIN:B000O7X6UK "Harrison B. Harding Of Camp Crowder, Mo."]]

3.) [[ASIN:B000O83W2Q "The Curious Thing About Women"]]

4.) [[ASIN:B000OCTYBK "My Husband Is A Check-Grabber"]]

5.) [[ASIN:B000O7V47C "Empress Carlotta's Necklace"]]

6.) [[ASIN:B000OCSJ52 "Never Bathe On Saturday"]]

7.) [[ASIN:B000OCSEBQ "A Nice, Friendly Game Of Cards"]]

8.) [[ASIN:B000O81TK8 "Punch Thy Neighbor"]]

9.) [[ASIN:B000OCQT0Y "Ray Murdock's X-Ray"]]

10.) [[ASIN:B000O7X6PU "The Sick Boy And The Sitter"]]

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THE ULTIMATE DICK VAN DYKE RECOMMENDATION:

[[ASIN:B000H1CV9K "THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW: THE COMPLETE SERIES" (All 5 Seasons on DVD-Video).]]

The above-linked Amazon webpage includes my own full product review (very full), with many episode highlights. Any true-blue Van Dyke Show fan who doesn't own all five seasons of the series on DVD-Video should have his or her head examined by Dr. Phil Nevins (Rob Petrie's psychiatrist). :)
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Rosemary ThorntonReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
Outstanding!!!
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I own only three DVD sets; Dick Van Dyke, The Waltons and Touched by An Angel. That's all I *want* to own for I feel that contemporary television programs can not hold a candle to these older shows.

This collection of Dick Van Dyke on DVD is a real treasure. The second season is fantastic, as you can feel how relaxed the cast was with one another. Rob and Laura look and act like an old married couple and seem genuinely comfortable with one another. The special features on the DVD are invaluable for baby boomers such as myself. The predominant "bonus feature" for the second season are the Kent Cigarette commercials which are a stitch.

But back to what I love about the second season of Dick Van Dyke: There is a simplicity to this show that I thoroughly enjoy. The set is simple, the directing is simple and the acting isn't polished, polished and polished some more. And that is its charm.

Watch closely and you'll both hear and see Rob, Laura, Sally and Buddy make a few foibles and missteps and mispronounciations. The fact that these scenes were not redone (again and again) is the beauty part of the show and gave each episode a down-to-earth reality that I love and enjoy.

The other interesting aspect are the camera shots. Watch modern TV and you'll see that the camera shots never last more than six seconds before it's switched to another camera from another angle. It creates television programs that are so frenetic and frenzied, yet it's also the very thing that holds your attention (and not in a good way).

The Dick Van Dyke program had single camera shots lasting for 30 seconds at a time. This must have been challenging for the actors, as they had to remember more dialogue and keep it going and keep everything flowing smoothly.

And the other amazing thing is Dick Van Dyke himself. Whether he's tripping over an ottoman or hurdling over an overstuffed chair in a single bound or tripping over one of Richie's toy trucks, it's Mr. Van Dyke doing all his own stunts. I've watched many of these trips and falls and hurdles on slow-motion and it's phenomenal to watch Mr. Van Dyke as he sails through the air. And the dancing! As Carl Reiner said in one of the bonus feature documentaries, "Dick doesn't have any bones in his body."

Dick Van Dyke did his own dancing and and soft shoe routines and when he sang, it was his own voice and this was true for Mary Tyler Moore, too.

I believe that all the above are the reasons that The Dick Van Dyke Show was (and is) considered to be the gold standard for sitcoms by which all other sitcoms are judged. The talent - the amazing, raw, funny talent of the whole staff - and the energy and the joy that emanates from each episode is something that no modern sitcom has yet to replicate.

(In the second season, there's an insert that explains that the actors - most notably Rose Marie and Morey Amsterdam and Dick Van Dyke - had a heck of a time remembering to call each other by their stage names. All three got their start as stand-up comics and knew each other before the show went into production. That warm familiarity and friendship is what made this show so delightful.)

I can't say enough good things about this program and I'm unspeakably delighted to see it's been preserved on DVD (and enhanced!). There will never be another sitcom that can measure up to the shirtwaist of The Dick Van Dyke Show.

I recommend buying all of five years of this program. You won't regret it.
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StandingWolfReviewed in the United States on March 12, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Racy Tracy episode only.
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This review is ONLY for the episode "Racy Tracy" as it's the only one I watched so far. I bought the episode because the guest star was Richard Dawson, who really is delightful as he plays his cad of a character. But I was equally impressed by Dick Van Dyke, who's comic timing is impeccable. Some of the comedy plot is predictable, or so it seems,until the ending! The show writers(of Dick Van Dyke, not the characters) were fairly brilliant in a subtle ending instead of what you'd expect. It plays well today. Also, Richard Dawson is the most adorable cad ever. It's a great pity he didn't get more roles!
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David Von PeinReviewed in the United States on October 23, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars
"The Dick Van Dyke Show" Season #2 DVD Collection Is Right On Par With Season 1 .... Meaning: It's Perfect!
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This 5-Disc DVD boxed set of "The Dick Van Dyke Show Season Two", courtesy of Image Entertainment, ranks right up there with the "Season 1" installment. Just a beautiful example of a great TV show being given superb DVD treatment.

We're given the same type of very nice packaging for Season 2 that exists for the first-season set. Individual "slim" style DVD cases are used to hold each of the set's five platters, with very attractive disc and cover art. Each disc is single-sided and contains six or seven Van Dyke Show episodes. There are 33 total programs included here (although the box incorrectly indicates that there are only 32).

The image shown on the "TV" on the front of the slipcase is a nifty "3D" insert card which can reveal a neat little "motion picture" (when turned just so) of Laura Petrie (Mary Tyler Moore) sliding out of the Petrie's hall closet, down a mountain of walnuts (taken from the classic Van Dyke Show dream-filled episode all about walnuts).

Each disc's cover also displays episode numbers and titles, film dates, original air dates, and a short synopsis of each program. There are Chapter Selections for each episode as well.

A 4-page printed insert also comes in this package. This mini-booklet provides some informative general information and "Did You Know?" fun facts.

An obvious amount of care and effort went into creating not only the first-rate DVD-Video transfers contained in this set, but in the packaging of the discs as well.

Each of these episodes has a running time of just over 25 minutes. So we know they are the complete shows (as originally aired in 1962 and 1963), without any scenes cut out. ~Big 'Thumbs-Up' to that~

There is also a "Play All Episodes" feature incorporated into this boxed set, for "marathon"-style viewing. This is a great feature that many DVD purchasers will no doubt appreciate.

Video Quality .... Darn near perfect as far as I can see! Considering the age of these programs, I think it's safe to say, due to the intense and lengthy digital restoration and remastering process that was undertaken here, that these episodes have never looked any better. Resolution looks A-OK to my eyes. Laura Petrie's beauty shines through brighter than ever on these crisp digital presentations.

The Sound .... There's a very adequate Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono soundtrack employed for each episode. All dialogue is easily heard and understood. The "Live Studio Audience" laughter seems quite robust also on these mono tracks.

Extras .... Some outstanding bonus supplements are contained on these five discs. Several episodes have Audio Commentary Tracks attached to them, featuring five of the show's cast members (including Dick Van Dyke, Carl Reiner, and Rose Marie).

There's also a hefty dose of interviews and featurettes, along with Emmy Awards clips (which are a real treat to watch so many years later), photo galleries, and some original commercial spots.

One of the featurettes, which has a brand-new batch of interviews, is "The Making Of 'It May Look Like A Walnut'", in which Dick Van Dyke, Carl Reiner, and Rose Marie reflect back on the hilarious "Walnut" episode. They all, needless to say, remember that one with a great deal of fondness.

And probably my favorite bonus feature is on Disc #5, when we're treated to four members of the Van Dyke Show cast appearing on a CBS-TV game show called "Stump The Stars" (which is an alternate USA title for a program known as "Mike Stokey's Pantomime Quiz"). Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Morey Amsterdam, and Rose Marie compete in this charades-style game against the game show's "regulars", which include the likes of Sebastian Cabot, Ross Martin, and others.

This "Stump The Stars" bonus is not just a clip or two from the show either....it's the entire episode (running time of 27 minutes)! Even included is a very humorous commercial for Wheat Chex cereal. This game-show bonus exhibits very good picture quality too. It's just great, great stuff. Very fun to watch. (Let me say, also, that all of the players involved in that game show are excellent at playing the game too. You can tell the Van Dyke Show cast had been practicing in anticipation of their appearance on this Pat Harrington-hosted program.)

Also keep an eye open for the "Ottoman Tripper" bonus feature (on selected discs). "Tripper" is a short trivia game, where a correct answer takes you to a shot of Rob Petrie deftly "sidestepping" his famous ottoman. Give a wrong answer, and watch Rob fall on his face. It's yet another nice little extra feature.

Rounding out the large batch of bonus items, there's a "Meet The Cast" feature (text screens only), with some brief info about the show's cast. (One text screen per cast member.)

Easter Eggs too! .... There are also several "Easter Eggs" buried amongst these discs. All of them are commercial spots (many for "Kent" cigarettes, featuring the show's cast members). The "Eggs" can be accessed via several of the disc's "Episode" Sub-Menus. With any of the chapters highlighted (it varies by episode, so you'll have to check every chapter), hit your remote's "Left Arrow" key. If there's an "Egg" there, you'll then see a "glow" around the head of the artist rendering of Dick Van Dyke. Pressing "Enter/Play" at this point will take you to the hidden commercial treats.

Menus .... The menu structure is simple and easy to navigate. There's a separate Sub-Menu for each of the episodes, where the chapter selections for that episode are displayed (with some "screen shots" from that episode shown on the left side of the screen). Upon loading up any of the DVDs, you'll hear the familiar Dick Van Dyke Show theme, followed by--thankfully--silence, for the remainder of that disc "session". There are no annoying (and lengthy) musical menu transitions. Excellent!

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What follows in just a moment is a complete Episode Guide for Season Two of "The Dick Van Dyke Show". This episode list reflects the order in which the programs are presented within this DVD collection, arranged in sequence by "Production Date" (the date of filming the show), which does not always necessarily match the "Air Date" chronology.

The original CBS-TV air dates are also listed below, along with a few program descriptions and quotes from some of the various shows......

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THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW -- SEASON #2 (1962-1963):

31. Never Name A Duck (First Aired: 9/26/1962)

32. The Two Faces Of Rob (10/3/1962) .... I love this particular episode. Rob's telephone gag aimed at Laura backfires on him, and large quantities of hilarity follow. .... "Like you said mommy, 'dolce far niente'!"

33. Bank Book 6565696 (10/17/1962) .... "A 378-dollar sports shirt?"

34. The Attempted Marriage (10/10/1962)

35. Hustling The Hustler (10/24/1962) .... We get our only look at Buddy Sorrell's brother ("Blackie") in this show. (And our lone gander at the pool table in the Petrie's basement.)

36. What's In A Middle Name? (11/7/1962) .... Another first-rate flashback entry, with Ritchie discovering why the heck he's been saddled with the middle name of "Rosebud". .... "E-D-W-A-R-D!" .... "If it's a boy, 'Ulysses David'; if it's a girl, 'Ulyssia Davida'!"

37. My Husband Is Not A Drunk (10/31/1962) .... Charles Aidman (who also plays an insurance salesman named "Ed Rubin" in another Van Dyke episode) plays hypnotist "Glen Jameson" in this Halloween 1962 installment. This episode is a funny one, but it also ranks as one of most "unbelievable" in many aspects. Find out what I mean by perusing my review on the following Amazon.com webpage:

www.amazon.com/gp/product/customer-reviews/B000AYNG0C

38. Like A Sister (11/14/1962) .... Vic Damone guest stars as a love interest for the forever-single and "always-looking" Sally Rogers. Vic's one musical number here is a really good one.

39. The Night The Roof Fell In (11/21/1962) .... Another flashback show, featuring different versions of a rare fight between Rob and Laura. This is definitely a five-star episode, with many funny and re-watchable bits within it. .... "Why don't you fix yourself up?!"

40. The Secret Life Of Buddy And Sally (11/28/1962)

41. A Bird In The Head Hurts (12/5/1962) .... This is the "Ritchie Gets Attacked By A Giant Woodpecker" episode. Ritchie gets a big laugh when he enters the house wearing a pith helmet and sunglasses (in an effort to ward off that pesky bird). Laura's "bent pot" is another highlight here. :)

42. Gesundheit, Darling (12/12/1962) .... Another extremely funny show from the desk of creator Carl Reiner. Rob can't stop sneezing, and Laura thinks SHE is the cause. Keep the rewind button handy when Rob comes home after a sneeze-free day at the office, only to immediately start sneezing after one kiss to Laura's cheek. ~Huge LOL Moment!~

43. A Man's Teeth Are Not His Own (12/19/1962) .... Rob busts a tooth and his dentist (Jerry Helper) is out of town. It's quite a dilemma for poor Rob. And a funny one to boot. One of the top highlights here is when Mel gives Rob some ice water when Rob is in severe pain from his broken tooth. Rob's reaction is worth at least one replay.

44. Somebody Has To Play Cleopatra (12/26/1962)

45. The Cat Burglar (1/2/1963) .... Rob gets to play Sherlock Holmes (sort of) after a burglar breaks into the Petrie homestead and steals their dining-room table. .... "Every year she {Millie} gets more and more nervous." --> "That's because you keep bringing explosives into our bedroom." .... This episode also features one of the very best scenes in the whole Van Dyke series -- the scene where the musical jewelry box seems to be hooked up to the bedroom door, with Rob quickly closing the door as he looks around, wondering where in the world that music's coming from. It's a brilliant Van Dyke Show moment that demands multiple instant replays every time this episode is cued up. :-)

46. The Foul-Weather Girl (1/9/1963)

47. Will You Two Be My Wife? (1/16/1963)

48. Ray Murdock's X-Ray (1/23/1963) .... This is one of my very favorite shows in the series. Rob is interviewed on TV and reveals some not-too-flattering details about wife Laura. .... "Rob, go to your room!" ~ROFL!~

49. I Was A Teenage Head Writer (1/30/1963)

50. My Husband Is A Check-Grabber (2/13/1963) .... Time for some more (funny) flashback sequences. This is yet another dandy episode that makes this TV series so immeasurably "re-watchable". And we also get a rare look at the Petrie's car.

51. It May Look Like A Walnut (2/6/1963) .... A classic among classics here, with Danny Thomas popping up in Rob and Laura's dreams as "Kolac" from the planet "Twilo" (serving as a spoof and a tribute to the series "The Twilight Zone"). Keep an eye on your thumbs. .... "Why, without my thumbs, I couldn't type."

52. Don't Trip Over That Mountain (2/20/1963) .... Despite Laura's warnings, "klutz" Rob goes skiing. Guess what happens? .... "Laura probably pictures me in some strange hospital, all crippled and banged-up -- oooh {ouch}!"

53. Give Me Your Walls (2/27/1963)

54. The Sam Pomerantz Scandals (3/6/1963)

55. I'm No Henry Walden (3/27/1963) .... Veteran actor Everett Sloane puts in a guest appearance here. And watch for Carl Reiner, not as "Alan Brady", but as "Yale Sampson", a mush-mouth intellectual who (as Rob puts it) "has the ability to say things that seem vague, but are in reality...meaningless." ~LOL~

56. The Square Triangle (3/20/1963) .... This episode has a very heartfelt and touching scene between Rob and Laura at the end of the show. The realistic interaction between those two characters can easily make a viewer believe they are really married and, more importantly, genuinely care about each other as well.

57. Racy Tracy Rattigan (4/3/1963)

58. Divorce (4/10/1963) .... A funny V.Dyke installment with Buddy's wife, "Pickles", taking center stage. She's a howl in this episode, too, as she tries to explain who "Floyd B. Barriscale" and "Barton Nelson" are.

59. It's A Shame She Married Me (4/17/1963) .... Robert Vaughn guest stars as "Jim Darling", a former beau of Laura's. .... "Are you coming, Cooley?" --> "Yes, Darling. Er, uh, I mean Jim!" :)

60. A Surprise Surprise Is A Surprise (4/24/1963) .... Laura tries her best to surprise Rob on his birthday....and she does just that. Watch this fun episode and find out how she manages it.

61. Jilting The Jilter (5/1/1963)

62. When A Bowling Pin Talks, Listen (5/8/1963)

63. All About Eavesdropping (10/23/1963) .... This episode actually aired during the third season, but was filmed as the "head start" ep. at the end of Season 2. And "Eavesdropping" ranks as my #1 fave from this 2nd-year boxed set. The hysterical "On The Street Where You Live" charades game is worth the price of admission all by itself. .... "It was perfectly clear to me Gerald." .... "You mean you didn't give 'em the house?" :)

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Some Dick Van Dyke Show Trivia and Assorted Semi-Useless (But Fun) Facts:

>> Executive Producer Sheldon Leonard saved Mr. Van Dyke's series from the scrap pile after it was initially going to be cancelled after just the first season. Mr. Leonard's persistence, and his belief that the show was an as-yet-untapped comedy goldmine, enabled him to convince the show's sponsor (Procter & Gamble) to foot the bill for a second season. (Well, at least partially anyway. P&G picked up a portion of the second-year tab, with "Kent Cigarettes" assuming the remainder of the sponsorship duties.)

>> Ever notice the TWO differing addresses for the Petrie's New Rochelle, N.Y., home? Sometimes the address of the house is said to be "148 Bonnie Meadow Road"; and at other times the number changes to "448".

>> The actor (Dabbs Greer) who portrays the Chaplain that performs Rob and Laura's marriage ceremony (through a gauze mask! LOL!) also pops up in other Van Dyke episodes as well. Greer has been in just about every vintage TV show you could think of -- including "The Fugitive", "Bonanza", "The Andy Griffith Show", "Gomer Pyle", "Perry Mason", "The F.B.I.", "Gunsmoke", "Mannix", "The Brady Bunch", "Barnaby Jones", "Empty Nest", and another of Mr. Van Dyke's series, "Diagnosis Murder". Over 200 guest appearances in total! .... I've always liked Dabbs in everything I've seen him in. And the Van Dyke series is no exception. He's a small riot in Season-Five's "Fifty-Two, Forty-Five Or Work", in which Dabbs plays the manager of the "TV Rectifier Tube" company that employs Rob in a flashback episode.

>> There's a bit of a writing blunder in Episode 59 ("It's A Shame She Married Me"). During the episode, Rob specifically tells Sally (almost at a shouting level in fact) that he is "Not gonna tell" his wife Laura about an upcoming party given by an ex-flame of Laura's. But that very evening Sally decides to call Laura on the phone to ask what she will be wearing to this function -- a function that she KNOWS Rob didn't want his wife to know anything about! It doesn't add up. Especially when you consider what kind of nice person Sally Rogers really is. She would NEVER have made that call behind Rob's back. (Maybe we're supposed to believe that Sally has an awful memory or something.) It's a good episode nonetheless -- like just ALL Van Dyke episodes. ;)

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If I had my druthers, the U.S. Congress would immediately pass a law that would force all good citizens to go out and purchase a copy of this worthwhile DVD boxed set. Every person in the country could then enjoy, in digital splendor, the excellence that was (and still is) "The Dick Van Dyke Show".
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Good TV here. Some if it is a bit dated or should I say historic? Even with the weaker scripts, MTM and DVD still do a fabulous job. Both were professional dancers and could really move their bodies, sometimes to great comedic effect. The program showcases life in an affluent NYC suburb circa 1962.
4 stars, because I have very high standards for 5 stars, and not all these shows are worth seeing again.
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