The Dick Van Dyke Show

The misadventures of a TV writer both at work and at home.
Dick Van DykeRose MarieMorey Amsterdam
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  1. 1. My Mother Can Beat Up My Father
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    September 22 1964
    Laura proves herself more proficient than Rob in the art of self-defense.
  2. 2. Ghost of A. Chantz
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    September 30 1964
    Rob, Laura, Sally, and Buddy spend a frightening night in a haunted cabin at a mountain resort.
  3. 3. The Lady and the Babysitter
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    October 6 1964
    Rob and Laura are unaware that their teenage babysitter has a crush on Laura.
  4. 4. The Vigilante Ripped My Sports Coat
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    October 13 1964
    Rob's friendship with Jerry is almost destroyed in a row over a neighbor's crab grass.
  5. 5. The Man From Emperor
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    October 20 1964
    When Rob is offered a job as humor consultant on a magazine for men-about-town, he runs into misgivings from Laura.
  6. 6. Romance, Roses and Rye Bread
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    October 27 1964
    Sally is romanced by a secret admirer when the owner of a delicatessen delivers flowers with her sandwich.
  7. 7. 4 1/2
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    November 3 1964
    Rob and Laura are on their way to see Laura's obstetrician when they are trapped in a stalled elevator with a hold-up man. Don Rickles guest-stars.
  8. 8. The Alan Brady Show Goes to Jail
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    November 10 1964
    The Alan Brady writers entertain at a prison and Rob gets locked up with the inmates. Don Rickles guest-stars.
  9. 9. Three Letters From One Wife
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    November 17 1964
    Rob risks his job when he convinces Alan Brady to do a cultural documentary program.
  10. 10. It Wouldn't Hurt Them to Give Us a Raise
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    December 2 1964
    Rob tries to get a raise for Buddy and Sally from Alan Brady's tight-fisted accountant.
  11. 11. Pink Pills for Purple Patients
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    November 24 1964
    Laura takes two of Millie's prescription pills and suffers disastrous side effects.
  12. 12. The Death of the Party
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    December 9 1964
    Rob struggles through a party for Laura's relatives rather than admit he is sick as a dog.
  13. 13. Stretch Petrie vs. Kid Schenk
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    December 29 1964
    Rob is forced to squelch the scheme of an opportunistic old friend. Jack Carter guest-stars.
  14. 14. The Impractical Joke
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    January 12 1965
    Rob resorts to psychological warfare to get even with a practical joker.
  15. 15. Brother, Can You Spare $2500?
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    January 6 1965
    Rob receives a ransom demand of $2500 for his lost television script.
  16. 16. Stacey Petrie - Part I
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    January 20 1965
    Rob's younger brother involves Sally in a romantic Waterloo. Jerry Van Dyke guest-stars.
  17. 17. Stacey Petrie - Part II
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    January 27 1965
    Rob's brother Stacey Petrie tries to save his new coffeehouse from closing and his romance from ending. Jerry Van Dyke guest-stars.
  18. 18. The Redcoats Are Coming
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    February 10 1965
    The Petries are invaded by a horde of teenagers when they entertain two British rock-and-roll idols. Chad & Jeremy guest-stars.
  19. 19. Boy #1 Versus Boy #2
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    February 2 1965
    Laura and Millie become unbearable stage mothers when their sons are cast in a television commercial.
  20. 20. The Case of the Pillow
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    February 17 1965
    Rob becomes a trial lawyer to prosecute a shifty salesman.
  21. 21. Young Man With a Shoehorn
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    February 23 1965
    When he invests in a shoe store, Rob learns that a shoe clerk's lot is not always a happy one.
  22. 22. Girls Will Be Boys
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    March 3 1965
    The Petries face a problem when Richie is beaten up by a pretty little girl who loves him.
  23. 23. Bupkiss
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    March 10 1965
    Rob learns that a song he wrote with an old buddy is about to be a hit, and he starts a fight over authorship rights. Greg Morris guest-stars.
  24. 24. Your Home Sweet Home Is My Home
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    March 16 1965
    Rob recalls the time he and his best friend tried to buy the same house.
  25. 25. Anthony Stone
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    March 24 1965
    Sally's new tall, dark and handsome boyfriend is secretive about what he does for a living.
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Dr. PaulReviewed in the United States on January 28, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
This TV classic holds during this great season
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I became a fan of the Dick Van Dyke Show in its early reruns, watching with my dad when I was a kid. It’s a show that created the foundation of my love of TV and great stories. Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, and the cast of comedic standouts imbue this series with laughter, great comedy, heart and warmth, and come away with a classic.

Season Four is one of - if not my outright - favorite. I love Ghost of A. Chanz, a laugh-filled take on the hidden camera idea - they even make fun of ripping it off - and a great half hour of TV. Throughout my life since I’ll watch another TV show and think, they did that on Dick Van Dyke first, but in so many ways, it’s never as good as this original. Carl Reiner’s writing, Jerry Paris as frequent director and actor, and the core cast make this show as memorable today as it was when I was a kid. If you haven’t seen it, you should take the time... it holds up well. I have watched the reruns many times, so when Amazon had a great deal I had to add the streaming collection to our library - for many more years of comedy fun.
Bruce BarkerReviewed in the United States on October 13, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Yet another emmy winning season
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If you are considering purchasing this and the other seasons of the Dick Van Dyke Show you don't need me to tell you what a fine program it was. But what makes this release so special is the obvious loving care the manufacturer took in producing the product. While many tv shows that see release on DVD are hastily thrown together reprints of old and washed out vhs copies (Dallas is a fine example of this) the Dick Van Dyke shows are in pristine condition. The video reproduction is as crisp as a black and white show can appear. The sound is never uneven, and there are no lost scenes or cuts from the original broadcast versions.

In addition, each season of the set contains a small booklet filled with brief biographies of the actors and nifty little trivia tidbits that make some of the episodes even more fun to watch. There are behind the scenes photo galleries of almost every individual episode, rehearsal footage and commentaries galore, and even clips from the Emmy broadcasts showing the acceptance speeches of the award winners. There are also clips from other shows that mention or pay homage to this wonderful series. Over the course of the 5 seasons you will see moments from Dick's television specials and even a clip from the animated version of the Alan Brady Show! With few exceptions, the commentaries provide background information and behind the scenes anecdotes about the specific episodes that actually make them worth listening to.

Seldom has a classic tv show release been given such affectionate treatment. It set the standard for tv on dvd and the special features won awards all by themselves. Whatever you pay for any of the 5 seasons of this wonderful show, you will get a bargain. The only warning I can give about the show is that the purchase of any one season makes it almost certain that you will want to rush back to buy the other 4.

In a marketplace that has greedy companies splitting seasons into 2 or more pieces in an attempt to increase profits, cutting costs by slapping substandard copies of shows onto dvd, or replacing the music to avoid paying the licensing fees (WKRP anyone?) the Dick Van Dyke Show on DVD stands as a prime example of giving the customers what they want and deserve for their hard earned dollars. Don't even hesitate. Buy them now.
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David Von PeinReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2004
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32 More Terrific Episodes Of The Timeless "Dick Van Dyke Show" In Stunning Digital Quality!
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The Season-Four boxed set of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" from Image Entertainment lives up to the excellence of its siblings -- smart and stylish in every respect.

There are 32 splendiferous episodes on tap in this 5-Disc DVD set (all of the shows being presented "uncut", as originally aired in 1964 and 1965). Some of the many funny-bone-tickling episodes that await you in Season #4 include: "The Ghost Of A. Chantz", "4-And-A-Half", "Pink Pills And Purple Parents", "The Impractical Joke", "The Case Of The Pillow", and the hilarious "Never Bathe On Saturday", which features Laura Petrie getting her toe stuck in a bath spout.

This DVD set comes handsomely boxed in comparable eye-appealing packaging to that of the previous entries in the series from Image. The outer box looks like an old 1960s television set, with a 3D "motion" type insert card placed inside the "TV" on the box.

Season 4's slipcase picture shows Laura Petrie (Mary Tyler Moore) struggling with the inflatable fishing boat that's contained in a package she "accidentally" opens in "The Curious Thing About Women" (which is an episode from Season #1).

Individual slim-type ("ThinPak") plastic cases are used to hold each of the set's five discs (with each disc's label displaying unique and attractive artwork). Ample episode information is provided on the cover of each case (episode numbers and titles, synopses, air dates, film dates, and chapter selections). Very nice photos adorn the case covers as well. The discs are "Region Free" (i.e., Region "Zero").

VIDEO .... Like the Dick Van Dyke season sets before it, Season 4 boasts of A-1, Grade-A type digital transfers. These black-and-white programs never looked so fine. You'll still run into an occasional bit of dirt and/or grainy image, but overall these shows look terrific on these DVDs!

The very good video detail within these shows is the result of the remastering and clean-up that was undertaken here, with imagery exhibiting a sharpness that you'll never see on any VHS release of this TV series. These shows are a joy to watch on DVD, again and again.

AUDIO .... The sound comes through clean and clear via each disc's quite acceptable Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono soundtrack.

MENUS .... An easy-to-navigate Menu system is employed here. The Main Menu allows access to any of that disc's six or seven different episodes, with separate Sub-Menus offered for each program. Each Sub-Menu displays that program's Chapter Selection, plus an "Extras" area, which will take you to any applicable "Bonus" features for the episode in question. A "Play All" feature is also included from the Main Menu. Unfortunately (for many people), no subtitles or captions of any kind have been included here (or on any of the other Dick Van Dyke Show sets issued by Image).

BONUS FEATURES....................

>> Two episodes have Audio Commentary Tracks attached to them. Dick Van Dyke and Carl Reiner gab and reminisce during their commentaries for the episodes "Baby Fat" and "Never Bathe On Saturday". Good stuff here with Dick & Carl.

"Baby Fat" actually has two separate Commentary Tracks, in fact -- one by Dick and Carl; plus another audio track featuring the voice of writer Garry Marshall.

>> The complete, uncut CBS-TV documentary "The Dick Van Dyke Show Remembered" (made in 1994). Many clips from this same program are used throughout the different Van Dyke Show boxed sets that Image has released. But here you can see the whole documentary all at once. A darn good program too. Running time -- 46:35.

>> Video clip from TV-Land's animated program, "The Alan Brady Show" (length -- 1:15).

>> Cast Photos and "Proofs", taken by actor Roddy McDowall (length -- 0:48).

>> Clip from the "DVD Exclusive Awards" (2003), where Image's boxed set of "The Dick Van Dyke Show Season One" took home the award for "Best Overall DVD for a TV Program". This clips lasts 3:13, and features Dick Van Dyke and disc producer Paul Brownstein accepting the award. Dick provides some funny ad-libbed comments during this entertaining video bonus.

>> Dick Van Dyke sings the Van Dyke Show's theme song at The Hollywood Bowl (in August 2001). Mary Tyler Moore also appears in this video clip, which lasts 2:26. Dick (and the other singers who join him to belt out this cute tune) sound pretty good too.

BTW, if you've got the Season-Three Image boxed set of "The Dick Van Dyke Show", you can hear Dick (solo) singing this very same ditty at the end of one of the Commentary Tracks for a third-season episode.

>> Clip from the TV series "Diagnosis Murder", in which Dr. Sloan (Dick Van Dyke) encounters "Rob Petrie". This inventive 35-second video snippet features "Rob" as a disc jockey in the episode "One Hundred Terrible Hours" as "Dr. Sloan" passes by him in the hallway. It's a cleverly-conceived way of putting both Sloan and Petrie in the scene at the same time.

>> Photo Galleries for 29 of the 32 episodes.

>> One Emmy Awards clip (length -- 2:58).

>> Two "Tune In To Part 2 Next Week" CBS-TV Network Promos (integrated into the episodes themselves).

>> 4-Page Booklet with info about the show's 4th season. This pamphlet also contains photos, trivia, and a bio on Morey Amsterdam.

>> Easter Eggs .... There are six total "Eggs" to be found amongst these five discs (one per DVD, except Disc #5, which has two). Like the third-season DVD-on-DVD set, all of these Easter Eggs contain short "Nick At Nite" ads featuring "spokesman" Dick Van Dyke. You can find them in the "Chapter" Sub-Menus by "Left-Clicking" on a chapter title (usually the "Opening Titles" chapter, but not always). If there's an "Egg" there, the cursor will move to the upper-right corner of the screen, highlighting the picture (drawing) of Mr. Van Dyke. Pressing "Play" or "Enter" at this point will access the ads.


Below is a complete Episode Guide for the 32 programs that can be found inside this sleek-looking, 5-Disc set of "The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season Four". This episode list reflects the order in which the programs are presented within this DVD collection (with one minor exception -- four of the seven eps. on Disc #2 are laid out slightly out of order on the disc).

The episodes are 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 listed in parenthesis. In addition, some episode details and humorous quotes have been sprinkled into the guide too......


THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW -- SEASON #4 (1964-1965):

96. My Mother Can Beat Up My Father (First Aired: 9/23/1964) .... The Season-Four opener has Rob tangling with a stuffed monkey -- and losing the battle. .... "Boy, you're really dying to let me have it, aren't you Rob?!"

97. The Ghost Of A. Chantz (9/30/1964) .... This hilarious episode has the gang staying at a "haunted" cabin and having the collective daylights scared out of them. .... "A live ember in a dead bulb?!"

98. The Lady And The Baby Sitter (10/7/1964)

99. A Vigilante Ripped My Sports Coat (10/14/1964)

100. The Man From 'Emperor' (10/21/1964)

101. Romance, Roses And Rye Bread (10/28/1964)

102. 4-And-A-Half (11/4/1964) ** .... Don Rickles puts in a very funny appearance as "Lyle Francis Delp", a rather inept hold-up man, who robs the Petries in an elevator. .... "You mean you've held up people in elevators before?" --> "No, I held 'em up in front of a police station, dum-dum!" :)

103. The Alan Brady Show Goes To Jail (11/11/1964) **

104. Three Letters From One Wife (11/18/1964)

105. It Wouldn't Hurt Them To Give Us A Raise (12/2/1964) .... "Did you know that Alan Brady's mother-in-law pays the band?"

106. Pink Pills And Purple Parents (11/25/1964) .... This is one of the best shows from Season #4, as a few pink pills have Laura acting very strangely when she meets Rob's parents for the very first time. MTM is a riot in this one. .... "I think there's something wrong with that girl." --> "Well, could be. But she's worth straightening out." .... "One for moo-moo!" .... "Vivian Fogel is a fink!" :-) .... "Pink Pills" Footnote: This episode is mis-titled on the DVD (on both the packaging and the on-screen menus). For some reason, the makers of these discs seem to think the episode is called "Pink Pills FOR Purple PATIENTS". Strange.

107. The Death Of The Party (12/9/1964) .... Dick Van Dyke's considerable talents in physical comedy are on full display in this funny episode. Rob tries his best to hide the fact he's very sick the same night Laura is giving a family dinner party. .... "Al Jolson, the Jazz Singer!!!"

108. Stretch Petrie vs. Kid Schenk (12/30/1964)

109. The Impractical Joke (1/13/1965) .... Buddy enlists a friend (played perfectly by Lennie Weinrib) to play a funny phone gag on Rob. In the days that follow, Buddy is worried sick that a whopper of a joke is about to come his way in retaliation. He's right too -- but not from the person he expected. A great episode. .... "Sometimes the lead and terminal wires become unhooked, or 'loose', as we say." .... "Now there may be a little dust on your 'loud-soft'." :)

110. Brother, Can You Spare $2500? (1/6/1965) .... "Excuse me, is that the 'Louie Wexler' water fountain?" --> "I don't know; but ANYBODY can drink from it."

111. Stacey Petrie - Part 1 (1/20/1965) **

112. Stacey Petrie - Part 2 (1/27/1965) **

113. The Redcoats Are Coming (2/10/1965) .... "You know what we call one of these in England? A 'chair'."

114. Boy #1, Boy #2 (2/3/1965) .... "Mr. Petrie, I'm sick to my stomach." --> "Who isn't?!"

115. The Case Of The Pillow (2/17/1965) .... Ed Begley appears as a court judge in this clever and extremely funny "Pillow" episode. Rob gets to play "Perry Mason" (sort of), too. .... "It's not your fault, Mr. Petrie. It's television. You think you're a lawyer; I think I'm a doctor."

116. Young Man With A Shoehorn (2/24/1965) .... "Should I try these shoes on your legs? Er, uh, I mean the ENDS of your, on your feet?!!"

117. Girls Will Be Boys (3/3/1965)

118. Bupkis (3/10/1965)

119. Your Home Sweet Home Is My Home (3/17/1965) .... That stupid rock in Rob's basement is causing a few problems in this Van Dyke program. .... "There's plenty of room for a pool table right over here" --> "Oh sure, if we use chopsticks for cues."

120. Anthony Stone (3/24/1965)

121. Never Bathe On Saturday (3/31/1965) .... A true classic here, as Laura's stuck toe becomes the center of attention. Many moments in this program are worthy of multiple (and immediate) replays. .... "Don't toy with me, you saucy wench." .... "She gets stuck in the bathroom, he paints on mustaches; they're a great match." .... "How can you get stuck in a bathtub? Is it THAT narrow?"

122. One Hundred Terrible Hours (5/5/1965)

123. Show Of Hands (4/14/1965) .... What are Rob and Laura going to do after they accidentally dye their hands pitch-black just before going to a dinner banquet? Check out this ep. and see. .... "Nothing goes over worse at a formal dinner than the smell of sweaty bunny fur." ~LOL!~

124. Baby Fat (4/21/1965)

125. Br-rooom, Br-rooom (5/12/1965)

126. There's No Sale Like Wholesale (5/26/1965) .... Rob wants to get Laura a mink coat. Buddy tries to help via one of his "wholesale bits". Things don't work out so good. .... "Does your mother know you're doing this?"

127. A Farewell To Writing (9/22/1965)

** = Two-Part Episode


Some Additional Dick Van Dyke Show Trivia and Fun Facts:

>> Alan Brady's middle name is "Lester".

>> Ritchie Petrie's middle name is a rather unusual moniker -- "Rosebud".

>> Rob Petrie's middle name is "Simpson".

>> Buddy Sorrell's real first name is "Maurice".

>> Buddy's wife's maiden name is "Conway". And her real first name is "Fiona". (But we know her much better as "Pickles".)

>> Millie Helper's maiden name is "Krumbermacher".

>> Laura Petrie's maiden name changed from "Meeker" to "Meehan" during the course of the series. This was due to the fact that Mary Tyler Moore had recently divorced her then-husband, Richard Meeker, and was uncomfortable about retaining the name "Meeker" for her character's maiden name after the break-up.

>> Occasionally, the show's brain-trust would just leave in a "blooper" or a small gaffe made by the cast while filming a scene. You'll be able to see one such noteworthy (and quite funny) example of this in the "Bupkis" episode (which is in this set), when Rob is supposed to leaf through a telephone book BEFORE dialing the number for radio station "WIFE" ("The station most people are MARRIED to!"). Instead, Rob goes directly to the phone, dials the number, THEN glances at the phone book. This is followed by a sly grin from Dick Van Dyke. He knew at that point he messed up the order of the scene; but he did it so flawlessly that it almost seemed to be correct. Thus, this goof-up was left in the final aired version of the show.


In closing, allow me these final accolade-filled remarks......

Season number four of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" serves up yet another highly worthwhile assortment of humorous entries in the series (as can be testified to via the episode list I printed out above), which are spread across the five remastered DVDs put out by Image in late April 2004.

Image Entertainment has a perfect 1.000 Batting Average with these "Dick Van Dyke Show" boxed sets. Each set has been very nearly perfect, with fun-to-watch (and abundant) bonus features, terrific picture quality, full-length unedited episodes, and classy packaging. Hard to ask for more than that.
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Robert BarkerReviewed in the United States on August 14, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
Really fun boxset
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I'm reviewing the fourth in the series (five total), and the review for all is basically the same; great picture quality, easy access, a little light on bonus material. I'm being stubborn because in my rational moments I can't think of what additional material they could have provided. I don't need to review the series because we know that it was great. It is interesting from a sociological standpoint to see that slightly more mature themes arise from this series. They are indeed babysteps, but very much in keeping with the early 1960s. And they're funny, without resorting to shtick. Volume 3 has a bonus Danny Thomas episode. Talk about formulaic. Anyway, when I have time I put on a Dick Van Dyke episode with breakfast and I'm very entertained. Afterwards I look up the character actors who appeared in that episode on Wikipedia. Great sitcom.
Research Librarian Reviewed in the United States on April 25, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Keeps getting funnier!
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I own ALL 5 seasons of the Dick Van Dyke show -- they just keep getting funnier and funnier! If you don't OWN ALL SEASONS you're missing out! You can watch these shows over again once you've gone through them all - and think of your kids, grandkids too - don't they need some wholesome TV shows to watch!? It's amazing to watch how GOOD actors/actresses were back then and look at most of the junk on TV today and see how stupid and phony it all is. THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW IS FOR REAL! It's a precious time capsule of shows we should pass onto all generations! THANK YOU to the CAST of the Dick Van Dyke show for making it all work!
Also -- every season has GREAT EXTRAS!
S. SmithReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dick Van Dyke, Simply the BEST!
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I've loved the Dick Van Dyke Show for as long as I can remember. Back when I was a child it was a staple for us at home. Considering the show began the year I was born it means that I primarily remember the reruns but that doesn't matter. This TV show remains as funny now as it was then. It just goes to show creative genius lives on no matter what.

As far as the dvds in this collection, they're brilliantly done, clean and clear. I watched all 30+ episodes of season one over a weekend and will begin season 2 next weekend. I purchased all five seasons and so far it is turning out to be a wonderful experience. Don't miss out, these are terrific!
IslandSandyReviewed in the United States on March 7, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Season Four is excellent.
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I have been watching this series in order and have been watching season four for the past week. I find it just as entertaining as the first three seasons. I find that the story lines that take place with Buddy and Sally are the funniest. While the ones with Laura are very heartwarming. I remember again with each episode why this was one of my favorite shows growing up. I received quick shipment and the product is first rate.
J. MusilReviewed in the United States on May 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dick Van Dyke Show
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This series stands up over the years as far as content and family values. The discs are clear and even on large TV's the quality of the picture is great. The sound is also high quality.
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