The Dick Van Dyke Show (season 1)

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The Dick Van Dyke Show (season 1)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 30
Original channel CBS
Original run October 3, 1961 (1961-10-03) – April 18, 1962 (1962-04-18)
Season chronology
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List of The Dick Van Dyke Show episodes

The first season of The Dick Van Dyke Show aired Tuesdays at 8:00-8:30 pm EST on CBS from October 3 to December 26, 1961 and Wednesdays at 9:30-10:00 pm EST from January 3 to April 18, 1962.


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "The Sick Boy and the Sitter" Sheldon Leonard Carl Reiner October 3, 1961 (1961-10-03)
Television comedy writer Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) talks his wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) into leaving their sick son Richie (Larry Mathews) with a babysitter while they attend a party at the home of TV star Alan Brady (Carl Reiner).
2 2 "My Blonde-Haired Brunette" John Rich Carl Reiner October 10, 1961 (1961-10-10)
Laura resorts to dying her hair blonde when the romance in her marriage to Rob seems to be fading. Rob and his staff, puzzle at why Laura is sulking and weeping. Memorable line: Buddy: Do you help with the housework? Do you take out the garbage? Rob: Every week. Sally: Do you take HER out? Rob: As often as the garbage.
3 3 "Sally and the Lab Technician" John Rich Carl Reiner October 17, 1961 (1961-10-17)
Laura talks Rob into setting up his co-worker Sally Rogers with Laura's lab technician cousin Thomas Edson.
4 4 "Washington vs. the Bunny" John Rich Carl Reiner October 24, 1961 (1961-10-24)
While on a flight, Rob tells a fellow passenger about how he had to choose between going to Washington as a talent scout for The Alan Brady Show and seeing Richie in the school play as "the main bunny."
5 5 "Oh How We Met on the Night That We Danced" Robert Butler Carl Reiner October 31, 1961 (1961-10-31)
Rob and Laura tell Richie about the day they met when they find Rob's old Army boots in their closet.
6 6 "Harrison B. Harding of Camp Crowder, Mo." John Rich Carl Reiner November 6, 1961 (1961-11-06)
Rob is visited by a man named Harrison B. Harding, who claims to be an old Army buddy.
7 7 "Jealousy!" Sheldon Leonard Carl Reiner November 7, 1961 (1961-11-07)
Laura lets her jealousy get the best of her when Rob has to work late with a beautiful movie star.
8 8 "To Tell or Not to Tell" John Rich David Adler1 November 14, 1961 (1961-11-14)
Rob is at a loss when Mel Cooley hires Laura as a dancer on The Alan Brady Show.
9 9 "The Unwelcome Houseguest" Robert Butler Carl Reiner November 21, 1961 (1961-11-21)
Buddy Sorrell talks Rob into taking care of Buddy's dog Larry for the weekend. The hyperactive creature whimpers loudly all night, disturbing their sleep.
10 10 "The Meershatz Pipe" Sheldon Leonard Carl Reiner November 28, 1961 (1961-11-28)
Rob is envious of Buddy receiving a meershatz pipe from Alan Brady.
11 11 "Forty-Four Tickets" John Rich Carl Reiner December 5, 1961 (1961-12-05)
Rob realizes he forgot to order forty-four tickets to The Alan Brady Show for the PTA, and is in a bind when the group all show up in the studio lobby.
12 12 "Empress Carlotta's Necklace" James Komack Carl Reiner December 12, 1961 (1961-12-12)
Rob purchases a huge, hideous necklace for Laura from Mel's cousin, but Laura can't bring herself to tell Rob how much she hates it.
13 13 "Sally is a Girl" John Rich David Adler1 December 19, 1961 (1961-12-19)
On Laura's advice, Rob stops treating Sally like one of the boys.
14 14 "Buddy, Can You Spare a Job?" James Komack Walter Kempley December 26, 1961 (1961-12-26)
Rob and Sally conspire to get Buddy back on The Alan Brady Show when his new job on another show falls through.
15 15 "Where Did I Come From?" John Rich Carl Reiner January 3, 1962 (1962-01-03)
Rob and Laura tell Richie about the day he was born when he asks the inevitable question.
16 16 "The Curious Thing About Women" John Rich David Adler1 January 10, 1962 (1962-01-10)
Rob uses Laura's habit of opening his mail as the basis for a sketch on The Alan Brady Show.
17 17 "Punch Thy Neighbor" John Rich Carl Reiner January 17, 1962 (1962-01-17)
Rob gets fighting mad when Jerry Helper keeps kidding about The Alan Brady Show being rotten.
18 18 "Who Owes Who What?" John Rich Carl Reiner January 24, 1962 (1962-01-24)
Rob uses a sketch to remind Buddy of an unpaid debt.
19 19 "The Talented Neighborhood" John Rich Carl Reiner January 31, 1962 (1962-01-31)
Rob has to put up with stage mothers and child prodigies when The Alan Brady Show announces its annual search for the most gifted youngster.
20 20 "A Word a Day" John Rich Jack Raymond February 7, 1962 (1962-02-07)
Richie expands his vocabulary - to the point of saying a bad word.
21 21 "The Boarder Incident" John Rich Norm Liebmann and Ed Haas February 14, 1962 (1962-02-14)
Buddy stays with the Petries while his wife Pickles is out of town.
22 22 "Father of the Week" John Rich Arnold and Lois Peyser February 21, 1962 (1962-02-21)
Rob is named "Father of the Week" at Richie's school.
23 23 "The Twizzle" John Rich Carl Reiner February 28, 1962 (1962-02-28)
Sally brings the gang down to the bowling alley to experience the latest dance craze.
24 24 "One Angry Man" John Rich Leo Solomon and Ben Gershman March 7, 1962 (1962-03-07)
Rob gets called for jury duty and finds himself doubting the attractive defendant's guilt.
25 25 "Where You Been, Fassbinder?" John Rich John Whedon March 14, 1962 (1962-03-14)
An old high school friend visits Sally on her birthday.
26 26 "I Am My Brother's Keeper" John Rich Carl Reiner March 21, 1962 (1962-03-21)
Rob's shy brother Stacey comes for a visit, but he has a problem: he is a sleepwalker.
27 27 "The Sleeping Brother" John Rich Carl Reiner March 28, 1962 (1962-03-28)
Since Stacey is such a great performer while he's sleeping, Rob tries to get him an audition for The Alan Brady Show.
28 28 "The Bad Old Days" John Rich Norm Liebmann and Ed Haas April 4, 1962 (1962-04-04)
Rob starts to feel like he does too much housework when Buddy warns him about the decline of the American male.
29 29 "Sol and the Sponsor" John Rich Walter Kempley April 11, 1962 (1962-04-11)
Rob's old Army buddy Sol (Marty Ingels) shows up just as the Petries are preparing for dinner with an important sponsor. Gregarious, hyper and obnoxious, Sol insults the sponsor's taste.
30 30 "The Return of Happy Spangler" John Rich Carl Reiner April 18, 1962 (1962-04-18)
Rob hires his old mentor Happy Spangler to the writing staff of The Alan Brady Show, but Happy seems more interested in telling about his life.


  1. ^ 'David Adler' was a pseudonym for Frank Tarloff, a victim of the Hollywood blacklist.