The Van Dyke Show
|The Van Dyke Show|
|Written by||Sam Bobrick
|Directed by||Zane Buzby
|Starring||Dick Van Dyke
Barry Van Dyke
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (3 unaired)|
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Production company(s)||GTG Entertainment|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original release||October 26 – December 7, 1988|
The Van Dyke Show is an American sitcom starring Dick Van Dyke and his son Barry Van Dyke which aired on CBS from October 26 to December 7, 1988. The series marked the first time the real-life father-son actors worked together.
The series centers on Matt Burgess (Barry Van Dyke), who runs a small regional theater in Pennsylvania, and his father Dick Burgess (Dick Van Dyke), a Broadway musical star. Dick decided to give up Broadway to live and work with his son at the theater. The theater's staff included Doc, the stage manager, Jillian, Matt's secretary, and Eric, Matt's helper.
- Dick Van Dyke as Dick Burgess
- Barry Van Dyke as Matt Burgess
- Kari Lizer as Chris Burgess
- Billy O'Sullivan as Noah Burgess
- Whitman Mayo as Doc Sterling
- Maura Tierney as Jillian Ryan
- Paul Scherrer as Eric Olander
Reception and cancellation
The series was generally panned by critics and failed to generate sufficient ratings. CBS announced the series' cancellation on December 14, 1988, one week after the sixth episode aired. The remaining four episodes of the ten produced were never aired.
|1||"Opening Night"||October 26, 1988|
|2||"Dick Stops Smoking"||November 2, 1988|
|3||"My Favorite Person"||November 9, 1988|
|4||"Death Can Be Catching"||November 16, 1988|
|5||"Fatal Condo"||November 30, 1988|
|6||"The Benefit"||December 7, 1988|
|8||"A Dark and Stormy Night: Part 1"||N/A|
|9||"A Dark and Stormy Night: Part 2"||N/A|
|10||"Dick Burgess: Between the Sheets"||N/A|
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