The Dick Van Dyke Show [#1] (sitcom, starring Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore)

    (CBS Primetime, 1961 - 1966)

    [This classic show about a comedy writer for a network TV 
     series, his friends and family, was created by Carl Reiner
     who based it upon his own experiences as a comedy writer for
     early TV series "Your Show Of Shows", "Sid Caesar Invites
     You" and others featuring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca; 

     Reiner made a pilot film of his idea under the working title 
    "Head Of The Family" in which he played the lead role of
     comedy writer Rob Petrie himself; But it didn't seem to jell;

     After the networks rejected the pilot, Reiner showed it to
     producer Sheldon Leonard who said "It's mis-cast", and so
     they went looking for a star to play Reiner's role; They
     narrowed it down to two -- an up and coming young man named
     Johnny Carson, and Dick Van Dyke, who was at the time appearing
     in the Broadway musical "Bye Bye Birdie" after a number of
     failed attempts to find a TV vehicle during an earlier
     CBS seven-year contract;

     Both Reiner and Leonard agreed after seeing Van Dyke in the
     Broadway musical that he was perfect for the role; And for
     the role of Petrie's wife Laura, Leonard remembered a young
     actress who had appeared on Richard Diamond, Private Detective
     playing a sultry switchboard girl "Sam", where only her legs 
     had been shown on camera -- Mary Tyler Moore;

     Mary was also an inspired choice; And so were the veteran character
     actors Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam and Richard Deacon who also
     rounded out the cast; after a couple of years floundering around
     the network schedule, the show caught on and became a classic,
     especially in re-runs (or "syndication heaven" as producers 
     call it since they make most of their profits there...:-) 

     The series inspired both a sequel -- 
                      "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" (1971 - 1974),
     and a spinoff -- "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"  (1970 - 1977)
     which see...

     ...and after many years hiatus, Dick Van Dyke was lured back to
     star as a medical examiner at age 68 in the 1993 detective series
     "Diagnosis Murder"]

Theme: "The Dick Van Dyke Show Theme"

    [aka: "Theme from 'The Dick Van Dyke Show";

     Verified as the THEME in TV Guide article "Looking
     For A Lost Chord?" April 28, 1962, pp. 12-13;]

     Composer: Earle Hagen (ASCAP/BMI)
              [professional name of Earle Harry Hagen]

     1978 Publisher: [unknown]

     2000 Publisher: Edeejay Music, Inc. (BMI)
                       of Rancho Mirage, CA
     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:


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