The Dick Van Dyke Show


TV has always loved to talk about itself, and this sitcom was the first in a line of classic shows set in the TV business. Unlike some of its cutthroat successors, DVD made the TV biz seem downright friendly, as Rob Petrie wrote sketches for the egotistical Alan Brady (Carl Reiner, in occasional guest shots) and cut up with pals Buddy Sorrell and Sally Rogers (Rose Marie, in a rare early role as working woman comic). But this hybrid series was also set half at home, and the comic chemistry between the dashing, ottoman-tripping Van Dyke and a smokin’ young Mary Tyler Moore as Laura makes the show hold up even today.

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