This is one of my most favorite sitcoms of all time. It is ranked right up there with The Donna Reed Show, and most know my love for Donna. The Dick Van Dyke Show is a great example of what so many see as the perfect early 60s life. Successful, handsome, and funny husband who comes home to a loving, pretty, talented housewife complete with apron, and funny and cute as pie son. Their home is decorated in the mid century modern style of the time and they host wonderfully stylish cocktail parties.
Larry Mathews) is Rob and Laura's son. "(His middle name is an acronym for "Robert Oscar Sam Edward Benjamin Ulysses David," all members of Rob's and Laura's families.)" from wikipedia. The writers gave him such funny lines and he performed them beautifully. I would dare to say that he is the cutest little boy to ever be on a sitcom, in my opinion. I mean, really? When he sang "You're the tops, you're the tower of pizza...you're the tops, you the Mommy Lisa", IN A BUNNY COSTUME!!!! he just took my heart.
Rose Marie played "Sally". She is quick witted, sharp, and can hold her own with the guys. This might be her undoing when it comes to finding love, however. In an early episode, Laura wants to fix her up with a cousin and Rob has doughts because of Sally's hard personality. Of course Sally being single might have been nessessary for her character because she was an important part of the writing team and a married woman, in sitcom land, would not be working.
"Filming of the first episode started on January 20, 1961, the same day that John F. Kennedy was sworn in as President of the United States." from IMDb Some might think the stars of The Sick Van Dyke show have a strong resemblance to the President and First Lady, of the time. Actually I am more amused by the Petries and would much rather have them as neighbors.
"Mary Tyler Moore has helped make Capri pants the biggest trend in US casual attire." from Time Magazine It was very much "frowned upon" for Mary Tyler Moore to wear capri pants when most of the other sitcom housewives wore dresses and skirts (Lucy did wear a pair of slacks every now and then...but never at tightly butt cupping as Mrs. Petrie). Her answer to this was that most of the housewives she new wore pants, they were much more practicle to housework, etc. " The network was against this at first, and said that she had to be in a skirt for a certain number of scenes per episode. To fight this, they filmed a scene where Laura walked into the kitchen in Capri pants and came out a second later in a skirt. The network finally relented." from IMDb
Dontcha just LOVE their funriture?
Such a handome family. LOOK AT HOW CUTE THAT LITTLE BOY IS!!!!
There is so much fun trivia at the Internet Movie Database. Lots of great photos, too.
Oh how I wish I could have been invited to one of their swanky and entertaining cocktail parties.