The Best Episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2018

Considered to be one of television's classics, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" centers on the personal and professional lives of Rob Petrie, a writer for the fictional "Alan Brady Show". The non-stop laughs revolved around Rob's relationships with with fellow writers Buddy Sorrell and Sally Rogers, and producer Mel Cooley. At home, we also got to chuckle (and sometimes cry) over Rob's antics involving his wife, son, and neighbors.

The Curious Thing About Women

#1 - The Curious Thing About Women

Season 1 - Episode 16

Rob uses Laura's habit of opening his mail as the basis for a sketch on The Alan Brady Show.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: David Adler
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Where Did I Come From?

#2 - Where Did I Come From?

Season 1 - Episode 15

Ritchie asks the age old question Where Do I Come From? Rob and Laura tell the story.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Carl Reiner
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Obnoxious, Offensive, Egomaniac, Etc.

#3 - Obnoxious, Offensive, Egomaniac, Etc.

Season 5 - Episode 26

In a hurry to go to the theatre, Rob, Buddy and Sally forget to cross out all the insults about Alan they wrote in this week's script.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Dale McRaven, Carl Kleinschmitt
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The Ghost of A. Chantz

#4 - The Ghost of A. Chantz

Season 4 - Episode 2

Rob, Buddy, Laura, and Sally spend the night in a creepy cabin.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Bill Persky, Sam Denoff
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That's My Boy??

#5 - That's My Boy??

Season 3 - Episode 1

All about about the day Richie came home from the hospital. With so much stuff to take home, and so many mix ups with the items of the Peters (a couple in another hospital room), Rob begins to wonder what else could have gotten mixed up.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Bill Persky, Sam Denoff
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How to Spank a Star

#6 - How to Spank a Star

Season 3 - Episode 24

Rob's favorite star guests on the Alan Brady show but starts causing problems right away.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Nathaniel Curtis, Bill Idelson
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What's in a Middle Name?

#7 - What's in a Middle Name?

Season 2 - Episode 7

Rob and Laura must explain to Richie why his middle name is Rosebud.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Carl Reiner
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The Night the Roof Fell In

#8 - The Night the Roof Fell In

Season 2 - Episode 9

Rob and Laura have a terrible fight, after each has experienced a difficult day - and each remember the fight very differently.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: John Whedon
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My Husband is the Best One

#9 - My Husband is the Best One

Season 3 - Episode 15

A reporter interviews Rob for a cover story she's doing about Alan Brady. Laura also comes to the restaurant, and chimes in just a little too much.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Martin Ragaway
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I Was a Teenage Head Writer

#10 - I Was a Teenage Head Writer

Season 2 - Episode 19

Thinking his own friends betrayed him in an argument with Mel over a sketch, Rob remembers his first day as the head writer of The Alan Brady Show.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Sheldon Keller, Howard Merrill
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My Mother Can Beat Up My Father

#11 - My Mother Can Beat Up My Father

Season 4 - Episode 1

When a drunk gets too rowdy at a bar, Laura's talent for judo surfaces.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Bill Persky, Sam Denoff
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The Gunslinger

#12 - The Gunslinger

Season 5 - Episode 31

As Jerry is extracting a tooth, Rob dreams that he lives in the old west and is a sheriff who has to save the town from Big Bad Brady.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Bill Persky, Sam Denoff
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The Third One from the Left

#13 - The Third One from the Left

Season 3 - Episode 14

Rob tries to stop a guest star from falling in love with him.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: John Whedon
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4 1/2

#14 - 4 1/2

Season 4 - Episode 7

Rob tells Buddy and Sally the story of how they became friends with a convict.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Garry Marshall, Jerry Belson
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It May Look Like a Walnut!

#15 - It May Look Like a Walnut!

Season 2 - Episode 20

In this classic, Rob has a dream - inspired by a late-night horror movie on TV - involving walnuts, missing thumbs, and a space alien who looks like Danny Thomas.

star 7.70
3 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Carl Reiner
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The Sick Boy and the Sitter

#16 - The Sick Boy and the Sitter

Season 1 - Episode 1

Rob talks Laura into going to a party at Alan Brady's penthouse even though she'd rather stay home and look after their ailing five-year old.

star 7.60
5 votes
Writers: Carl Reiner
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The Ugliest Dog in the World

#17 - The Ugliest Dog in the World

Season 5 - Episode 4

Rob finds a dog for a sketch on The Alan Brady Show. After the dog's part is cut, Rob is stuck with the Ugliest Dog in the World.

star 7.50
2 votes
Directors: Lee Philips
Writers: Bill Persky, Sam Denoff
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Long Night's Journey into Day

#18 - Long Night's Journey into Day

Season 5 - Episode 30

Laura spends the night alone (terrified) while her family is on a fishing trip.

star 7.50
2 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Garry Marshall, Jerry Belson
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Uhny Uftz

#19 - Uhny Uftz

Season 5 - Episode 3

While working very late, Rob thinks he hears and sees a small flying saucer outside the office window.

star 7.50
2 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Dale McRaven, Carl Kleinschmitt
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Coast-to-Coast Big Mouth

#20 - Coast-to-Coast Big Mouth

Season 5 - Episode 1

A TV show host gets Laura to reveal some information she wishes she hadn't.

star 7.50
2 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Bill Persky, Sam Denoff
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Baby Fat

#21 - Baby Fat

Season 4 - Episode 29

Alan Brady is rehearsing for a Broadway show, but the script needs work, so he asks Rob to help punch it up - without the author's knowledge.

star 7.50
2 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Garry Marshall, Jerry Belson
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The Man from My Uncle

#22 - The Man from My Uncle

Season 5 - Episode 27

A government agent wants to use Ritchie's room to stake out a house across the street.

star 7.50
2 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Garry Marshall, Jerry Belson
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Talk to the Snail

#23 - Talk to the Snail

Season 5 - Episode 24

Rob worries he's going to be fired after reading a memo that Alan threw out, so he starts looking for other work.

star 7.50
2 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Garry Marshall, Jerry Belson
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Never Bathe on Saturday

#24 - Never Bathe on Saturday

Season 4 - Episode 27

Laura and Rob plan to spend a romantic weekend in the city and see a play, until Laura runs into a little problem at the hotel.

star 7.50
2 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Carl Reiner
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The Twizzle

#25 - The Twizzle

Season 1 - Episode 23

Sally brings the gang down to the bowling alley to experience the latest dance craze.

star 7.50
2 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Carl Reiner
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