The BEST Episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 3, 2020
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.
#1 - The Curious Thing About Women
Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 10, 1962
Rob uses Laura's habit of opening his mail as the basis for a sketch on The Alan Brady Show.
#2 - Where Did I Come From?
Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 3, 1962
Ritchie asks the age old question Where Do I Come From? Rob and Laura tell the story.
#3 - That's My Boy??
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 25, 1963
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.
#4 - The Ghost of A. Chantz
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 30, 1964
Rob, Buddy, Laura, and Sally spend the night in a creepy cabin.
#5 - Obnoxious, Offensive, Egomaniac, Etc.
Season 5 - Episode 26 - Aired Apr 13, 1966
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.
#6 - What's in a Middle Name?
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 7, 1962
Rob and Laura must explain to Richie why his middle name is Rosebud.
#7 - The Night the Roof Fell In
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 21, 1962
Rob and Laura have a terrible fight, after each has experienced a difficult day - and each remember the fight very differently.
#8 - I Was a Teenage Head Writer
Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 30, 1963
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.
#9 - The Third One from the Left
Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 1, 1964
Rob tries to stop a guest star from falling in love with him.
#10 - My Husband is the Best One
Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 8, 1964
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.
#11 - How to Spank a Star
Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 11, 1964
Rob's favorite star guests on the Alan Brady show but starts causing problems right away.
#12 - My Mother Can Beat Up My Father
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 23, 1964
When a drunk gets too rowdy at a bar, Laura's talent for judo surfaces.
#13 - 4 1/2
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 4, 1964
Rob tells Buddy and Sally the story of how they became friends with a convict.
#14 - The Gunslinger
Season 5 - Episode 31 - Aired May 25, 1966
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.
#15 - It May Look Like a Walnut!
Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 6, 1963
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.
#16 - The Sick Boy and the Sitter
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 3, 1961
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.
#17 - Buddy, Can You Spare a Job?
Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 26, 1961
Buddy wants to leave the show to become Head Writer of another show. Mel can't release Buddy from his contract, so he helps Rob and Sally write a memo to Alan to encourage him to fire Buddy.
#18 - The Twizzle
Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Feb 28, 1962
Sally brings the gang down to the bowling alley to experience the latest dance craze.
#19 - One Angry Man
Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 7, 1962
Rob gets called for jury duty and finds himself doubting the attractive defendant's guilt.
#20 - My Husband Is Not a Drunk
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 31, 1962
Rob falls under a hypnosis spell meant for Buddy - he keeps acting drunk every time a bell rings.
#21 - All About Eavesdropping
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 23, 1963
While getting ready to go to Jerry and Millie's party, Rob and Laura overhear them on their kids' walkie talkies.
#22 - The Alan Brady Show Presents
Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 18, 1963
The staff has to plan a Christmas show.
#23 - I'd Rather Be Bald Than Have No Head at All
Season 3 - Episode 31 - Aired Apr 29, 1964
Another classic; in this episode, Rob finds a hair or two in his brush; of course he assumes he's going bald. His barber (Ned Glass) tells him to use a concoction on his head, right before bed. The fact that it smells alot like salad dressing has an interesting effect on Rob's dreams that night.
#24 - Pink Pills and Purple Parents
Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 25, 1964
In a flashback to when they were first married, Laura is nervous about meeting Rob's parents. Millie gives her some pills that could help her relax, but Laura doesn't really want to try them.
#25 - Never Bathe on Saturday
Season 4 - Episode 27 - Aired Mar 31, 1965
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.