The Best Episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show

Last Updated: May 13, 2019

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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That's My Boy??

#3 - 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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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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Obnoxious, Offensive, Egomaniac, Etc.

#5 - 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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What's in a Middle Name?

#6 - 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

#7 - 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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I Was a Teenage Head Writer

#8 - 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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The Third One from the Left

#9 - 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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My Husband is the Best One

#10 - 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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How to Spank a Star

#11 - 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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My Mother Can Beat Up My Father

#12 - 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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4 1/2

#13 - 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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The Gunslinger

#14 - 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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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
Directors: Sheldon Leonard
Writers: Carl Reiner
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Buddy, Can You Spare a Job?

#17 - Buddy, Can You Spare a Job?

Season 1 - Episode 14

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.

star 7.50
2 votes
Directors: James Komack
Writers: Walter Kempley
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The Twizzle

#18 - 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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One Angry Man

#19 - One Angry Man

Season 1 - Episode 24

Rob gets called for jury duty and finds himself doubting the attractive defendant's guilt.

star 7.50
2 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Leo Solomon, Ben Gershman
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My Husband Is Not a Drunk

#20 - My Husband Is Not a Drunk

Season 2 - Episode 6

Rob falls under a hypnosis spell meant for Buddy - he keeps acting drunk every time a bell rings.

star 7.50
2 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Carl Reiner
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All About Eavesdropping

#21 - All About Eavesdropping

Season 3 - Episode 5

While getting ready to go to Jerry and Millie's party, Rob and Laura overhear them on their kids' walkie talkies.

star 7.50
2 votes
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The Alan Brady Show Presents

#22 - The Alan Brady Show Presents

Season 3 - Episode 13

The staff has to plan a Christmas show.

star 7.50
2 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Sam Denoff, Bill Persky
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I'd Rather Be Bald Than Have No Head at All

#23 - I'd Rather Be Bald Than Have No Head at All

Season 3 - Episode 31

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.

star 7.50
2 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Sam Denoff, Bill Persky
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Pink Pills and Purple Parents

#24 - Pink Pills and Purple Parents

Season 4 - Episode 10

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.

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

#25 - 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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