The WORST Episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Apr 10, 2021

Network: CBS

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 Boarder Incident

#1 - The Boarder Incident

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 14, 1962

Buddy's wife is out of town, so Rob invites Buddy to stay at his house for the duration. Disaster ensues.

star 4.00
52 votes
Jilting the Jilter

#2 - Jilting the Jilter

Season 2 - Episode 31 - Aired May 1, 1963

Sally may have found a fella but he wants to take Sally away from The Alan Brady Show, so she can write for him.

star 4.00
52 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Ronald Alexander
Where You Been, Fassbinder?

#3 - Where You Been, Fassbinder?

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 14, 1962

An old high school friend visits Sally on her birthday.

star 4.50
52 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: John Whedon
Uncle George

#4 - Uncle George

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 13, 1963

Uncle George drops by the Petries, looking for a wife, and Sally tries to fix him up with Herman Glimpscher's mom. But Uncle George has other ideas.

star 4.50
52 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Bill Idelson
Turtles, Ties, and Toreadors

#5 - Turtles, Ties, and Toreadors

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 4, 1963

Rob hires a Spanish maid, but when she arrives, not only does she not speak English, but she has a broken arm.

star 4.50
52 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: John Whedon
Happy Birthday and Too Many More

#6 - Happy Birthday and Too Many More

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 5, 1964

Laura & Rob have to decide when to have Richie's birthday party, and what to do for it, because most weekends are already booked with other kids' extravagant parties.

star 4.50
52 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Bill Persky, Sam Denoff
Anthony Stone

#7 - Anthony Stone

Season 4 - Episode 26 - Aired Mar 24, 1965

Rob and Buddy are suspicious when Sally won't tell them much about her new fella.

star 4.50
52 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Joseph C. Cavella
Br-rooom, Br-rooom

#8 - Br-rooom, Br-rooom

Season 4 - Episode 31 - Aired May 12, 1965

Rob's new motorcycle causes him more problems than he bargained for.

star 4.50
52 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Carl Kleinschmitt, Dale McRaven
Viva Petrie

#9 - Viva Petrie

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 10, 1965

Maria (the Petrie's previous maid) tells her friend Manuel to go to the Petrie's so that Rob can help him find him a job.

star 4.50
52 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: John Whedon
I Do Not Choose to Run

#10 - I Do Not Choose to Run

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 19, 1966

Rob gives a speech at council meeting that impresses the nominating committee for city councilman of New Rochelle.

star 4.50
52 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Carl Kleinschmitt, Dale McRaven
The Making of a Councilman

#11 - The Making of a Councilman

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 26, 1966

Rob wonders if he has enough experience to run for city councilman, after meeting his opponent.

star 4.50
52 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Carl Kleinschmitt, Dale McRaven
Love Thy Other Neighbor

#12 - Love Thy Other Neighbor

Season 5 - Episode 29 - Aired May 4, 1966

After Laura and Rob spend some time with their new neighbors, Jerry and Millie feel left out.

star 4.50
52 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Carl Kleinschmitt, Dale McRaven
Who Owes Who What?

#13 - Who Owes Who What?

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 24, 1962

Rob tries to collect a debt from Buddy, but isn't sure how he should broach the subject.

star 5.00
52 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Carl Reiner
The Talented Neighborhood

#14 - The Talented Neighborhood

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 31, 1962

The Alan Brady Show is looking for talented kids and Rob is asked to get auditions for practically every kid in the neighborhood.

star 5.00
52 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Carl Reiner
Give Me Your Walls!

#15 - Give Me Your Walls!

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Feb 27, 1963

The Petries hire an Italian painter to paint their walls.

star 5.00
52 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Carl Reiner
The Lady and the Tiger and the Lawyer

#16 - The Lady and the Tiger and the Lawyer

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 15, 1964

Laura wants to setup a new bachelor neighbor with her cousin, but Rob wants to set him up with Sally.

star 5.00
52 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Garry Marshall, Jerry Belson
The Brave and the Backache

#17 - The Brave and the Backache

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 12, 1964

Laura wonders why Rob never wants to go away on a romantic weekend with her.

star 5.00
52 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Howard Merrill, Sheldon Keller
The Lady and the Babysitter

#18 - The Lady and the Babysitter

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 7, 1964

Roger, Richie's Babysitter wants Laura's help with a girl that he likes. Little does she know who the girl turns out to be.

star 5.00
52 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Bill Persky, Sam Denoff
Stretch Petrie vs. Kid Schenk

#19 - Stretch Petrie vs. Kid Schenk

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 30, 1964

An old army buddy comes looking for a job and hopes Rob will return an old favor.

star 5.00
52 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Garry Marshall, Jerry Belson
There's No Sale Like Wholesale

#20 - There's No Sale Like Wholesale

Season 4 - Episode 32 - Aired May 26, 1965

Rob learns a lesson after letting Buddy get him a deal on a fur coat for Laura.

star 5.00
52 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Garry Marshall, Jerry Belson
The Meershatz Pipe

#21 - The Meershatz Pipe

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 28, 1961

Rob starts feeling jealous after Alan gives Buddy a nice gift.

star 5.04
54 votes
Directors: Sheldon Leonard
Writers: Carl Reiner
Don't Trip Over That Mountain

#22 - Don't Trip Over That Mountain

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 20, 1963

Rob hurts himself on his first skiing trip with Jerry - just as Laura predicted.

star 5.30
78 votes
Directors: Coby Ruskin
Writers: Carl Reiner
The Bad Old Days

#23 - The Bad Old Days

Season 1 - Episode 28 - Aired Apr 4, 1962

Rob starts to feel like he does too much housework when Buddy warns him about the decline of the American male.

star 5.50
52 votes
The Return of Happy Spangler

#24 - The Return of Happy Spangler

Season 1 - Episode 30 - Aired Apr 18, 1962

Rob convinces his old mentor, Happy Spangler, to join the writing staff of The Alan Brady Show; but Happy seems more interested in telling about his life than in doing any work.

star 5.50
52 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Carl Reiner
Never Name a Duck

#25 - Never Name a Duck

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 26, 1962

Rob brings home two baby ducks, and Richie becomes very attached to them.

star 5.50
52 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Carl Reiner