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The Dick Van Dyke Show

The Sick Boy and the Sitter

Episode: 001 | Aired: October 03, 1961

Comedy writer Rob Petrie talks his wife Laura into leaving their "sick" son Richie with a babysitter while they attend a big party. Stacey Keach guest-stars.

The Blonde-Haired Brunette

Episode: 002 | Aired: October 10, 1961

Laura dyes her hair blonde when she fears the romance in her marriage is fading.

Sally and the Lab Technician

Episode: 003 | Aired: October 17, 1961

Laura matches up her pharmacist cousin, Thomas, with Rob's fireball cowriter, Sally, for a lopsided dinner party.

Washington vs. the Bunny

Episode: 004 | Aired: October 24, 1961

Rob is determined to go on a business trip even though Laura wants him to see their son Richie "star" in a school play.

Oh How We Met the Night That We Danced

Episode: 005 | Aired: October 31, 1961

While rummaging through Rob's old army equipment, Rob and Laura recall that he broke her foot the night they met.

Harrison B. Harding of Camp Crowder, Mo.

Episode: 006 | Aired: November 06, 1961

Rob invites an old Army pal home to dinner and begins to fear he has a jewel thief on his hands.


Episode: 007 | Aired: November 07, 1961

Laura begins to worry when Rob has to work nights with a beautiful television star.

To Tell or Not to Tell

Episode: 008 | Aired: November 14, 1961

Rob and Richie find themselves more than a little lost when Laura briefly resumes her dancing career.

The Unwelcome Houseguest

Episode: 009 | Aired: November 21, 1961

Rob reluctantly agrees to take care of Buddy's dog for the weekend and creates a furor when he brings the animal home.

The Meershatz Pipe

Episode: 010 | Aired: November 28, 1961

Rob fears he is no longer needed when his cowriters do a show without his help.

Forty-Four Tickets

Episode: 011 | Aired: December 05, 1961

Rob invites 44 fellow PTA members to his television show, but forgets all about it until air time.

Empress Carlotta's Necklace

Episode: 012 | Aired: December 12, 1961

Rob proudly presents Laura with a huge, horrible necklace, but she cannot bring herself to tell him that it is an atrocity. Gavin MacLeod guest-stars.

Sally Is a Girl

Episode: 013 | Aired: December 19, 1961

Rob is accused of being a Don Juan when he takes his wife's advice and stops treating co-writer Sally as one of the boys.

Buddy, Can You Spare a Job?

Episode: 014 | Aired: December 26, 1961

After Buddy leaves "The Alan Brady Show" for a job that falls through, Rob and Sally conspire to get him his old job back.

Where Did I Come From?

Episode: 015 | Aired: January 03, 1962

Six-year-old Richie asks his parents the inevitable "Where did I come from?" question. They recall the days before his birth.

The Curious Thing About Women

Episode: 016 | Aired: January 10, 1962

Rob's sense of humor backfires when he decides to base a television skit on Laura's penchant for opening his mail.

Punch Thy Neighbor

Episode: 017 | Aired: January 17, 1962

Rob's dentist pal, Jerry, strains the friendship when he starts knocking Rob's television show in public.

Who Owes Who What?

Episode: 018 | Aired: January 24, 1962

Rob's forgotten loan turns into a forgotten debt, and a television script.

The Talented Neighborhood

Episode: 019 | Aired: January 31, 1962

When his show announces a talent contest, Rob finds himself besieged by the parents of neighborhood prodigies. Barry Livingston guest-stars.

A Word a Day

Episode: 020 | Aired: February 07, 1962

Richie's expanding vocabulary starts to branch out in unexpected directions. William Schallert guest-stars.

The Boarder Incident

Episode: 021 | Aired: February 14, 1962

While his wife is away, Buddy moves in with the Petries and quickly wears out his welcome.

Father of the Week

Episode: 022 | Aired: February 21, 1962

Rob's paternal pride suffers a cruel shock when he finds out that his six-year-old son is ashamed of him.

The Twizzle

Episode: 023 | Aired: February 28, 1962

Sally drags the entire production staff to a bowling alley, where she unveils a new song and dance. Jack Albertson guest-stars.

One Angry Man

Episode: 024 | Aired: March 07, 1962

Serving on jury duty, Rob finds himself siding with the beautiful blonde defendant.

Where You Been, Fassbinder?

Episode: 025 | Aired: March 14, 1962

Romance enters Sally's life in the form of an insurance salesman named Leo Fassbinder.

I Am My Brother's Keeper

Episode: 026 | Aired: March 21, 1962

Rob's bashful brother arrives in town and proves to be confident and outgoing only when he is sleepwalking. Jerry Van Dyke guest stars.

The Sleeping Brother

Episode: 027 | Aired: March 28, 1962

Rob's talented, sleepwalking brother manages to audition successfully for "The Alan Brady Show" even while wide-awake. Jerry Van Dyke guest-stars. Carl Reiner makes his first appearance as Alan Brady in this episode.

The Bad Old Days

Episode: 028 | Aired: April 04, 1962

Buddy convinces Rob that--like all American husbands--he is being dominated by a woman.

Sol and the Sponsor

Episode: 029 | Aired: April 11, 1962

A fancy dinner party for Rob's television sponsor and his wife is enlivened by the arrival of Rob's old Army buddy.