- October 3, 1961
Season 1961-1962 Episodes 2-30
Season 1961-1962 Episodes 31-63
Season 1961-1962 Episodes 64-96
Season 1961-1962 Episodes 97-127
Season 1961-1962 Episodes 128-158
Van Dyke Show pilot - October 3, 1961
1-"The Sick Boy and the Sitter"
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.
2-"The Meershatz Pipe"
Rob fears he is no longer needed when his cowriters
do a show without his help.
Laura begins to worry when Rob has to work nights
with a beautiful television star.
4-"Sally and the Lab Technician"
Laura matches up her pharmacist cousin, Thomas, with
Rob's fireball cowriter, Sally, for a lopsided dinner
5-"Washington vs. the Bunny"
Rob is determined to go on a business trip even though
Laura wants him to see their son Richie "star" in a
6-"Oh How We Met the Night That We Danced"
While rummaging through Rob's old army equipment,
Rob and Laura recall that he broke her foot the night
7-"The Unwelcome Houseguest"
Rob reluctantly agrees to take care of Buddy's dog for
the weekend and creates a furor when he brings the
8-"Harrison B. Harding of Camp Crowder, MO"
Rob invites an old Army pal home to dinner and begins
to fear he has a jewel thief on his hands.
9-"My Blonde-Haired Brunette"
Laura dyes her hair blonde when she fears the romance
in her marriage is fading.
Rob invites 44 fellow PTA members to his television
show, but forgets all about it until air time.
11-"To Tell or Not to Tell"
Rob and Richie find themselves more than a little lost
when Laura briefly resumes her dancing career.
12-"Sally Is a Girl"
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.
13-"Empress Carlotta's Necklace"
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.
14-"Buddy, Can You Spare a Job?"
After Buddy leaves "The Alan Brady Show" for a job
that falls through, Rob and Sally conspire to get him his
old job back.
15-"Who Owes Who What?"
Rob's forgotten loan turns into a forgotten debt, and a
16-"Sol and the Sponsor"
A fancy dinner party for Rob's television sponsor and
his wife is enlivened by the arrival of Rob's old Army
17-"The Curious Thing About Women"
Rob's sense of humor backfires when he decides to
base a television skit on Laura's penchant for opening
18-"Punch Thy Neighbor"
Rob's dentist pal, Jerry, strains the friendship when he
starts knocking Rob's television show in public.
19-"Where Did I Come From?"
Six-year-old Richie asks his parents the inevitable
"Where did I come from?" question. They recall the
days before his birth.
20-"The Boarder Incident"
While his wife is away, Buddy moves in with the
Petries and quickly wears out his welcome.
21-"A Word a Day"
Richie's expanding vocabulary starts to branch out in
unexpected directions. William Schallert guest-stars.
22-"The Talented Neighborhood"
When his show announces a talent contest, Rob finds
himself besieged by the parents of neighborhood
prodigies. Barry Livingston guest-stars.
23-"Father of the Week"
Rob's paternal pride suffers a cruel shock when he
finds out that his six-year-old son is ashamed of him.
Sally drags the entire production staff to a bowling
alley, where she unveils a new song and dance. Jack
25-"One Angry Man"
Serving on jury duty, Rob finds himself siding with the
beautiful blonde defendant.
26-"Where You Been, Fassbinder?"
Romance enters Sally's life in the form of an insurance
salesman named Leo Fassbinder.
27-"The Bad Old Days"
Buddy convinces Rob that--like all American
husbands--he is being dominated by a woman.
28-"I Am My Brother's Keeper"
Rob's bashful brother arrives in town and proves to be
confident and outgoing only when he is sleepwalking.
Jerry Van Dyke guest stars.
29-"The Sleeping Brother"
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
30-"The Return of Happy Spangler"
Rob tries valiantly to help an old radio comedy writer
make a comeback.
31-"Never Name a Duck"
When one of Richie's two pet ducks dies, it seems as if
the Petrie family has lost one of its human members.
32-"The Two Faces of Rob"
To prove that a wife cannot always recognize her
husband on the telephone, Rob disguises his voice and
asks Laura for a date.
33-"Bank Book 6565696"
Rob is puzzled and chagrined when he finds that Laura
has a secret nest egg of her own.
34-"The Attempted Marriage"
A crippled jeep and a sprained ankle make Rob two
hours late for his own wedding.
35-"Hustling the Hustler"
Rob has an evening of high adventure with a veteran
pool shark who pretends he can't play the game.
36-"What's in a Middle Name?"
Rob has some explaining to do when son Richie learns
that his middle name is Rosebud.
37-"My Husband Is Not a Drunk"
Rob Petrie suffers from a post-hypnotic suggestion
meant for someone else, and it causes mayhem at work
38-"Like a Sister"
A handsome balladeer brings romance into Sally's life.
39-"The Night the Roof Fell In"
Rob walks out of the house following a spat with Laura
after a tiring day for the both of them.
40-"The Secret Life of Buddy and Sally"
Rob suspects cowriters Buddy and Sally of carrying on
a clandestine romance.
41-"A Bird in the Head Hurts"
Richie runs into the house screaming that he has been
pecked on the head by a giant woodpecker.
Rob begins to fear he is allergic to his own family when
proximity to Laura and Richie starts him sneezing.
43-"A Man's Teeth Are Not His Own"
Rob feels that he has betrayed his dentist friend, Jerry
Helper, when he lets another dentist work on his teeth.
44-"Somebody Has to Play Cleopatra"
Rob directs an amateur theatrical in which rehearsals
are dogged by controversy over the casting of a key
45-"The Cat Burglar"
A phantom burglar pillages the Petrie home, but the
police are baffled as to how he did it.
46-"The Foul-Weather Girl"
Laura sees a singing weather girl as a threat to her
47-"Will You Two Be My Wife?"
Rob is slapped, kicked, and screamed at--among
other things--by the girl he left behind when he entered
48-"Ray Murdock's X-Ray"
Rob finds himself in hot water after giving a television
interview in which he unwittingly portrays his wife
Laura as a nut.
49-"I Was a Teenage Head Writer"
An office crisis sets Rob to reminiscing about his hectic
early days as a comedy writer.
50-"My Husband Is a Check-Grabber"
Laura tries to break Rob of his expensive habit of
picking up the check.
51-"It May Look Like a Walnut"
Under the influence of science fiction, Rob fears that a
walnut will steal his imagination and his thumbs. Danny
52-"Don't Trip Over That Mountain"
To his great regret, Rob ignores Laura's warning to
stay off the big slopes on his first skiing excursion.
53-"Give Me Your Walls!"
When Rob's living room needs a paint job, he hires a
colorful master painter of Rome, Florence, and
54-"The Sam Pomerantz Scandals"
Rob, Laura and the office gang put together a variety
show to help out an old friend.
55-"I'm No Henry Walden!"
Rob finds himself very out of place at a dinner party for
celebrated literati. Carl Reiner guest-stars.
56-"The Square Triangle"
French singing idol Jacques Savon, who has played a
curious part in both Rob's and Laura's past, suddenly
57-"Racy Tracy Rattigan"
A romantic British film star arouses Rob's ire by his
attention to Laura. Richard Dawson guest-stars.
Rob finds himself caught in the middle after Buddy
announces he is going to divorce Pickles.
59-"It's a Shame She Married Me"
Rob suffers pangs of jealousy when Laura meets a
successful old flame. Robert Vaughn guest-stars.
60-"A Surprise Surprise Is a Surprise"
Laura despairs when husband Rob learns of her
elaborate plans to throw a surprise party for him.
61-"Jilting the Jilter"
Sally gets a marriage proposal from an opportunistic
comedian who wants her to write his material.
62-"When a Bowling Pin Talks, Listen"
Rob finds himself in hot water after inadvertently lifting
a comedy idea from another show. Carl Reiner
63-"All About Eavesdropping"
Through Richie's toy intercom, Rob and Laura tune in
on a conversation at the Helpers' and almost lose two
64-"That's My Boy?"
Rob recalls the hectic days after Richie was born,
when he was sure the hospital had given him and Laura
the wrong baby.
Rob and Laura return home from an auction with two
mysterious objects d'art.
66-"Laura's Little Lie"
Complications arise when Laura confesses to Rob that
she lied about her age on their marriage certificate.
67-"Very Old Shoes, Very Old Rice"
Rob and Laura learn they are not legally married and
make plans to elope.
Rob's Uncle George arrives in town and asks his
nephew to find him a wife.
69-"Too Many Stars"
Rob finds he has "too many stars" on his hands when
he tries to direct a show for the Parents' Council.
70-"Who and Where Was Antonio Stradivarius?"
Rob finds himself at a party in a strange town, swaying
to the bossa nova with a breathless young woman who
71-"Big Max Calvada"
An underworld figure involves Rob, Sally, and Buddy
in an unusual writing assignment. Jack Larson
72-"The Ballad of the Betty Lou"
Rob and Jerry invest in a sailboat and find they have
embarked on a disastrous venture.
73-"Turtles, Ties and Toreadors"
Rob feels like a hero when he hires a maid for his
overworked wife, Laura.
74-"The Sound of the Trumpets of Conscience
Falls Deafly on a Brain That Holds Its Ears...or
Something Like That!"
Rob thinks he has witnessed two crooks running from
the scene of a crime.
75-"The Third One From The Left"
A young chorus girl on "The Alan Brady Show" falls
desperately in love with Rob.
76-"The Alan Brady Show Presents"
The entire Alan Brady staff presents a Christmas show
instead of the script turned in by the show's writers.
Carl Reiner guest-stars.
77-"My Husband Is the Best One"
Rob gets into trouble at work after Laura interferes in
an interview he is giving on Alan Brady.
78-"Happy Birthday and Too Many More"
When Laura and Rob give Richie a birthday party, 63
screaming moppets make a shambles of the Petrie
79-"The Lady and the Tiger and the Lawyer"
When a handsome bachelor, Arthur Stanwyck, moves
in next door, Rob and Laura become matchmakers.
80-"The Life and Love of Joe Coogan"
Laura meets her old love, a young man who has
entered the priesthood.
81-"A Nice Friendly Game of Cards"
Inadvertently using a deck of marked cards, Rob wins
at poker and almost loses a few friends. Ed Platt
82-"The Brave and the Backache"
Rob consults a psychiatrist to determine whether a
series of mysterious ailments is psychosomatic. Ken
83-"The Pen Is Mightier Than the Mouth"
Rob and Buddy find themselves overworked and
overwrought when Sally becomes a television
84-"My Part-Time Wife"
When Laura fills in for Sally at the office, she does such
a perfect job that Rob almost loses his mind.
85-"Honeymoons Are for the Lucky"
Rob recalls the hectic time of his Army marriage to
Laura, and the difficulty in obtaining a three-day pass
for their honeymoon.
86-"How to Spank a Star"
At the insistence of a domineering guest star, Rob
takes over as producer of "The Alan Brady Show."
87-"The Plots Thicken"
A family crisis develops when Rob's and Laura's
parents compete to get the couple committed to their
respective cemetery plots.
88-"Scratch My Car and Die"
A scratch on Rob's new car causes a domestic crisis at
the Petrie house.
89-"The Return of Edwin Carp"
Rob rounds up three notable personalities from the old
days of radio for an Alan Brady "special."
A painting of Laura returns to haunt her. Although she
posed fully clothed, the artist took the liberty of
91-"Dear Mrs. Petrie, Your Husband Is in Jail"
When Rob looks up an old Army buddy at a
honky-tonk nitery, the result is a confusion-packed
night that finally lands him in jail.
92-"My Neighbor's Husband's Other Life"
Rob and Laura suspect the worst when they spy their
friend Jerry Helper dining out with a beautiful blonde.
93-"I'd Rather Be Bald Than Have No Head at
Rob thinks he's going bald and tries a barber's secret
recipe which consists of ingredients usually reserved for
Rob is skeptical when Laura's new writing teacher
thinks she shows promise.
95-"My Two Showoffs and Me"
The prospect of being the subjects in a national
magazine story brings out the egotistical worst in Rob,
Sally, and Buddy.
96-"My Mother Can Beat Up My Father"
Laura proves herself more proficient than Rob in the
art of self-defense. Guest star: Ken Berry.
97- "Ghost of A. Chantz"
Rob, Laura, Sally, and Buddy spend a frightening night
in a haunted cabin at a mountain resort.
98-"The Lady and the Babysitter"
Rob and Laura are unaware that their teenage
babysitter has a crush on Laura.
99-"The Vigilante Ripped My Sports Coat"
Rob's friendship with Jerry is almost destroyed in a
row over a neighbor's crabgrass lawn.
100-"The Man From Emperor"
When Rob is offered a job as humor consultant on a
magazine for men-about-town, he runs into misgivings
101-"Romance, Roses and Rye Bread"
Sally is romanced by a secret admirer--the owner of
Rob and Laura are on their way to see Laura's
obstetrician when they are trapped in a stalled elevator
with a hold-up man. Don Rickles guest-stars.
103-"The Alan Brady Show Goes to Jail"
The Alan Brady writers entertain at a prison and Rob
gets locked up with the inmates. Don Rickles
104-"Three Letters From One Wife"
Rob risks his job when he convinces Alan Brady to do
a cultural documentary program. Carl Reiner
105-"It Wouldn't Hurt Them to Give Us a Raise"
The Brady writers press for higher salaries and find
themselves tangled in a maze of interlocking
106-"Pink Pills for Purple Patients"
Laura takes two pink pills and suffers disastrous side
107-"The Death of the Party"
Rob struggles through a party for Laura's relatives
rather than admit he is sick as a dog.
108-"Stretch Petrie vs. Kid Schenk"
Rob is forced to squelch the scheme of an
opportunistic old friend.
109-"The Impractical Joke"
Rob resorts to psychological warfare to get even with a
110-"Brother, Can You Spare $2500?"
Rob receives a ransom demand of $2500 for his lost
111-"Stacey Petrie - Part I"
Rob's younger brother becomes romantically involved
112-"Stacey Petrie - Part II"
Stacey Petrie tries to save his new coffeehouse from
closing and his romance from ending. Carl Reiner
113-"The Redcoats Are Coming"
The Petries are invaded by a horde of teenagers when
they entertain two British rock-and-roll idols.
114-"Boy #1 Versus Boy #2"
Laura and Millie become unbearable stage mothers
when their sons are cast in a television commercial.
115-"The Case of the Pillow"
Rob becomes a trial lawyer to prosecute a shifty
salesman. Ed Begley guest-stars.
116-"Young Man With a Shoehorn"
When he invests in a shoe store, Rob learns that a shoe
clerk's lot is not always a happy one.
117-"Girls Will Be Boys"
The Petries face a problem when Richie is beaten up
by a pretty little girl who loves him.
Rob learns that a song he wrote with an old buddy is
about to be a hit, and he starts a fight over authorship
119-"Your Home Sweet Home Is My Home"
Rob recalls the time he and his best friend tried to buy
the same house.
120-"Not Now, Anthony Stone"
Sally's new tall, dark and handsome boyfriend is
secretive about what he does for a living.
121-"Never Bathe on Saturday"
The Petries' romantic second honeymoon becomes a
disaster when Laura's toe gets caught in a bath spout.
122-"100 Terrible Hours"
Rob recalls his job interview with Alan Brady near the
end of an arduous keep-awake marathon.
123-"A Show of Hands"
Just before they are due at a formal banquet, Rob and
Laura accidentally dye their hands an indelible black.
Rob helps Alan Brady by rewriting a play starring the
comic. Carl Reiner guest-stars.
Rob buys a motorcycle and is arrested as a joy-riding
delinquent the first time out.
126-"There's No Sale Like Wholesale"
Rob and Laura learn that buying a fur coat wholesale
can be trouble when their "connection" is Buddy
127-"A Farewell to Writing"
Rob sets out to write a book during his vacation, but
has trouble getting started.
128-"Coast-to-Coast Big Mouth"
Laura blurts out a top secret on a national television
quiz show--that comedian Alan Brady wears a toupee.
Carl Reiner guest-stars.
Rob sees a flying saucer and tracks it to its lair--the
office above his own.
130-"The Ugliest Dog in the World"
Rob and Laura try to find a permanent home for an
ugly little mutt from the dog pound.
131-"No Rice at My Wedding"
Rob and Laura recall their courtship days, when Rob
almost lost Laura to another man.
132-"Draw Me a Pear"
Rob and Laura enroll in an art class--and the beautiful
instructress has designs on Rob.
133-"The Great Petrie Fortune"
Rob's dreams of inheriting a fortune are dashed until he
realizes the intangible worth of an old photograph.
134-"Odd But True"
Rob is offered $500 because the freckles on his back
are in the shape of the Liberty Bell.
Rob and Laura have an unusual houseguest, a
bullfighter named Manuel who installs himself as a
136-"Go Tell the Birds and the Bees"
When Richie spins a few fantastic stories for his
friends, his parents wind up in the school psychologist's
137-"Body and Sol"
Rob recalls the time he defended his title as
middleweight champion of the Army camp.
138-"See Rob Write--Write, Rob, Write"
Rob and Laura become rivals when each writes a story
139-"You're Under Arrest"
Rob goes out to cool off after a quarrel with Laura and
winds up in trouble with the law.
140-"Fifty-two Forty-five or Work"
Rob recalls the time he was out of work with a new
home, no furniture, and a pregnant wife. James
141-"Who Stole My Watch?"
Rob loses his friends as well as his watch when the
friends learn they're all under suspicion.
142-"Bad Reception in Albany"
While out of town for a cousin's wedding, Rob has to
locate a television set to watch a special show. He
wears a tuxedo with fur lapels for the occasion.
143-"I Do Not Choose to Run"
Rob can't make up his mind when asked to be a
candidate for the city council. Arte Johnson
144-"The Making of a Councilman"
Rob agrees to run for office but realizes he'd prefer to
vote for his brainy opponent.
145-"The Curse of the Petrie People"
Rob's parents give a family heirloom piece of jewelry
to Laura, who accidentally drops it in the garbage
146-"The Bottom of Mel Cooley's Heart"
When Mel Cooley takes Rob's advice and stands up
to Alan Brady, he is promptly fired. Carl Reiner
147-"Remember the Alimony"
Rob and Laura recall the time they filled in an
application for a $10 divorce. Bernie Kopell
148-"Dear Sally Rogers"
Sally advertises for a husband on a national television
show as a gag and is flooded with fan mail.
149-"Buddy Sorrell--Man and Boy"
Symptoms and evidence indicate that Buddy is either
seeing a psychiatrist or having an affair,
when in fact he is merely preparing for
his belated Bar Mitzvah.
150-"Long Night's Journey Into Day"
Laura spends a harrowing night alone in the house
when the rest of the family goes off on a fishing trip.
151-"Talk to the Snail"
Believing that comedian Alan Brady plans to cut down
his writing staff, Rob applies for a job with a
152-"A Day in the Life of Alan Brady"
The Petries' anniversary party for the Helpers turns into
a television documentary for Alan Brady. Carl Reiner
153-"Obnoxious, Offensive, Egomaniac, Etc."
Rob and his writers are in big trouble for adding insults
to an Alan Brady script. Carl Reiner guest-stars.
154-"The Man From My Uncle"
The Petrie home becomes a command post when
government agents put a neighbor's home under
155-"You Ought to Be in Pictures"
Rob is cast opposite a gorgeous Italian actress in a
low-budget film and turns out to be the screen's worst
156-"Love Thy Other Neighbor"
Rob and Laura are dismayed by Millie Helper's
jealousy of their new neighbors.
157-"The Last Chapter"
Rob's autobiography conjures up scenes from the past
and leads Alan Brady to buy the book for a television
series. Carl Reiner guest-stars.
The Petries and their friends are transported to the
Wild West when Rob dreams he is a frontier sheriff.
Carl Reiner guest-stars.