List of The Dick Van Dyke Show episodes

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The Dick Van Dyke Show is an American television sitcom starring Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie. It ran for five seasons on CBS, lasting 158 half-hour episodes.

Series overview[edit]

At present, all five seasons have been released on DVD by Image Entertainment.[1]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
130October 3, 1961April 18, 1962
232September 26, 1962May 8, 1963
332September 25, 1963May 13, 1964
432September 23, 1964May 26, 1965
532September 15, 1965June 1, 1966

Episodes[edit]

Pilot (1960)[edit]

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
"Head of the Family"Don WeisCarl ReinerJuly 19, 1960 (1960-07-19)
In this pilot featuring an entirely different cast, Rob tries to show Richie how writing for a television show is done.

Season 1 (1961–62)[edit]

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11"The Sick Boy and the Sitter"Sheldon LeonardCarl ReinerOctober 3, 1961 (1961-10-03)
Television comedy writer Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) talks his wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) into leaving their sick son Richie (Larry Mathews) with a babysitter while they attend a party at the home of TV star Alan Brady (Carl Reiner).
22"My Blonde-Haired Brunette"John RichCarl ReinerOctober 10, 1961 (1961-10-10)
Laura resorts to dying her hair blonde when the romance in her marriage to Rob seems to be fading. Rob and his staff, puzzle at why Laura is sulking and weeping. Memorable line: Buddy: Do you help with the housework? Do you take out the garbage? Rob: Every week. Sally: Do you take HER out? Rob: As often as the garbage.
33"Sally and the Lab Technician"John RichCarl ReinerOctober 17, 1961 (1961-10-17)
Laura talks Rob into setting up his co-worker Sally Rogers with Laura's lab technician cousin Thomas Edson.
44"Washington vs. the Bunny"John RichCarl ReinerOctober 24, 1961 (1961-10-24)
While on a flight, Rob tells a fellow passenger about how he had to choose between going to Washington as a talent scout for The Alan Brady Show and staying home to see Richie in the school play as "the main bunny."
55"Oh How We Met on the Night That We Danced"Robert ButlerCarl ReinerOctober 31, 1961 (1961-10-31)
Rob and Laura tell Richie about the day they met, when they find Rob's old Army boots in their closet.
66"Harrison B. Harding of Camp Crowder, Mo."John RichCarl ReinerNovember 6, 1961 (1961-11-06)
Rob is visited by a man named Harrison B. Harding, who claims to be an old Army buddy.
77"Jealousy!"Sheldon LeonardCarl ReinerNovember 7, 1961 (1961-11-07)
Laura lets her jealousy get the best of her when Rob has to work late with a beautiful movie star.
88"To Tell or Not to Tell"John RichDavid Adler1November 14, 1961 (1961-11-14)
Rob is at a loss when Mel Cooley hires Laura as a dancer on The Alan Brady Show.
99"The Unwelcome Houseguest"Robert ButlerCarl ReinerNovember 21, 1961 (1961-11-21)
Buddy Sorrell talks Rob into taking care of Buddy's dog Larry for the weekend. The hyperactive creature whimpers loudly all night, disturbing their sleep.
1010"The Meershatz Pipe"Sheldon LeonardCarl ReinerNovember 28, 1961 (1961-11-28)
Rob is envious of Buddy receiving a meershatz pipe from Alan Brady.
1111"Forty-Four Tickets"John RichCarl ReinerDecember 5, 1961 (1961-12-05)
Rob realizes he forgot to order forty-four tickets to The Alan Brady Show for the PTA, and is in a bind when the group all show up in the studio lobby.
1212"Empress Carlotta's Necklace"James KomackCarl ReinerDecember 12, 1961 (1961-12-12)
Rob purchases a huge, hideous necklace for Laura from Mel's cousin, but Laura can't bring herself to tell Rob how much she hates it.
1313"Sally is a Girl"John RichDavid Adler1December 19, 1961 (1961-12-19)
On Laura's advice, Rob stops treating Sally like one of the boys.
1414"Buddy, Can You Spare a Job?"James KomackWalter KempleyDecember 26, 1961 (1961-12-26)
Rob and Sally conspire to get Buddy back on The Alan Brady Show when his new job on another show falls through.
1515"Where Did I Come From?"John RichCarl ReinerJanuary 3, 1962 (1962-01-03)
Rob and Laura tell Richie about the day he was born, when he asks the inevitable question.
1616"The Curious Thing About Women"John RichDavid Adler1January 10, 1962 (1962-01-10)
Rob uses Laura's habit of opening his mail as the basis for a sketch on The Alan Brady Show.
1717"Punch Thy Neighbor"John RichCarl ReinerJanuary 17, 1962 (1962-01-17)
Rob gets fighting mad when Jerry Helper keeps kidding about The Alan Brady Show being rotten.
1818"Who Owes Who What?"John RichCarl ReinerJanuary 24, 1962 (1962-01-24)
Rob uses a comedy sketch to remind Buddy of an unpaid debt.
1919"The Talented Neighborhood"John RichCarl ReinerJanuary 31, 1962 (1962-01-31)
Rob has to put up with stage mothers and child prodigies when The Alan Brady Show announces its annual search for the most gifted youngster.
2020"A Word a Day"John RichJack RaymondFebruary 7, 1962 (1962-02-07)
Richie expands his vocabulary - to the point of saying a bad word.
2121"The Boarder Incident"John RichNorm Liebmann and Ed HaasFebruary 14, 1962 (1962-02-14)
Buddy stays with the Petries while his wife Pickles is out of town.
2222"Father of the Week"John RichArnold and Lois PeyserFebruary 21, 1962 (1962-02-21)
Rob is named "Father of the Week" at Richie's school.
2323"The Twizzle"John RichCarl ReinerFebruary 28, 1962 (1962-02-28)
Sally brings the gang down to the bowling alley to experience the latest dance craze.
2424"One Angry Man"John RichLeo Solomon and Ben GershmanMarch 7, 1962 (1962-03-07)
Rob gets called for jury duty and finds himself doubting the attractive defendant's guilt.
2525"Where You Been, Fassbinder?"John RichJohn WhedonMarch 14, 1962 (1962-03-14)
An old high school friend visits Sally on her birthday.
2626"I Am My Brother's Keeper"John RichCarl ReinerMarch 21, 1962 (1962-03-21)
Rob's shy brother Stacey comes for a visit, but he has a problem: he is a sleepwalker.
2727"The Sleeping Brother"John RichCarl ReinerMarch 28, 1962 (1962-03-28)
Since Stacey is such a great performer while he's sleeping, Rob tries to get him an audition for The Alan Brady Show.
2828"The Bad Old Days"John RichNorm Liebmann and Ed HaasApril 4, 1962 (1962-04-04)
Rob starts to feel like he does too much housework when Buddy warns him about the decline of the American male.
2929"Sol and the Sponsor"John RichWalter KempleyApril 11, 1962 (1962-04-11)
Rob's old Army buddy Sol (Marty Ingels) shows up just as the Petries are preparing to host an important sponsor for dinner. Gregarious, hyper and obnoxious, Sol insults the sponsor's taste.
3030"The Return of Happy Spangler"John RichCarl ReinerApril 18, 1962 (1962-04-18)
Rob hires his old mentor Happy Spangler to the writing staff of The Alan Brady Show, but Happy seems more interested in telling about his life.

Season 2 (1962–63)[edit]

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311"Never Name a Duck"John RichCarl ReinerSeptember 26, 1962 (1962-09-26)
Richie acts as if a member of the Petrie family just died when one of his two pet ducks dies.
322"The Two Faces of Rob"John RichSheldon Keller and Howard MerrillOctober 3, 1962 (1962-10-03)
To prove a theory that a wife can't always recognize her husband on the phone, Rob call Laura and disguises his voice, but he becomes obsessed with whether she's playing along with the joke.
333"The Attempted Marriage"John RichCarl ReinerOctober 10, 1962 (1962-10-10)

Rob and Laura tell Richie about their attempts to get married.

Note that in 1994, Bud Light aired its first TV commercial that uses a footage.
344"Bank Book 6565696"John RichRay Allen Saffian and Harvey BullockOctober 17, 1962 (1962-10-17)
Rob is surprised to find a bank book in one of Laura's gloves.
355"Hustling the Hustler"John RichCarl ReinerOctober 24, 1962 (1962-10-24)
Rob engages in a game of pool with Buddy's hustler brother Blackie.
366"My Husband is Not a Drunk"Al RafkinCarl ReinerOctober 31, 1962 (1962-10-31)
Rob falls under a hypnosis spell meant for Buddy - he keeps acting drunk every time a bell rings.
377"What's in a Middle Name?"John RichCarl ReinerNovember 7, 1962 (1962-11-07)
Rob and Laura must explain to Richie why his middle name is Rosebud.
388"Like a Sister"Hal CooperCarl ReinerNovember 14, 1962 (1962-11-14)
Rob thinks Sally is falling for the latest guest star on The Alan Brady Show: crooner Ric Vallone.
399"The Night the Roof Fell In"Hal CooperJohn WhedonNovember 21, 1962 (1962-11-21)
Rob and Laura have a terrible fight, after each has experienced a difficult day - and each remember the fight very differently.
4010"The Secret Life of Buddy and Sally"Coby RuskinLee ErwinNovember 28, 1962 (1962-11-28)
Rob suspects Buddy and Sally of having an affair.
4111"A Bird in the Head Hurts"John RichCarl ReinerDecember 5, 1962 (1962-12-05)
Rob and Laura assume Richie's claims of being pecked by a giant woodpecker are just a way of getting attention - until Millie says she's seen the woodpecker herself.
4212"Gesundheit, Darling"John RichCarl ReinerDecember 12, 1962 (1962-12-12)
Rob comes to believe he's allergic to his family when he can't stop sneezing.
4313"A Man's Teeth Are Not His Own"John RichCarl ReinerDecember 19, 1962 (1962-12-19)
With Jerry at a dentist's convention, Rob is forced to see another dentist after breaking his tooth on a chicken bone.
4414"Somebody Has to Play Cleopatra"John RichMartin A. RagawayDecember 26, 1962 (1962-12-26)
Dreading the thought of being forced to direct a fund-raising show by Mrs. Billings of the PTA, Rob remembers the previous year's show when he tried to cast the role of Cleopatra.
4515"The Cat Burglar"John RichCarl ReinerJanuary 2, 1963 (1963-01-02)
The Petries are robbed by a cat burglar.
4616"The Foul Weather Girl"John RichCarl ReinerJanuary 9, 1963 (1963-01-09)
An old high school flame of Rob's drops by looking to make it in show business.
4717"Will You Two Be My Wife?"John RichCarl ReinerJanuary 16, 1963 (1963-01-16)
Buddy and Sally find Rob's memoirs and read about the time Rob had to break off his engagement with an old girlfriend before marrying Laura.
4818"Ray Murdock's X-Ray"Jerry ParisCarl ReinerJanuary 23, 1963 (1963-01-23)
Rob goes on Ray Murdock's X-Ray where he inadvertently describes Laura as a nut.
4919"I Was a Teenage Head Writer"Jerry ParisSheldon Keller and Howard MerrillJanuary 30, 1963 (1963-01-30)
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.
5020"It May Look Like a Walnut"Jerry ParisCarl ReinerFebruary 6, 1963 (1963-02-06)
After Rob watches a science-fiction movie, it seems as if Kolak from the planet Twilo, who looks like Danny Thomas, is really plotting to use walnuts to steal his sense of humor and his thumbs.
5121"My Husband is a Check-Grabber"Al RafkinCarl ReinerFebruary 13, 1963 (1963-02-13)
Laura is angry with Rob always picking up the check whenever they go out with friends.
5222"Don't Trip Over That Mountain"Coby RuskinCarl ReinerFebruary 20, 1963 (1963-02-20)
Rob hurts himself on his first skiing trip with Jerry - just as Laura predicted.
5323"Give Me Your Walls!"Jerry ParisCarl ReinerFebruary 27, 1963 (1963-02-27)
The Petries hire an Italian painter to paint their walls.
5424"The Sam Pomerantz Scandals"Claudio GuzmanCarl ReinerMarch 6, 1963 (1963-03-06)
Rob, Laura, Buddy and Sally must perform in a show for Rob's friend Sam Pomerantz after Rob accidentally injures comedian Danny Brewster.
5525"The Square Triangle"Jerry ParisBill IdelsonMarch 20, 1963 (1963-03-20)
Rob and Laura are both surprised that the latest guest star on The Alan Brady Show is someone from their past - French star Jacques Savon.
5626"I'm No Henry Walden!"Jerry ParisTeleplay: Carl Reiner
Story: Ray Brenner & Jack Guss
March 27, 1963 (1963-03-27)
Rob and Laura are invited to a dinner party for all the top writers in various fields, but Rob is the only writer in comedy, and is lost in the others' intellectual conversations.
5727"Racy Tracy Rattigan"Sheldon LeonardRonald Alexander and Carl ReinerApril 3, 1963 (1963-04-03)
British actor 'Racy' Tracey Rattigan is filling in as substitute host for The Alan Brady Show - and he seems to have an interest in Laura. Rob finally has to spray him with water to stop his flirtatious advances at Laura.
5828"Divorce"Jerry ParisCarl ReinerApril 10, 1963 (1963-04-10)
Rob gets caught in the middle when Buddy declares his intention to divorce Pickles for supposedly cheating on him.
5929"It's a Shame She Married Me"James NiverSheldon Keller and Howard MerrillApril 17, 1963 (1963-04-17)
Rob gets envious when he learns that sponsor Jim Darling is an old beau of Laura's.
6030"A Surprise Surprise is a Surprise"Jerry ParisCarl ReinerApril 24, 1963 (1963-04-24)
Laura tries to give Rob a surprise birthday party without him spoiling the surprise.
6131"Jilting the Jilter"Jerry ParisRonald AlexanderMay 1, 1963 (1963-05-01)
Sally dates a comedian who never paid Rob and Buddy for writing his material.
6232"When a Bowling Pin Talks, Listen"Jerry ParisMartin A. RagawayMay 8, 1963 (1963-05-08)
Thanks to Richie, Rob submits a sketch about a talking bowling pin to The Alan Brady Show, but it might get them sued for ripping it off The Uncle Spunky Show.

Season 3 (1963–64)[edit]

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631"That's My Boy??"John RichBill Persky and Sam DenoffSeptember 25, 1963 (1963-09-25)
During a night of coffee, Rob tells Mel about the time he thought he brought home the wrong baby from the hospital.
642"The Masterpiece"John RichSam Denoff and Bill PerskyOctober 2, 1963 (1963-10-02)
Rob and Laura inadvertently purchase a painting at an auction – then discover another painting underneath it.
653"Laura's Little Lie"John RichCarl Reiner and Howard MerrillOctober 9, 1963 (1963-10-09)
Laura is forced to confess to Rob that she lied about her age on their marriage certificate.
664"Very Old Shoes, Very Old Rice"John RichCarl ReinerOctober 16, 1963 (1963-10-16)
Rob and Laura must go out of town to make their marriage legal without their friends finding out.
675"All About Eavesdropping"Stanley CherrySheldon Keller and Howard MerrillOctober 23, 1963 (1963-10-23)
Through Richie's toy intercom, Rob and Laura eavesdrop on a private conversation between Jerry and Millie.
686"Too Many Stars"Jerry ParisSheldon Keller and Howard MerrillOctober 30, 1963 (1963-10-30)
Rob is forced to once again direct the annual PTA variety show and must choose between Laura and another talented dancer for the lead role.
697"Who and Where Was Antonio Stradivarius?"Jerry ParisCarl ReinerNovember 6, 1963 (1963-11-06)
Rob gets temporary amnesia from breaking a violin over his head and winds up at a party with complete strangers.
708"Uncle George"Jerry ParisBill IdelsonNovember 13, 1963 (1963-11-13)
Rob's gregarious uncle George visits, and asks him to help find a wife. He is attracted to Sally.
719"Big Max Calvada"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffNovember 20, 1963 (1963-11-20)
An infamous mobster asks Rob, Buddy and Sally to write material for his nephew, who aspires to be a comic.
7210"The Ballad of the Betty Lou"Howard MorrisMartin A. RagawayNovember 27, 1963 (1963-11-27)
Against the warning of their wives, Rob and Jerry purchase a boat and go on a sailing trip that ends disastrously.
7311"Turtles, Ties and Toreadors"Jerry ParisJohn WhedonDecember 4, 1963 (1963-12-04)
Rob hires a maid to give Laura a rest from housework, but this maid doesn't speak a word of English.
7412"The Sound of the Trumpets of Conscience Falls Deafly on a Brain That Holds Its Ears..."Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffDecember 11, 1963 (1963-12-11)
Rob thinks he's just seen the suspects of a recent jewelry store holdup and wrestles with his conscience about informing the police.
7513"The Alan Brady Show Presents"Jerry ParisSam Denoff and Bill PerskyDecember 18, 1963 (1963-12-18)
The staff of The Alan Brady Show become the main players of the annual Christmas show.
7614"The Third One From the Left"Jerry ParisJohn WhedonJanuary 1, 1964 (1964-01-01)
A young chorus girl on The Alan Brady Show develops a crush on Rob.
7715"My Husband is the Best One"Jerry ParisMartin A. RagawayJanuary 8, 1964 (1964-01-08)

Laura interferes in an interview between Rob and a magazine reporter regarding The Alan Brady Show, resulting in Rob getting most of the credit.

Note that in 1994, Bud Light aired another commercial that used a footage.
7816"The Lady and the Tiger and the Lawyer"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonJanuary 15, 1964 (1964-01-15)
Rob and Laura become competitive matchmakers for a bachelor who just moved into the neighborhood.
7917"The Life and Love of Joe Coogan"Jerry ParisCarl ReinerJanuary 22, 1964 (1964-01-22)
While golfing, Rob meets a man named Joe Coogan – who turns out to be another old boyfriend of Laura's.
8018"A Nice, Friendly Game of Cards"Howard MorrisErnest ChambersJanuary 29, 1964 (1964-01-29)
When Sally arrives at the Petrie house, they explain to her how a game of cards with their new neighbors, a former FBI agent and his wife, ended badly.
8119"Happy Birthday and Too Many More"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffFebruary 5, 1964 (1964-02-05)
Rob and Laura have a birthday party for Richie in their house instead of an amusement park, and the children proceed to make a mess of things.
8220"The Brave and the Backache"Jerry ParisSheldon Keller and Howard MerrillFebruary 12, 1964 (1964-02-12)
Rob goes to see a psychiatrist to find out if his back pains are psychosomatic.
8321"The Pen is Mightier Than the Mouth"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffFebruary 19, 1964 (1964-02-19)
Rob and Buddy find it difficult to work without Sally while she's on The Steve Parsons Show.
8422"My Part-Time Wife"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffFebruary 26, 1964 (1964-02-26)
Laura poses herself as the typist on The Alan Brady Show - and drives Rob crazy with her excellent work.
8523"Honeymoons Are for the Lucky"Jerry ParisCarl ReinerMarch 4, 1964 (1964-03-04)
Rob tells Buddy and Sally about the time he and Laura tried to go on their honeymoon when all free-passes were revoked due to a theft in the Army.
8624"How to Spank a Star"Jerry ParisNathaniel Curtis and Bill IdelsonMarch 11, 1964 (1964-03-11)
The latest guest star on The Alan Brady Show, Paula Marshall, makes Rob the producer of the show and the subject of her whims, but Rob figures out a way to make Miss Marshall do the show as intended by the writers.
8725"The Plots Thicken"Jerry ParisCarl Reiner, Bill Persky and Sam DenoffMarch 18, 1964 (1964-03-18)
Rob and Laura are caught in the middle of a feud between their parents over cemetery plots.
8826"Scratch My Car and Die"Howard MorrisJohn WhedonMarch 25, 1964 (1964-03-25)
Laura panics when she gets a big scratch on Rob's new car.
8927"The Return of Edwin Carp"Howard MorrisCarl ReinerApril 1, 1964 (1964-04-01)
Rob decides to do a program honoring great radio comedians, but it proves to be a challenge to get Edwin Carp.
9028"October Eve"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffApril 8, 1964 (1964-04-08)
Laura admits to Rob that there's a painting of her without any clothes on.
9129"Dear Mrs. Petrie, Your Husband's in Jail"Jerry ParisJerry Belson and Garry MarshallApril 15, 1964 (1964-04-15)
Rob explains to Laura how he wound up in jail.
9230"My Neighbor's Husband's Other Life"Jerry ParisCarl Reiner, Bill Persky and Sam DenoffApril 22, 1964 (1964-04-22)
At a fancy restaurant, Rob and Laura see Jerry with another woman.
9331"I'd Rather Be Bald Than Have No Head at All"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffApril 29, 1964 (1964-04-29)
Worried that he's going bald, Rob sees a barber who provides an unusual method of preventing baldness.
9432"Teacher's Petrie"Jerry ParisJerry Belson and Garry MarshallMay 13, 1964 (1964-05-13)
Laura takes a creative writing class, but her teacher seems to be interested in more than just her creativity.

Season 4 (1964–65)[edit]

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951"My Mother Can Beat Up My Father"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffSeptember 23, 1964 (1964-09-23)
Rob tells a nurse how he wound up in the hospital: it's Laura's fault for being superior in the art of self-defense.
962"The Ghost of A. Chantz"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffSeptember 30, 1964 (1964-09-30)
Rob, Laura, Buddy and Sally spend the night in a seemingly haunted cabin.
973"The Lady and the Babysitter"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffOctober 7, 1964 (1964-10-07)
Richie's babysitter is in love with Laura.
984"A Vigilante Ripped My Sports Coat"Peter BaldwinCarl ReinerOctober 14, 1964 (1964-10-14)
A disagreement over a neighbor's crabgrass threatens to end the friendship between the Petries and the Helpers, especially when Jerry rips Rob's sports coat.
995"The Man from Emperor"Jerry ParisCarl Reiner, Bill Persky and Sam DenoffOctober 21, 1964 (1964-10-21)
Rob is offered a job at a gentlemen's magazine.
1006"Romance, Roses and Rye Bread"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonOctober 28, 1964 (1964-10-28)
Sally's secret admirer is a deli owner.
1017"4 1/2"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonNovember 4, 1964 (1964-11-04)
Rob tells his co-workers about the day he and Laura met prisoner Lyle Delp.
1028"The Alan Brady Show Goes to Jail"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffNovember 11, 1964 (1964-11-11)
The Alan Brady Show crew come to prison to put on a show for Lyle Delp and his fellow inmates, but Rob gets mistaken for a real prisoner and is thrown in the slammer.
1039"Three Letters from One Wife"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffNovember 18, 1964 (1964-11-18)
Rob gets Alan Brady to host a television documentary about comedy and Millie writes fourteen letters to Alan praising the program, but everything goes awry.
10410"Pink Pills and Purple Parents"Al RafkinJerry Belson and Garry MarshallNovember 25, 1964 (1964-11-25)
Rob tells Buddy and Sally about the time Laura took pills prescribed for Millie before meeting Rob's parents -- and went through bizarre side effects.
10511"It Wouldn't Hurt Them to Give Us a Raise"Peter BaldwinJay Burton and Ernest ChambersDecember 2, 1964 (1964-12-02)
Rob tries to get a raise for himself and his fellow writers, but has a lot to learn about negotiating.
10612"The Death of the Party"Al RafkinBill Persky and Sam DenoffDecember 9, 1964 (1964-12-09)
Rob catches a cold from golfing in damp weather just before a dinner party with Laura's relatives.
10713"My Two Show-Offs and Me"Jerry ParisSheldon Keller and Howard MerrillDecember 16, 1964 (1964-12-16)
Rob, Buddy and Sally let their egos get the best of them when Mel tells them a reporter from a magazine will be sitting in on a writing session for The Alan Brady Show.
10814"Stretch Petrie vs. Kid Schenk"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonDecember 30, 1964 (1964-12-30)
A so-called big shot from Rob's and Laura's past is aiming to get a job at the advertising agency that does commercials for The Alan Brady Show.
10915"Brother, Can You Spare $2500?"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonJanuary 6, 1965 (1965-01-06)
Rob loses the script needed for that night's The Alan Brady Show, but it's found by a bum who's holding it for ransom.
11016"The Impractical Joke"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffJanuary 13, 1965 (1965-01-13)
Buddy grows paranoid expecting Rob to get even with him for pulling a practical joke.
11117"Stacey Petrie - Part I"Jerry ParisCarl ReinerJanuary 20, 1965 (1965-01-20)
Rob's brother Stacey returns with big news: he's getting married.
11218"Stacey Petrie - Part II"Jerry ParisCarl Reiner, Bill Persky and Sam DenoffJanuary 27, 1965 (1965-01-27)
Stacey tries to make a good first impression on his fiancée while Rob and Laura help keep his nightclub in business.
11319"Boy #1, Boy #2"Jerry ParisMartin A. RagawayFebruary 3, 1965 (1965-02-03)
Laura and Millie become stage mothers when Richie and Freddie are both cast in a TV commercial.
11420"The Redcoats Are Coming"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffFebruary 10, 1965 (1965-02-10)
The Petries must shelter the Redcoats, the popular British rock duo, from their rabid fans.
11521"The Case of the Pillow"Howard MorrisBill Persky and Sam DenoffFebruary 17, 1965 (1965-02-17)
Rob takes on a crooked pillow salesman in court.
11622"Young Man with a Shoehorn"Jerry ParisJerry Belson and Garry MarshallFebruary 24, 1965 (1965-02-24)
Rob invests his bonus paycheck in Buddy's uncle's discount shoe store.
11723"Girls Will Be Boys"Jerry ParisJerry Belson and Garry MarshallMarch 3, 1965 (1965-03-03)
Richie says a girl's been beating him up in school.
11824"Bupkis"Lee PhilipsBill Persky and Sam DenoffMarch 10, 1965 (1965-03-10)
Rob realizes he has no credit for a song he co-wrote years ago.
11925"Your Home Sweet Home Is My Home"Lee PhilipsHoward Ostroff and Joan DarlingMarch 17, 1965 (1965-03-17)
Rob explains a check for "friendship" money to his new tax collector -- it has to do with a new house Rob and Laura needed when Richie was on the way.
12026"Anthony Stone"Jerry ParisJoseph C. CavellaMarch 24, 1965 (1965-03-24)
Rob and Buddy discover a secret about Sally's boyfriend Anthony Stone that'll break her heart.
12127"Never Bathe on Saturday"Jerry ParisCarl ReinerMarch 31, 1965 (1965-03-31)
Rob and Laura explain to Millie why they cut their romantic getaway so short: Laura got stuck in the bathtub.
12228"A Show of Hands"Theodore J. FlickerJoseph C. CavellaApril 14, 1965 (1965-04-14)
Rob and Laura accidentally dye their hands just before they're about to attend a race-relations banquet.
12329"Baby Fat"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonApril 21, 1965 (1965-04-21)
Alan Brady asks Rob to doctor the play of a noted playwright.
12430"One Hundred Terrible Hours"Theodore J. FlickerBill Persky and Sam DenoffMay 5, 1965 (1965-05-05)
Rob and Laura tell a magazine reporter about how Rob came to be the head writer of The Alan Brady Show -- it was after he had stayed up for 100 straight hours for a radio stunt.
12531"Br-rooom, Br-rooom"Jerry ParisDale McRaven and Carl KleinschmittMay 12, 1965 (1965-05-12)
Rob gets a motorcycle, resulting in an argument with Laura over his clumsiness.
12632"There's No Sale Like Wholesale"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonMay 26, 1965 (1965-05-26)
Rob gets more than he bargained for when he tries to buy Laura a $500 fur coat at wholesale price. Laura must pretend to be a member of the merchant's close-knit ethnic family, and upon returning home finds the coat is too big.

Season 5 (1965–66)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1271"Coast to Coast Big Mouth"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffSeptember 15, 1965 (1965-09-15)
Laura accidentally reveals on television that Alan Brady is bald.
1282"A Farewell to Writing"Jerry ParisFred Freeman and Lawrence J. CohenSeptember 22, 1965 (1965-09-22)
Rob tries to write a book in a cabin lent to him by a friend who just finished writing his own book.
1293"Uhny Uftz"Jerry ParisCarl Kleinschmitt and Dale McRavenSeptember 29, 1965 (1965-09-29)
During a late-night writing session for The Alan Brady Show, Rob thinks he sees a UFO.
1304"The Ugliest Dog in the World"Lee PhilipsBill Persky and Sam DenoffOctober 6, 1965 (1965-10-06)
Rob tries to find a home for a hideous dog that was supposed to appear on The Alan Brady Show before a slight change of plans.
1315"No Rice at My Wedding"Lee PhilipsJerry Belson and Garry MarshallOctober 13, 1965 (1965-10-13)
When Laura reads about Clark Rice in the paper, she and Rob remember when Rob almost lost Laura to him.
1326"Draw Me a Pear"Jerry ParisArt Baer and Ben JoelsonOctober 20, 1965 (1965-10-20)
Rob attends evening art class with Laura, but the teacher seems to be interested in more that just Rob's talent.
1337"The Great Petrie Fortune"Jerry ParisErnest Chambers and Jay BurtonOctober 27, 1965 (1965-10-27)
Rob's uncle leaves him a desk that may contain a treasure.
1348"Odd But True"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonNovember 3, 1965 (1965-11-03)
The freckles on Rob's back appear to form the Liberty Bell, so Millie suggests that he submit it for a column that discusses strange things.
1359"Viva Petrie"Jerry ParisJohn WhedonNovember 10, 1965 (1965-11-10)
The Petries' former maid asks them to find a job for her matador boyfriend.
13610"Go Tell the Birds and the Bees"Jerry ParisRick MittlemanNovember 17, 1965 (1965-11-17)
Richie has been giving his classmates lectures on the facts of life in school.
13711"Body and Sol"Jerry ParisCarl Kleinschmitt and Dale McRavenNovember 24, 1965 (1965-11-24)
Rob remembers when he was a boxer in the Army.
13812"See Rob Write - Write, Rob, Write"Jerry ParisLawrence J. Cohen and Fred FreemanDecember 8, 1965 (1965-12-08)
Rob and Laura each write a children's book with the same illustrations.
13913"You're Under Arrest"Jerry ParisJoseph C. CavellaDecember 15, 1965 (1965-12-15)
Rob is arrested for hitting a woman in a bar.
14014"Fifty-Two, Forty-Five or Work"Jerry ParisRick MittlemanDecember 29, 1965 (1965-12-29)

When the writers of The Alan Brady Show get the summer off, Rob remembers when the same thing happened years ago and was in financial woe.

Note: Last episode to feature Mary Tyler Moore's bouffant hairstyle, which she had worn since Season 1.
14115"Who Stole My Watch?"Jerry ParisJoseph BonaduceJanuary 5, 1966 (1966-01-05)
Rob accuses his friends of stealing his new watch.
14216"I Do Not Choose to Run"Jerry ParisDale McRaven and Carl KleinschmittJanuary 19, 1966 (1966-01-19)
Rob is asked to run for city councilman when he speaks out against the development of a new shopping center.
14317"The Making of a Councilman"Jerry ParisCarl Kleinschmitt and Dale McRavenJanuary 26, 1966 (1966-01-26)
While running for New Rochelle city councilman, Rob realizes his opponent is much more knowledgeable about local issues than he is. (This same plot was used in episode 197 of The Andy Griffith Show and episode 72 of The Partridge Family).
14418"The Curse of the Petrie People"Jerry ParisDale McRaven and Carl KleinschmittFebruary 2, 1966 (1966-02-02)
Rob's parents give Laura a Petrie family heirloom, a hideous brooch that she accidentally drops in the garbage disposal.
14519"The Bottom of Mel Cooley's Heart"Jerry ParisJohn WhedonFebruary 9, 1966 (1966-02-09)
Rob encourages Mel Cooley to stand up to Alan Brady after the TV star yells at the producer for a tiny mistake, but Mel is promptly fired.
14620"Remember the Alimony"Jerry ParisDale McRaven and Carl KleinschmittFebruary 16, 1966 (1966-02-16)
During a visit from Buddy and Sally, Rob and Laura explain how they made up divorce papers while on a frustrating trip to Mexico just three months into their marriage.
14721"Dear Sally Rogers"Richard ErdmanRonald AxeFebruary 23, 1966 (1966-02-23)
Sally goes on The Stevie Parsons Show to make a gag request for a husband that results in hundreds in letters.
14822"Buddy Sorrell, Man and Boy"Richard ErdmanBen Joelson and Art BaerMarch 2, 1966 (1966-03-02)
Rob and Sally wonder if Buddy is seeing a psychiatrist or having an affair, but he's really just keeping appointments to prepare for his bar mitzvah.
14923"Bad Reception in Albany"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonMarch 9, 1966 (1966-03-09)
At an Albany hotel filled with lodge-member revelers where Laura's cousin is getting married, Rob finds it hard to find a TV set to watch a fashion show for Alan Brady. He also has to wear a suit with fur lapels, after his other one is damaged.
15024"Talk to the Snail"Jerry ParisJerry Belson and Garry MarshallMarch 16, 1966 (1966-03-16)
The The Alan Brady Show writers quit when they think Alan is going to let one of them go, and Rob finds a new job with a ventriloquist whose star puppet is a talking snail.
15125"A Day in the Life of Alan Brady"Jerry ParisJoseph BonaduceApril 6, 1966 (1966-04-06)
For a documentary, Alan Brady wants to stage an event with Rob to make himself look good, so he hosts an anniversary party for the Helpers at the Petrie house.
15226"Obnoxious, Offensive, Egomaniac, Etc."Jerry ParisCarl Kleinschmitt and Dale McRavenApril 13, 1966 (1966-04-13)
The writers of The Alan Brady Show try to retrieve a script from Alan Brady because they forgot to ink out all the insults they made about his demanding behavior.
15327"The Man from My Uncle"Jerry ParisGarry Marshall and Jerry BelsonApril 20, 1966 (1966-04-20)
An FBI agent uses Rob's house as a stakeout to keep an eye on one of the Petries' neighbors.
15428"You Ought to Be in Pictures"Jerry ParisJack WinterApril 27, 1966 (1966-04-27)
An old Army buddy of Rob's casts him in the lead of his latest movie.
15529"Love Thy Other Neighbor"Jerry ParisDale McRaven and Carl KleinschmittMay 4, 1966 (1966-05-04)
The Helpers are jealous of the Petries' new neighbors.
15630"Long Night's Journey into Day"Jerry ParisJerry Belson and Garry MarshallMay 11, 1966 (1966-05-11)
Laura tries to spend the night alone while her family is on a fishing trip.
15731"The Gunslinger"Jerry ParisBill Persky and Sam DenoffMay 25, 1966 (1966-05-25)
While Rob is under anesthesia, he dreams of being in a western setting with his family and friends, going up against "Big Bad Brady".
15832"The Last Chapter"Jerry Paris and John RichCarl Reiner, Bill Persky and Sam DenoffJune 1, 1966 (1966-06-01)
Rob finally finishes the manuscript for his book, triggering flashbacks to memorable events in the Petries' lives.

Note[edit]

  1. ^ 'David Adler' was a pseudonym for Frank Tarloff, a victim of the Hollywood blacklist.

References[edit]

  1. ^ DVD release info at TVShowsOnDVD.com