is a much-abused word, especially in subtitles, but this time it's used properly. The author of Classic Sitcoms
(1987), Waldron combines nostalgia with substance, offering not only the expected stills, plot summaries, and backstage anecdotes, but also some fascinating commentary on what made the Dick Van Dyke Show
unique in television history. Drawing extensively on the recollections of the show's creator, principal writer, and producer, Carl Reiner, Waldron argues that the saga of Rob, Laura, Buddy, and Sally took the sitcom genre in a new direction, away from complete reliance on I Love Lucy-like slapstick and toward a more reality-based version of comedy. Reiner, in fact, was famous for his obsession with "realies," carefully observed snippets of reality: "How do you use that rubber thing on the end of a toothbrush?" he once asked. "Put that in the show." Put it in the show they did--and with enough frequency to create a timelessness rare in television of any kind. The show's fans already span multiple generations, and there's no end in sight as long as the reruns keep coming, and Rob keeps tripping over (or sidestepping) that confounded ottoman. Definitive show, definitive book. Ilene Cooper
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"Entertaining and exhaustively researched...fans of the show will not be disappointed."--The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A terrific writer and painstaking researcher...it doesn't get any better than this, folks."--The TV Collector
“It was the very best time of my life and Vince's book helps me recall every treasured moment. Thanks, Vince!" —Dick Van Dyke
"Wonderful. You got all the facts down in the right order. No embellishments. All the truth. Somebody finally got the whole story right.” —Rose Marie
“The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book is the best reference book on my shelf. It makes it even more fun to watch the show, if that's possible.”
“What an unexpected pleasure to read a book on a subject about which I thought I knew everything, only to find out that I didn’t. A very serious contribution to understanding what really were the best years of my theatrical life. I’d say it was a wonderfully scholarly work--but I won’t, because I don’t want to scare people away from a book that’s as much fun to read as this is.” —Carl Reiner, producer/creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show
Vince's tribute to our show offers as accurate a snapshot of the seriesand the era that begat itas any I've seen.” Sheldon Leonard, Executive Producer
“A compelling narrative. . . . Waldron waltzes through the series’ story as gracefully as Van Dyke sidestepped his living room ottoman.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Vince Waldron lovingly and very thoroughly recounts the history of The Dick Van Dyke Show." —Los Angeles Daily News
"The definitive history...offers a wealth of backstage anecdotes."