The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 2 - Boxed Set
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Trip into the living room of comedy writer Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) along with his lovely wife, Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), wisecracking co-workers and nutty neighbors. Consistently ranked among the top TV comedies of all time and renowed for its top-notch cast and stellar writing, this groundbreaking series is presented fully restored and uncut!
It's time to acknowledge those unsung heroes, The Beverly Hillbillies, for helping to rescue The Dick Van Dyke Show, which, incredibly, was nearly canceled after its first season. Executive producer Sheldon Leonard championed the series, and CBS moved the Petries to follow the top-rated Clampetts. The rest is television history. Unlike the high-concept Hillbillies, the more sophisticated Dick Van Dyke Show's appeal was in its more grounded situations and three-dimensional characters, each of whom are given ample opportunities to shine in this second season. Son Ritchie (played by Larry Matthews) gets too attached to baby ducklings (the touching season opener "Never Name a Duck"). Sally Rogers (Rose Marie) gets engaged to an opportunistic comedian ("Jilting the Jilter"). Buddy Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam) is reunited with his black sheep brother ("Hustling the Hustler"). Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) is revealed to be the alien Lolac from Twilo (the classic "It May Look Like a Walnut," which contains the sublimely surreal line, "Danny Thomas put walnuts in my hat"). And Rob (Van Dyke) becomes a psychosomatic drunk ("My Husband Is Not a Drunk"). On the flashback front, we see how Rob proposed to Laura ("The Attempted Marriage"), dumped an old flame ("Will You Two Be My Wife?"), and was installed as head writer of The Alan Brady Show ("I Was a Teenage Head Writer"). Rob's deft and daft juggling of his glamorous career and harried home life inspires some of the best episodes, including "Somebody Has to Play Cleopatra," featuring the late Bob Crane as the neighborhood lothario, "Father of the Week," and "Ray Murdock's X-Ray," in which Rob unwittingly portrays Laura as his nutty muse. But at the heart of this series' timeless appeal is the palpable chemistry between Rob and Laura, as witness their sudden embrace at the moving conclusion of "The Square Triangle." --Donald LiebensonSee all Editorial Reviews
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Anyhow, my fav. episode is All about eavesdropping.. and I could watch it over and over.. Not sure what it is about this that I love so much.. it's Laura and Rob getting ready to go to dinner party at Millie and Jerry's. .. while waiting for Laura to get ready , Rob accidentally turns on Richie's intercom toy.. him and Freddie had hooked up between 2 house.s. Rob and Laura hear Jerry and Millie make some disparaging remarks about them.. starting with the dip that Millie mad .. it is Laura's recipe and Millie is certain Laura had left something out.. she did.. anyhow one thing leads to another, Rob and laura go, they are very rude the whole evening... it's hysterical to see two mature adults pouting and acting like 13 yr olds... the charades scene is hilarious..
This episode alone is worth the price of the season.
4 stars, because I have very high standards for 5 stars, and not all these shows are worth seeing again.
I love all the extras and interviews that are included in this package: it is a wonderful treat and a great pleasure to listen to the interviews of the actors and actresses reminiscing and telling stories of their time together. This company also did a fantastic job restoring these great classics: the picture and sound are wonderfully clear.
If you enjoy laughing, or need to laugh, these shows are for you. "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine..." (Prov 17:22)