- Paperback: 401 pages
- Publisher: Applause Books (October 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1557834539
- ISBN-13: 978-1557834539
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 60 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,418,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book Paperback – October 1, 2000
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Definitive 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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The attention to detail and accuracy is breathtaking. I also love all the candid and promotional photos!
I especially appreciate the look behind the scenes of these classic episodes. Even casual fans can appreciate the nostalgic return to this significant part of our American Entertainment History.
Equally impressive is the episode by episode review including synopsis, cast credits, film dates, air dates and writer credits, etc. How lucky were we to be able to enjoy such a show during our lifetime. Thanks to Vince, we are now validated in our fanatical fandom. I’m now guilt-free in realizing I’m not alone in my love of the Dick Van Dyke Show.
The nice thing about the Kindle is that, even though my iPhone screen is small, I can increase the size of the images or rare artifiacts. I read this book while waiting on a two-hour line and the time passed quickly.
Lots of great things have already been said about this work that I echo. It's a must for fans, writers, students and matadors.
One of the bedrooms in our cabin has twin beds, so we'be been calling it The Dick Van Dyke room. So, I decided to decorate that room with the theme of the episode, "The Ghost of a Chantz (because of the cabin theme in that episode)." We even have a sign outside the bedroom door that says, "Lake Pampas Lodge." It turned out GREAT!
I got this book to put on the bedside table. The only thing I wish is that it came in a hard cover option, but maybe someday...
If you're an avid fan of this 1961-1966 CBS-TV program, trust me, you will NOT be able to stop turning pages until you've read the whole thing!
In each chapter, we learn new tidbits of behind-the-scenes information. There's info (including some brief biographical data) about every single member of the show's stellar cast.
For example: Did You Know .... that the audience laughter went on so long when Greg Morris & his on-screen spouse entered the Petrie home at the end of the episode "That's My Boy??" that the editor actually had to cut out some of the audience hysterics in order to fit the episode into the allowable timeframe? (Too bad, too. I'd love to have heard the WHOLE thing. A great episode indeed.)
The book also reveals the fact that Mary Tyler Moore stormed off the set in a huff one time, while doing the ultimately-classic episode, "Never Bathe On Saturday". She was upset because she was off-camera and talking through a door for most of the show. But, after seeing how funny the show worked as written, MTM felt bad about her tirade.
"Never Bathe On Saturday" features Dick's great line, after finding that the hotel bathroom door is locked: "Don't toy with me, you saucy wench." :) LOL!!!!
Plus there's a complete episode guide, with still more tidbits written within most of the episode descriptions.
I cannot imagine a more thorough and detailed Dick Van Dyke Show volume than this one. This book is a MUST for any fan of this highly-intelligent and magnificently-written TV program.