In 2003, The Dick Van Dyke Show was honored at the very first TV Land Awards with the Legend award. Surviving castmembers Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, and Larry Mathews were on hand to accept, along with series creator Carl Reiner. While on stage, Reiner commented that he’d been thinking about writing a reunion for the classic sitcom that would essentially be like a new episode of the show. While the audience watched, Reiner secured the involvement of the cast and a commitment from TV Land’s president, Larry Jones.
What resulted was The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited, a light-hearted hour that brings back the characters and a very impressive replica of the classic living room set. Ray Romano, who was then starring on CBS’ popular Everybody Loves Raymond, introduces the episode.
In this new installment, Richie Petrie (Mathews) is moving into his parents’ old house in New Rochelle. Rob (Van Dyke) and Laura (Moore) are living in New York where he plays with computer animation and she teaches ballet. Rob and Sally Rogers (Marie) each receive a phone call from their old boss, Alan Brady (Reiner), with a strange request.
Alan admires the eulogies that the pair wrote for the funerals of Buddy Sorrell, Mel Cooley and Jerry Helper, and wants them to write his eulogy before he dies. He reasons that he wants to be able to control what is said about him and offers them a big fee for doing it. Can Rob and Sally do it without their true feelings about rotten Alan Brady shining through?
Millie Helper (Ann Morgan Guilbert), Herman Glimscher (Bill Idelson), and Stacey Petrie (Jerry Van Dyke) are along for the ride.
The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited aired on May 11, 2004 on CBS and then on TV Land (both are owned by Viacom). It ranked first in its timeslot and attracted 14.6 million people with a 9.9/15 rating/share. The reviews for the show weren’t very good but it was clear that viewers wanted to see the old gang again. Thanks to a nice YouTuber, you can too…
What do you think? Was it good to see Rob, Laura and the rest once again? What did you like or dislike about the special?
How about TV Land uploading to YouTube the animated “The Alan Brady Show” from 2003? Dick Van Dyke and Rose Marie were two of the guest star voices, along with Carl Reiner reprising (in animated form) his role of the egomaniacal talk show host of the show-within-a-show from “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” This one-time special was, supposedly, a pilot for a series that was never developed. Actually, the live-action reunion special (from a year later), “The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited,” was very good, and a new series based on that would have been nice, if even only for… Read more »
Hello- Can you tell me where I can purchase the reunion special? I have all 5 seasons & though it would be include in that set as a special feature but it was not.
It was great to see the same wholesome show that it was. we need more and would like to see another reunion.
This was simply wonderful! A delight to peek in on old, familiar friends! Critics?! You know the definition of a critic? A Critic is someone who comes down the mountain After the battle…and shoots the dead.
(and That is a line from the great Ellen Burstyn, from her own tv series..love it!)
I think it is just great that we still have these amazing and talented people, to show us what Real Talent is!
Let’s hope they do another Reunion soon!
I absolutely loved it! What a pleasant surprise. I have to tell you, TV Land is doing great things. I love their new concept of bringing in the “grown folks” back to screen. If you keep producing, I’ll continue to watch.
Keep up the great work TV Land…..and thanks!
I recently watched the first episodes of The Dick Van Dyke show and in season 1, episode 3 I swear a few times Laura was referred to as Laurie. Did I hear correctly?
@Jeff: I didn’t hear it that way at all. A lot of “Honey”s though. 🙂
I heard that also, Laura being called Laurie..
Robert » Thanks for commenting. I meant to follow up but forgot to. I’ve been watching the series again on Netflix streaming (great way to do it btw) and have heard her called Laurie several times over numerous episodes. I think it’s a nickname for Laura and not a goof.