The Van Dyke Show

The Van Dyke Show
Genre Sitcom
Written by Sam Bobrick
Ron Clark
Neil Rosen
George Tricker
Directed by Zane Buzby
Jay Sandrich
Starring Dick Van Dyke
Barry Van Dyke
Kari Lizer
Billy O'Sullivan
Whitman Mayo
Maura Tierney
Paul Scherrer
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (3 unaired)
Producer(s) Walter Barnett
Jim Geoghan
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) GTG Entertainment
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Audio format Stereo
Original release October 26 – December 7, 1988 (1988-12-07)

The Van Dyke Show is an American sitcom starring Dick Van Dyke and his son Barry Van Dyke which aired on CBS from October 26 to December 7, 1988. The series marked the first time the real-life father-son actors worked together.[1][2]


The series centers on Matt Burgess (Barry Van Dyke), who runs a small regional theater in Pennsylvania, and his father Dick Burgess (Dick Van Dyke), a Broadway musical star. Dick decided to give up Broadway to live and work with his son at the theater. The theater's staff included Doc, the stage manager, Jillian, Matt's secretary, and Eric, Matt's helper.


Guest stars

Reception and cancellation

The series was generally panned by critics and failed to generate sufficient ratings. CBS announced the series' cancellation on December 14, 1988, one week after the sixth episode aired.[3] The remaining four episodes of the ten produced were never aired.


Title Air date
1"Opening Night"October 26, 1988 (1988-10-26)
2"Dick Stops Smoking"November 2, 1988 (1988-11-02)
3"My Favorite Person"November 9, 1988 (1988-11-09)
4"Death Can Be Catching"November 16, 1988 (1988-11-16)
5"Fatal Condo"November 30, 1988 (1988-11-30)
6"The Benefit"December 7, 1988 (1988-12-07)
7"The Revival"N/A
8"A Dark and Stormy Night: Part 1"N/A
9"A Dark and Stormy Night: Part 2"N/A
10"Dick Burgess: Between the Sheets"N/A


  1. Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2007-10-17). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present (9 ed.). Ballantine Books. p. 1464. ISBN 0-345-49773-2.
  2. Baker, Kathryn (October 26, 1988). "Van Dyke, Moore Series Debut Tonight". The Albany Herald. p. 7D. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  3. McKerrow, Steve (December 14, 1988). "New season shows beginning to feel blow of cancellation". Boca Raton News. p. 8B. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
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