3 thoughts on “Playing TV Bingo With The Dick Van Dyke Show

  1. I suppose the important question with something like Dick Van Dyke is: did it USE cliches, or did it do things that everyone else then copied, MAKING them cliches? (Like pointing out all the cliches in Shakespeare’s dialogue; they’re only cliches because of people quoting Shakespeare, but they weren’t cliches when he wrote them…)

  2. The first one. Dick Van Dyke Show followed a decade of TV sitcoms and at least a decade before that of radio sitcoms. It did not invent any sitcom cliches.

  3. TDVDS has a Game Show episode: Coast To Coast Big Mouth, a trapped in an elevator episode, with guest star Don Rickles, a Brush With Fortune episode where Rob inherits a desk. So close to the coverall! 😉

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