The Van Dyke Show

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 second time the real-life father-son actors worked together, after Dick guest-starred in a 4th season episode of Airwolf with Barry as the leading man.[1][2]

The Van Dyke Show
Created byDonald Todd
Written bySam Bobrick
Ron Clark
Neil Rosen
George Tricker
Directed byZane Buzby
Jay Sandrich
StarringDick Van Dyke
Barry Van Dyke
Kari Lizer
Billy O'Sullivan
Whitman Mayo
Maura Tierney
Paul Scherrer
Composer(s)Stewart Levin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (3 unaired)
Producer(s)Walter Barnett
Jim Geoghan
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)GTG Entertainment
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkCBS
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseOctober 26 –
December 7, 1988 (1988-12-07)


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.


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Reception and cancellationEdit

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.


No. Title Directed by Written by Air date
1"Opening Night"TBATBAOctober 26, 1988 (1988-10-26)
2"Dick Stops Smoking"TBATBANovember 2, 1988 (1988-11-02)
3"My Favorite Person"Jay SandrichGeorge Tricker & Neil RosenNovember 9, 1988 (1988-11-09)
4"Death Can Be Catching"TBATBANovember 16, 1988 (1988-11-16)
5"Fatal Condo"TBATBANovember 30, 1988 (1988-11-30)
6"The Benefit"TBATBADecember 7, 1988 (1988-12-07)
7"The Revival"TBATBAN/A
8"A Dark and Stormy Night: Part 1"TBATBAN/A
9"A Dark and Stormy Night: Part 2"TBATBAN/A
10"Dick Burgess: Between the Sheets"TBATBAN/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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