The Comedy Spot (1960–1962)
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Head of the Family 

Rob is asked to write an amusing bulletin for the PTA bazaar. Richie is having a difficult time explaining to his friends just what his father does at work and he's taking out his ... See full summary »


Don Weis


Carl Reiner (creator), Carl Reiner | 1 more credit »


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Episode credited cast:
Carl Reiner ... Rob Petrie
Barbara Britton ... Laura Petrie
Gary Morgan ... Ritchie Petrie
Sylvia Miles ... Sally Rogers
Morty Gunty ... Buddy Sorrell
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Milt Kamen Milt Kamen ... Snappy
Milton Kamen Milton Kamen ... Snappy
Nancy Kenyon Nancy Kenyon ... Teacher
Gary Morgan Gary Morgan ... Ritchie
Jean Sincere ... Mrs. Harley
Mannie Sloan Mannie Sloan ... Freddie
Mannie Sloane Mannie Sloane ... Freddie
Joey Trent Joey Trent ... Roy
Jack Wakefield Jack Wakefield ... Allan Sturdy


Rob is asked to write an amusing bulletin for the PTA bazaar. Richie is having a difficult time explaining to his friends just what his father does at work and he's taking out his frustration on his father. Laura thinks it would be a good idea for Rob to take Richie with him to the office for a day so he can see first hand what his dad does. Rob is skeptical this will work but agrees to give her plan a try. Written by tomtrekp

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Release Date:

19 July 1960 (USA) See more »

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Acre Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


On the Dick Van Dyke Show DVD collection, this pilot is included with it, and in an interview with Carl Reiner he states that he let this pilot sit for about a year after it didn't sell, and then he showed it to Sheldon Leonard who told him he liked it and it had potential, but it "needs better actors, including you!" As it came into being there was concern over Dick Van Dyke being cast as Rob Petrie as he was a stage actor, and it was Danny Thomas who suggested that they get the "girl with three names", Mary Tyler Moore to play Laura, the rest is history. See more »


Referenced in The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) See more »

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A Study in Showbusiness
6 August 2018 | by tobermory2-1See all my reviews

This nascent version of The Dick Van Dyke Show is fascinating on many levels-- however, it isn't an entertaining show at all.

It's not good because we know all these characters subsequently with different actors who in every case are superior to what we see here.

It is not good because even if we didn't know these characters we would not want to get to know them: Rob (Reiner) is flat and plays every line with the same tone. Laura (Britton) is passable, but always "on stage." Ritchie is downright awful-- unpleasantly loud and unattractively toothy. The worst of the lot are Buddy and Sally (Gunty and Miles) who come across as unfunny and uninteresting to the point of being sullen and mean.

The reason to watch this show-- and watch it you should if you ever enjoyed TDVDS-- is to see that this mess somehow morphed so marvelously. Reiner took a seat behind the camera for the most part writing and not starring in the show. They got good actors to portray interesting characters. Moreover they put Dick Van Dyke opposite Mary Tyler Moore and the magic began to flow.

So watch this program, but don't expect much of it-- except to be amazed.

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