The Van Dyke Show

The Van Dyke Show Information

The Van Dyke Show is an American situation comedy, starring Dick Van Dyke and his son Barry Van Dyke. The series marked the first time the real-life father-son actors worked together. The Van Dyke Show premiered on CBS in October 1988.


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


  • Dick Van Dyke as Dick Burgess
  • Barry Van Dyke as Matt Burgess
  • Kari Lizer as Chris Burgess
  • Billy O'Sullivan as Noah Burgess
  • Whitman Mayo as Doc Sterling
  • Maura Tierney as Jillian Ryan
  • Paul Scherrer as Eric Olander

Guest stars

  • Lainie Kazan

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. The remaining four episodes of the ten produced were never aired.


Season 1

Episode # Episode Title Original Airdate
1 "Opening Night" October 26, 1988
2 "Dick Stops Smoking" November 2, 1988
3 "My Favorite Person" November 9, 1988
4 "Death Can Be Catching" November 16, 1988
5 "Fatal Condo" November 30, 1988
6 "The Benefit" December 7, 1988
7 "The Revival" Never aired
8 "A Dark and Stormy Night" Never aired
9 "A Dark and Stormy Night" Never aired
10 "Dick Burgess: Between the Sheets" Never aired

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