Eight Days of Christmas, Day 1: Christmas with the Petries

Welcome to the first of Eight Days of Christmas, a celebration of the wintery and often heartwarming holiday cheer churned out by Hollywood. This year’s Eight Days of Christmas will feature films and classic television episodes. It all kicks off today with The Dick Van Dyke Show‘s episode “The Alan Brady Show Presents,” a variety show-style Christmas episode from season three. On to the show!… … Continue reading Eight Days of Christmas, Day 1: Christmas with the Petries

In Memory of Garry Marshall: Five Favorites

News broke last night that Hollywood has lost another of its greats: Garry Marshall passed away at the age of 81. News like this is always sad to hear, but Marshall’s passing hit me particularly hard because his work has been an ever-present constant in my life, from the re-runs of his classic TV shows that I’ve watched since toddler-dom, to those Princess Diaries films … Continue reading In Memory of Garry Marshall: Five Favorites

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 27 – 32

With this post, we reach the end of the Recap and React series for The Dick Van Dyke Show! Because I love this show so much, I’m considering on making a few more posts about it — ranking each season’s episodes, making a list of my favorites, or ranking the seasons. Let me know if you’d be interested in reading this! Until then, let’s take … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 27 – 32

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 21 – 26

Season 5, Episode 21: “Dear Sally Rogers” Directed by Richard Erdman Written by Ronald Axe Originally aired February 23, 1966 Recap: Sally takes a one of her occasional steps in front of the camera, visiting The Stevie Parsons Show, where she makes a joking request for marriage proposals by mail. The gag results in Sally receiving hundreds of letters from eligible suitors. Reaction: The “Sally … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 21 – 26

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 16 – 20

Season 5, Episode 16: “I Do Not Choose to Run” Directed by Jerry Paris Written by Dale McRaven and Carl Kleinschmitt Originally aired January 19, 1966 Recap: After giving a very successful speech on the topic of a proposed shopping center at a New Rochelle city council meeting, Rob is urged to run for a position as councilman. Reaction: This episode starts out kind of … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 16 – 20

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 11 – 15

Season 5, Episode 11: “Body and Sol” Directed by Jerry Paris Written by Carl Kleinschmitt and Dale McRaven Originally aired November 24, 1965 Recap: After learning that Sally had lunch with his old Army pal “Boom Boom,” a prizefighter, Rob reminisces on his boxing matches when he was in the Army, including one against Boom Boom. Reaction: Leave it to The Dick Van Dyke Show … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 11 – 15

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 6 – 10

Season 5, Episode 6: “Draw Me a Pear” Directed by Jerry Paris Written by Art Baer and Ben Joelson Originally aired October 20, 1965 Recap: Rob and Laura decide to attend an art class together in the evenings, but things get complicated when the teacher seems interested in Rob for more than just his artistic talents! Reaction: Episode 5 showed us jealous Rob, and this … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 6 – 10

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 1 – 5

I’m a little sad to be writing this post, and I’ve been putting it off for a few months. Why am I sad to be watching The Dick Van Dyke Show, you ask? Because this is the beginning of the end! Season 5 was Dick Van Dyke‘s final season, meaning that this version of the “Recap and React” series is almost finished. I love this … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Season 5, Episodes 1 – 5

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 4, episodes 27 – 32

Season 4, Episode 27: “Never Bathe on Saturday” Directed by Jerry Paris Written by Carl Reiner Originally aired March 31, 1965 Recap: Rob and Laura return unexpectedly early from a romantic second honeymoon. With Millie confused as to why the vacation was cut short, the Petries explain that it has to do with Laura getting stuck in a bathtub. Reaction: I was really looking forward … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 4, episodes 27 – 32

Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 4, episodes 21 – 26

Season 4, Episode 21: “The Case of the Pillow” Directed by Howard Morris Written by Bill Persky and Sam Denoff Originally aired February 17, 1965 Recap: Rob finds himself back in court (Previous court ep: “One Angry Man,” season one), this time in opposition to a pillow salesman who did him wrong. Reaction: Woohoo, another flashback episode! Kind of a silly premise, too, which usually … Continue reading Recap and React: The Dick Van Dyke Show, season 4, episodes 21 – 26