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where the classics never go out of style

Or is it vice versa? Whichever it is, I love them both.

I am a HUGE fan of “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” It is in my Top 5 favorite TV shows of all-time along with “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Barney Miller,” “The Rockford Files” and the five spot which is left open for whatever my mood might be on a given day – “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Columbo,” “The Carol Burnett Show,” etc.

All the shows listed above (and a few more) are one that I can, and do, watch over and over (and over) again. Is it just because they’re funny and the writing is brilliant? Well, no, not really. The most important thing that all those shows have in common is likeable characters. Rob Petrie and Andy Taylor and Stan Wojciehowicz are not only people that you’d like to have as friends but people that you come to think of as being your friends even though they’re in a fictional setting – a TV show.

I don’t think there was a single character on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” that I wasn’t usually happy to see but as much as I loved everyone in the show, my favorites were always the shows that were set in the “Alan Brady Show” offices where Rob interacted with his friends and co-workers Sally, Buddy, Mel and, of course, his hysterically funny and tyrannical boss, Alan Brady.

Few people may know that Rose Marie who played Sally Rogers was a child star since the age of three. She had a radio show and worked with the biggest stars of the day like Burns & Allen, Al Jolson, Milton Berle, The Andrews Sisters and Jimmy Durante, to name just a few. On “The Dick Van Dyke Show” she was thought of as more of a comedienne but whenever the situation presented itself for the gang to entertain, you could always count on Sally belting out a song. And she was damn good as you’ll see here in this compilation of numbers from the run of the show.

I posted this today for no special reason except for the fact that I found it and thoroughly enjoyed watched them all again as I do every time I watch the show again, and again, and again.

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