The Dick Van Dyke Show/YMMV

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  • Crowning Moment of Funny: The Reveal at the end of "That's My Boy??", as well as Laura tumbling out of the closet on a bed of walnuts, and the inflatable boat.
  • Fair for Its Day: "That's My Boy?" not only presents an affluent middle-class black couple, but ends by revealing that Richie goes to school with the couple's kid -- a somewhat risky line at a time when integrated schools were still controversial.
  • Mondegreen: In the "Head of the Family" pilot, the Alan Brady character was originally named Alan Sturdy. This was changed for the series because it sounds like "Alan's Dirty".
  • Retroactive Recognition - Richard Dawson, Gavin MacLeod and Jamie Farr all appeared well before they were stars.
  • Rule-Abiding Rebel: Laura seems like a fairly normal housewife now, but at the time it was apparently a big deal that she was regularly shown wearing pants.
    • Ironically, Lucille Ball, who along with her then-husband, Desi Arnaz, owned the studio facilities where The Dick Van Dyke Show was taped, had previously worn capris on her own show, I Love Lucy.
  • Special Effects Failure: The scene with the kangaroo in "Never Name a Duck" is obviously the available footage of the man controlling the 'roo run back and forth.
  • Tear Jerker: In the fourth episode Sally starts crying the day after a date where again her aggressive sense of humor and brutal honest scared off her date.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible
    • Nick at Nite and TV Land even had a promo pointing this out as part of "Our Television Heritage".