Originally Posted by 18 Brumaire
I think The Dick Van Dyke Show
is possibly the greatest TV comedy ever made. Dick Van Dyke's portrayal of Rob Petrie was brilliant as a guy who tried to remain dignified but often looked foolish. Some of his physical comedy is of silent film quality. Throw in Morey "The Human Joke Machine" Amsterdam, Mary Tyler Moore as his smokin' hot young wife Laura; and add in Sally, Mel and Allen Brady, et al, and it's perfect TV. However, I cannot see myself buying the set. I don't do much streaming, but this is exactly the kind of thing I like to stream. I don't like to watch comedies terrible often because when I know all the jokes I get tired of them. So, my wife and I stream an episode every now and then. I've probably seen them all, but when I stream one, I often only vaguely remember it; so it still stays fresh. The only way I see myself buying it is if there's a great Amazon Gold Box sale on it someday.
Speaking of Dick Van Dyke's silent comedy talents, I'd sure like to see a release of The Comic
I'm not sure I disagree with your first sentence at all. I LOVE LUCY was groundbreaking is so many ways for the Industry of TV and how TV could affect the nation, but I found the Dick Van Dyke show far more enjoyable and
just downright funny. I remember watching it as a kid in the 60's and laughing, I remember watching reruns in college/grad school in the early 80's maybe and laughing, and remember watching it again about 10 years ago
and still laughing. The last time through many of the episodes I became aware of just how well written the show was and being far more impressed than ever at what a feat it was.
The only show I'd put near it would be MASH and it was rarely ever just a pure comedy, but the best writers and near perfect casting just like the Dick Van Dyke show. Cheers in the 80's holds up pretty well though is certainly
a notch behind those 2 series. Nothing since the peak of Cheers has been nearly as interesting to me. I never liked the Norman Lear type shows though I respected what many of them were about, I despised the entire
Seinfeld era (there has to be one guy -- I watched probably 20-30 shows with friends and I don't think I ever laughed).
I would seriously consider buying the DvD series, but only at a maybe price cut over the expected MRSP. I'd suspect if BN is still in play during one of their 40-50% off with my 10% member discount, and a 20% coupon that
gets it into the 100-125 range so it could be tempting.