Can you tell the difference between The Dick Van Dyke Show and Adam-12?

These shows don't have anything in common…or do they?

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At first (maybe even second and third) glance, the iconic sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show and the dramatic police procedural Adam-12 don't seem to have much in common. Telling them apart should be easy!

But look closer and a few similarities emerge. They both started in the 1960s, some actors appeared on both shows, and they're both about co-workers trying to do their jobs even when things take bizarre or unexpected turns. 

How well do you now both shows? Take this quiz and see how you do!

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  1. Which show was filmed in Los Angeles, California but did not take place there?
  2. Which show initially aired on Saturdays?
  3. Which show had an episode titled “Hustling the Hustler”?
  4. Whose professional acting career started earlier, Martin Milner or Dick Van Dyke?
  5. Which show won more Primetime Emmy Awards?
  6. Which show had more episodes?
  7. Morey Amsterdam portrayed a character named “Jerry Mermaid” on which program?
  8. Which show only had two actors who appeared in every single episode?
  9. Both shows were created by writers who were also actors. Which creator acted more often on their own show?
  10. True or false: Mary Tyler Moore never appeared on Adam-12.
  11. Rose Marie was afraid of a rattlesnake in her suitcase in an episode of which show?
  12. After a burglar is caught on this show, the victim jokes, “It’s a Mark VII,” referring to Jack Webb’s production company. Which show was it?

Can you tell the difference between The Dick Van Dyke Show and Adam-12?

Your Result...

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Evan 7 days ago
10/12. No idea Martin Milner was that old.
Html_bucket 14 days ago
9 out of 12 yessss. Good job for me. That was hard, but a lot of memories.
EllisClevenger 19 days ago
You got 10 out of 12
Do a happy dance, you did great!
Missed #8 and #10.
Vixensmom 22 days ago
11 out of 12. Either it means I'm very smart, or very old! And don't you people DARE respond!
maryw1212 Vixensmom 21 days ago
HaHaHa!!! Funny!
MarthaWashington 22 days ago
Last night Metv was advertising the Dick Van Dyke show on at 11 pm. I normally don't stay up, but never get to see the show. I get comfortable....NOT....some local bowling show on...went to bed.
dethLSMO89 23 days ago
8 out of 12. Not bad considering I've never watched an episode of either all the way through.
RickHoover 24 days ago
12/12 some I had to read a couple of times to remember. I watched both shows growing up. Dick Van Dyke is still my hero.
JanMMitchell 24 days ago
I got 5 out of 12, I should have gotten all of those because I watched a lot of Adam-12 and Dick Van Dyke.
otistowndrunk 24 days ago
love the MeTV and wish my cable system Frontier FIOS carryed MeTV so I could record shows on my DVR have to watch on a tv with antenna and if windy out it is hard to watch with the signal going in and out.
frenchman71 24 days ago
This was pretty easy. I got 11/12. I missed "Hustling the Hustler". I was a fan of both shows.
MeTvEr 24 days ago
Kent McCord was probably the worst, adult actor in any long running, prime time show.
Croft1 25 days ago
11/12 missed the last one. Wasn't thinking. Lol
Runeshaper 25 days ago
5/12 = UGH! Well, I didn't watch that much of D.V.D and never watched Adam-12 LOL
Craigg 25 days ago
You got 11 out of 12
Do a happy dance, you did great!
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