Carl Reiner had no idea that reruns of The Dick Van Dyke Show would still be on television today

Reiner was keen not to include any slang of the time in The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Even if you're a part of something great at the time of its conception, you can truly understand just how great it will be. Even if you're aware that you're onto something special at the time, it can be a bit rare to be fully aware of the future potential of something.

Such was the case for Carl Reiner, who knew that he had something amazing in The Dick Van Dyke Show, but did not know yet of the show's longevity. In an interview with The Daily News, Reiner discussed the beginnings of the series, including the intentional choice to eschew any attempts at using the current slang of the time period.

Reiner stated, "With The Dick Van Dyke Show, from the very inception, I wrote it without using any slang... There was no 'splitsville,' 'going ape,' whatever it was at the time because I knew it had a quality that would allow it to be rerun." Reiner added, "Reruns were the only way you could make extra money in those days."

But when Reiner was imagining viewers checking out reruns of The Dick Van Dyke Show, he certainly wasn't imagining it happening decades later. At the time of the interview, 1995, Reiner explained his earlier thought process. He said, "This is forever, I said. But I thought that meant five reruns, ten reruns, four or five years. I never knew 30 years later, they'd still be running them."

So, we can thank Carl Reiner, at least in part, for the timeless nature of The Dick Van Dyke Show that we know and love. More importantly, we can also thank Carl Reiner for not making Dick Van Dyke say "splitsville" on camera.

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KawiVulc 26 days ago
Well, he probably didn't realize how far down the crapper TV would be in a couple decades either...
AgingDisgracefully 27 days ago
It also should be known Rob Petrie never lent ANYONE his comb.
ncadams27 27 days ago
Nobody in 1960 thought these shows would last 60+ years. Future predictions are simply extensions of the current technology. Many people predicted pay-tv cable with many channels, live broadcasts of sports and plays, first-run movies and expanded newscasts, since there already were cable systems (that provided reception to remote areas), but DVD’s and streaming are new technology not thought of.
Runeshaper 28 days ago
This show is a classic and I'm glad to still be able to watch it when I can (-:
FloridaTopCat 28 days ago
Reiner also left out almost all political commentary, as opposed to, for example, "Murphy Brown" (which had a constant run of Nixon jokes 20 years after he left office). The Van Dyke show stands out BECAUSE of the lack of that kind of humor, and the focus on the timeless humor that was not tied to the events of a specific year.
daDoctah 28 days ago
I remember only a couple of times when a topical reference slipped into the show. A couple of times there was what seemed an obvious attempt to liken the Petries to a more down-to-earth equivalent of the Kennedys. And referring to the British Invasion by having Chad and Jeremy as thinly-disguised versions of themselves.
LoveMETV22 28 days ago
cperrynaples LoveMETV22 28 days ago
Yep, did you ever notice Richie's nose rub...LOL!
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