NEW YORK — Like any “Dick Van Dyke Show” fan, he’s happy to catch an occasional rerun of the show while flipping channels.
“If there’s nothing new to watch, I’ll let the episode play out,” says Carl Reiner. “I’m always pleased to see how well those episodes have aged.”
Reiner, of course, holds special status as a “DVD” confederate. He created this timeless half-century-old comedy, which premiered on CBS in October 1961, fueled by his real-life experiences as a TV comedy writer-performer and devoted family man in New Rochelle, N.Y.
Among all Reiner’s projects as an actor, stand-up comedian, writer, director and producer, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” stands out for its creator: in many ways it tells his story.
A talented string bean named Van Dyke became Reiner’s alter ego on the show, which ran for five seasons.
And, as no one needs reminding, the unknown actress who won instant stardom as Van Dyke’s TV wife was Mary Tyler Moore.
Now, Moore is being spotlighted in a new collection of “DVD” DVDs. “The Dick Van Dyke Show: Classic Mary Tyler Moore Episodes” ($24.98, Image Entertainment) gathers 20 episodes that dwell on the home life of Rob and Laura Petrie, putting the comic radiance of Moore on full display.
Episodes include “The Two Faces of Rob,” where Rob fears Laura is cheating on him with a man Rob impersonated as a prank. On “My Husband Is a Check-Grabber,” Laura is irked that Rob always springs for his friends’ dinner which, she fears, could mean they won’t be able to afford to send their little boy to college.
On “Never Bathe on Saturday,” Laura is off-camera for much of the episode after she gets her toe stuck in the faucet of the tub while taking a bath. These complications, which take place in a posh Manhattan hotel suite, throw a wrench into what was meant to be a romantic getaway for her and Rob.