The CBS television sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show originally aired until June 1, 1966. It was created by comedian Carl Reiner and won 15 Emmy Awards. In 2002, the series ranked at 13 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.
Mary Tyler Moore is 76 (Dec. 29, 1936) and Richard Wayne “Dick” Van Dyke is 87 (Dec. 13, 1925). They are shown here as they appeared on the ‘Rachael Ray’ TV show in 2011.
Chubby Checker (Ernest Evans) had a 1960 hit with a cover of Hank Ballard’s ”The Twist”. The song popularized a new dance craze and in September 2008 it topped Billboard’s list of the most popular singles to have appeared in the Hot 100 since its debut in 1958,
The series began on CBS, originally sponsored by Lorillard‘s Kent cigarettes in its first season, Scott Paper Company became the primary sponsor when the series moved to NBC in the fall of 1955, remaining as sponsor even after it moved back to CBS in September 1958, with Lever Brothers as an alternate sponsor from 1957 through 1960. A total of 203 episodes were produced, running until September 17, 1960, and appearing on all three of the television networks of the time, including prime-time repeats from September 1960 through April 1963.