The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

A Day in the Life of Alan Brady 

A film crew takes over the Petrie house during Mille and Jerry's wedding anniversary party for an Alan Brady documentary that aims to show the megalomaniac's "human" side.


Jerry Paris


Joseph Bonaduce, Carl Reiner (created by)

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Episode cast overview:
Dick Van Dyke ... Rob Petrie
Rose Marie ... Sally Rogers
Morey Amsterdam ... Buddy Sorrell
Larry Mathews ... Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Mary Tyler Moore ... Laura Petrie
Richard Deacon ... Mel Cooley
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Millie Helper
Jerry Paris ... Jerry Helper
Lou Wills Jr. Lou Wills Jr. ... Hi (as Lou Wills)
Kim Ford Kim Ford ... Dancing Girl
John C. Chulay John C. Chulay ... Cameraman (as John Chulay)
Joyce Jameson ... Blanche
Carl Reiner ... Alan Brady


The entire office, including the writers' room, gets a face-lift in preparation for a film crew shooting a falsified television documentary on Alan's life. To guarantee himself shown in as good a light as possible, Alan stages all events filmed, including one planned for Rob's house with him having an impromptu, casual coffee with his head writer and his family to show that he mingles with the "little people." After agreeing, Rob belatedly remembers he already has a previous engagement scheduled at home during that time - Jerry and Millie's wedding anniversary party. It raises a totally different problem for Rob as Alan now wants the film crew at the party (where he'll dictate what happens). Conversely, Millie, who really doesn't like Alan, wants the film crew to come anyway to give her and Jerry and all their loving friends (including her flirtatious cousin Blanche and Blanche's jealous lush of a husband Hi) national television exposure, but on her own terms. Caught in the middle, ... Written by Huggo / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family








Release Date:

6 April 1966 (USA) See more »

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Calvada Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the party scene, Frank Adamo and Eddie Paskey can be seen talking together. Both would later achieve cult status as frequently seen but often uncredited background players connected with a series, Frank as numerous characters in "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and Eddie in the main as Lt. Leslie in "Star Trek." See more »


Rob Petrie: [keeping order by directing the party, with overflow guests kept in the kitchen] This is Jerry and Millie's anniversary party, that's all, and you should act just the way you did at the last one.
Buddy Sorrell: I wasn't invited to the last one. What am I supposed to do?
Sally Rogers: Shut up or they'll put you in the kitchen.
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Written and composed by Shelton Brooks
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