Is This Reference Too Obscure?

Posted on April 28, 2014 8:00 pm

NBC is launching a national campaign offering aspiring comedy writers from around the country the chance to pitch their sitcom ideas.

Say, isn’t that idea just a ripoff of The Dick van Dyke Show?

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5 Responses to “Is This Reference Too Obscure?”

  1. walruskkkch says:

    Say, isn’t that idea just a ripoff of The Dick van Dyke Show?

    Only if it is funny.

  2. NO_MO_BAMA says:

    Isn’t that what they’ve been doing for like….30 years?

  3. CCO says:

    Apparently not.

  4. Iowa Jim says:

    Not at all obscure. In fact, I’ve thought for a while that The Dick van Dyke show should be required viewing for anybody born after 1959 or so, so they could compare it with today’s sitcoms to see how much nicer things were fifty years ago. Dick Van Dyke wears a suit. Mary Tyler Moore wears a dress. Neither of them is overweight at all. No character is a couch potato. Quite a difference from many of today’s sitcoms.

  5. Bob B says:

    Also, the Van Dyke writers were actually funny, rather than borderline abusive and insulting to the cast and the intelligence of the audience…

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