Picks and Pans Review: The Van Dyke Show
updated 10/31/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 10/31/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST
Put that remote control down! Now! After watching the first few minutes of Dick Van Dyke's new sitcom, you may want to change the channel. You may have good reason to-like the hyper laughter from the audience or the opening gags that go nowhere. But stick with it. Be loyal. This is Dick Van Dyke you're watching. This is the man who made America laugh back in the '60s. You owe him a chance. So keep watching and in another few minutes, you will see the show magically improve, and you'll be rewarded with some vintage Van Dyke: genius physical comedy and genial charm. Dick plays a famous actor who comes to the local theater run by his real-life son, Barry Van Dyke. So Dick sleeps atop his grandson's bunk bed, and that's the cue for the great physical comedy. Dick gets to be proud of his son: "Where did you go right, anyway?" And that's the charm. Van Dyke's new show bears watching. And that's a relief.