Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Brief History of (Semi-) Autobiographical Television Shows

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#1. The Dick Van Dyke Show
His name doesn’t appear in the title, but Carl Reiner is the real genius behind The Dick Van Dyke Show, the wonderful, trendsetting CBS sitcom about a head writer of a TV show that ran from 1961-1966. Long before Ocean’s Eleven, The Jerk, and even The 2000 Year Old Man, Reiner was a performer and writer on the famed Your Show of Shows, working alongside Mel Brooks and Neil Simon. He used his experiences on that show as inspiration for The Dick Van Dyke Show, and the rest is comedy history.

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