The Dick Van Dyke Show and Mad Men

Posted at 8:57 AM Sep 04, 2009

By Andrea Grimes

Based on the sheer number of folks I've seen bumming cigarettes this week, the Mad Men craze is in full swing and has taken over just about every bar, pub, club and university library. On a personal level, I've made it my own mission to be as Joan Holloway as possible, increasing my fabulous accessorizing and flaunting my decidedly non-stick figure. And now, I've resorted to watching actual early 60's-era television, with the help of instant watch on Netflix. Nick at Nite no longer: I can get my Dick Van Dyke Show fix right on my computer screen!

The show, which aired from 1961 to 1966, is an understandably feel-good representation of the ideal family life of the time (separate beds in the master bedroom!). Rob loves his job, Laura (Mary Tyler Moore! In fabulous capri pants!) loves being a mother, and that wacky Sally may want to get married, but she won't settle for just anyone. Don and Betty Draper, it ain't.

But the parallels between the nostalgia-laced Mad Men and the contemporary Dick Van Dyke Show are interesting. Remember Joan Holloway's "dancing bear" moment from last week with the accordion? Here's Laura Petrey entertaining the swingin' party-goers:


David said:

That's pretty cool - although did the guy BRING his drum to the party, or was it conveniently stashed in the closet? Suspension of disbelief - pshaw!

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