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October 3, 1961
The Dick Van Dyke Show premiered on CBS. The show was created by Carl Reiner and starred Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. It was produced by Reiner with Bill Persky and Sam Denoff. The music for the show's theme song was written by Earle Hagen. A three-camera/studio audience format was used during production. Carl Reiner originally planned to produce and star in the series, which was going to be titled Head of the Family. The pilot episode was written by Reiner in 1960, but it was unsuccessful.
October 5, 1950
The game show You Bet Your Life, starring hostGroucho Marx, airs its first TV episode.
The show had debuted on radio in 1947. Thanks to Marx's sarcastic humor andimprovised wisecracks, the show became a hit first on radio and then ontelevision. The show ran until 1961.
The show ran weekly on CBS from 1960 to 1964. It starred Martin Milner as Tod Stiles and, fortwo and a half seasons, George Maharis as Buz Murdock. Mahariswas ill for much of the third season, during which time Tod was shown travelingon his own. Tod met Lincoln Case, played by Glenn Corbett, late inthe third season, and traveled with him until the end of the fourth and finalseason.
To quote the Bicentennial Minute, "And that's the way it was".