10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Dick Van Dyke Show
6. Casting Laura
Casting for Laura was the most difficult. Over 60 actresses auditioned, including Mary Tyler Moore. She almost didn’t go to the audition, but her agent convinced her to go. Initially, Dick Van Dyke didn’t want Moore to play his wife on the series because he felt that she was too young to play the part convincingly. He changed his mind after the episode “Oh, How We Met on the Night That We Danced” because the characters’ on-screen chemistry became very apparent.
5. Promoting Cigarettes
During season two of the show, Kent cigarettes sponsored The Dick Van Dyke Show. Cast members made a series of in-house commercials that touted the virtues of Kent cigarettes as a favor to their sponsor. Dick Van Dyke quickly became uncomfortable about pitching cigarettes on a family show and complained, so the Kent endorsements were eventually phased out.