Congrats to Dick Van Dyke on his recent marriage, at age 86 you have to admire that. I loved the Dick Van Dyke show. It holds up well after all these years- I recently watched a “Welcome Back Kotter” rerun and I can’t believe I used to watch that every week instead of smoking in the alley with my friends.
That being said, I also kind of liked the pilot for what became the Dick Van Dyke show, Carl Reiner was funny, and Barbara Britton could have been Mrs. Petrie if we didn’t all have MTM permanently entrenched in that role. It could have become a hit with a little tweaking; See for yourself.