The 1960s were a groundbreaking period in terms of American television. Shows like “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Gilligan’s Island,” “Star Trek,” “Batman,” and “The Beverly Hillbillies” all appeared on TV screens across the country.
When the 18th Primetime Emmy Awards rolled around on May 22, 1966, there was a lot of steep competition.
“The Dick Van Dyke Show” walked away with one of the most prestigious awards of the night. The CBS show earned the title of Outstanding Comedy Series. The show was on its last year when it won this award. “The Dick Van Dyke Show” also won 15 Emmy Awards and is considered a classic show.
‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ and ‘The Fugitive’ Win
Mary Tyler Moore’s first massive role was on the show and led to international stardom. She won her first Emmy for playing Laura Petrie. She happened to win that Emmy during the 1966 Emmys. Moore got the title of Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series. Likewise, Dick Van Dyke got the Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series.
It was a big night for “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Moore’s popularity on the sitcom eventually led to her having her own show called “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” which was from 1970 to 1977. The show focused on her as an independent working woman, which was a major moment for the Women’s Movement. The show eventually racked up 29 Emmys. It held the record for most Emmys until “Frasier” won its 30th in 2002.
Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore partially dominated the screen with their hilarious sitcoms. However, other shows were also popular and well-rewarded. During that same Emmy ceremony, the crime drama series by Roy Huggins called “The Fugitive” won Outstanding Dramatic Series.
The show is centered around Dr. Richard Kimble, who is played by David Janssen. Kimble is wrongfully convicted of his wife’s murder and gets a death sentence. He escapes and begins to search for the killer on his own, facing roadblocks and interfering parties along the way.
It was nominated for five Emmys and only got one win in 1966.
Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore Friendship
Viewers first started to fall in love with Mary Tyler Moore for her dominating and hilarious relationship with her co-star, Dick Van Dyke. On “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” the two played a married couple.
In an interview with Larry King in 2003, the duo talked about how they “clicked as real people.”
“I loved him … loved his kindness. I loved his humor and his dance. Everything about him I loved and I connected to,” Moore said of meeting Van Dyke. She sadly passed away in 2017.
In that same interview, both admitted to having a crush on each other due to their extraordinary chemistry on the screen.
According to Bustle, Van Dyke would later talk about his love for his co-star with CBS News on the red carpet. He said, “She was 23 and had never done comedy. I never saw somebody pick it up so fast. I still have a crush on her.”
If Emmy Awards are any indication, the chemistry was something other people felt and loved as well.