Why Dick Van Dyke Never Appeared on ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ but His Brother Did

Mary Tyler Moore is famous for her role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, but the actor got her start in a different sitcom. Her part of her on The Dick Van Dyke Show made her a star. So, why did her friend and former co-star Dick Van Dyke never appear in her TV series?

Mary Tyler Moore forged a new path in her ’70s sitcom

Mary Tyler Moore as Mary Richards and Betty White as Sue Ann Nivens | CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

The Mary Tyler Moore Show follows Mary Richards, a woman starting over in a new city and a new job after she and her fiancé break off their engagement. She becomes more confident in her role de ella at a TV news station, makes new friends, and re-enters the dating world.

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