"The Dick Van Dyke Show" gave writers something to aspire to. There was a purity about humanity... nobody was vicious. Funny is when we are brought down from being too pompous about being human beings."
About This Interview
In his four-hour Archive interview, Bill Persky discusses his early years in advertising and radio, before teaming up with longtime partner, Sam Denoff. He describes how after writing for The Steve Allen Show and The Andy Williams Show, he and Denoff were hired to write for The Dick Van Dyke Show, where they eventually became producers. He reveals the genesis of the series' most well-known episodes including "That's My Boy" and "Coast to Coast Bigmouth." Persky outlines the creation of their next show, That Girl and its role in promoting women's liberation. He speaks of his continuing interest in directing and his eventual transition to directing, following the end of his partnership with Denoff. Lastly, he describes the creation of Kate and Allie and his five-year association with the series. He concludes the interview by describing some of his current projects with Nick at Nite and TV Land. Karen Herman conducted the interview in New York, NY on November 12, 2005.