Can you tell the difference between The Dick Van Dyke Show and Adam-12?

These shows don't have anything in common…or do they?


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At first (maybe even second and third) glance, the iconic sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show and the dramatic police procedural Adam-12 don't seem to have much in common. Telling them apart should be easy!

But look closer and a few similarities emerge. They both started in the 1960s, some actors appeared on both shows, and they're both about co-workers trying to do their jobs even when things take bizarre or unexpected turns. 

How well do you now both shows? Take this quiz and see how you do!

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  1. Which show was filmed in Los Angeles, California but did not take place there?
  2. Which show initially aired on Saturdays?
  3. Which show had an episode titled “Hustling the Hustler”?
  4. Whose professional acting career started earlier, Martin Milner or Dick Van Dyke?
  5. Which show won more Primetime Emmy Awards?
  6. Which show had more episodes?
  7. Morey Amsterdam portrayed a character named “Jerry Mermaid” on which program?
  8. Which show only had two actors who appeared in every single episode?
  9. Both shows were created by writers who were also actors. Which creator acted more often on their own show?
  10. True or false: Mary Tyler Moore never appeared on Adam-12.
  11. Rose Marie was afraid of a rattlesnake in her suitcase in an episode of which show?
  12. After a burglar is caught on this show, the victim jokes, “It’s a Mark VII,” referring to Jack Webb’s production company. Which show was it?

Can you tell the difference between The Dick Van Dyke Show and Adam-12?

Your Result...

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Adamtwelvia 3 months ago
Jack Webb was in all 4 seasons of Dragnet! How many eps of DVD was Reiner in?!
BradBeall 3 months ago
Only 8 of 12. For these being 2 of my all-time favorite shows, it's fair to say that I screwed up.
JohnGibbons 21 months ago
Don’t remember the Rose Marie snake episode on Adam 12. I remember she played a bar owner with Burt Mustin
Kergooliewyn 25 months ago
7/12 I watch both shows, but apparently pay no attention while doing it.
ClassicTVnut 25 months ago
10/12 Not to bad for the ol' Classic TV Nut.
robyni23 25 months ago
You got 11 out of 12
Do a happy dance, you did great!
Missed #8 and shouldn't have.
Jeffrey 25 months ago
I got 10 out of 12. ----------I got #s 4 and 10 wrong.
Nightshade1972 39 months ago
4/12. I have vague memories of watching Dick Van Dyke reruns as a child, I don't think I've ever watched Adam-12.
ChapSchoon 45 months ago
9/12 Missed the "what show had more episodes" question. Thought the "only two regular actors" was a trick question" and I misunderstood the "Jack Webb" question.
DeborahRoberts 47 months ago
11/12. Misunderstood the Jack Webb question.
Me too. I should’ve read that one more closely
MarkSpeck 49 months ago
11 out of 12. Guess I misunderstood that last question. I thought they were asking which show did Mark VII produce.
EmBee MarkSpeck 48 months ago
I thought that was a hint anyway. And I didn't think that Mark VII went back to the original Dragnet in 1951-I didn't think the shows overlapped-pretty sure the didn't.
JDnHuntsvilleAL MarkSpeck 48 months ago
It's the episode "The Man from my Uncle" where the G-men use the Petrie house to stake out a neighbor.
Bob 49 months ago
12/12. I watched an ungodly amount of tv as a kid.
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