The name ''The Dick Van Dyke Show'' was chosen because they couldn't think of another title
Sometimes the best decisions are the simplest.
Some successes are the result of careful planning by everyone involved, and some are simply the result of things accidentally falling exactly into place.
In the case of The Dick Van Dyke Show, it was a mixture of the two. Of course, creator Carl Reiner was careful and meticulous in the planning and writing of his series. Richard Deacon, who played Mel Cooley in the series and continued to work with Reiner on projects afterward, told the Central Press Association that Reiner "worked seven days and nights on that show. He was never too busy to listen to a comment, never too busy to hear a complaint. I never heard him tell an actor who didn't like a line, 'You play it the way it's written!"
Deacon said that the quality of the show spoke to the true time and effort Reiner spent on it. "Carl took time to try and make it better, funnier, more comfortable for the performer, and it showed in the final product."
One thing that Reiner and the crew had come to their wit's end about was actually something that, in retrospect, seems a little small: The title of what we today know as The Dick Van Dyke Show. In an interview with the Associated Press, Dick Van Dyke revealed that numerous potential names for the series were tossed around, but none stuck around particularly long.
Van Dyke stated, "We thought up all kinds of titles for the original show, but I couldn't find any that didn't make me retch." One of these unchosen titles was called "Double Trouble," which was obviously refused. "We finally decided on The Dick Van Dyke Show out of desperation."
It was a problem that followed Van Dyke even after the series had concluded and he and Reiner moved onto what we know as The New Dick Van Dyke Show. Van Dyke actually revealed that he hated the new series name, but again, was unable to come up with a suitable name in place of it. "Nobody could think of a good alternative."
But while it seemed to be nobody's first choice, The Dick Van Dyke Show seems like the perfect title for the series, and even if you disagree with that, you've got to agree that it's better than "Double Trouble."