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Alan's annual Christmas show is airing. As a change of pace, he's asked Rob to do the on-air introduction. Alan has had many critics state that what his Christmas shows lack is heart, and, as such, Alan has rejected the nonetheless funny script Rob, Buddy and Sally submitted in favor of an idea he believes has that heart: His television family, who entertains at many of his social functions, are the headliners of the show. Rob wasn't sure that he's talented enough a performer for a television show, but Buddy, Sally and Laura, who are to be included as performers, relished the thought of doing all they've ever wanted to do in front of the camera; so, Alan presents Rob Petrie, Laura Petrie, Sally Rogers, Buddy Sorrell, Mel Cooley and Ritchie Petrie as his Merry Christmas wish to his viewing audience.

Opens with an instrumental version of the song "A Lot of Livin' to Do" from "Bye Bye Birdie." Dick Van Dyke stared in "Bye Bye Birdie" on Broadway in 1960 and in the movie version earlier in 1963.

At the end of "The Alan Brady Show," everyone sings the opening music of The Dick Van Dyke Show, thereby becoming a show that references itself.

This was the second time Rob, Laura, Sally and Buddy performed "I am a fine musician." The first time was in season 2, episode 24, "The Sam Pomerantz Scandals."

The small child sitting in front of Alan Brady when he is dressed as Santa Claus is not Rob Reiner, Carl Reiner's son. Carl Reiner plays Alan Brady. Rob Reiner was born in 1947. He would have been 16 in 1963. The child cannot be Rob Reiner.

Another episode that was filmed without an audience was the Christmas episode "The Alan Brady Show Presents" due to the fact that it had several complicated scene and costume changes.

Once again Carl Reiner appears on camera as Alan Brady, and once again his face is hidden from the audience, this time by a Santa Claus beard.

This takes place in December 1963.

The title mentions the fictitious television variety show that Rob Petrie and his staff write for.


Episode complete credited cast:
Dick Van Dyke Dick Van Dyke - Rob Petrie
Rose Marie Rose Marie - Sally Rogers
Morey Amsterdam Morey Amsterdam - Buddy Sorrell
Larry Mathews Larry Mathews - Ritchie Petrie
Mary Tyler Moore Mary Tyler Moore - Laura Petrie
Richard Deacon Richard Deacon - Mel Cooley
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