After guest starring as a murderous judge in the second episode of Andy Griffith’s
Dr. Mark Sloan, the free-
The regular series debuted on CBS in October 1993 and ran for 178 episodes over 8 seasons. The cast included Scott Baio, Victoria Rowell, Charlie Schlatter, and Michael Tucci.
Toward the end of the show’s run, two young executive producers tried to make the series hipper by adding more sex and violence, a move that Dick, an ardent champion of wholesome family entertainment, quickly fought in the media.
Ten years on the air seemed proof that Dick’s views were accurate all along.
One of the perks of being such an important television presence was the occasional nepotism Dick practiced, casting his children, grandchildren, and even brother Jerry in guest roles.