Image Entertainment's splendid final effort in its series of Dick Van Dyke Show full-season boxed sets provides viewers with all 31 episodes of the show's fifth and last season (1965-1966), meaning that all 158 classic Van Dyke Show episodes are now available on the DVD-Video format, via the five multi-disc sets distributed by Image Entertainment, Inc.
High praise must go to Image for producing 5 such fine DVD boxed sets, and for getting them onto the market so quickly. Season sets #1 and #2 were both released on October 21, 2003, with subsequent releases occurring on February 24, April 27, and June 29 of 2004. So, in just the short space of 8 months, every single episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show has been made available.
SEASON FIVE --- Most TV shows seem to go downhill in quality (writing-wise) with the passage of time. I do not believe such a malady plagued Carl Reiner's baby, "The Dick Van Dyke Show". There are many, many good-as-gold episodes to be found in the cast's swan-song season. Such as: "Coast-To-Coast Big Mouth" (which is among my all-time favorite V.Dyke entries!), "You're Under Arrest", "The Curse Of The Petrie People", "Long Night's Journey Into Day", and the final episode of the series to be filmed -- a very funny Western spoof entitled "The Gunslinger".
The overall quality of the writing and the acting in this series was consistently excellent, in my opinion, throughout the entire show's run --- from the perfectly-charming debut episode, "The Sick Boy And The Sitter" (aired October 3, 1961), right through to the final episode, "The Last Chapter", which originally aired on June 1, 1966. (NOTE --- "The Gunslinger", as mentioned above, was actually the cast & crew's final episode filmed. But "The Last Chapter" was the last show to hit the airwaves.