The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959–1963)

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Sensitive teenager Dobie Gillis (yes, Dobie being his real given name) exasperates his grocer father Herbert T. Gillis and is the apple of Winnie Gillis' eye, she being his mother. Dobie ... See full summary »

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 Dobie Gillis (148 episodes, 1959-1963)
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 Maynard G. Krebs / ... (144 episodes, 1959-1963)
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 Herbert T. Gillis (118 episodes, 1959-1963)
Florida Friebus ...
 Winifred Gillis (95 episodes, 1959-1963)
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Sensitive teenager Dobie Gillis (yes, Dobie being his real given name) exasperates his grocer father Herbert T. Gillis and is the apple of Winnie Gillis' eye, she being his mother. Dobie has an almost singular focus on the opposite sex, more often than not the object of his affection being the beautiful but money hungry Thalia Menninger, who in turn often loves Dobie but always loves money more, which Dobie never has and in his current life direction probably will never have to the extent that would satisfy Thalia. If not Thalia, Dobie pursues several other girls in his search for true love. His best friend is Maynard G. Krebs, a largely clueless but kind-hearted beatnik and lover of jazz music, he who always does what his best buddy Dobie does, often much to the chagrin of others in Dobie's life. While Dobie chases girls, the one girl he knows he does not want but who in turn knows that one day she will become Mrs. Dobie Gillis is bright Zelda Gilroy, who largely uses logic to ... Written by Huggo

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Bob Denver was drafted during the production of the series' fourth produced episode, "The Big Sandwich". Maynard was therefore written out of the series with the episode "Maynard's Farewell to the Troops', and Michael J. Pollard was cast as Maynard's cousin Jerome Krebs, who would assume Maynard's role in future episodes. However, Denver failed his Army physical and was rejected "4F" by the draft board. After shooting two episodes with Pollard, it was decided to rehire Denver and write Maynard back into the show. Pollard had signed a "play-or-pay" contract, and was paid for all 30 episodes he had been signed for upon his dismissal. See more »

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Clarice Osborne: Chatsworth, you are a nasty, nasty boy!
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Referenced in Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Randall Without a Cause (1991) See more »

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Dobie Gillis--An American Bertie Wooster
1 May 2004 | by (Whidbey Island, Washington, USA) – See all my reviews

Now all you Wodehouse fans don't have a cow...

Dobie is not a copy of Bertie. Bertie comes from money, Dobie's parent run a Mom-an-Pop grocery store. Bertie has a continental charm, Dobie has a corn-fed earnestness. Bertie spends all of his time running from women, Dobie spends all of his time chasing girls. Bertie has Jeeves, Dobie has Maynard G. Krebs, and I think that says it all.

Though I enjoyed the series when I saw it as a kid (first run), I didn't really get much of the sweet heartache of the show until I was in high school and trying to catch the attention of my own Thalia.

Thing that I loved: Episodes opening with Rodin's "The Thinker" and Dobie trying to think his way out of his current situation...Dobie addressing the camera...Maynard's reaction to the word, "Work!"

Let me encourage anyone who can to get the short story collection by Max Schulman. It is a complete delight and gave me a real appreciation for how well the TV show adapted the tone and snap of the book.

Shulman also wrote "Rally Round the Flag, Boys" and "The Tender Trap" both made into enjoyable movies.


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