The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959–1963)

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Dobie Gillis is an average teenager living in average Central City with an average desire--girls! He lusts after many nubile women, notably Thalia Menninger. Rivals for affection include ... 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 (120 episodes, 1959-1963)
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 Winifred Gillis (95 episodes, 1959-1963)
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Dobie Gillis is an average teenager living in average Central City with an average desire--girls! He lusts after many nubile women, notably Thalia Menninger. Rivals for affection include rich playboys Milton Armitage and Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. Dobie is fortunate to have loyal friends--beatnik Maynard G. Krebs and super-intelligent Zelda Gilroy, who knows Dobie is meant for herself one day. Written by Yeechang Lee <ycl6@columbia.edu>

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Warren Beatty, cast as Dobie's nemesis Milton Armitage, did not enjoy working on the show. He quit the series midway through the first season to return to stage work, and Steve Franken was cast as Chatsworth Osbourne Jr., a replacement character who appeared throughout the remainder of the series. Doris Packer, who had played Milton's mother Mrs. Armitage, was retained, with her character becoming Mrs. Chatsworth Osbourne Sr. See more »

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Dobie Gillis: Good stuff, Maynard!
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Referenced in Family Guy: Tales of a Third Grade Nothing (2008) See more »

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Dobie
Composed by Lionel Newman & Max Shulman
Series theme song played over the opening titles and closing credits
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"Dobie" was a fine show
15 September 2006 | by (Middle Tennessee) – See all my reviews

This show is consistently underrated in my opinion. Created and largely written (even the theme song) by the talented Max Schulman, who later brought us such gems as the movie "House Calls", the program gave us such classic characters as the boy-crazy Zelda (ironically portrayed by a Lesbian, Shelia James), Maynard, the closest thing to a "beatnik" most of Middle America ever saw, and Dobie's dad Herbert (played by the great character actor Frank Faylen), the grocer who needed very little prompting to remind whoever was listening, "I was in The Big One, W W 2!" but who was deep down a fine guy (he reminded me a lot of one of my uncles). Dobie's pining for Thalia, and his soliloquies in front of the copy of Rodin's "The Thinker" in the local park, were close to priceless. I think that the fact that this show was filmed in black and white has hurt its chances for being rerun in recent years, even on "TV Land" or "Nick at Nite".


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