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
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In every episode save for one ("Take Me to Your Leader" from season 2), Dobie breaks the fourth wall and directly addresses the audience via monologues on the plot of the week's episode, seated or standing in front of a replica of Rodin's statue "The Thinker." These monologues were typically used as framing devices at the beginning and end of each episode and during scene transitions. In the earliest produced episodes, Dobie would be seen sitting in the same pose as the statue. See more
Herbert T. Gillis
So you told him I was cheap, huh?
Winifred 'Winnie' Gillis
He'd have found it out sooner or later.