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The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis 

Sensitive teenager Dobie Gillis exasperates his grocer father Herbert T. Gillis and is the apple of his mother Winnie Gillis' eye. Dobie has an almost singular focus on the opposite sex, ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Dwayne Hickman ...  Dobie Gillis 148 episodes, 1959-1963
Bob Denver ...  Maynard G. Krebs / ... 144 episodes, 1959-1963
Frank Faylen ...  Herbert T. Gillis 118 episodes, 1959-1963
Florida Friebus ...  Winifred Gillis 95 episodes, 1959-1963
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Sensitive teenager Dobie Gillis exasperates his grocer father Herbert T. Gillis and is the apple of his mother Winnie Gillis' eye. 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 convince Dobie that she is the girl for him. Written by Huggo

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English

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1959 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Zelda knew Dobie loved her because she wrinkled up her nose and Dobie involuntarily did this back in spite of himself. See more »

Quotes

Dobie Gillis: Good stuff, Maynard!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Catalina Caper (1990) See more »

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"Dobie" was a fine show
15 September 2006 | by rlquallSee 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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