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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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Trivia

Some of Maynard's mixed-up malaprops:
  • Should be Guillotine = he says gelatin
  • Eureka = Europa
  • Hermit = helmet
  • Gargoyle = argyle
  • OCS = COD
  • Casanova = Casablanca
  • Coma = comma
  • Barbarians = barbers
  • Atomic = platonic
  • Survival of the fittest = fattest
  • Benedict Arnold = Arnold Benedict
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Goofs

Throughout out the series, it's clear that the actors/actresses portraying teenagers are actually in their 20s+. This is done as to not interfere with the schooling of real teenagers and to give the general viewing audience who are teenagers themselves someone they can look up to. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Maynard G. Krebs: You rang?
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Homer the Vigilante (1994) See more »

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Classic Comedic Elements
12 October 1999 | by MissRosaSee all my reviews

Dobie Gillis may not be groundbreaking, but it is a well-crafted comic gem of a TV series. Direction is crisp, acting is excellent and the comic characters are perfection: Maynard, the clueless but lovable loser (who has been widely copied but never surpassed), Thalia, the sexy, cute gold-digger, who is smarter than anyone expects, Milton, the insufferable preppie, Zelda, the nerd, etc. And here sits Dobie--ridiculously average, being tossed between them all like a beachball, and trying to make sense of it all. Character actors Wm. Schallert and Frank Faylen shine; Beatty gives an eerily prescient glimpse into his future roles; and Dobie is the personification of the likeable schlemiel.

Enchanting!


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