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The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis – The Complete Series on DVD!
DO-BIE! DO-BIE! One of the first black & white television programs I watched on Nick at Nite in the 1980’s.
Based on the novels created by Max Shulman, this television classic starred Dwayne Hickman as Dobie, a middle-class 17-year-old whose main goal in life was to find the girl of his dreams, Bob Denver (Gilligan’s Island) co-stars as Dobie’s beatnik friend Maynard G. Krebs, whose passion was to avoid work at any cost, and Frank Faylen and Florida Friebus as Dobie’s parents, who were never too far away to worry about Dobie’s future.
Throughout its 147 episodes, the series ran the gamut from the hilarious (Dobie and Maynard sharing a tuxedo in order to attend a society party together), to the ridiculous (Maynard drinking a student chemist’s formula and turning into a monster) to the touching (Dobie convincing a poor but brilliant student to stay in school).
Guest stars include Rose Marie, Bill Bixby, Sally Kellerman, Ronny Howard, Sherry Jackson, Michele Lee, John Banner, Norman Fell, Howard McNear and Charles Lane.
A ground-breaking series that has often been said to be far ahead of its time, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis premiered on CBS in the fall of 1959 and was a counter-culture hit through all four years of its network run.