Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.

Today we will be looking at a comedy that ran between the years of 1959-1963 and was actually one of the main influences for Scooby Doo with Fred being based on the lead character of today’s sitcom – The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis

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Opening Sequence / Theme Tune

About the Show

Summary of Plot

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.IMDb

Number of Seasons / Episodes

4  seasons

Characters:

Dwayne Hickman – Dobie Gillis

Bob Denver – Maynard G Krebs

Trivia

  • Served as one of the influences in the development of the Hanna-Barbara cartoon Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969). In Scooby-Doo, the character of Fred Jones was based on Dobie Gillis; Velma Dinkley on Zelda Gilroy; Daphne Blake on Thalia Menninger, and Norville “Shaggy” Rogers on Maynard G. Krebs.
  • The character Dr. Imogene Burkhart was played by Jean Byron, who was born Imogene Burkhart.
  • The “G” in Maynard G. Krebs stands for Walter, Maynard’s aunt. Maynard explained that the “G” is because his mother “didn’t spell too good”.
  • The pilot for this series was the first professional acting job for Bob Denver, who had been a grade school teacher and postal worker before joining the cast. Denver’s sister was a casting agent’s secretary, and had his name added to the audition candidates for the role of Maynard G. Krebs
  • The occupation of Dobie’s father was different in each of the short stories upon which the series was based. In the series, his job was “locked in” as a grocer.
  • Actors William Schallert and Jean Byron, who often appeared on the series playing various teachers of Dobie in high school and college, went on to play Patty Duke’s parents in the later sitcom, The Patty Duke Show (1963).
  • Zelda knew Dobie loved her because she wrinkled up her nose and Dobie involuntarily did this back in spite of himself.
  • Cashing in on the series’ popularity, a line of young men’s leisure apparel, “Dobie Gillis Originals”, was launched. The tags featured humorous annotations such as “Like, lifted from Maynard”.
  • Maynard called Dobie “Good buddy”.

Classic Clips

An Honest and Decent Man

Dobie visits the Amazon