Where can I buy cheap dvds online for The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis Complete Series DVD? It’s a grand shame that very few people these days remember this fine sitcom about teenage life in the early 60s. Dwayne Hickman is endearing as simple-minded Dobie Gillis, the typical American teenager, who just wants a girl. Bob Denver is brilliant as his buddy, Maynard Krebs. Who needs Gilligan? Sheila James is fantastic as Zelda…always chasing after Dobie. Frank Faylen and Florida Friebus as Dobie’s parents are too-oft forgotten for their parts on this show…they couldn’t have gotten a better pair of actors. There was some really sharp, funny writing on this series, and that, mixed with the snappy editing, jazzy soundtrack and over-the-top situations, made for some very funny episodes. Plenty of hip, jazzy lingo to go around. Lovely Tuesday Weld was also around for a number of episodes during the first season (and a couple later on) as Dobie’s object of affection, Thalia Menninger. It’s too bad that they couldn’t keep her on for more sporadic appearances, because it is the episodes that she appears in, which I consider to be the zenith of the series. The show started to get a little too silly during its last season, when the focus went towards Maynard and Dobie’s cousin, Dunkie, but it was still unique. Without question, one of the high points of 1960s TV, and one of the most winning sitcoms of all time. It’s a shame that it hasn’t gotten the same kind of exposure in recent years as some of the other shows of the time. Hopefully it gets picked up and restored for a full DVD release sometime soon. It’s just waiting to be rediscovered.
Buy dvds on line for The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis Complete Series. I’m the fellow who created the episode guide on Wikipedia and I have many of the episodes on 16 mm film and all of them on VHS and Beta videotapes, so you can guess how pleased I am that Dobie is finally going to be released on DVD. I hope Shout was able to find the censored episode “Almost a Father” which was pulled from broadcast at the last minute and replaced later in the season with “Rock-a-bye Dobie.” The suggestion that Dobie might have had a baby out-of-wedlock undoubtedly freaked some of the affiliates. The Kennedy-Nixon election episode (where Maynard was going to guess the winner) was pulled from syndication after Kennedy’s assassination, but has since reappeared on some TV stations. Those are the two rarest episodes, with the former having never been released. I’m assuming the original version of the pilot episode will be included in which Yvonne Craig made yet another appearance on the series. Other than regular cast members Tuesday Weld and Sheila James, Craig was the most frequently seen girlfriend (playing a different girl each time), with six appearances including the pilot. This is one terrific series, quite unlike anything before or since. I’ve already pre-ordered my set. (Added note: Yvonne Craig was not actually “in” the pilot episode. She was seen in a bumper shot of several admiring girls. This film was used to sell the series and the bumpers were not included in the episode when it aired.)