The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis was a television comedy that aired in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The show follows the misadventures of Dobie Gillis, a high school student who is more interested in chasing girls than studying for exams.
Dobie’s best friend is Maynard G. Krebs, a beatnik who constantly tries to avoid working or doing anything that could be considered “square.” Krebs introduces Dobie to the world of jazz and coffeehouses, and the two friends spend many hours discussing girls, literature, and philosophy.
However, their relationship is not always smooth sailing. In several episodes, Dobie and Krebs argue over Dobie’s foolishness or Krebs’ laziness. Despite their disagreements, however, the two friends remain close throughout the series.
Here are 5 interesting facts about The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis:
1. The show was created by Max Shulman, who also wrote the books on which the show was based.
2. The character of Dobie Gillis was originally going to be named Wayne Liggett, but the name was changed to avoid confusion with another character on the show.
3. Dwayne Hickman’s mother, Alice Hirson, guest-starred on the show as his character’s mother.
4. Bob Denver, who played Maynard G. Krebs on the show, went on to star in Gilligan’s Island.
5. The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis has been credited with popularizing the term “beatnik,” which was used to describe Maynard G. Krebs’ rebellious fashion and lifestyle choices.