If you’re a fan of classic television, you might want to mark July 2nd down on your calendar, because that is the day that Shout! Factory is releasing the seminal series, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: The Complete Series. I will follow-up after watching and reviewing (this order is pretty much a no-brainer), but here is what Shout! Factory has to say about the release so far:
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis ignited one of the many loves of American television: stories about teenagers. Dobie Gillis was a typically indecisive young man who continually set out on hopeless quests for popularity, money, and the attention of beautiful girls, all while trying to make his parents happy. Created and written by humorist Max Shulman and adapted from Shulman’s celebrated collection of short stories, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis premiered on CBS in 1959 and was a counter-culture hit throughout all four years of its network run. Starring Dwayne Hickman, Bob Denver, Frank Faylen, Florida Friebus, Tuesday Weld, Warren Beatty and Sheila James, this timeless show triggered a sea change in sitcoms and dramas, which would focus on the hopes, dreams and angst of teenagers for decades to come.
On July 2, 2013, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with The Max Shulman Trust, will bring the long-awaited THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS: THE COMPLETE SERIES in a collectible 21-DVD box set to home entertainment shelves for the first time. This highly anticipated complete series DVD box set features all 147 episodes from 1959-1963, plus special bonus features including original rare pilot footage, bonus episodes from Love That Bob! (The Bob Cummings Show) and The Stu Erwin Show and more! Whether reliving the rosy memory from the 1950s or discovering this classic sitcom for the first time, loyal fans, collectors and viewers will be enamored by Dobie Gillis all over again as THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS: THE COMPLETE SERIES is priced to own at $139.99 SRP. Pre-order is available now on Amazon.com.
Created by Max Shulman, THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS 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 popularized the idea of the proto-hippie, 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, Yvonne Craig, Richard Deacon, Norman Fell, Ronny Howard, Sherry Jackson, Sally Kellerman, Michael J. Pollard, Michele Lee, Steve Franken, Jo Anne Worley, among other notables.
THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS: THE COMPLETE SERIES 21-DVD BOX SET BONUS CONTENT:
- Original rare pilot footage
- Bonus Episodes from “Love That Bob!” and “The Stu Erwin Show”
- And More!