Sensitive teenager Dobie Gillis exasperates his grocer father Herbert T. Gillis and is the apple of his mother Winnie Gillis' eye. Dobie has an almost singular focus on the opposite sex, more often than not the object of his affection being the beautiful but money hungry Thalia Menninger, who in turn often loves Dobie but always loves money more, which Dobie never has and in his current life direction probably will never have to the extent that would satisfy Thalia. If not Thalia, Dobie pursues several other girls in his search for true love. His best friend is Maynard G. Krebs, a largely clueless but kind-hearted beatnik and lover of jazz music, he who always does what his best buddy Dobie does, often much to the chagrin of others in Dobie's life. While Dobie chases girls, the one girl he knows he does not want but who in turn knows that one day she will become Mrs. Dobie Gillis is bright Zelda Gilroy, who largely uses logic to convince Dobie that she is the girl for him.
Did You Know?
was drafted during the production of the series' fourth produced episode, "The Big Sandwich". Maynard was therefore written out of the series with the episode "Maynard's Farewell to the Troops", and Michael J. Pollard
was cast as Maynard's cousin Jerome Krebs, who would assume Maynard's role in future episodes. However, Denver failed his Army physical and was rejected "4F" by the draft board. After shooting two episodes with Pollard, this was decided to rehire Denver and write Maynard back into the series. Pollard had signed a "play or pay" contract, and was paid for all 30 episodes he had been signed for upon his dismissal. See more
Throughout out the series, it's clear that the actors/actresses portraying teenagers are actually in their 20s+. This is done as to not interfere with the schooling of real teenagers and to give the general viewing audience who are teenagers themselves someone they can look up to. See more
Chatsworth, you are a nasty, nasty boy!
Referenced in After Stonewall