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?
To differentiate Dobie Gillis from Chuck McDonald, the character Dwayne Hickman
played on The Bob Cummings Show
(1955), Max Shulman and Fox required Hickman to dye his dark brown hair blond. Their concern was that the sponsors would feel audiences would confuse Dobie with Chuck, a character on a different series with different sponsors. Continually bleaching his hair caused Hickman to suffer hair loss and blisters on his scalp, and after appealing to the producers, he was allowed to stop bleaching his hair after the first season. 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
[whenever Dobie exasperates him
Herbert T. Gillis
I gotta kill that boy. I just gotta...