Dobie Gillis (Dwayne Hickman) was an average teen living in America between 1959 and 1963. This was right before so much started to change in 1964. Like other red-blooded American teenage boys of his time, Dobie thought about money, cars and girls. He wished he had more of all three which led to funny schemes that never seemed to work right. Dobie’s best friend was Maynard G. Krebs (Bob Denver), a beatnik who shuttered at the word “work.“ They both questioned the authority of adults – particularly parents and teachers. They were also quite likeable and never meant to cause any real harm.
Like millions of others, I watched it every week between the ages of 8 to 12. In fact, my earliest role model was Maynard – played so well by the late Bob Denver who next starred on Gilligan’s Island. Their views on life shaped the attitudes and behaviors of many kids who grew to be hippies a few years later. This article includes just about everything there is to know about this wonderful comedy series. Included are show summaries and tributes – along with insights directly from Dobie (Dwayne) and Maynard (Bob). I have also located and crafted some cool pix for your enjoyment. CLICK to “Get Hip” to the Legacy and Lessons of Dobie and Maynard!