Lifestyle: Growing up in NY City was of course an adventure. Television was still making it’s mark with shows trying to grab hold of the American psyche .
The shows I watched must have shaped my present way or thinking or at least influenced me in some way.
The shows were of all types, westerns, comedy, kids shows, quiz shows, science fiction, variety shows.
The stay at home orders have allowed me to catch up , if that is the right term, of some of the childhood tv shows , I loved. Most of them are now dated or for some not politically correct.
For a youngster growing up in various neighborhoods in New York, it was an opportunity to believe there were other ways of life than the hood. It was not realistic but now many years later, still fun to watch. It is also pretty cool, I remember the individual episodes that I am now viewing.
Some of the old shows, I have been watching are the Honeymooners, Car 54 where are you ? Little Rascals, and the one I will feature , The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.
Read the wiki version of the show and give it a shot.
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (also known as simply Dobie Gillis or Max Shulman’s Dobie Gillis in later seasons and in syndication) is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from September 29, 1959, to June 5, 1963. The series and several episode scripts were adapted from the “Dobie Gillis” short stories written by Max Shulman since 1945, and first collected in 1951 under the same title as the subsequent TV series. Shulman also wrote a feature film adaptation of his “Dobie Gillis” stories for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1953, entitled The Affairs of Dobie Gillis which featured Bobby Van in the title role.The Many Loves of Dobie GillisFirst season title cardAlso known asDobie Gillis(seasons 2–3)
Max Shulman’s Dobie Gillis(season 4)GenreSitcomCreated byMax ShulmanBased onThe Many Loves of Dobie Gillis and I Was a Teen-Age Dwarf
by Max ShulmanDirected byRod Amateau
Stanley Z. Cherry
Ralph MurphyStarringDwayne Hickman
Bob DenverTheme music composerLionel Newman
Max ShulmanOpening theme”Dobie”, performed by Judd Conlon‘s Rhythmaires (season 1–2)
“Dobie” (Instrumental) (seasons 3–4)Ending theme”Dobie”, performed by Judd Conlon’s Rhythmaires (seasons 1–2)
“Dobie” (Instrumental) (seasons 3–4)Composer(s)Lionel NewmanCountry of originUnited StatesOriginal language(s)EnglishNo. of seasons4No. of episodes147 (list of episodes)ProductionExecutive producer(s)Martin ManulisProducer(s)Rod AmateauProduction location(s)20th Century Fox Studios – Hollywood, CaliforniaCinematographyJames Van TreesEditor(s)Johnny Ehrin
Robert MooreCamera setupSingle-camera setupRunning time26 minProduction company(s)20th Century-Fox Television
Martin Manulis Productions
(seasons 3–4)Distributor20th Century-Fox TelevisionReleaseOriginal networkCBSPicture formatBlack-and-white, filmAudio formatMonauralOriginal releaseSeptember 29, 1959 –
June 5, 1963ChronologyPreceded byThe Affairs of Dobie Gillis(1953)Followed byZelda (1962, pilot)
Whatever Happened to Dobie Gillis (1978, pilot)
Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis (1988, telefilm)
Dobie Gillis is significant as the first American television program produced for a major network to feature teenagers as leading characters. In other series, such as Father Knows Best and Leave It to Beaver, teenagers were portrayed as supporting characters in a family story. An even earlier 1954 series, Meet Corliss Archer, featured teenagers in leading roles and aired in syndication. Dobie Gillis broke ground by depicting elements of the current counterculture, particularly the Beat Generation, primarily embodied in a stereotypical version of the “beatnik”. Series star Dwayne Hickman would later say that Dobierepresented “the end of innocence of the 1950s before the oncoming 1960s revolution”.