The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from 1959 to 1963. The series and several episode scripts were adapted from a 1951 collection of short stories of the same name, written by Max Shulman, who had also written a feature film adaptation of his short stories for MGM in 1953, The Affairs of Dobie Gillis. The series revolved around the life of teenager/young adult Dobie Gillis, who, along with his best friend, beatnik Maynard G. Krebs, struggles against the forces of his life - high school, the military, college, and his parents - as he aspires to attain both wealth and dates with girls. The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis was produced by Martin Manulis Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Creator Shulman also wrote the theme song in collaboration with Lionel Newman.
Maynard saves a suicidal jumper but falls from the ledge himself and is taken to a psycho ward. Dobie is hardly in this episode at all as Hickman was sick.
Dobie names Thaila as his beneficiary on a life insurance policy, then becomes paranoid that she and Maynard are trying to kill him.
Mrs. Gillis's cousin Virgil visits, and gets the Gillises to supply him with all he needs for a singing engagement.
On a class trip to an African jungle, Dobie is captured by a tribe of cannibals-who, it turns out, have made Maynard their chief.
Dobie's teenage cousin Duncan moves in with the Gillises, and tells Dobie's girlfriend that Dobie needs help for a drinking problem.
Dobie joins the football squad to impress a girl, but only succeeds in making her big bruiser boyfriend jealous.
Dobie's cousin Dunky and Maynard don't realize they're accidentally loaded up the Gillis Grocery delivery truck with a case of nitroglycerin.
Dobie pretends to be terminaly ill to gain a girl's sympathy. However, due to a mixup, Dobie is led to believe he's really in poor health.
An older woman [played by Yvonne Craig] teaches Dunky how to be rotten to succeed in the world so he'll be able to provide for her younger sister. But meanwhile the younger sister is falling for nice, honest Dobie.
Dobie and Maynard train a mynah bird to help them with their history exam.
Maynard and Duncan accidentally lock Mr. Gillis in the meat freezer, and think they've killed him.
To avoid failing an upcoming test that will cause him to flunk out of school, Maynard drinks a potion that is supposed to turn him into a genius, but ends up transforming him into a monster.
To cure Maynard of his childish belief in Santa Claus, Mr. Gillis climbs down the chimney on Christmas Eve - but gets stuck.
Cousin Dunky gets a role in a visiting production of William Tell and falls for a young opera star, unaware she has a jealous boyfriend.
Dobie falls for a kitchenware heiress and wants to impress her by selling one of the man's Quickie-Cookers, but gets competition from his visiting southern cousin, Virgil.
Performing at Pryor College, the Lettermen hire Dobie as an emergency replacement singer.
A fugitive criminal and his girlfriend hold up the Gillies in the store. Maynard arrives and complicates the situation.
Dobie is the new DJ on the college radio station. A mobster tries to give him payola to make his country-singer girlfriend a star. But meanwhile Zelda has singing aspirations of her own with an album called "How To Drive Men Wild", produced by Maynard. Zelda's not half-bad as a singer. We also get a rare glimpse of Maynard playing guitar and singing.
Chatsworth pays Dobie to take his place at a fancy dinner with old friends of the family, whose daughter he remembers as being particularly ugly.
Dobie falls for brainy Russian ballerina and solicits Zelda's aid to improve his grades. When that fails, he ends up dancing outside her window.
Maynard and Herbert get struck in one of those finger toys just as Mr. Gillis is about to leave for a grocer's convention. This weak premise was typical of the show's decline for lack of enough Shulman scripts.
When a foreign student likes Dobie because he is simple-minded, Zelda decides to teach him how to improve his memory. Meanwhile, Maynard is attracted to her elephant.
When Chatsworth's family goes broke, he gets Maynard and Dunky to help him raise money claiming it is charity for a needy family.
The song-analyzing qualities of a computer are transfered to Maynard, and cousin Virgil uses his ability to predict hit songs to become a singing star.
A test chimpanzee is doomed unless Maynard can show that he is more talented than he seems.
Thrown out by his mother, Chatsworth moves in with the Gillises for a while. But what are the motives for the Gillis's generosity?
Maynard doubles for a Latin American general while on vacation.
Staying overnight at the Osbourne mansion with Dobie and his new girlfriend, Maynard is suspected of stealing jewelry from their safe when he is found sleepwalking.
A teenage celebrity's dog is lost and Dobie tries to find it.
Zelda is tired of being rejected by Dobie, while Maynard realizes that no other woman would put up with him. Maynard agrees to marry Zelda but her plan is to induce Dobie to come to Maynard's rescue and take his place.
Maynard temporarily gains super-strength. Mr.Gillis becomes his prizefighting manager.
Maynard and the Gillises go to Washington D.C. and Maynard gets mistaken for a rocket scientist and sought by foreign spies for his secret fuel formula.
Maynard guides a fellow student to become a singing sensation, then ponders if he should step aside when a big-time agent wants to take her on. (The plot was farfetched, but it did have a touching story.)
Dobie falls in love with a girl at school, but family tradition prevents her from marrying until a match can be found for her older sister.
A chemical concoction makes Maynard, like, irresistible to women.
Desperate for date money, Dobie figuratively sells his soul to Chatsworth (in a dream sequence) and agrees to fix the outcome of a $5000 charity raffle.