Watch This: All hail Maynard G. Krebs, grand poobah of Dobie Gillis

One week a month, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new show coming out that week. This week: The return of Amazon’s Red Oaks has us thinking about TV’s other exclusive clubs.

The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis, “Dobie Goes Beatnik” (season two, episode four; originally aired October 25, 1960)

Everybody wants to belong. That’s one of the concepts driving The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis, the sitcom that put Max Shulman’s heartsick short-story protagonist on the small screen for four seasons on CBS. More than “a girl to call his own,” Dobie (Dwayne Hickman) longed for status—money, popularity, fame—a desire that stands in stark contrast to his best friend, Maynard G. Krebs (Bob Denver). In the grand tradition of true cool, Maynard doesn’t care about any of the things that stir Dobie into a wild-eyed frenzy, and that only improves …

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