The classic CBS sitcom “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” which aired from 1959 to 1963, will finally be getting a DVD release — Shout! Factory has picked up the right to release a box set of the complete series that will reach stores sometime this year, reports The Wrap. The show hasn’t been previously available on DVD — nor has Shout! Factory’s other new acquisition, the ABC late night sketch comedy show “Fridays,” an attempt to capitalize on the decline of “Saturday Night Live” in the non-Lorne Michaels era.
“The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” which starred Dwayne Hickman as the popularity- and wealth-seeking titlular teenager, featured a young Warren Beatty as one of Dobie’s rich kid antagonists and Tuesday Weld as Dobie’s money-obsessed object of desire. The show was based on a collection of short stories by Max Shulman, which also spawed the 1953 musical “The Affairs of Dobie Gillis,” with Debbie Reynolds and Bob Fosse.
“Fridays,” which ran from 1980 to 1982, was an SNL knockoff with celebrity hosts and musical guests that had Larry David, Larry Charles and Jack Burns as writers. The show famously had Andy Kaufman as a host in 1981, during which time he broke character in a sketch about a dinner party at which everyone’s high and got into a fight on stage. The incident, which was planned by the comedian, was featured in Kaufman biopic “Man on the Moon.” Here’s the “fight sketch,” which also features “Fridays” castmember Michael Richards in his pre-“Seinfeld” days: