Emmy commemorative: Underdog – Dobie Gillis

Crix remember 'Gillis'

Both TV Land’s Tom Hill and small-screen historian Tim Brooks rave about “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.”

“It had an elaborate, baroque writing style, a strange sort of poetry,” says Hill.

“It was one of the first shows with a teenage point of view,” adds Brooks. “Here was a show that announced parents didn’t really get it.”

Other sitcoms that never really got their fair shake include:

  • “That Was The Week That Was”: “It was the first to notice what was going on outside,” Brooks says. “It was also buried by being opposite ‘Sing Along With Mitch.’ ”

  • “Car 54, Where Are You?”: “A brilliant farce,” says Hill, “the most intricately planned show of its time.”

  • “Get Smart”: dry, witty and relevant even in reruns.
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