The title, "Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis " (Channels 2 and 8, Sunday at 9 p.m.) is a tip-off to the tone of this reunion for the cast of "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," the CBS sitcom from the late '50s and early '60s.
This is no valentine to the comforts of small-town Americana. Instead, this small town's placid Midwestern facade has been invaded by raucous doses of Borscht Belt humor and big city cynicism.
Much of the humor is just plain silly, but some of it is shamelessly funny. And the cynicism--well, what can you say about a scene in which the upstanding townspeople consider killing Dobie in order to earn the prize money posted by Thalia Menninger?
Thalia, you may recall, was the teen dream who always scorned Dobie. Played then by Tuesday Weld, Thalia preferred Warren Beatty's Milton to Dwayne Hickman's Dobie. But now, the wealthiest widow in the world, Thalia returns to haunt Dobie. This time, she's played by a snarling Connie Stevens, and she has decided she wants Dobie after all.