‘Dobie,’ ‘Car 54’ and ‘McCoys’ still out there if you search


Akron Beacon Journal

Q. What became of Dobie Gillis, Car 54, Where Are You and The Real McCoys? Are they still out there somewhere, or are they lost forever?

They’re neither lost nor forgotten. Dobie Gillis (1959-63) starred Dwayne Hickman as a perpetually love-struck high school student and Bob Denver as his buddy Maynard G. Krebs. Car 54 (1961-63) starred Fred Gwynne and Joe E. Ross as New York police officers. The Real McCoys (1957-63) starred Walter Brennan as the head of a West Virginia family (with Richard Crenna as his grandson) running a ranch in California.

According to its website,, Me TV airs Car 54 episodes at 2 and 2:30 a.m. Sunday, and The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis at 5 a.m. Sundays. Retro TV, an over-the-air service, shows The Real McCoys at 6:30 p.m. weeknights. (You can see if you have a Retro affiliate at

In addition, Dobie Gillis was recently released by Shout! Factory in a complete-series box, and Shanachie has released the two seasons of Car 54. It appears, however, that at least the first-season episodes are in their edited-for-syndication form instead of in their original broadcast length.

Four seasons of The Real McCoys were released some time ago and can be found from some vendors. Inception Media not long ago reissued the first two seasons, also in syndicated cuts.

Q. Please tell me the words of the song in the Trojan lubricant commercial, and who sings the song.

I think you are referring to All Shook Up, the Elvis Presley classic. The key lyric in the ads is “My hands are shaky and my knees are weak / I can’t seem to stand on my own two feet / Who do you thank when you have such luck / I’m in love. I’m all shook up.”

A cover of the song by Avila (Daniel Johnson and Brie Stoner) is used in several Trojan commercials.

Q. Is the man on The Bridge the same one who played Stottlemeyer on Monk?

Yes. Actor Ted Levine, who played the irritable lawman Leland Stottlemeyer on the Tony Shalhoub series, is now Lt. Hank Wade of the El Paso police on the FX drama The Bridge.

Levine is a veteran character actor whom you may have seen in a lot of other places, including as the murderous Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs.

Send questions to TV Mailbag, Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44328 or Replies cannot be guaranteed.

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