Dave's World intertitle
|Created by||Fred Barron|
|Opening theme||"You May Be Right" by Southside Johnny|
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||98|
|Executive producer(s)||Jonathan Axelrod
|Producer(s)||Faye Oshima Belyeu|
|Running time||30 min.|
|Production company(s)||Producers Entertainment Cooperation Inc.
Fred Barron Productions (seasons 1 and 2)
Livestock Productions (seasons 1 and 2)
Kitten in the Oven Productions (seasons 3 and 4)
|Original run||September 20, 1993 – July 18, 1997|
The show focuses on the daily trials and tribulations of columnist Dave Barry (Harry Anderson) and his wife, Beth (DeLane Matthews) along with their sons, Tommy (Zane Carney) and Willie (Andrew Ducote). Dave worked at the fictional Miami Record-Dispatch where womanizing Kenny Beckett (Shadoe Stevens) was his editor although Dave typically worked from home where Mia (J.C. Wendel) was his assistant. Neighbor Sheldon Baylor (Meshach Taylor) was a successful plastic surgeon and Dave's best friend from high school. Starting in the second season, the Barrys hired Eric (Patrick Warburton) to do some work on their house which led to Eric and Mia dating and eventually moving next door to the Barrys and getting married. Later in the series, Dave completes a book based on his and his friends' lives during the sixties, and Shel loses all of his money when his business manager runs off. Kenny is also fired from the newspaper and becomes a weatherman.
The show's theme song was a version of Billy Joel's "You May Be Right" sung by Southside Johnny; however, it is not used in the DVD releases (see below). It was the third show to use a theme song based on a Billy Joel song (the first being Bosom Buddies, which used "My Life", and the second being The Fanelli Boys, whose second opening sequence used an in-house version of "Why Should I Worry?" from Oliver & Company).
During the run of the show, the real Dave Barry divorced his wife, Beth.
- Harry Anderson as Dave Barry
- DeLane Matthews as Beth Barry
- Shadoe Stevens as Kenny Beckett
- J.C. Wendel as Mia
- Zane Carney as Tommy Barry
- Andrew Ducote as Willie Barry
- Meshach Taylor as Dr. Sheldon Baylor
- Patrick Warburton as Eric (1995–1997)
- Tammy Lauren as Julie (1993–1994)
- Eugene Roche as Eric, Jr. (1995–1996)
- Bea Arthur as Mel Bloom (1997)
CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount) has released the first 2 seasons of Dave's World on DVD in Region 1. The second season was released on February 3, 2009. The theme song for the DVD releases is a generic rock track.
Season 3 was released on July 24, 2012 via Amazon.com's CreateSpace program. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Amazon.com.
|DVD Name||Ep#||Release Date|
|The First Season||23||August 12, 2008|
|The Second Season||25||February 3, 2009|
|The Third Season||26||July 24, 2012|
The show obtained the following ratings through its run:
- 1993-1994 season: #21
- 1994-1995 season: #21
- 1995-1996 season: #70
- 1996-1997 season: #94