Dave's World

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Dave's World
Dave's World.jpg
Dave's World intertitle
Created by Fred Barron
Based on the books Dave Barry's Greatest Hits and Dave Barry Turns 40 by Dave Barry
Starring Harry Anderson
DeLane Matthews
Zane Carney
Andrew Ducote
Shadoe Stevens
Meshach Taylor
J.C. Wendel
Opening theme "You May Be Right" by Southside Johnny
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 98
Production
Executive producer(s) Jonathan Axelrod
Fred Barron
Producer(s) Faye Oshima Belyeu
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Producers Entertainment Group Ltd.
Axelrod-Widdoes Productions
Fred Barron Productions
(1993-1995)
(seasons 1-2)
Livestock Productions
(1993-1995)
(seasons 1-2)
Kitten in the Oven Productions
(1995-1997)
(seasons 3-4)
CBS Productions
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 20, 1993 – July 18, 1997

Dave's World is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from 1993 to 1997. The series is based on the writing of Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry.

Plot[edit]

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 Miami Record-Dispatch (a fictionalized version of The Miami Herald where Barry worked in real life) where 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 1960s, and Shel loses all of his money when his business manager runs off. Kenny is also fired from the newspaper and becomes a weatherman.

Setting and background[edit]

The show was set in Miami, Florida (which is Barry's actual base of operations). It was based on Barry's books Dave Barry's Greatest Hits and Dave Barry Turns 40.[1]

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" (but not the original sung by Billy Joel), 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.[2]

Cast[edit]

Regular cast
Recurring cast

Episodes[edit]

Season 1: 1993–94[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Pilot"TBATBASeptember 20, 1993 (1993-09-20)
22"The Insecurity System"TBATBASeptember 27, 1993 (1993-09-27)
33"Martian Death Flu"TBATBAOctober 4, 1993 (1993-10-04)
44"The Anniversary Schmaltz"TBATBAOctober 11, 1993 (1993-10-11)
55"The Great Mandala of Life"TBATBAOctober 18, 1993 (1993-10-18)
66"I Sort of Saw What You Did"TBATBAOctober 22, 1993 (1993-10-22)
77"It's a Small Van After All"TBATBAOctober 25, 1993 (1993-10-25)
88"Heatwave"TBATBANovember 1, 1993 (1993-11-01)
99"Writer's Block"TBATBANovember 8, 1993 (1993-11-08)
1010"Educating Rita"TBATBANovember 15, 1993 (1993-11-15)
1111"Death and Mom Take a Holiday"TBATBANovember 22, 1993 (1993-11-22)
1212"Exorcising with Dave Barry"James WiddoesDonald ToddNovember 29, 1993 (1993-11-29)
1313"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus: Part 1"TBATBADecember 13, 1993 (1993-12-13)
1414"I Saw Mommy Kicking Santa Claus: Part 2"TBATBADecember 20, 1993 (1993-12-20)
1515"Just Kidding"TBATBAJanuary 3, 1994 (1994-01-03)
1616"The Road Taken"TBATBAJanuary 10, 1994 (1994-01-10)
1717"Shel in Love"TBATBAJanuary 24, 1994 (1994-01-24)
1818"Four Characters in Search of a Ring"TBATBAJanuary 31, 1994 (1994-01-31)
1919"Lost Weekend"TBATBAFebruary 28, 1994 (1994-02-28)
2020"Rat Story"TBATBAMarch 7, 1994 (1994-03-07)
2121"Six Years Old and All Washed Up"TBATBAMarch 14, 1994 (1994-03-14)
2222"The Funeral"James WiddoesMarco Pennette & Fred BarronMarch 28, 1994 (1994-03-28)
2323"Saved by Estelle"TBATBAMay 2, 1994 (1994-05-02)

Season 2: 1994–95[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
241"I Lost It at the Movies"James WiddoesFred Barron & Marco PennetteSeptember 12, 1994 (1994-09-12)
252"The Last Auction Hero"James WiddoesCarol GarySeptember 19, 1994 (1994-09-19)
263"A Room with a View"Tommy ThompsonTom J. AstleSeptember 26, 1994 (1994-09-26)
274"Please Won't You Be My Neighbor"James WiddoesDonald ToddOctober 3, 1994 (1994-10-03)
285"You Can't Always Get What You Want"James WiddoesFred BarronOctober 10, 1994 (1994-10-10)
296"Gone with the Wind: Part 1"James WiddoesCarol GaryOctober 17, 1994 (1994-10-17)
307"Gone with the Wind: Part 2"James WiddoesDonald ToddOctober 24, 1994 (1994-10-24)
318"Lobster Envy"James WiddoesMarco Pennette & Fred BarronOctober 31, 1994 (1994-10-31)
329"Family Membership"James WiddoesDonald ToddNovember 7, 1994 (1994-11-07)
3310"One Mump or Two?"Tommy ThompsonBrian Hargrove & Jack KennyNovember 14, 1994 (1994-11-14)
3411"The Donor Party"James WiddoesCarol Gary & Dylan GaryNovember 21, 1994 (1994-11-21)
3512"How Long Has This Been Going On?"Tommy ThompsonTeleplay by: Fred Barron & Marco Pennette
Story by: Deborah Zoe Dawson & Jodie Mann Massimi
November 28, 1994 (1994-11-28)
3613"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"James WiddoesDonald ToddDecember 5, 1994 (1994-12-05)
3714"Dis Who's Coming to Dinner?"James WiddoesMark WildingJanuary 2, 1995 (1995-01-02)
3815"A Pool's Paradise"James WiddoesBrian Hargrove & Jack KennyJanuary 16, 1995 (1995-01-16)
3916"Bear with Me"James WiddoesSheryl J. AndersonJanuary 23, 1995 (1995-01-23)
4017"A Cut Above the Rest"James WiddoesMarco PennetteFebruary 6, 1995 (1995-02-06)
4118"The Country Girl"James WiddoesFred Barron & Marco PennetteFebruary 13, 1995 (1995-02-13)
4219"The Accidental Tourists"James WiddoesMark LeganFebruary 20, 1995 (1995-02-20)
4320"The Joint Venture"Paul KreppelTom J. AstleFebruary 27, 1995 (1995-02-27)
4421"Those Wedding Shel Blues"Jim DrakeSheryl J. AndersonMarch 13, 1995 (1995-03-13)
4522"Nightmare on Maple Street"James WiddoesBrian Hargrove & Jack KennyApril 10, 1995 (1995-04-10)
4623"The Mommies"James WiddoesMark WildingMay 8, 1995 (1995-05-08)
4724"Piano, No Strings"James WiddoesDonald ToddMay 15, 1995 (1995-05-15)
4825"Tommy Doesn't Live Here Anymore"James WiddoesMark WildingMay 22, 1995 (1995-05-22)

Season 3: 1995-1996[edit]

  1. Cleanliness Is Next to Nakedness (September 13, 1995)
  2. It's Not About That... (September 20, 1995)
  3. You Must(ang) Remember This (September 27, 1995)
  4. What the Early Bird Gets (October 11, 1995)
  5. Do the Write Thing (October 18, 1995)
  6. Death of a Saleswoman (October 25, 1995)
  7. Writing Wrongs (November 1, 1995)
  8. Catch of the Day (November 8, 1995)
  9. Health Hath No Fury (November 15, 1995)
  10. Leave a Mystery at the Beep (November 22, 1995)
  11. The Green-Eyed Monster (November 29, 1995)
  12. Working Stiffs (December 20, 1995)
  13. Pardon My Nuptials (January 3, 1996)
  14. Gator Bait (January 10, 1996)
  15. Those Who Do Be Do Be Do (January 31, 1996)
  16. Fame (February 7, 1996)
  17. Loves Me Like a Rock (February 14, 1996)
  18. Nuts and Bolts (February 21, 1996)
  19. My Girl (March 6, 1996)
  20. Stayin' Alive (March 13, 1996)
  21. Do You Want to Know a Secret? (April 3, 1996)
  22. Double Fault (April 10, 1996)
  23. Don't Blame Me (April 29, 1996)
  24. The Good Doctor (May 6, 1996)
  25. L.A. Times (May 13, 1996)
  26. It's Not About That, Either (May 20, 1996)

Season 4: 1996-1997[edit]

  1. Based on a True Story (September 13, 1996)
  2. Solitaire (September 20, 1996)
  3. Missed Manners (September 27, 1996)
  4. Crime and Coconuts (October 4, 1996)
  5. Miami Beached (October 11, 1996)
  6. Daveberry, RFD (October 18, 1996)
  7. A Very Barry Pumpkin Show (November 1, 1996)
  8. Falling (November 8, 1996)
  9. Stress (November 22, 1996)
  10. Starr Tours (December 13, 1996)
  11. The Importance of Missing Earnest (December 20, 1996)
  12. Does the Whale Have to Be White? (January 3, 1997)
  13. Playdate with a Playmate (January 10, 1997)
  14. Spontaneous Combustion (January 17, 1997)
  15. Dave Barry, Call Your Agent (January 31, 1997)
  16. Touched by an Agent (February 7, 1997)
  17. Bad News Barry's (February 21, 1997)
  18. Liar's Poker (February 28, 1997)
  19. Testing... Testing... (April 30, 1997)
  20. Tropical Depression (May 7, 1997)
  21. Oh Dad, Poor Dad (June 6, 1997)
  22. A Woman of Independent Seams (June 13, 1997)
  23. Let Simmer, Then Grill (June 20, 1997)
  24. The Creeping Peril (July 18, 1997)

Ratings[edit]

The show was originally a hit for CBS when it aired on Monday night. However, by the fourth season, the show had moved to the "Friday night death slot" and the resulting drop in ratings led to the program's cancellation.

Home media[edit]

CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount) released the first two seasons of Dave's World on DVD in Region 1 in 2008 and 2009.[3][4] The theme song for the DVD releases has been replaced with a generic rock track.

On July 24, 2012, Season 3 was released as a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release via Amazon.com's CreateSpace program.[5]

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

References[edit]

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