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|
|Opening theme||"You May Be Right" by Southside Johnny|
|Country of origin||United Stars|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||98|
|Executive producer(s)||Jonathan Axelrod
|Producer(s)||Faye Oshima Belyeu|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Producers Entertainment Group Ltd.
Fred Barron Productions (seasons 1-2)
Livestock Productions (seasons 1-2)
Kitten in the Oven Productions (seasons 3-4)
|Original release||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 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
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.
- Regular cast
- 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 "Shel" Baylor
- Patrick Warburton as Eric (1995–97)
- Recurring cast
CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount) released the first 2 seasons of Dave's World on DVD in Region 1 in 2008/2009. The theme song for the DVD releases has been replaced with a generic rock track. As of September 2014, these releases have been discontinued and are out of print.
On July 24, 2012, season 3 was released as a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release via Amazon.com's CreateSpace program.
|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|
- Dave's World - Pazsaz Entertainment Network
- Dave’s World: Miami Herald Columnist Dave Barry Goes TV - Miami Beach 411.com