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Dave's World
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Dave's World intertitle
Format Sitcom
Created by Fred Barron
Starring Harry Anderson
DeLane Matthews
Zane Carney
Andrew Ducote
Shadoe Stevens
Meshach Taylor
Opening theme "You May Be Right" by Southside Johnny
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 98
Executive producer(s) Jonathan Axelrod
Fred Barron
Producer(s) Faye Oshima Belyeu
Running time 30 min.
Original channel CBS
Original run September 20, 1993 – July 18, 1997

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


Plot synopsis

The show focused 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 third 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 Barry's and getting married. Later in the series, Dave completes a book based on he and his friend's 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 was set in Miami, Florida (which is the actual base of operations of Dave Barry). 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.

During the run of the show, the real Dave Barry divorced his wife, Beth.[2]



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 Baylor
Patrick Warburton as Eric (1995-1997)

Recurring Cast

Tammy Lauren as Julie (1993-1994)
Eugene Roche as Eric, Jr. (1995-1996)
Beatrice Arthur as Mel Bloom (1997)

DVD releases

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.[3] The theme song for the season 1 DVD release was replaced with a generic rock track.

DVD Name Ep# Release Date
The First Season 23 August 12, 2008
The Second Season 25 February 3, 2009

Nielsen Ratings

The show obtained decent ratings throughout most of its run

1993-1994 Season: #21

1994-1995 Season: #21


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