Dennis the Menace (1959–1963)

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Television episodes built around the same sorts of incidents found in Hank Ketcham's long-running comic strip.

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 Dennis Mitchell / ... (146 episodes, 1959-1963)
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 Alice Mitchell (145 episodes, 1959-1963)
Herbert Anderson ...
 Henry Mitchell (144 episodes, 1959-1963)
Billy Booth ...
 Tommy Anderson (111 episodes, 1959-1963)
Joseph Kearns ...
 George Wilson (102 episodes, 1959-1962)
Sylvia Field ...
 Martha Wilson (90 episodes, 1959-1962)
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The live-action adaptation of the Hank Ketcham comic strip of the same name. Dennis Mitchell was a loveable young boy, dressed in overalls and carrying a slingshot in his pocket. Everywhere he went, Dennis' wide-eyed curiosity, well-meaning attempts to help out, and his simply being a normal, red-blooded American boy growing up always seemed to lead to trouble. Usually on the receiving end was Dennis' next-door neighbor, retired business machine salesman George Wilson. Dennis worshiped Mr. Wilson, but he usually displayed a less-than-cordial attitude around the young lad. Mr. Wilson's wife, Martha, adored Dennis and saw him as a surrogate grandson (since the Wilsons never had any children). Dennis' long-suffering parents were Henry (an engineer) and Alice (a stay-at-home mother). Episodes revolved around Dennis' adventures and the trouble that usually followed. Also involved in the fun were Dennis' friends Tommy, Margaret, and Seymour. During the final year of the show, Mr. Wilson's ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Trivia

Jeannie Russell was personally picked by Jay North to play the role of Margaret Wade. See more »

Goofs

The side of the Wilsons' house closest to the Mitchell residence has an architectural inconsistency between front and back views. When viewed from Elm Street, the Mitchells' driveway appears to directly border the outside wall of the Wilsons' living room. However, in all but season 2, there is a door in the living room that exits toward the Mitchell residence. Beyond that door is a fence, sometimes with a gate that exits into the corner of the Wilsons' front yard. Viewed from the front, that gate could not exist. It would come out into the corner of the Wilsons' yard where the front yard, living room and fence meet the edge of the Mitchells' driveway. See more »

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Never fond of this...
26 April 2002 | by (West Lafayette, IN) – See all my reviews

Even when I was a very young child (when this series was still in production,) I wasn't that crazy about this program. I grant that Jay North's Dennis was intended to get on people's nerves, but I don't think that was the intent with regard to the viewers; his shrill delivery always pained me and I couldn't figure out how a kid like that never got whipped.

Admittedly, most of the problems he caused were unintentional; nevertheless, any normal parents would have sat him down and explained that there's such a thing as trying too hard.


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