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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Series cast summary:
 Dennis Mitchell / ... (146 episodes, 1959-1963)
 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)


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 <>

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Release Date:

4 October 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Daniel el travieso  »

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The character of "Dennis Mitchell" was ranked at #8 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 10 Biggest Brats" (27 March 2005 issue). See more »


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 »


George Wilson: And to think I threw out all my nerve medicine!
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Referenced in Tiny Toon Adventures: The Wacko World of Sports (1990) See more »

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Dennis the Menace was my favorite show growing up. I used to run from the school bus to my house to see it coming on. I would really like to have it on DVD. I hope it will be made available in the near future. Even though Dennis got into plenty of trouble, it was good, wholesome, clean viewing. I know plenty of children today(along with adults like me) would enjoy seeing it now. There was never any disrespect shown to adults in this program. It was always intriguing wondering what Dennis was going to get into in each episode. Everything always worked out in the end and it was just refreshing to watch something that was so entertaining. I would really enjoy seeing this show again. It is the kind of program that you can watch and laugh and forget about how hard the day may have been. Hopefully it will be made available soon.

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