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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4 October 1959 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Dennis was modeled after Dennis Ketcham, son of Hank Ketcham, the creator of the strip. Despite the affable nature of the character, the real Dennis suffered a somewhat tragic life. When he was only twelve years old, Dennis lost his mother to a drug overdoes while she was in the process of divorcing his father. Hank Ketcham then moved them to Switzerland but when Dennis had trouble adjusting to his new life and started getting into trouble in school, Hank shipped him off to a boarding school back in USA while he stayed behind in Switzerland with his new wife and family. Dennis managed to straighten his life out and even joined the military and fought in Vietnam. After he returned home, he suffered from PTSD and all the while being estranged from his father who, by then, had earned (and continue earning) a lot of money from the strips he drew based on his son. 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 »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Dennis Mitchell: Helloooooo Mr. Wilson!
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I remember the show
13 November 2006 | by (Brewster, ny ,usa) – See all my reviews

I was about the same age as Jay North and I remember vividly watching the 1st show in fall 1959 with my older brother on our table-top RCA-Victor black and white TV. It was on CBS TV (chan 2 in New York City where we grew up). I remember always feeling bad for "GOOD OLD MR Wilson" but I always thought the guy who played the owner of the grocery named Mr Quigley was a sour-puss. One of my favorite ones was the one when Mr Wilson accidentally gave Dennis a very rare coin and Dennis spent it. Of course, Mrs. Wilson was ready to give Mr. Wilson some of his "Nerve Medicine". A good,fun show that we loved. It was followed by other Sunday comedy shows on CBS including "My Favorite Martian" and "Mr Ed".


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