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Dennis the Menace 

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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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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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Release Date:

4 October 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Daniel el travieso  »

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| (146 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Four episodes feature Harold Stevens Hopper, aka Hal Hopper, the maternal uncle of Jay Waverley North. Hopper was married to North's mother's sister, Marie Elizabeth Cotton. This aunt and uncle are the adults who acted as guardians to North while he worked on Dennis the Menace. He does not speak fondly of them, and in interviews has stated that he was emotionally and physically abused by them whenever he failed to meet his Aunt Marie's high expectations. 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 »


[repeated line]
Dennis Mitchell: Good ol' Mr. Wilson!
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A must-see CBS hit!
19 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

"DENNIS THE MENACE," in my opinion, is a must-see CBS hit! Despite the fact that I've never seen every episode, I still enjoyed it. It's hard to say which one is my favorite. Also, I really loved the theme song. If you ask me, even though I liked everyone, it would have been nice if everyone had stayed on the show throughout its entire run. Everyone always gave a good performance, the production design was spectacular, the costumes were well-designed, and the writing was always very strong. In conclusion, if some network ever brings it back on the air, I strongly recommend you catch it just in case it goes off the air for good.

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