Dennis the Menace (1959-1963 TV series)

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I can remember one summer in the late 80’s when I spent a lot of time watching T.V, especially old shows like The Munsters, The Addams Family, The Monkees and my favorite show, Dennis the Menace.

The show aired from 1958-1963 on CBS and starred Jay North as the sweet, lovable but usually trouble finding Dennis…the menace. Dennis had two best friends in the boy with a crew cut ,Tommy & his neighbor “Good ‘Ol Mr. Wilson”, who wanted nothing more than to just be left alone. Now Dennis never tried to aggravate or bother Mr. Wilson but he always managed to do just that with his whimsical ways. Dennis would always end up at the Wilsons house which was next door to see what his good friend was up to or to simply just talk. Mrs.Wilson who was a very sweet women would always say “oh come on in Dennis” as Mr.Wilson would make a cringing face because he could no longer read the paper in silence.

The show had two Mr. Wilsons, George Wilson (Joseph Kearns) who was in the series from 1959-1962 and passed away from a cerebral hemorrhage was replaced with Gale Gordon who played Mr.Wilson’s brother John. Gale Gordon is said to be a better resemblance of the comic strip Mr.Wilson but for me Mr. Wilson will always be George.

All four seasons of Dennis the Menace are available on Amazon.com or Netflix streaming. There are plenty of episodes found on Youtube so go check out Dennis, he’s not such a bad kid.


One Response to Dennis the Menace (1959-1963 TV series)

  1. Drahken says:

    I remember watching dennis the menace on nick back in the 80s.
    Trivia tidbit: The theme song (and possibly other music/sound effects in the show) is stock music, not made specifically for the show. The same music can be heard in a roadrunner cartoon, “Hook Line and Stinker” (though I always associate it with the dennis the menace show).

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