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Dennis the Menace was a television show which chronicled the adventures of one little kid named Dennis. The show was created from the cartoon of the same name by Bill Ketchum. Although very likable, Dennis was incapable of staying out of trouble and quite capable of making the adults around him very nervous.

Dennis, his mom Alice Mitchell and dad Henry Mitchell all lived at the fictional 627 Elm Street. Although his parents were reasonable and for the most part semi-accepting of their son's antics, Dennis tested their patience minute by minute. He was like a supernova streaking through his neighborhood, turning everything in it's path upside down. Dennis's ever bright disposition combined with his inexhaustible energy and (what he thought were) clever ideas was a recipe for many misadventures.

Be-speckled and calm, Henry Mitchell was the epitome of unruffled acceptance and bemusement of his son's shenanigans. Unfortunately, his mom Alice Mitchell had to deal with most of Dennis's mischievousness head on. In one episode, Dennis tells his friend his mom is the best mom in the whole world. He announces to his friend he is going to fix the leg of the kitchen table his dad has been meaning to fix. Dennis insists he's great at fixing things as he, in his own unique way, proceeds to tear down the table. Of course Mrs. Mitchell is left to pick up the remains of the table which took Dennis about one minute to dismantle.

One of the funnier quotes in the show was mom, how come you always say thank goodness instead of goodnight? His mom was tucking him into bed at the time, worn completely out from dealing with Dennis all day long. Every parent in America could probably identify with this moment!

Dennis was a big thorn in the side of his grumpy older neighbor, Mr. Wilson. Dennis would find new and ever more creative ways to drive Mr. Wilson insane. It really didn't help that Mr. Wilson was a nervous wreck. After shooing Dennis away for the one hundredth time, Mr. Wilson would find Dennis right back at his door with a new way to "help out". Dennis's idea of helping out did not impress Mr. Wilson at all. He was confounded by Dennis on a daily basis.

Free spirited and fun loving, Dennis didn't think past his nose and never considered consequences. Mr. Wilson probably brought on Dennis's bad behavior because he expected things to go wrong. Sure enough they did.

Shout Factory
4 Seasons, 146 Episodes - Canceled
June 12, 1960
Family, Comedy
7.1/10
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  • When Mr. Wilson's Aunt Emma pays him a visit, she takes an instant liking to Dennis, causing Mr. Wilson to fear that she will make Dennis her heir instead of him.

  • While Henry is out of town, Dennis tries to take his place and do everything his father would do.

  • Henry tells Dennis to get rid of his massive comic book collection, so he decides to sell them.

  • Mr. Wilson and Mrs. Elkins each run for president of the Birdwatchers Society.

  • With the recent bad luck Mr. Wilson has been having, Dennis offers to let him borrow what he believes to be a lucky rabbit's foot.

  • Dennis and his friends start a laundry service using Mrs. Elkins' old washing machine.

  • Dennis finds a stray dog and convinces Henry to allow the dog to stay in their house for the night.

  • A famous actress commissions Mr. Wilson to write her life story thinking he is a young, vigorous author with a youthful point of view.

  • Mr. Wilson thinks his property taxes are rising because the school is wasting money on nonessential programs and luxuries.

  • Dennis takes Mr. Wilson's lawn edger without asking, so when Mr. Wilson sees Mrs. Elkins using an edger she recently purchased, he takes it believing it was stolen from him.

  • With Henry away in New York on business and Alice having to spend the night with Henry's mother, Dennis stays with the Wilsons for a night.

  • Mr. Wilson becomes a cat-catcher for the police department to help enforce a cat license law.

  • Dennis and Tommy decide to use pigeons in the park to send messages to each other.

  • Mr. Wilson wins an essay contest that requires the entrants to be parents, so he tries to pass off Dennis and his friends as his own children.

  • Mrs. Wilson knits several baby booties to use as covers for a new set of golf clubs, and Dennis quickly spreads word around the neighborhood.

  • Mr. Wilson is convinced that he is allergic to Dennis because he sneezes every time Dennis is around.

  • The star player on Dennis' basketball team, Stretch, quits the team because Johnny Brady and some of the other players constantly make fun of him.

  • Dennis is appointed by the mayor to go to Washington to ask their senator to support the creation of a national forest at nearby Hickory Mountain.

  • Dennis decides to help along a potential romance between an older friend of his and a new girl in town.

  • Mr. Wilson sees large footprints in his yard caused by Dennis' new novelty shoes and thinks they may be from a monster that has been reported in the newspaper.

  • Mr. Wilson gives Dennis a book called Secrets Of The Indian Rain Dance, and he and his friends decide to give it a try.

  • Mr. Wilson tells Dennis he isn't feeling well just to get Dennis to leave him alone, but Dennis of course spreads the word and leads everyone to believe that Mr. Wilson is very sick.

  • Mr. Wilson is named chairman of a saving-stamps campaign for the Junior Astronauts and arranges a contest at Dennis' school to win a trip to Cape Canaveral to meet an astronaut.

  • Mr. Wilson believes that a hermit Dennis visits at his shack out in the woods fought in the Civil War, so he tries to get his life story.

  • Mr. Wilson takes over an advice-to-the-lovelorn newspaper column for a few weeks, thinking he will have every single woman in town happily married by the time he finishes.

  • Mr. Wilson hangs out and plays with Dennis and his friends for the day to gather information for a magazine article about the changing behaviors of children.

  • Dennis runs away from home because Henry is thinking of getting a new job that would relocate him and his family.

  • When Mr. Wilson's nephew visits him in San Diego and gives him and Dennis a ride in his Navy truck, they inadvertently get brought back to the naval base.

  • Both the Wilsons and the Mitchells take a trip when Mr. Wilson is selected to pick up a chimpanzee from the San Diego Zoo.

  • Dennis and his school's new principal get off on the wrong foot after the principal takes a remark about his height the wrong way.

  • Mr. Wilson's article about gypsies is returned with the request that he get to know them better through further research.

  • Following a complaint from Mrs. Elkins, Sgt. Mooney takes Mr. Wilson to court for an alleged violation of a town ordinance when his incinerator continues to burn after 8:00 a.m.

  • Mrs. Elkins turns Dennis down for a job delivering circulars for her campaign, but Mr. Wilson agrees to help Dennis pursue it.

  • Dennis hears the Wilsons arguing and spreads the news around the neighborhood, leading some of the neighbors to think the Wilsons have split up.

  • Dennis becomes fast friends with a girl from Hong Kong who is staying with the Wilsons.

  • Mr. Wilson is writing a magazine article about voodoo. Dennis gets the wrong idea and tells the whole neighborhood that Mr. Wilson is a witch doctor.

  • Mr. Brady and Tiny, an employee at his store, challenge Henry and John to compete against them in the sporting events at an upcoming community picnic.

  • Dennis wants to join an older boys' club, but, in order to do so, he has to go through an initiation.

  • After selling a rare 1919 dime for $150, Mr. Wilson buys ten raffle tickets from Dennis and ends up winning a chicken. When he wants to cook the chicken for dinner, Dennis and his friends try to talk him out of it.

  • George Wilson's brother John comes to stay with Martha while George is out of town.

  • In order to get out of playing house with Margaret, Dennis decides to help Mr. Wilson's Uncle Ned plant flower bulbs in his yard.

  • The mayor agrees to give the team new uniforms if Mr. Quigley can get Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers to play an exhibition game in town.

  • Mr. Wilson thinks his next-door neighbor is the stocking bandit and tries to prove it.

  • Dennis has an appointment to go to a new dentist in town who gives a gift to each child that sees him for the first time.

  • Mr. Wilson buys a treasure chest at an auction thinking that it has a pirate's treasure in it.

  • An Indian fire-starting demonstration is scheduled for Dennis' Junior Pathfinders club, and Mr. Wilson is drafted to start a fire by rubbing together two sticks.

  • Dennis charges admission to his friends for rides in George's 1912 Winton.

  • Dennis enlists the help of Mr. Wilson in creating a documentary film of the town for a school project.

  • A big, shaggy dog follows Mr. Wilson home from the market.

  • Mr. Wilson's wallet is taken by a pickpocket, so Dennis and Tommy try to help the police find the crook.

  • Mr. Wilson plans to have a quiet evening at home, but his plans change when Henry needs a sitter for Dennis.

  • George's Uncle Ned comes to visit and convinces George that he isn't in shape. Ned starts a physical fitness program and forces George and Henry to participate.

  • Mr. Wilson decides to leave Dennis a gold watch in his will. Soon after, Mr. Wilson begins to feel old and is convinced that he only has a short time to live.

  • Dennis enters his frog in a jumping contest with Mr. Wilson as his partner. Mr. Wilson bets Sergeant Mooney that Dennis' frog will win.

  • Dennis is put on the spot when he asks both Mr. Wilson and Mr. MacTavish to represent Scotland for his school project.

  • Mr. Wilson agrees to give Dennis his magnifying glass as long as he doesn't say a word to him or around him for the rest of the day.

  • Mr. Wilson holds a bird lovers' session at his home that includes a woman who does realistic bird calls.

  • Dennis' Cub Scout troop is putting on a circus, and Dennis convinces Mr. Wilson to be the lion.

  • Dennis wants to open an account at the bank where Mr. Wilson is temporarily working in the new-accounts department.

  • Dennis, Henry and Mr. Wilson go out in the woods and cut down a big Christmas tree that almost ends up getting destroyed before they get it home.

  • Dennis mows Mr. Wilson's lawn, and instead of the silver dollar he is promised, Mr. Wilson tricks him into taking a silver coin with a horseshoe and the words "good luck" written on it.

  • A school intelligence test labels Dennis a genius.

  • Mr. Wilson receives an inheritance from his aunt and thinks about starting a foundation to help the less fortunate.

  • Mr. Wilson coaches Dennis' Pee Wee League baseball team because Henry, the team's original coach, becomes ill.

  • Mr. Finch is having a contest in which his store's fifty-thousandth customer of the year will win five minutes of free shopping. Mr. Wilson is determined to be the winner.

  • Mr. Wilson ends up being in a play at Dennis' school after he and Tommy get handcuffed together before the play starts.

  • George and Henry purchase a house as an income property and later find out that it is known to be haunted.

  • Mr. Wilson has something very important in his safe. Unfortunately, no one can remember the combination.

  • Henry gets a ticket for walking on the grass in the park. When Mr. Wilson hears about it, he thinks it isn't fair, so he convinces Henry to go to court and contest it.

  • Dennis and Mr. Wilson camp out on a mountain so that Dennis can join the Junior Pathfinders club.

  • Mr. Wilson accidentally gets Dennis' space helmet stuck on his head.

Most Popular Dennis the Menace Episodes

  • Season 1 Episode 11 The Christmas Story 12/20/1959
  • Season 1 Episode 12 Dennis And The Cowboy 12/27/1959
  • Season 1 Episode 21 Mr. Wilson's Sister 3/06/1960
  • Season 1 Episode 13 Dennis Haunts A House 1/03/1960
  • Season 1 Episode 4 Grandpa And Miss Cathcart 10/25/1959

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