Dennis the Menace

Dennis the Menace

  • TV-G
  • 1959
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.1  (1,859)

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.

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Aunt Emma Visits the Wilsons
38. Aunt Emma Visits the Wilsons
July 7, 1963
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.
A Man Among Men
37. A Man Among Men
June 16, 1963
While Henry is out of town, Dennis tries to take his place and do everything his father would do.
First Editions
36. First Editions
June 9, 1963
Henry tells Dennis to get rid of his massive comic book collection, so he decides to sell them.
Listen to the Mockingbird
35. Listen to the Mockingbird
June 2, 1963
Mr. Wilson and Mrs. Elkins each run for president of the Birdwatchers Society.
The Lucky Rabbit's Foot
34. The Lucky Rabbit's Foot
May 26, 1963
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.
Hawaiian Love Song
33. Hawaiian Love Song
May 19, 1963
Mrs. Wilson is angry with Mr. Wilson because she thinks he's not taking her to Hawaii, for their anniversary even though he promised to.
Tuxedo Trouble
32. Tuxedo Trouble
May 12, 1963
Dennis and his friends start a laundry service using Mrs. Elkins' old washing machine.
The Lost Dog
31. The Lost Dog
May 5, 1963
Dennis finds a stray dog and convinces Henry to allow the dog to stay in their house for the night.
Never Say Dye
30. Never Say Dye
April 28, 1963
A famous actress commissions Mr. Wilson to write her life story thinking he is a young, vigorous author with a youthful point of view.
The Three F's
29. The Three F's
April 21, 1963
Mr. Wilson thinks his property taxes are rising because the school is wasting money on nonessential programs and luxuries.
Dennis Plays Robin Hood
28. Dennis Plays Robin Hood
April 14, 1963
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.
The Uninvited Guest
27. The Uninvited Guest
April 7, 1963
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.
A Tax on Cats
26. A Tax on Cats
March 31, 1963
Mr. Wilson becomes a cat-catcher for the police department to help enforce a cat license law.
Dennis and the Homing Pigeons
25. Dennis and the Homing Pigeons
March 24, 1963
Dennis and Tommy decide to use pigeons in the park to send messages to each other.
My Four Boys
24. My Four Boys
March 17, 1963
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.
Baby Booties
23. Baby Booties
March 10, 1963
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.
Wilson's Allergy
22. Wilson's Allergy
March 2, 1963
Mr. Wilson is convinced that he is allergic to Dennis because he sneezes every time Dennis is around.
The Big Basketball Game
21. The Big Basketball Game
February 24, 1963
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 Goes to Washington
20. Dennis Goes to Washington
February 16, 1963
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, the Confused Cupid
19. Dennis, the Confused Cupid
February 10, 1963
Dennis decides to help along a potential romance between an older friend of his and a new girl in town.
The Creature with the Big Feet
18. The Creature with the Big Feet
February 3, 1963
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.
Dennis, the Rain Maker
17. Dennis, the Rain Maker
January 27, 1963
Mr. Wilson gives Dennis a book called Secrets Of The Indian Rain Dance, and he and his friends decide to give it a try.
Wilson's Little White Lie
16. Wilson's Little White Lie
January 20, 1963
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.
Junior Astronaut
15. Junior Astronaut
January 13, 1963
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.
My Uncle Ned
14. My Uncle Ned
January 6, 1963
Mr. Wilson has written a book about his Uncle Ned's life, but Ned does not want the book to be published.
Dennis and the Hermit
13. Dennis and the Hermit
December 29, 1962
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.
Jane Butterfield Says
12. Jane Butterfield Says
December 23, 1962
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.
Wilson's Second Childhood
11. Wilson's Second Childhood
December 16, 1962
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.
Henry's New Job
10. Henry's New Job
December 2, 1962
Dennis runs away from home because Henry is thinking of getting a new job that would relocate him and his family.
Dennis at Boot Camp
9. Dennis at Boot Camp
November 25, 1962
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.
San Diego Safari
8. San Diego Safari
November 18, 1962
Both the Wilsons and the Mitchells take a trip when Mr. Wilson is selected to pick up a chimpanzee from the San Diego Zoo.
The New Principal
7. The New Principal
November 11, 1962
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.
Dennis in Gypsyland
6. Dennis in Gypsyland
November 4, 1962
Mr. Wilson's article about gypsies is returned with the request that he get to know them better through further research.
Poor Mr. Wilson
5. Poor Mr. Wilson
October 28, 1962
When Mr. Wilson's money is lost at Quigley's market through a hole in his pocket, he cannot pay Dennis for washing his car -- but Dennis misinterprets "the market" to mean stock and assumes Mr. Wilson is broke.
The Little Judge
4. The Little Judge
October 21, 1962
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.
Dennis and the Circular Circumstances
3. Dennis and the Circular Circumstances
October 14, 1962
Mrs. Elkins turns Dennis down for a job delivering circulars for her campaign, but Mr. Wilson agrees to help Dennis pursue it.
You Go Your Way
2. You Go Your Way
October 7, 1962
Dennis hears the Wilsons arguing and spreads the news around the neighborhood, leading some of the neighbors to think the Wilsons have split up.
The Chinese Girl
1. The Chinese Girl
September 30, 1962
Dennis becomes fast friends with a girl from Hong Kong who is staying with the Wilsons.
Description

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.Dennis the Menace is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (146 episodes). The series first aired on October 4, 1959.

Dennis the Menace is available for streaming on the Shout Factory website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Dennis the Menace on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, FuboTV, The Roku Channel Free, Hoopla, Crackle, Tubi TV and Peacock.

  • Premiere Date
    October 4, 1959
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (1,859)