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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 4, 1959
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
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  • Starring: Jay North, Herbert Anderson, Gloria Henry
  • Summary: This is the 1959 CBS live-action situation comedy based on the comic strip by Hank Ketcham. Dennis is portrayed as the helpful menace that always seemed to cause chaos. Dennis Mitchell lived at 627 Elm Street with his parents, Henry and Alice. Next door was his best friend, Mr. WilsonThis is the 1959 CBS live-action situation comedy based on the comic strip by Hank Ketcham. Dennis is portrayed as the helpful menace that always seemed to cause chaos. Dennis Mitchell lived at 627 Elm Street with his parents, Henry and Alice. Next door was his best friend, Mr. Wilson (though the feeling was, certainly, not mutual). Dennis always was around to help Mr. Wilson whether he wanted the help or not. The allure of the series was to see how Dennis would unintentionally mess things up for Mr. Wilson.

    The series lasted four seasons, but, perhaps, could have lasted longer. Joseph Kearns, the actor who portrayed Mr. George Wilson, died during the show's third season. This left a huge void that even veteran actor Gale Gordon (Mr. John Wilson) couldn't fill. He was introduced toward the end of the third season, and the series was cancelled the following year.

    Main Title Theme Song
    "Dennis the Menace" by Irving Friedman

    CBS Broadcast History
    October 4, 1959 - September 22, 1963 ---- Sundays ---- 7:30 - 8:00 P.M.

    Nielsen Ratings - Top 30
    Season 1 (1959-60) 16 (26.0)
    Season 2 (1960-61) 11 (26.1)
    Season 3 (1961-62) 17 (23.8)
    Season 4 (1962-63) Not In Top 30

    First Telecast: October 4, 1959
    Last Telecast: July 7, 1963
    Episodes: 146 black-and-white episodes
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  • Genre(s): Comedy, Kids
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