Show Type: Sitcom
First Telecast: October
September 22, 1963
October 1959 - September
1963, Sunday 7:30-8:00 on CBS
Esther Cathcart (1959-1961).....
Theodore Mooney (1962-1963).....
Robert John Pittman
Cartoonist Hank Ketcham's
mischievous imp was brought to television in 1959 in the person of Jay North.
Dennis the Menace had been a comic-strip fixture for years, with its little boy who was always trying to help
but usually managed to make everything worse. Dennis's
long-suffering parents put up with him as best they could, which was more than
could be said for Mr. Wilson, their next-door
neighbor in suburban Hillsdale. If Mr. Wilson planted some fancy tulips, Dennis
was sure to uproot them
and plant some "prettier" potatoes in their place. If Dennis happened upon some
Mr. Wilson's rare coins, he was sure to donate them to the March of Dimes.
Adding to the general confusion was Mr. Wilson's dog, Fremont.
Kearns, the first Mr. Wilson, died before filming was completed for
the 1961-1962 season. He was replaced in May 1962 by Gale Gordon, who was initially
introduced as Mr. Wilson's brother John, a houseguest of Mrs. Wilson. The next fall, John returned with
a wife of his own, Eloise, as if he had always been the sole Mr. Wilson.
of Dennis The Menace aired Saturday mornings on NBC from October
1963 to September 1965. A quarter-century after the live-action Dennis the
Menace left the air, CBS brought an animated version
to its Saturday morning lineup in January 1988. The animated Dennis only lasted for
nine months. A second animated series, The New Dennis the Menace, aired Saturday mornings on CBS during the 1993-1994 season.