Dennis the Menace TV Show Comes to DVD
February 4, 2011
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Shout! Factory has announced that they will be releasing Dennis the Menace Season 1 on March 29. This five-disc set, based on the classic comic strip by Hank Ketcham reprinted by Fantagraphics, contains 32 black-and-white episodes. The show debuted in 1959 (the strip started in 1951) and starred Jay North as Dennis Mitchell, Herbert Anderson as his father Henry, Gloria Henry as mom Alice, and Joseph Kearns and Sylvia Field as neighbors George and Martha Wilson.

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Here’s my description of every episode of the show: Dennis gets in trouble, often by annoying Mr. Wilson, leading to “humorous misadventures”. Many remember it now as a relic of a simpler time, when suburban kids could roam free and explore without fears keeping them indoors and over-scheduled. DVD bonus features include

  • New interviews with Jeannie Russell (who played Margaret) and Gloria Henry
  • Archival radio interviews with Russell and Henry
  • Original TV show promo
  • A bonus episode of The Donna Reed Show in which North and Kearns played Dennis and Mr. Wilson — nice!
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Dennis the Menace Season One » DVDs Worth Watching writes:  

[…] got a chance to check out the first season DVD set of Dennis the Menace, due out from Shout! Factory tomorrow, March 29. 32 episodes are included on five discs. Each show […]

Larry L. writes:  

So glad that they released this show on DVD.
I would love to have at least the first season, which was really the best of the 4 seasons.
I fiound this show to be quite funny and entertaining, and not as sweet and sappy as some of the other family sitcoms of that era.
Definitely worth seeing again.


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