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Dennis the Menace The Final Season

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 1/6/12

This is a really good show and mostly still holds up today. I think that's because no matter what era you're talking about, kids are kids.  It's cute to watch Dennis and his friends do outrageous and funny things. Unless you don't like kids, you should love this show.  Kids should enjoy it, too.  It is in black and white, so some kids may be too spoiled to want to watch it in black and white.

It's funny to see Dennis in this last season because he's so much older. He even has a kind of date in one episode. Apparently the original Mr. Wilson died, and they brought his brother to the show, and then the brother's wife.  In this fourth season, Gale Gordon plays Mr. Wilson (fans of sitcoms may recognize him from the Lucy shows).

It's great to have all the episodes now on DVD. I just wish they had closed-captioning because I tend to use it. I'm not deaf, but you get used to using it after a while, and I feel bad for those with bad hearing if they buy a DVD without it.

In case you don't know, this is also a comic strip and a series of movies.  The DVD comes with a two page booklet with a cast list, episode descriptions, and some DVD credits. The press release below says that the DVD has the show's original promos, but I don't see them anywhere. I wasn't really looking, though...

More Information:


Starring Jay North, Herbert Anderson, Gloria Henry, Joseph Kearns and Sylvia Field

Collectible 5-DVD Box Set Includes All 38 Original Uncut Episodes


Dennis Mitchell (Jay North), the havoc-wreaking boy with a heart of gold, is back for a whole new season of well-meaning destruction and chaos. On July 26 2011, Shout! Factory, in association with Hank Ketcham Enterprises, will release Dennis The Menace: Season Two. The 5-DVD box set includes all 38 original uncut episodes from the complete second season (1960-1961). A must-have for fans and collectors, the Dennis The Menace: Season Two DVD set is priced to own at $29.93 SRP. The DVD box set is now available to preorder at , the Shout Factory store and other major retailers.

When he isn't torturously irritating crotchety Mr. Wilson (Joseph Kearns), Dennis tries to do good by his loving parents Henry (Herbert Anderson) and Alice (Gloria Henry). Accompanying Dennis through his misadventures are his right-hand boy, Tommy (Billy Booth) and his nemesis-in-a-dress, Margaret (Jeannie Russell). Season Two highlights include Dennis running away from home, raising a yard-destroying gopher, stirring up mischief with a Ouija board, entering a soapbox derby and going camping with Henry and Mr. Wilson.

Originally created as a comic strip by the late Hank Ketcham in 1951, the Dennis The Menace comic strip has appeared in over 1,000 newspapers in 48 countries and 19 languages. The television sitcom Dennis The Menace, based on Ketcham's comic strip, premiered on CBS Television in 1959 and has been part of the American cultural fabric ever since. Throughout the years the character has evolved into animated series, two feature films, as well as the face of the Dairy Queen Franchise.

Bonus Features:

Original Promos

About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory's DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company's audio catalogue boasts GRAMMY(r)-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable "best of" compilations. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit  

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