Dennis the Menace (1986 TV series)

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Dennis the Menace
Dennis The Menace title card.jpg
Created by DIC Entertainment
TMS Entertainment
King Features Entertainment
Hank Ketcham Enterprises
DFS Program Exchange
Crawleys Animation (co-producer, season 2)
Starring Brennan Thicke
Phil Hartman
Marilyn Lightstone
Jeannie Elias
Donna Christie
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 78 (234 segments)
Production
Running time 22 Minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Syndication (season 1)
CBS (season 2)
Original run September 22, 1986 – March 26, 1988

Dennis the Menace is an American animated series produced by DIC Entertainment (now owned by DHX Media) (with season 2 co-produced by Crawleys Animation), based on the comic strip by Hank Ketcham.

The young blond boy with a cowlick and a mischievous personality, Dennis the Menace, gets into numerous scrapes and adventures with his dog Ruff and his friends Joey, Margaret, Gina, Tommy, PeeBee and Jay.

Dennis is an impulsive, angel-faced little devil who is always getting into scrapes which end up tormenting his hapless next-door neighbor, Mr. Wilson (though Dennis always means well). Dennis finds himself involved in all kinds of wild adventures (some of which are fantasy-based like the international espionage and trips into the past stories) but always manages to save the day.

The series was originally aired in syndication in the U.S., distributed by The Program Exchange. The second season aired on Saturday mornings on CBS. Each half-hour show consists of three six or seven-minute shorts. The show was sponsored by General Mills.

Cast/Characters[edit]

Cast of characters
  • Dennis Mitchell, a well-meaning but trouble-prone boy. Voiced by Brennan Thicke.
  • Henry Mitchell, father to Dennis and Alice's husband. Voiced by Phil Hartman in Season 1 and by Maurice LaMarche in Season 2.
  • Alice Mitchell, Henry Mitchell's wife and Dennis's mother. Usually voiced by Marilyn Lightstone, but on certain occasions by Louise Vallance.
  • Mr. George Wilson, the Mitchells' neighbor, often exasperated with Dennis's antics. Voiced by Phil Hartman in Season 1 and Maurice LaMarche in Season 2.
  • Mrs. Martha Wilson, a loving, grandmotherly type who enjoys Dennis's company. Voiced by Marilyn Lightstone or Louise Vallance.
  • Joey McDonald, Dennis's best friend. Voiced by Jeannie Elias.
  • Tommy Anderson, Dennis's other best friend. Also voiced by Jeannie Elias.
  • Margaret Wade, Dennis's friend and occasional nemesis, a goody-goody girl in the neighborhood. Also voiced by Jeannie Elias.
  • Gina Gillotti, Dennis's tomboyish, yet warm and feminine friend. Voiced by Donna Christie and later Sharon Noble.
  • PeeBee Kappa, Dennis' friend and resident genius and technology freak. His name is a play on Phi Beta Kappa. Voiced by Marilyn Lightstone.
  • Jay Weldon, Dennis's "too-tall" friend who loves to play basketball. Voiced by Riva Spier
  • Ruff, the Mitchells' family dog. Voiced by Phil Hartman in Season 1 and Maurice LaMarche in Season 2.
  • Other Kids, voiced by Matthew Godfrey in Season 1 and Kimberly "Kim" Duncan in Season 2.

Episode list[edit]

78 episodes were produced:

Season 1: 1986–1987[edit]

  1. So Long, Old Paint/Trembly Assembly/Private I
  2. A Visitor from Outer Space/Train That Boy/Genie Madness
  3. Cheer Up/Ghostblusters/The Life You Save
  4. Shark Treatment/Jungle Bungle/Racetrack Menace
  5. All the President's Menace/The Love Rowboat/Wilson the Menace
  6. Fishing for Trouble/Future Fortune/Time Bomb
  7. Spa Blahs/Whale of a Tale/Disaster on the Green
  8. Here, Kitty!/Circus Berserkus/The Monster of Mudville Flats
  9. The Price of Stardom/Space Menace/The Magic Flute
  10. Dennis' Yard Sale/The Abominable Snow Menace/It Came from the Planet Dennis
  11. Snowman Madness/The Invisible Kid/Home Destruction
  12. Chitty Chitty Moon Walk/Wet 'N Wild/Dennis at the Movies
  13. The Supermarket/The Big Candied Apple/The Defective Detector
  14. Henry the Menace/Come Fly with Me/Camping Out
  15. Up Up and Away (From Here)/Going Ape/Dennis the Pirate
  16. It's a Ruff Life/Professor Myron Mentalapse/Dennis Race 2000
  17. A Better Mousetrap/The Wizzer of Odd/Canine Car Wash
  18. Ride'Em Cowboy/Tenting Tonight/A Hair Raising Tale
  19. Medieval Evil/Beaver-Mania/Say Uncle
  20. Hopping Mad/Mayan Mayhem/The Big Power Trip
  21. Strong Medicine/Gold Strike/Lights! Camera! Mud!
  22. Invasion of the Blob/Wild West Show-Down/The Hen Party
  23. Up Up and Oh Boy!/The Company Picnic/Aw Nuts!
  24. Clip-Joint Capers/Tanks for the Memory/Second Honeymoon
  25. A Couple of Coo-Coos/The Cloneheads/Nothing But the Tooth
  26. Mummy's Little Boy/Horsing Around/Dennis Plasters Pamplona
  27. Dennis Predicts/Dennis & the Kangaroo Cavalry/Meatball Mess
  28. My Fair Dennis/A Good Knight's Work/Life in the Fast Lane
  29. A Nightmare at the Opera/A Royal Pain/Having a Marbleous Time
  30. Marky the Menace/Dennis the Genius/A Step Ahead
  31. The Boss Gets Scalped/Mr. Dennistein/Lean Green Jumping Machine
  32. Laundry Business/Journey to the Center of Uncle Charlie's Farm/Dennis Springs Into Action
  33. Ruff's Hat Trick/A Moving Experience/Lemon-Aid
  34. Sounds in the Night/Dennis Does Hollywood/Ruff to the Rescue
  35. The Bicycle Thief/Menace of the Mine Shaft/Margaret's Birthday Party
  36. So Sorry!/Shock Therapy/Yard Wars
  37. Ruff's Masterpiece/Going to the Dogs/Big Baby
  38. Building a Better Dog House/Dennis and the Dragon/Hic!
  39. Strike Up the Band/Queen of Chinatown/Tale of a Tux
  40. Give a Little Whistle/Charmed I'm Sure/After Hours
  41. Baseball's Best Ballplayer/Mr. Wilson's Diet/The Backyard Band
  42. Double Dennis/Timber Wolves/Help Not Wanted
  43. Million Dollar Dennis/3-D and Me/Barber Shop Disharmony
  44. Bowling for Dennis/Dennis Conquers the Navy/The Longest Half-Yard
  45. Vampire Scare/Give Me Liberty or Give Me Dennis/Wilson for Mayor
  46. Dangerous Detour/The Prodigy/The Chimp
  47. High Steel/Bicycle Mania/Little Dogs Lost
  48. Dennis Destroys Dallas/Black & Blue Hawaii/Oil's Well That Ends Well
  49. Door to Door Bore/Dennis in Venice/Young Sherlock Dennis
  50. Surf's Up/Yo Ho Ho/The Karate Kiddie
  51. Dennis and the Deep/K-9 Kollege/Housepests
  52. Animalympics/No Bones About It/Dennis Takes the Cake
  53. Quiet Riot/The Magic Pen/A Feeling for Stealing
  54. Househusband Henry/Wheeling & Double-Dealing/Stop That Car!
  55. Lights, Camera, Auction!/Boy Ahoy/Faulty Alarm
  56. Hail to the Chief/Dennis in Microchipland/Handy Dandy Dennis
  57. Dennis the Businessman/Soccer it to Me, Dennis/Camp Over Here-Over There
  58. Hullaballoo at the Harmony Homes/Phantom of the Wax Museum/Dennis and the Gypsy Woman
  59. Attack of the Giant Tomatoes/The Dinosaur Doozy/Funhouse Grouch
  60. Dennis Rocks Out/Deserted with Dennis/Fashionable Menace
  61. Back to the Drawing Board/Part-Time Helper/G.I. George
  62. Wanted: Scarface Wilson/Ruff Come Home/10-4 Dennis
  63. Heroes Unwelcome/The Martians are Coming/Ancient Olympics
  64. Pool Haul/Fool for Gold/Nothin' to Be Afraid Of
  65. Yankee Doodle Dennis/Dennis the Barnstormer/Trial and Error

Season 2: 1988[edit]

  1. Frankenstymied/Space Race/The Incredible Shrinking Dennis
  2. The Great Pie Swap/Climb of the Century/Little Beauty Shop of Horrors
  3. Crummy Mummy/Swiss Family Mitchell/Pie in the Eye
  4. It's Magic Time/Dennis in Wonderland/Water on the Brain
  5. Tunnel Vision/Super Duper Dennis/Ice Show Show-Off
  6. Snow Wars/The Moroccan Pigeon/Dennis of the Jungle
  7. Young at Heart/Thor-Sicle/A Word from Our Sponsor
  8. A Froggy Day/Loch Ness Mess/Box Office Smash
  9. Menaced Marriage/Dennis of the Yukon/Seal of Approval
  10. Instant Replay/Underwater Wonderland/Safe at Home
  11. A Fox Tale/Gorilla Warfare/Shared Interest
  12. Kooked Goose/Pell Mell Hotel/The Old Ball Game
  13. The Wright Stuff/Hassle in the Castle/Wilson's Night Out

Home video[edit]

VHS[edit]

On June 2, 1993, CBS/FOX Video released four VHS compilations in the USA:

Dennis' Great Adventure – contains the episodes All the President's Menace, The Abominable Snow Menace, Dennis in Venice and The Big Candied Apple.

Animal Antics – contains the episodes Lean, Green Jumping Machine, Shark Treatment, Jungle Bungle and Dinosaur Doozy.

Boys Will Be Boys – contains the episodes Disaster on the Green, Baseball's Best Ballplayer, Soccer it to Me, Dennis and Racetrack Menace.

Spies, Robbers and Ghosts – contains the episodes Ghost Blusters, The Monster of Mudville Flats, Young Sherlock Dennis and The Defective Detector.

In Sweden, 2 compilations were released containing the following episodes:

Dennis Får Besök Från Rymden – contains the episode 'A Visitor From Outer Space'

Dennis – Yankee Doodle Dennis – contains the episodes 'Yankee Doodle Dennis', 'Dennis the Barnstorm', 'Trail and Error', 'Instant Replay', 'Thor-Sicle' and 'Seal of Approval'.

DVD releases[edit]

On March 18, 2008, Fox Home Entertainment released a select 7-episode DVD entitled Dennis the Menace: Trouble, Trouble Everywhere in Region 1. This compilation includes the episodes Dennis in Venice, Mayan Mayhem, The Big Candied Apple, A Royal Pain, Dennis and the Kangaroo Cavalry, Dennis Plasters Pamplona and Black and Blue Hawaii.

On March 18, 2014, Mill Creek Entertainment released Dennis the Menace – Volume One on DVD in Region 1.[1] The 3-disc set contains the first 33 episodes of the series. On August 5, 2014, Mill Creek released Dennis the Menace - Lights! Camera! Menace!, which contains the remaining 32 episodes from the first season.[2]

Broadcast history[edit]

USA[edit]

Television syndication (1986–1988 [first run]; 1992-2006 [second run])

In 1992, The Program Exchange re-released the series with a different opening sequence and end credits (but containing the same theme songs). This edit is still used when the show is rerun and released on home video today.

UK[edit]

The title was shortened to Dennis so as not to create confusion with the UK character Dennis the Menace.

Canada[edit]

Australia[edit]

Czech Republic[edit]

Croatia[edit]

Philippines[edit]

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