Thursday, July 6, 2023

Show Notes and Video Playlist: Episode 11-6: Dennis the Menace

*We hope you enjoy this double shot of Dennis as we discuss an episode of the Eighties cartoon and an episode of the black-and-white live-action sitcom!

*Here is the video playlist for this week's podcast. Click below for commercials, promos, and--while they last; no guarantees--the full episodes we watched for the show.

And remember, you can always check out our official YouTube page for all our podcasts and episode-specific video playlists for each one!

*The British Dennis the Menace is called...Dennis the Menace, much to my chagrin when researching this episode. The strip is Dennis the Menace and Gnasher. This Dennis debuted in 1950 in Beano and got his own cartoon in 1996.

*Hank Ketcham's Dennis the Menace debuted as a daily comic strip on March 12, 1951.

*The late, lamented modern hardback compilations I mention on the pod are from Papercutz but are no longer available from them. Fantagraphics collected the daily panels in order through 1962 but stalled out after 6 volumes.

*Dennis served as Dairy Queen's spokesman from 1971 until 2002.

*DIC's Dennis the Menace ran 1986 to 1988, with 78 half-hour episodes and 234 segments. Season 2 was Saturday mornings on CBS after the first 65 episodes appeared in first-run syndication.

*This episode we discuss has 3 segments: "The Boss Gets Scalped," "Mr. Dennistein," and "Lean, Green Jumping Machine." IMDB credits it as premiering November 3, 1986.

*Phil Hartman was on Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1994.

*The Screen Gems live-action series aired on CBS 1959 to 1963 for 4 seasons and 146 episodes.

*"The Fifty-Thousandth Customer" debuted November 12, 1961 on CBS.

*Age check of the main actors in Dennis at the time of this episode:
Jay North = 10.
herbet Anderson = 44.
Gloria Henry = 28
Joseph Kearns = 54
Syliva Field = 60
Charles Lane = 56

*Lucy Elkins, played by Irene Tedrow, appears in 26 episodes. She had a long and distinguished TV career, playing Drummond's mom on an episode of Diff'rent Strokes in addition to many, many other roles!

*Someone please make a nice hardback edition of this oft-reprinted comic book:

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