History Series / DennisTheMenace

3rd May '18 7:48:46 AM snichols1973
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* CrankyNeighbor: George Wilson, in everyone else's eyes.

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* CrankyNeighbor: George Wilson, in everyone else's eyes.eyes, especially Mrs. Elkins.
3rd May '18 7:47:02 AM snichols1973
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* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Played with in "Dennis' Lovesick Friend", where Dennis seemingly manages to avoid playing house with Margaret, whose doll got damaged when Dennis tied it to a toy rocket and sent it into space with Margaret threatening to tell Dennis's parents about the incident unless he plays house with her. Mr. Wilson's Uncle Ned, who is in town, hires Dennis and a teenage boy whose girlfriend has broken up with him to work in Mr. Wilson's garden. Just when it looks like Dennis has given Margaret the slip by working with Uncle Ned, Alice and Henry, who saw Dennis strolling the sidewalk with Margaret, decide to invite Margaret over, and poor Dennis ends up playing house with Margaret, even though his parents never found out about the damaged doll.



** In "The Lucky Piece", George offers Dennis a good luck coin instead of money for mowing the lawn. Alice and Martha get together and secretly make the good luck happen for Dennis to teach Mr. Wilson a lesson, with Dennis finding a compass and scout's pocketknife in a box of cookies, which Alice and Dennis bought. The wives make arrangements for the malt shop to call Dennis and tell him that he won some free milkshakes which they paid for, and George offers to buy the lucky coin from Dennis, only to regret throwing it away when a hobo finds it and a ham falls out of a meat truck.

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** In "The Lucky Piece", George offers Dennis a good luck coin instead of money for mowing the lawn. Alice and Martha get together and secretly make the good luck happen for Dennis to teach Mr. Wilson a lesson, with Dennis finding a compass and scout's pocketknife in a box of cookies, which Alice and Dennis Mrs. Wilson bought. The wives make arrangements for the malt shop to call Dennis and tell him that he won some free milkshakes which they paid for, and George offers to buy the lucky coin from Dennis, only to regret throwing it away when a hobo finds it and a ham falls out of a meat truck.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Gale Gordon replaced Joseph Kearns as George Wilson's brother John for the final season after Kerns passed away. Oddly enough, Gordon resembles the newspaper image of George Wilson much more than Kerns did.
** Although to be fair, John wasn't completely a clone of George. Being slightly younger he was still working and not the cranky retiree that George was. John seemed to accept Dennis more as an equal, and even conspired with him in a few episodes. The characterizations of Martha and Eloise Wilson on the other hand were indistiguishable.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Gale Gordon replaced Joseph Kearns as George Wilson's brother John for the final season after Kerns Kearns passed away. Oddly enough, Gordon resembles the newspaper image of George Wilson much more than Kerns Kearns did.
** Although to be fair, John wasn't completely a clone of George. Being slightly younger younger, he was still working as a free-lance writer and not the cranky retiree that George was. John seemed to accept Dennis more as an equal, and even conspired with him in a few episodes. The characterizations of Martha and Eloise Wilson on the other hand were indistiguishable.
28th Apr '18 8:56:03 AM snichols1973
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* ChildHater: Mr. Merrivale, the grumpy florist, who frequently chases Dennis and Tommy out of his flower shop.
** Downplayed with Mr. Finch, the pharmacist, who is considerably a bit more patient, whenever Dennis and Tommy aren't causing mischief in his pharmacy.



* DoesNotLikeChildren: Mr. Merrivale, the grumpy florist, who frequently chases Dennis and Tommy out of his flower shop.
** Downplayed with Mr. Finch, the pharmacist, who is considerably a bit more patient, whenever Dennis and Tommy aren't causing mischief in his pharmacy.
28th Apr '18 8:53:08 AM snichols1973
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* CatchPhrase: For Dennis: "Heyyyyyy, Misssssster Willllllllllllson!", "Good ol' Mr Wilson", "Jeepers!", and "I was only trying to help!" For Mr. Wilson: "Oh, Great Scott!"
** Lampshaded at the end of one episode:

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* CatchPhrase: For Dennis: "Heyyyyyy, Misssssster Willllllllllllson!", "Good ol' Mr Wilson", "Hellooooo, Mr. Wilson!", "Jeepers!", and "I was only trying to help!" For Mr. Wilson: "Oh, Great Scott!"
** Lampshaded at the end of one episode:episode when Dennis and Mr. Wilson briefly take on each other's roles when Alice comes downstairs and sees the ruined kitchen drapes:



* CrossOver: Jay North made a guest appearence in an episode of ''TheDonnaReedShow'' as Dennis. Apparently the Mitchells and the Stones live in the same neighborhood.
** Spring Byington appears in one episode as herself visiting her niece, the mother of one of Dennis's friends. Although playing herself, Dennis refers to her by the name of her character from ''DecemberBride''. (Which is somewhat ironic, as Jay North would grow up to resent the fact that everyone thought of him as Dennis, making it next to impossible to find post-''Dennis'' acting work.)

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* CrossOver: Jay North made a guest appearence in an episode of ''TheDonnaReedShow'' ''The Donna Reed Show'' as Dennis. Apparently the Mitchells and the Stones live in the same neighborhood.
** Spring Byington appears in one episode as herself visiting her niece, the mother of one of Dennis's friends. Although playing herself, Dennis refers to her by the name of her character from ''DecemberBride''.''December Bride''. (Which is somewhat ironic, as Jay North would grow up to resent the fact that everyone thought of him as Dennis, making it next to impossible to find post-''Dennis'' acting work.)



* DoesNotLikeChildren: Mr. Merrivale, the grumpy florist, who frequently chases Dennis and Tommy out of his flower shop.
** Downplayed with Mr. Finch, the pharmacist, who is considerably a bit more patient, whenever Dennis and Tommy aren't causing mischief in his pharmacy.



* IAmSpartacus: In Season 4's "The New Principal", Dennis's new principal puts him in detention after he is framed by Johnny Brady signing Dennis's name to a picture that Johnny drew; John Wilson, Mr. Finch the pharmacist, and Mr. Quigley the grocer come to the school claiming to be Henry Mitchell so they can convince the principal of Dennis's innocence. By the time Henry shows up, the principal dismisses all of them and Dennis gets to play in the baseball game.

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* IAmSpartacus: In Season 4's "The New Principal", Dennis's new principal principal, Mr. Spivey, puts him in detention after he is framed by Johnny Brady signing Dennis's name to a picture that Johnny drew; John Wilson, Mr. Finch the pharmacist, and Mr. Quigley the grocer come to the school claiming to be Henry Mitchell so they can convince the principal of Dennis's innocence. By the time Henry shows up, the principal dismisses all of them and Dennis gets to play in the baseball game.



* LuckyRabbitsFoot: An episode called "The Lucky Rabbit's Foot". In it, Dennis has what he thinks is a lucky rabbit's foot. With recent bad luck Mr. Wilson has been having, Dennis offers to let him borrow the foot. Mr. Wilson, however, doesn't believe in such superstition and doesn't take the foot. Immediately thereafter, his bad luck continues when something jams his lawnmower, and he runs over his garden hose with the mower.
* MaintainTheLie: In one episode John Wilson fears a glamourous movie star will feel he is too old to write her life story, so he enlists Henry Mitchell to meet with her as him instead. Cue the hilarity when both Alice and Eloise come home early.

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* LuckyRabbitsFoot: An episode called "The Lucky Rabbit's Foot". In it, Dennis has what he thinks is a lucky rabbit's foot. With recent bad luck Mr. John Wilson has been having, Dennis offers to let him borrow the foot. Mr. Wilson, however, doesn't believe in such superstition and doesn't take the foot. Immediately thereafter, his bad luck continues when something jams his lawnmower, and he runs over his garden hose with the mower.
** In "The Lucky Piece", George offers Dennis a good luck coin instead of money for mowing the lawn. Alice and Martha get together and secretly make the good luck happen for Dennis to teach Mr. Wilson a lesson, with Dennis finding a compass and scout's pocketknife in a box of cookies, which Alice and Dennis bought. The wives make arrangements for the malt shop to call Dennis and tell him that he won some free milkshakes which they paid for, and George offers to buy the lucky coin from Dennis, only to regret throwing it away when a hobo finds it and a ham falls out of a meat truck.
* MaintainTheLie: In one episode John Wilson fears a glamourous glamorous movie star will feel he is too old to write her life story, so he enlists Henry Mitchell to meet with her as him instead. [[HilarityEnsues Cue the hilarity hilarity]] when both Alice and Eloise come home early.early.
** In another episode, John Wilson, faced with Eloise insisting that he do some chores on his day off, pretends to be sick to get some rest from Dennis. Unfortunately, Eloise insists that John goes to see a doctor, and after attempting to give the neighbors the slip to go fishing, he ends up in the hospital with Dennis as his roommate, who is having his tonsils removed.


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* MouthyKid: Seymour Williams, to John Wilson in the final season.
25th Nov '17 6:37:27 PM snichols1973
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* IAmSpartacus: In Season 4's "The New Principal", Dennis's new principal puts him in detention after he is framed by Johnny Brady signing Dennis's name to a picture that Johnny drew; John Wilson, Mr. Finch the pharmacist, and Mr. Quigley the grocer come to the school claiming to be Henry Mitchell so they can convince the principal of Dennis's innocence. By the time Henry shows up, the principal dismisses all of them and Dennis gets to play in the baseball game.
11th Sep '17 10:53:05 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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** Although to be fair, John wasn't completly a clone of George. Being slightly younger he was still working and not the cranky retiree that George was. John seemed to accept Dennis more as an equal, and even conspired with him in a few episodes. The characterizations of Martha and Eloise Wilson on the other hand were indistiguishable.

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** Although to be fair, John wasn't completly completely a clone of George. Being slightly younger he was still working and not the cranky retiree that George was. John seemed to accept Dennis more as an equal, and even conspired with him in a few episodes. The characterizations of Martha and Eloise Wilson on the other hand were indistiguishable.



* ThirdPersonPerson: Opie the Fix-it Man in "Dennis and the TV Set".

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* ThirdPersonPerson: Opie the Fix-it Man in "Dennis and the TV Set".Set."
11th Sep '17 10:50:09 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* MaintainTheLie: In one episode John Wilson fears a glamourous movie star will feel he is too old to write her life story, so he inlists Henry Mitchell to meet with her as him instead. Cue the hilarity when both Alice and Eloise come home early.

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* MaintainTheLie: In one episode John Wilson fears a glamourous movie star will feel he is too old to write her life story, so he inlists enlists Henry Mitchell to meet with her as him instead. Cue the hilarity when both Alice and Eloise come home early.
11th Sep '17 10:48:32 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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** Spring Byington appears in one episode as herself visiting her niece, the mother of one of Dennis's friends. Although playing herself, Dennis refers to her by the name of her character from ''DecemberBride''. (Which is somewhat ironic, as Jay North would grow up to resent the fact that everyone thought of him as Dennis, making it next to impossible to find post ''Dennis'' acting work.)

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** Spring Byington appears in one episode as herself visiting her niece, the mother of one of Dennis's friends. Although playing herself, Dennis refers to her by the name of her character from ''DecemberBride''. (Which is somewhat ironic, as Jay North would grow up to resent the fact that everyone thought of him as Dennis, making it next to impossible to find post ''Dennis'' post-''Dennis'' acting work.)
11th Sep '17 10:44:16 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* CatchPhrase: For Dennis: "Heyyyyyy, Misssssster Willllllllllllson!", "Good ol' Mr Wilson", "Jeepers!", and "I was only trying to help!". For Mr. Wilson: "Oh, Great Scott!"

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* CatchPhrase: For Dennis: "Heyyyyyy, Misssssster Willllllllllllson!", "Good ol' Mr Wilson", "Jeepers!", and "I was only trying to help!". help!" For Mr. Wilson: "Oh, Great Scott!"
4th Feb '16 1:36:00 PM kataangluvr
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* InnocentCohabitation: Oddly enough, the Wilsons share this trope. Considering the time in which it was filmed, the standards were considerably different.
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