YMMV / Dennis the Menace (US)

  • Critical Research Failure: The episode "Trembly Assembly" plays this trope Up to Eleven. In fact, it gets it completely wrong at times.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: African-American kid Jackson. He looked like he got lost on his way to a minstrel show.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Debates between this Dennis the Menace and the U.K. strip of the same name can get incredibly heated.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A strip from the '70s has Alice waking up to the sound of the Star Spangled Banner playing on the TV, realizing "He's been watching the late, late show again!" Modern-day readers could be forgiven for assuming that she's referring to The Late Late Show, which actually didn't debut until 1995.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Part of the inspiration for Bart Simpson came from Matt Groening's disappointment that Dennis wasn't as menacing as his title would imply, and wanted to make a character that was actually a menace.
  • Tear Jerker: Dennis crying after George becomes very angry at him.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: In the early '70s Ketcham decided to make the strip more up-to-date by introducing a pair of "ethnic" characters. One, the tomboyish Italian-American girl Gina, was well received. The other, an African-American kid named Jackson, was... well, not so much.note