Oh, Fiddle Sticks! A Look Back At Dennis The Menace

On March 12, 1951, Dennis the Menace made its comic strip debut in only 16 newspapers. It would eventually become one of the most beloved newspaper comic strips in the world, and eight years after its debut, Hollywood decided to turn it into a weekly television series for CBS in the fall of 1959. Produced by Dariell Productions and Screen Gems, the show followed the energetic, young boy Dennis Mitchell as he got into constant and disastrous run-ins with his neighbor and best friend Mr. Wilson.

Dennis The Menace Had Its TV Debut In 1959

What many viewers didn’t realize, however, was that the actors had their own struggles behind the scenes. Read on as we unravel what happened then and where the actors are now.