QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Dennis the Menace?

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Dennis Mitchell wasn’t a bad kid, but he sure did get into a lot of trouble! The protagonist of the hit television series Dennis the Menace always managed to find a way to make situations worse — often at the expense of his neighbor. Viewers may have felt bad for Mr. Wilson, but we still loved tuning in each week to see what kind of trouble Dennis would get into next. Were you a fan of the show? Put your knowledge to the test and see how much you remember. You might learn some interesting tidbits along the way!

In what year did Dennis the Menace make its television debut?

Retry Correct Incorrect Dennis the Menace debuted on television in October 1959. The successful series ran until July 1963. Altogether, Dennis the Menace last four seasons with 146 episodes total.
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Silver Screen Collection / Contributor

In what year did Dennis the Menace make its television debut?

  • 1949
  • 1969
  • 1959
  • 1979
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Dennis the Menace is based on a comic strip by this American cartoonist.

Retry Correct Incorrect Hank Ketcham created the Dennis the Menace comic strip, which he wrote and illustrated from 1951 through 1994. He retired from the daily cartoon so he could take up painting full-time in his home studio.
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David Keeler / Contributor

Dennis the Menace is based on a comic strip by this American cartoonist.

  • Hank Ketcham
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Charles Schulz
  • Bill Watterson
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Who is Dennis the Menace based on?

Retry Correct Incorrect Dennis the Menace is based off Dennis Ketcham — Hank Ketcham’s son. Apparently, Ketcham’s wife at the time was trying to get Dennis to take a nap, but he made a mess of his room instead. Aggravated, she came to Hank and said, “Your son is a menace!”
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Bettmann / Contributor

Who is Dennis the Menace based on?

  • Dennis Ketcham
  • Dennis Haskins
  • Dennis Weaver
  • Dennis Brown
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Dennis Mitchell has good intentions, but he often winds up making situations worse, usually at the expense of this neighbor.

Retry Correct Incorrect Mr. George Wilson, his wife, and their dog live next door to the Mitchells. Mr. Wilson isn’t necessarily a mean man, but he frequently becomes exasperated by Dennis’ antics.
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Dennis Mitchell has good intentions, but he often winds up making situations worse, usually at the expense of this neighbor.

  • Mr. Wilkinson
  • Mr. Walters
  • Mr. Waters
  • Mr. Wilson
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Which young actor starred as Dennis?

Retry Correct Incorrect Jay North starred as the series protagonist, Dennis Mitchell. After Dennis the Menace ended, North had roles in two Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer feature films: Zebra in the Kitchen and Maya.
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Michael Ochs Archives / Stringer

Which young actor starred as Dennis?

  • Herbert Anderson
  • Joseph Kearns
  • Ron Howard
  • Jay North
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Which actor played Dennis’ father, Henry Mitchell?

Retry Correct Incorrect Herbert Anderson played Henry Mitchell, Dennis’ father. Anderson got his big break in the 1941 film Navy Blues. He worked on a handful of films including The Body Disappears and The Male Animal before starring in the television series.
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John Springer Collection / Contributor

Which actor played Dennis’ father, Henry Mitchell?

  • Billy Booth
  • Herbert Anderson
  • Willard Waterman
  • George Cisar
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Which actress played Dennis’ mother, Alice Mitchell?

Retry Correct Incorrect Gloria Henry played Alice Mitchell, Dennis’ mother. After starring in Dennis the Menace, Henry had a few other small roles on various television series and movies. She even appeared in a Parks and Recreation episode in 2012.
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Transcendental Graphics / Contributor

Which actress played Dennis’ mother, Alice Mitchell?

  • Gale Gordon
  • Gloria Henry
  • Jeannie Russell
  • Sara Seegar
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Dennis loves tormenting his neighbor, Mr. Wilson, who was played by this actor.

Retry Correct Incorrect Joseph Kearns starred as Mr. Wilson. Altogether, Kearns appeared in 101 episodes of Dennis the Menace. Sadly, he died in 1962 at just 55 years old. He appeared posthumously in the episode “The Man Next Door.”
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Dennis loves tormenting his neighbor, Mr. Wilson, who was played by this actor.

  • Joseph Kearns
  • Billy Booth
  • Dub Taylor
  • Charles Seel
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Which actor replaced Joseph Kearns after his sudden death?

Retry Correct Incorrect Joseph Kearns was replaced by Gale Gordon, who had previously played Mr. Wilson’s brother on the show. Gordon was adored for his radio acting, as well as for his roles in Here’s Lucy and Life With Lucy.
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Smith Collection/Gado / Contributor

Which actor replaced Joseph Kearns after his sudden death?

  • Gale Gordon
  • Will Right
  • Robert B. Williams
  • Willard Waterman
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What does Dennis want to be when he grows up?

Retry Correct Incorrect Dennis love cowboys and is often seen wearing a cowboy hat. He has a poster and autographed picture of Cowboy Bob in his room and even goes to the theater each week to watch a Cowboy Bob Western.
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Bettman / Contributor

What does Dennis want to be when he grows up?

  • Cowboy
  • Police officer
  • Musician
  • Astronaut
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What is Mr. Wilson’s wife’s name?

Retry Correct Incorrect Martha is the wife of Mr. Wilson. Martha constantly dotes on Mr. Wilson and always brings him freshly baked cookies and milk. Martha considers Dennis to be one of her grandchildren — but the same can’t be said for her husband!
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What is Mr. Wilson’s wife’s name?

  • Martha
  • Mary Jane
  • Marcia
  • Margaret
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Which actress plays Martha Wilson?

Retry Correct Incorrect Sylvia Field was best known for her role as Martha Wilson in Dennis the Menace. After the television series ended, she went on to have guest spots in Our Man Higgins and Petticoat Junction.
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Edward Steichen / Contributor

Which actress plays Martha Wilson?

  • Jeannie Russell
  • Mary Wickes
  • Helen Kleeb
  • Sylvia Field
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Why did Mr. Wilson leave, according to the storyline?

Retry Correct Incorrect After Joseph Kearnes passed away unexpectedly, the explanation was that Mr. Wilson had gone on a trip to Ohio and his brother had come to take care of the house.
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Silver Screen Collection / Contributor

Why did Mr. Wilson leave, according to the storyline?

  • He was taking a nap
  • He went to take care of his parents
  • He went on a trip to Ohio
  • He got a new job in a different state
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Which character has a crush on Dennis?

Retry Correct Incorrect In the series, Margaret Wade has a crush on Dennis. Margaret is known for her snooty attitude, but is a good kid at heart.
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Which character has a crush on Dennis?

  • Esther Cathcart
  • Lucy Elkins
  • Margaret Wade
  • Dorothy Holland
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Which actress played Margaret Wade?

Retry Correct Incorrect Jeannie Russell played Margaret Wade, appearing in 31 episodes. Russell appeared in numerous popular television shows of the era including The Deputy, Death Valley Days, and Assignment: Underwater.
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Which actress played Margaret Wade?

  • Mary Wickes
  • Jeannie Russell
  • Helen Kleeb
  • Irene Tedrow
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Which hit show did CBS hope Dennis the Menace would replace?

Retry Correct Incorrect CBS allowed Leave It to Beaver to migrate to ABC and was looking for a show that would replace the hit television series.
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Warner Bros.

Which hit show did CBS hope Dennis the Menace would replace?

  • Lassie
  • The Brady Bunch
  • Happy Days
  • Leave It to Beaver
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Why was Dennis the Menace canceled?

Retry Correct Incorrect Dennis the Menace was canceled by CBS in the spring of 1963. By the time it was canceled, Jay North was 11 years old and had outgrown the antics associated with Dennis Mitchell.
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Michael Ochs Archives / Stringer

Why was Dennis the Menace canceled?

  • The cast protested low pay
  • Jay North quit
  • Ratings dropped
  • Jay North grew out of the charachter
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Which actor played Tommy Anderson, Dennis’ closest friend?

Retry Correct Incorrect Billy Booth played Tommy Anderson. Booth made several guest appearances in television shows, including The Twilight Zone, My Three Sons, The Donna Reed Show, and Lawman.
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Wikimedia Commons / Crakkerjakk

Which actor played Tommy Anderson, Dennis’ closest friend?

  • Gil Smith
  • Billy Booth
  • Ron Howard
  • Dub Taylor
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What was the Mitchells’ address?

Retry Correct Incorrect The Mitchells lived at 627 Elm Street. The home was constructed between 1934 and 1935, originally for the movie Party Wire. The home also appeared in The Donna Reed Show.
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What was the Mitchells’ address?

  • 186 Fleet Street
  • 1882 Gerard Street
  • 627 Elm Street
  • 10 Stigwood Avenue
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What the was name of the Wilsons’ dog?

Retry Correct Incorrect The Wilsons own an adorable small terrier named Fremont. Fremont was played by a dog actor named Danny who also appeared on I Love Lucy, Anatomy of Murder, and the Three Stooges.
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What the was name of the Wilsons’ dog?

  • Fremont
  • Tucker
  • Ruff
  • Spot
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Which kind of hat does the animated Dennis Mitchell wear at first during the opening credits?

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Retry Correct Incorrect At the start of the opening credits, an animated Dennis wears what appears to be a fedora before spinning around and switching to a beanie. He also dons a fireman’s hat.
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Which kind of hat does the animated Dennis Mitchell wear at first during the opening credits?

  • Fireman’s Hat
  • Beanie
  • Fedora
  • Cowboy Hat
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The show was a hit in the U.K., where its title had to be changed to what?

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Retry Correct Incorrect In the U.K., Dennis the Menace was simply called “Dennis” to avoid confusion with a British comic strip of the same name.
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Reddit

The show was a hit in the U.K., where its title had to be changed to what?

  • “Dennis the Rascal”
  • “The Menace”
  • “Denny the Menace”
  • “Dennis”
53%

Who were Jay North’s legal guardians while he was on the show?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Jay North was under the legal guardianship of his Uncle Harold Hopper and his Aunt Marie. North later claimed that they physically and emotionally abused him whenever he didn’t meet expectations.
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Duane Howell/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Who were Jay North’s legal guardians while he was on the show?

  • Family friends
  • His grandparents
  • His aunt and uncle
  • His parents
55%

How many seasons of Dennis the Menace are there?

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Retry Correct Incorrect There are four seasons of Dennis the Menace. Out of those four seasons, there was a total of 146 episodes.
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Wikipedia

How many seasons of Dennis the Menace are there?

  • 4
  • 5
  • 3
  • 7
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What day did Dennis the Menace episodes originally air?

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Retry Correct Incorrect When Dennis the Menace first started airing on television, it was originally on Monday nights. This only happened during the first season, in which there were only 32 episodes.
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Wikipedia

What day did Dennis the Menace episodes originally air?

  • Thursday
  • Tuesday
  • Monday
  • Sunday
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What day did Dennis the Menace move to for the remainder of the series?

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Retry Correct Incorrect For seasons two through four, Dennis the Menace aired on Sunday evenings. We remember gearing up for this show at the end of our weekends!
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Wikipedia

What day did Dennis the Menace move to for the remainder of the series?

  • Thurdsay
  • Wednesday
  • Sunday
  • Tuesday
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Who was the original sponsor of the show?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Kellogg’s cereals originally sponsored Dennis the Menace. As a result, the show featured many of its characters eating some Kellogg’s cereal.
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Wikimedia

Who was the original sponsor of the show?

  • Kellogg’s
  • Ford Motors
  • Marlboro
  • Best Foods
65%

When does Dennis finally ditch the overalls?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Dennis’s trademark outfit is a pair of overalls over a striped shirt, which is pretty on par with the comic strip. It’s not until season four that Dennis trades his overalls in for pants.
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Wikimedia

When does Dennis finally ditch the overalls?

  • Start of season three
  • Middle of season two
  • Start of season four
  • At the end of season one
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Before it was the home of the Mitchell family, what show used Dennis’s house?

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Retry Correct Incorrect While the Mitchell family home was used as the same home for all of these shows, it was first used as the Stone family home on The Donna Reed Show.
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Before it was the home of the Mitchell family, what show used Dennis’s house?

  • Bewitched
  • I Dream of Jeannie
  • The Donna Reed Show
  • The Partridge Family
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What was the name of the local grocer?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The local grocer on Dennis the Menace was named Otis Quigley. He was played by actor Williard Waterman, who is best known for The Great Gildersleeve and Auntie Mame.
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PastFactory

What was the name of the local grocer?

  • Otis
  • Omar
  • Eric
  • Oscar
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Remember the guy on the left? What’s his real name?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The actor on the left is George Cisar and he played Sergeant Harold Mooney for 13 episodes of Dennis the Menace. He went on to stints on The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D.
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Remember the guy on the left? What’s his real name?

  • Edward Everett Horton
  • Charles Seel
  • Gil Smith
  • George Cisar
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Irene Tedrow was on this show. Who did she play?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Irene Tedrow played Mrs. Lucy Elkins, who was a neighbor of the Mitchell family in 26 episodes. She was the enemy of George and John Wilson.
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PastFactory

Irene Tedrow was on this show. Who did she play?

  • Opie Swanson
  • Mrs. Lucy Elkins
  • Mrs. Dorothy Holland
  • Grandma Mitchell
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Who played Eloise Wilson?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Eloise Wilson was John Wilson’s wife in 36 episodes. She was played by actress Sara Seegar, who also had recurring roles on The Donna Reed Show and Perry Mason.
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PastFactory

Who played Eloise Wilson?

  • Sara Seegar
  • Sylvia Field
  • Mary Wickes
  • Helen Kleeb
80%

Where was Billy Booth discovered?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Billy Booth was reportedly discovered during a little league game. His mother was approached while he was playing and asked if an agent could reach out to her to put Billy on TV.
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PastFactory

Where was Billy Booth discovered?

  • At a park
  • At the grocery store
  • A little league game
  • During an open casting call
83%

Before Gale Gordon was brought onto the show, which of these radio shows was he on?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Before he was on Dennis the Menace, Gale Gordon had a career on radio. He contributed to The Amazing Interplanetary Adventures of Flash Gordon and Green Acres.
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Before Gale Gordon was brought onto the show, which of these radio shows was he on?

  • Red Skelton
  • The Amazing Interplanetary Adventures of Flash Gordon
  • I Love a Mystery
  • The Magic Key of RCA
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As a teen, Jay North went on to star in a show that became a series on NBC. What was it?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Teenaged Jay North starred in Maya, an NBC series based on the film of the same name. The show took play in the Indian jungle about a boy on the search for his game-hunting father.
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As a teen, Jay North went on to star in a show that became a series on NBC. What was it?

  • Arabian Nights
  • Maya
  • Leave It to Beaver
  • Zebra in the Kitchen
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The Dennis the Menace cartoon character was a “spokestoon” for which fast food chain?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The Dennis the Menace cartoon character was used as a promotional character in many advertisements for Dairy Queen. He appeared in commercials and packaging and was retired in 2001.
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The Dennis the Menace cartoon character was a “spokestoon” for which fast food chain?

  • Mr. Steak
  • Howard Johnson
  • McDonald’s
  • Dairy Queen
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How much did Jay North initially make per episode?

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Retry Correct Incorrect When he first started out, Jay North was making $500 per episode on Dennis the Menace. By the time the fourth season rolled around, North was banking $3,500 an episode.
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How much did Jay North initially make per episode?

  • $1200
  • $500
  • $700
  • $1000
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What was the one show Jay North appeared on when trying to shed his “Dennis” image?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Jay North appeared in an episode of Wagon Train after he finished filming Dennis the Menace. It was hard for him to come by more acting roles because people only saw him as Dennis.
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What was the one show Jay North appeared on when trying to shed his “Dennis” image?

  • Bewitched
  • Leave It to Beaver
  • Gunsmoke
  • Wagon Train
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What show did Jay North make a guest appearance on as Dennis Mitchell?

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Retry Correct Incorrect In 1960, North guest-starred on The Donna Reed Show as Dennis Mitchell in the episode called “Donna Decorates.” In the episode, Donna sets out to redecorate her house and Dennis tries to be a good neighbor by helping out.
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Wikimedia Commons

What show did Jay North make a guest appearance on as Dennis Mitchell?

  • Bewitched
  • The Donna Reed Show
  • Leave It to Beaver
  • Gunsmoke
98%

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