The 1959 Dennis the Menace TV Series Was One Of The Big Disappointments of my Early Life

I want to say one thing, The 1959 Dennis the Menace TV series was one of the big disappointments of my early life. I’m sure I’m not alone on this. I blame Nickelodeon as well as anyone else I can think of.

After all, when I was a kid I liked the Dennis the Menace comic strip. I’m not so big on it anymore (it seems kind of overly simplistic now), but I liked it then.  Here’s an example:

So, when I saw that Nick @ Nite had a Dennis the Menace TV show, I tried watching it. In fact, I kept trying to watch it despite the fact that I hated it. It was obnoxious, grating, and boring. Still, it was supposed to be related to the comic I liked so I kept trying to like it. It never worked. Just take a look at this episode and I think you’ll agree:

Frankly, I don’t know what the fuck they were doing with Nick @ Nite anyway. Why not come up with an entirely different channel? Nickelodeon was for kids and Nick @ Nite was for people who liked boring sitcoms from the fifties. However, because they appeared related, I kept trying to watch Nick @ Nite shows. This was very confusing for a child. I tried watching My Three Sons for fuck sake. My Three Sons! Why didn’t somebody do something?!

There’s no excuse for this crap. I was a vulnerable child and nobody protected me from Nick @ Nite. That stupid Dennis the Menace TV show was an extreme disappointment, and I had to suffer it repeatedly because I didn’t understand. Luckily I knew better when that shitty movie version came out in 1993. Still, I’ll never get that portion of my childhood back. Please, Nick @ Nite, think of the children.

About David S. Atkinson

David S. Atkinson enjoys typing about himself in the third person, although he does not generally enjoy speaking in such a fashion. However, he is concerned about the Kierkegaard quote "Once you label me you negate me." He worries that if he attempts to define himself he will, in fact, nullify his existence...
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