OK... I *like* this show. In spite of that I absolutely agree with many (most actually) of your assessments of its overall shortcomings. Dennis *is* an annoying brat. Tommy *is* annoying but nowhere as much as Dennis. Wilson *is* an overbearing blowhard who never does anything if it's not in his interest and will spin misfortune to make it that way if necessary. Everyone else is rather boring and just sits back to take whatever comes along with a "Oh well... boys will be boys..." attitude (whether the "issue" is from Dennis or Wilson). You can pretty much see where things are going and what's going to happen within minutes. And that outfit? No self-respecting boy in those years would have willingly worn anything close. Overalls? Maybe (especially in the country if you lived on a farm), but never that shirt or one remotely like it. So... just *why* do I like this show? Don't know. Maybe it's because it struck a chord with me as a kid (I was 8 the year it ended). I also like the comic strip and the show feels pretty much like an extension of that so it also has that going for it - at least for me.