I'm Dickens--He's Fenster

ABC (ended 1963)



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I'm Dickens--He's Fenster

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This slapstick comedy featured best friends Harry Dickens (John Astin) and Arch Fenster (Marty Ingels), two carpenters/construction workers who stick together through thick and thin. Their boss, Mr. Bannister (Frank De Vol), is always on their case. Harry is a happily married man, while Arch is a swinging bachelor with a large black book holding girls' telephone numbers. Harry does his best to balance his life with his best friend, Arch, and his beautiful wife, Kate(Emmaline Henry). UK Air Dates: Nov. 9 1962- Jan. 27 1964 (32 episodes)-ITV Fri. 8pm; Tues. 7pm, Mon. 6:15pm
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  • How can you not love a show that turns you on to John Astin?

    On YouTube, I watched some of the few "I'm Dickens, He's Fenster" clips recently, & it's still excellent. Since at the time my Dad was a "wood butcher" & was always telling stories about other carpenters, roofers, & painters, we always identified with the show, & I was sorry to see it end, but overjoyed when John Astin popped up in Addams Family. The few times I saw Marty Ingels I enjoyed him, too, & when I'd see the late Bruno Kirby & the late Tom Sizemore, for some reason they always remind me of Ingels. Luck guy, too, being married to Shirley Jones.(but as far as "The Partridge Family-, forget about it, YUCK!). "I'm Dickens, He's Fenster" premiered at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisismoreless
  • Abbott and Costello hardly did it better.

    But then, I don't think, for the most part, A & C were all that great (aside from Who's on First). This was a quite nice little sitcom on the margins of the era. What always intrigued me about it, was that later it was... shall we say 'borrowed from' for 'Working Stiffs' -- the 70's Paramount attempt to clone Laverne and Shirley with Jim Belushi and Michael Keaton.