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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  • Of Slapstick & Sawdust

    I'm Dickens-He's Fenster was a nearly forgotten sitcom that once ran on ABC from 1962-63. The show is about 2 carpenters/construction workers who get into nutty situations both on & off the job. John Astin (Harry Dickens) is the level-headed one, while Marty Ingels (Arch Fenster) is the screwball. Had it not been for the show now available on DVD, this would have lost in the mists of time.

    And if i may be so bold, i'd say this would be a refreshing alternative to the dreck they call sitcoms (The Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Modern Family, these days.moreless
  • 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.