Show Reviews

"The best new situation comedy is ABC's I'm Dickens He's Fenster."
-- Time Magazine, 1962

From the moment I'm Dickens...He's Fenster hit the airwaves in 1962, critics' reviews of the series were overwhelmingly positive. This page represents only a fraction of the acclaim I'm Dickens…He's Fenster received from dozens of critics and journalists across the country.

"The reviews of I'm Dickens…He's Fenster were marvelous-almost reverential. You couldn't hope for better reviews. We were considered an underdog, being on the third network at the time. I hadn't anticipated this happening on my very first outing. It was very exciting!"
- Leonard Stern, creator and producer, I'm Dickens…He's Fenster

"A grassroots frolic that could snowball...loaded for guffaws."
-- Review in The Hollywood Reporter, 1962
"Surprise success of the television season."
-- New York Times, 1962

"John Astin and Marty Ingels…Have one of the video hits of the new season."
-- Variety, 1962


Clip from "Table Tennis, Anyone?"

The following review was written by King Features writer Harvey Pack on April 26, 1963. In this rave of I'm Dickens...He's Fenster, Mr. Pack urges ABC to reconsider canceling the series, pointing out the superb comic qualities of the show and cast.

Harvey Pack also highlights one of the finest episodes of the series, "Table Tennis, Anyone," which he compares to the classic candy factory episode of I Love Lucy.


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