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Leave It to Beaver 

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The misadventures of a suburban boy, family and friends.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Barbara Billingsley ...  June Cleaver 235 episodes, 1957-1963
Jerry Mathers ...  Theodore Cleaver 235 episodes, 1957-1963
Hugh Beaumont ...  Ward Cleaver 234 episodes, 1957-1963
Tony Dow ...  Wally Cleaver 234 episodes, 1957-1963
Ken Osmond ...  Eddie Haskell 97 episodes, 1957-1963
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Storyline

The Cleavers are the 1950's 'All-American Family' in this 'feel-good' family sitcom. Parents Ward and June, and older brother Wally, try to keep Theodore ('the Beaver') out of trouble. However, Beaver continues to end up in one kind of jam or another. Unlike real life, these situations are always easily resolved to the satisfaction of all involved and the Beaver gets off with a few stern moralistic words of parental advice. Instigator and troublemaker Eddie Haskell is an older kid who always manages to avoid being caught. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Comedy | Family

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

23 April 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wally and the Beaver See more »

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Runtime:

| (234 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

A popular rumor that surfaced about the show years later is that notorious rock legend Alice Cooper, in his younger years, portrayed Eddie Haskell on the show. This stems from a misinterpretation of an interview that Cooper had, in which he said that he was Eddie Haskell as a kid. He, of course, meant that he was similar in behavior and attitude to Haskell, not that he portrayed him on the show. See more »

Goofs

It is never fully established where the Cleavers live. While a lot of things establish they live in the Midwest (possibly either Wisconsin or Ohio), others suggest they live more on the West Coast (as there's never any snow in any episode, and a few times referring to "the coast" or the ocean). See more »

Quotes

[Fred has walked to the Cleaver's to catch a ride to work with Ward]
Fred Rutherford: I hate to mention it, but this neighborhood's getting a little on the rough side.
Ward Cleaver: Oh?
Fred Rutherford: Yes. Coming down the block just now, a kid yelled, "Hey skinhead" at me.
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Crazy Credits

The actor who plays "Beaver" is always credited at the beginning of the show as "And Jerry Mathers...as The Beaver". See more »

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Still the Beaver after all these years.
27 October 2002 | by Junker-2See all my reviews

It is easy to criticize "Leave it to Beaver" today for being an overly romanticized look at family life in the late 50s/early 60s. Because, well, it is an overly romanticized look at family in the late 50s/early 60s. But so what? This is a well written, well acted sitcom. I love it for the show that it is and I don't worry about the more realistic show it could have been.

Ward and June Cleaver are raising two sons: Wally and Theodore, who everyone calls by the nickname "Beaver." (To answer an earlier reviewer, the nickname came from older brother Wally who couldn't pronounce "Theodore" when his little brother was born, instead pronouncing it "Beaver.)

Beaver is definitely not a Bart Simpson, constantly making trouble and outwitting his dad. No, Beaver is a kid who gets into trouble usually because one of his friends (Larry, Richard or Gilbert) talks him into it. It is then usually up to Ward to help straighten the situation out and gently but firmly teach Beaver the lesson to be learned.

Wally and June are equally as important. Wally is the older brother we all wish we had. And who else but June could look so perfect while fixing up a batch of our favorite cookies?

One of the biggest reasons why the show was popular then and is still popular today, however, is the supporting cast. Eddie Haskell. ("And might I add Mrs. Cleaver, that is a lovely blouse you are wearing.") Fred Rutherford. ("See you in the salt mines, Ward.") Larry Mondello. Miss Landers. Mary Ellen Rogers. Gus the Fireman. All have endured for more than 40 years and become permanent fixtures in our pop culture.

Overly romanticized? Sure. But so what. Years from now when people have forgotten almost all of the sitcoms airing today, The Beaver will still be bringing smiles to our faces.


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