28 March 2014 12:25 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Centuries from now, pop-culture archaeologists will be able to identify 20th-century TV shows by looking for certain hallmarks. Most of the comedies, for example, will include the sound of unseen humans laughing uncontrollably for no apparent reason. There will be an inordinate number of dramas featuring a middle-aged, slightly rumpled white guy portraying a cop/lawyer/private investigator who always catches a bad guy and usually has a catchphrase. And, more likely than not, the historians will notice that these early era TV shows feature very lengthy title sequences that end with one actor being given special mention: the “and-as” credit.If you’ve spent even a few hours watching TV Land during the daytime hours, you’ve almost certainly seen an example of this unique Hollywood hierarchy. The kid on Leave It to Beaver isn’t played by Jerry Mathers, but rather by “And Jerry Mathers as the Beaver. »

- Josef Adalian

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