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Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)

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The misadventures of a suburban boy, family and friends.

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
 June Cleaver (235 episodes, 1957-1963)
 Theodore Cleaver (235 episodes, 1957-1963)
 Ward Cleaver (234 episodes, 1957-1963)
 Wally Cleaver (234 episodes, 1957-1963)
 Eddie Haskell (97 episodes, 1957-1963)


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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4 October 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

It's a Small World  »

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When filming was shifted to Universal's backlot (then known as Universal International) a new house was built. This house remained as a standing set and was later used for many other television programs and motion pictures. It is a popular attraction on Universal's Tour. More than forty years after the show ended, the still standing set is known as "The Cleaver House." See more »


[Richard has lost the three dollars his mother gave him to have the families laundry washed]
Richard Rickover: I wish I was young enough to cry.
Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver: Yeah, now the only place you can cry is in the movies where it's dark.
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Referenced in Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004) See more »

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This Show Has Stood The Test Of Time!!!
15 April 1999 | by (Markham,Ontario) – See all my reviews

Leave It To Beaver will always be one of my all-time favorite shows. I can remember coming home for lunch each day from school and watching Leave It To Beaver at 12.00 o,clock . It has been on the same channel(The New VR) & time slot for over 25yrs. I still love watching it now into my thirtys. This show has stood the test of time, and should still for generations to come.

There were some shows that were not as good as others. But there are some that are classics!! A few of my best ones are:

1) The Haircut: This is the one when Beaver keeps losing his lunch money. And when Ward gives him money for a hair cut, he loses the money again, he asks Wally to give him the hair cut. Wally really scalps him.

2) Wally,s Car: This is the episode when Wally buys a car for $25dollars. The car needs alot of work on it, so he starts to take it all apart. Ward gets mad & tells Wally to get rid of it. He decides to sell it for parts & makes alot more money that the $25.00 bucks he paid for it. Ward in the meantime has made arrangement to have the car towed away. When the man shows up to pick it up he says one of the funniest lines. "It Looks Like A Fish Thats Been Boned!!" This is a great show.

3) The Younger Brother: Beaver trys out for the junior boys basketball team but the coach soon realizes that Beaver is not the same kind of player that Wally was. He gets cut from the team. When Ward & Fred Rutherford decide to drop in on one of his practises they find out that he,s been cut from the team.

There are so many more great shows that I could have listed. Out of all of the cast members, I would have loved to met the late Hugh Beaumont. He was excellent as Ward Cleaver & is sadly missed.

It will be a really sad day if this show ever stops showing reruns. May it live on forever.....

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