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 June Cleaver (235 episodes, 1957-1963)
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 Theodore Cleaver (235 episodes, 1957-1963)
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 Ward Cleaver (234 episodes, 1957-1963)
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 Wally Cleaver (234 episodes, 1957-1963)
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 Eddie Haskell (97 episodes, 1957-1963)
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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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Eddie Haskell was the King of Cool, or at least he tried to project that image. In addition to calling everyone by random names (noted elsewhere on this Trivia page), he would often break into jazzy song quotes. One of his favorites was "C'est si bon" (composed in 1947 by Henri Betti with the lyrics by André Hornez, and "covered" by literally scores of singers during the 1950s and 1960s). In two episodes of Season 3 (Leave It to Beaver: The Hypnotist (1960) and Leave It to Beaver: Wally's Play (1960)) he is heard singing, "Baby won't you please come home/Your lovin' daddy's all alone". The words are from a song written in 1919 by Charles Garfield (with the possible assistance of Clarence Williams). Eddie may be "quoting" either the Frank Sinatra (1957) version or the Ricky Nelson recording (1960) of the song. See more »

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In the title sequence shown before each episode in Season 6, each family member comes out the front door on their way to an outing in the car. About halfway down the walk, Barbara Billingsley looks directly at the camera (it's called 'breaking the fourth wall', usually a no-no), seeming either to say, "How's that? Am I doing OK?" or, "I'm not going to run into the car, am I?" See more »

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Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver: Violet Rutherford drinks gutter water.
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The Serious Side of Beaver
4 June 2005 | by (Fort Lauderdale) – See all my reviews

During a recent TVLand "Top 10 Characters You Love To Hate" special, a well-known (under 40) female actress was quoted as saying that she believed sneaky Eddie Haskell to be the only character in the show that she remembered for resembling "a real person".

Though I'll agree that Ward and June might come across at times as being unrealistically conservative (for example, their sitting at home in their Sunday best for no reason) her comment was something I found hard to understand, since, Beaver was known to be the first show of it's kind to explore such teen issues as, alcoholism, divorce, and troubled teens.

It seems that many viewers also do not understand the significance of Ward's frequent reference (often shown as his sad remembrance) to his own harsh encounters with his strict Father, who made a point of "taking him out to the woodshed" to let Ward know "just what his Father meant", and how Ward, as a Father himself, deciding that he would not do the same when teaching his own sons right from wrong.

While the conservative side of the show might be a bit too much for some, in the end there is nothing wrong with that behavior either - it's a far better lifestyle than what we see in today's world, where parents sometimes see their children as a liability rather than a blessing.

Those who regularly watch Beaver know that while the corn does sometimes grow high in Mayfield, the trueness of the show's stories is what makes Beaver the timeless show that many still enjoy almost a half century after it's debut.


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