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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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The town of Mayfield, like the Cleaver family and virtually all of their friends, was thoroughly Caucasian, a trend that was well-established in television at the time (but about to begin changing). Among the rare exceptions in the Beaver series were the Varela family, whose son Chuey (Alan Roberts Costello) was Beaver's friend, and, like his parents, spoke only Spanish (Chuey's father was a diplomat from an unspecified South American country); the episode was Leave It to Beaver: Beaver and Chuey (1958). Another exception, this one a bit more stereotyped (again, typical of the era) was the African-American maid (played by Kim Hamilton) at the Langley home during the wedding reception in Leave It to Beaver: The Parking Attendants (1963). 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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[to Beaver]
Wally Cleaver: What a dumb thing to do. I bet you wouldn't have done anything like this if Mom and Dad were here.
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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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