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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 <>

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23 April 1957 (USA)  »

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It seemed that Eddie Haskell rarely called others by their real names, preferring "hip" replacements like "Sam" to better fit his "cool" image. This happened more often towards the end of the series, particularly in Season 6. When talking about parents, his own or others, he often called them "Wardens". When addressing Beaver, he would use names like "Squirt", "Junior" or "Sonny". Of course, most of Eddie's alternate-name references, particularly "Sam", refer to Wally. The following list gives a rich portrait of just how varied the "alternate-name-calling" - always good-spirited - could be. (All references are Eddie speaking to Wally, unless otherwise noted.) In Leave It to Beaver: New Doctor (1958) : "Cut it out, Rock (Hudson) - who do you think you're kiddin'?" In Leave It to Beaver: The Hypnotist (1960) : "Muscles." In Leave It to Beaver: Beaver's Big Contest (1960) : "Come on, Charlie." In Leave It to Beaver: Chuckie's New Shoes (1960) : Eddie, mocking Wally's romantic relationships, refers to him as "Lover". In Leave It to Beaver: Beaver Goes in Business (1961) : "Look, Orville." In Leave It to Beaver: Beaver's Fear (1962) : In a rare instance of someone other than Eddie using an alternate name, Lumpy says to Wally, "Let's get with it, Gertrude." In Leave It to Beaver: Eddie Quits School (1962) : "Hold the inventory, Mortimer"; "They're not a pair of sneakers, Elwood"; and "Don't get hasty, Gertrude." In Leave It to Beaver: Beaver's Laundry (1962) : "I'm with you, Claude"; and turnabout's fair play, when Wally says to Eddie, "Start moppin', Sam." In Leave It to Beaver: Lumpy's Car Trouble (1962) : "But Agnes, this is a short cut"; and "Relax, Clyde." In Leave It to Beaver: The Yard Birds (1962) : referring to yard work: "Come on Moe, drop the hoe"; and "Come on, Isabel." In Leave It to Beaver: A Night in the Woods (1962) : "Look, Davy Crockett"; "Hang on to your Stetson, Gretchen"; and "Hold it, Maisie." In Leave It to Beaver: Un-Togetherness (1962) : "I wanted to see you, too, Gwendolyn." In Leave It to Beaver: Wally's Dinner Date (1962) : "I hate to say this, Gertrude." In Leave It to Beaver: Eddie, the Businessman (1962) : "Let's go, Cornelius"; "Look, Elwood"; and "Don't get excited, Gladys." In Leave It to Beaver: The Party Spoiler (1962) : arriving at Wally's party: "Hey, where's the band, Lionel?"; in the kitchen with Beaver: "Hey, Duncan Hines, get your grubby little paws off the food"; "Very funny, Leroy"; and "Look, Clyde." In Leave It to Beaver: The Mustache (1963) : "You're out, Clyde - o-u-g-h-t, out!" In Leave It to Beaver: Wally Buys a Car (1963) : "Hi, Sam Benedict." In Leave It to Beaver: The Parking Attendants (1963) : to Beaver: "You stay out of this, Boy Creep"; and to Wally: "Kidding, Alice, kidding." In Leave It to Beaver: More Blessed to Give (1963) : to Gilbert: "You stay out of this, Hydrant-Head"; "Remind me to tell your mother what a good cook she is, Homer"; to Beaver: "Wait a minute, Clyde"; also to Beaver: "You better head for the hills, Sir Lancelot." In Leave It to Beaver: The Credit Card (1963) : "Listen, Gertrude"; "No Hurry, Elwood"; "What da ya say, Stella"; and "OK, Gertrude, heh, heh, heh." In Leave It to Beaver: Box Office Attraction (1963) : "Look, Mr Peepers"; and "I'll see you in the car, Rodney." In Leave It to Beaver: Lumpy's Scholarship (1963) : "You gotta keep on the ball, Irma." In Leave It to Beaver: The Silent Treatment (1963) : to Beaver: "You're all right, Charlie." In Leave It to Beaver: Wally and the Fraternity (1963) : "Hold it, Alvin. hold it." In Leave It to Beaver: The All-Night Party (1963) : to Lumpy: "Come on, Fat Stuff." See more »


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 »


Ward Cleaver: I'm going to change my clothes and finish painting those trash cans myself; the boys ran out on the job.
June Cleaver: Well dear you can't blame them too much, they went over to see the big fire at the lumber yard.
Ward Cleaver: Fire?
June Cleaver: Yes, they couldn't resist it, and after all they are just boys.
Ward Cleaver: Tom Corton's lumber yard?
June Cleaver: Yes, it's been on the radio. Why, they've called out fire companies from all over.
Ward Cleaver: Well it must be quite a fire.
June Cleaver: Yes, it must be.
Ward Cleaver: June, I wonder if you'd go out to the garage and put those brushes in ...
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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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