Leave It to Beaver (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>
The Cleavers - father Ward, mother June, older son Wally and younger son Theodore (nicknamed Beaver) - are a loving, middle class family living in the small town of Mayfield. Despite getting along as a family most of the time, they sometimes have to deal with problems in Wally and/or Beaver's life resulting from the generation gap, and the differing mentalities on the same issue by adult parents and their children. Even the six year age difference between Wally and Beaver is enough for each to have a different viewpoint of the world than the other. Generally, Beaver will go through the same issues as Wally in dealing with their parents, only six years later. When disputes or differences happen between the generations, often Wally and/or Beaver's friends, who have much the same mentality as Wally or Beaver, but only from an outsider's perspective, will add fuel to the already blazing fire. Chief amongst them is Wally's trouble-making and two-faced best friend, Eddie Haskell.- Written by Huggo
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