Beaver's classmates and family plan to watch him "live" when he is chosen to appear as a panelist on the popular TV show "Teen Age Forum". But when everyone, including Beaver, misses an ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Doris Packer ...
The Director
Johnny Jacobs ...
Mr. Thornton (as John Jacobs)
The Girl In The TV Station
Kevin Jones ...
The 1st Boy
Brad Berwick ...
The 2nd Boy
Carol Faylen ...
The 1st Girl
The 2nd Girl (as Patty Gerrity)
Janet Lynch (as Barbara Jean Hunter)


Beaver's classmates and family plan to watch him "live" when he is chosen to appear as a panelist on the popular TV show "Teen Age Forum". But when everyone, including Beaver, misses an announcement that his episode will be taped for airing the following week, no one believes Beaver was really on the show...not even Beaver himself! Written by shepherd1138

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Comedy | Family





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21 February 1963 (USA)  »

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Stephen Talbot who played Beaver's friend Gilbert referred to "The Twilight Zone with Rod Serling". He starred in 2 TZ episodes himself: The Twilight Zone: Static (1961) as "The Boy"; and The Twilight Zone: The Fugitive (1962) as "Howie Gutliff". See more »


The plot hinges on Beaver appearing on Teenage Forum, a show that spotlights teens' opinions on various issues. So why is a program aimed at teenagers airing in middle of weekday when target audience is in school and unable to watch? See more »


Mrs. Cornelia Rayburn: Students, we have some very exciting news this morning. One of our young men, Theodore Cleaver, is going to appear on television.
Gilbert Bates: [as the class murmurs in excitement] Hey, what show is he gonna be on? The Late, Late Monster Show?
Mrs. Cornelia Rayburn: Ahhh, Mr Bates, I think we can do without comments of that sort.
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Delay, delay, delay.
1 June 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Beaver is getting a chance to be on a TV panel and there is some excitement in the Cleaver household. Beaver is ready to go, he's wearing his suit and has letters to his teachers excuse him from school. Even Mrs. Rayburn is pleased that Beaver will be representing the school.

A TV is brought into the classroom so the classmates will be able to watch; at work Ward is hoping to see Beaver on TV, at home Wally and June are preparing to watch. At the station, the panel has been assembled and are ready to go. Unfortunately, Beaver goes out for a glass of water and misses the announcement that the show is being taped for broadcast a week from now. This enables the kids to see themselves on the program. Too bad this show was broadcast long before every family had a VCR in their home to capture such moments.

Everyone at home and school watching is confused, no Beaver. The only one pleased is Fred Rutherford. He is happy to gloat over possible reasons that could explain why Beaver was dumped.

At the station, everyone is pleased at how it went, but Beaver still doesn't know about the delayed broadcast. So, when Beaver arrives at school no one believes he was on TV. His friends turn on him like the French guillotining aristocrats. Beaver is so embarrassed, he didn't return to his upcoming classes. June is concerned because Beaver hasn't returned home. Gilbert has Beaver believing he is crazy. Finally, Beaver returns home to get the explanation. After the day he has had, Beaver has had it with television at any level. Our sophistication with TV was still lacking in the early 60's.

Then a week later there is Beaver on TV. He has his five minutes of fame and he does a shout to Mrs. Rayburn and his friends. Now they are scrambling to find that head for a remounting. Good thing Beaver has such a short memory.

Years ago, I knew the team that was working on using satellites to transmit phone calls. The phenomena that initially caused some in trouble was what we now know as signal delay: that five second delay that occurs during conversation. We all see it as normal when a TV anchor asks a correspondent who is half a world away a question, and we have "dead air" until they hear the question and respond. That delay in responding to a question, in our culture, generally indicates a person is desperately seeking an answer. We then interpret that delay as meaning they are not prepared or are about to lie. For example, wives calling husbands who were away on business trips would ask what they did that night. That "delay in responding" was interpreted as the husbands were up to something. Engineers quickly realized they had to get out the explanation for the delay. They did. Yes, true story.

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