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Leave It to Beaver 

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The misadventures of a suburban boy, family and friends.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Barbara Billingsley ...  June Cleaver 235 episodes, 1957-1963
Jerry Mathers ...  Theodore Cleaver 235 episodes, 1957-1963
Hugh Beaumont ...  Ward Cleaver 234 episodes, 1957-1963
Tony Dow ...  Wally Cleaver 234 episodes, 1957-1963
Ken Osmond ...  Eddie Haskell 97 episodes, 1957-1963
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Family

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TV-G

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wally and the Beaver See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (234 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

In the early episodes Eddie Haskell has a pet dog that he keeps telling the boys is a "Police Dog". In real life Ken Osmond who played Eddie Haskell would become a policeman with the LAPD. See more »

Goofs

In the Season 5 opening, as Barbara Billingsley comes out the door to offer refreshments to Ward, Wally and Beaver, she has both hands holding the tray, but the door opens and closes without her having to touch it. In the crack of the door on the left side, there is a glimpse of someone in a white or light colored shirt behind the door. See more »

Quotes

June Cleaver: Wally, where are you going?
Wally Cleaver: I'm going over to slug Eddie.
June Cleaver: That's no way to talk, this is Sunday.
Wally Cleaver: You're right, I'll wait 'til tomorrow and slug him in the cafeteria.
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Connections

Referenced in Three's Company: An Affair to Forget (1982) See more »

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The Serious Side of Beaver
4 June 2005 | by Florida2See 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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