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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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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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TV-G

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

23 April 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It's a Small World See more »

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Runtime:

| (234 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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4:3
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Trivia

Tony Dow had never acted before and had no aspirations of becoming an actor when he was cast. Dow had accompanied a friend of his to the audition. He auditioned on a whim and got the part. See more »

Goofs

During season one, Wally was in 8th grade and Beaver was in 2nd - six years apart. By the end season six Beaver was finishing 8th grade and Wally was graduating high school - 4 years apart. See more »

Quotes

Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver: I wouldn't wanna do anything to hurt God. He's got enough trouble with the Russians and all.
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Connections

Referenced in L.A. Law: Leave It to Geezer (1989) See more »

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Still the All-American Family
15 June 2000 | by raysondSee all my reviews

For years repeats of Leave It To Beaver were seen on WTBS and WGN out of Chicago during the 1980's,but it still is one of the heartwarming family shows around,and it still is to this day. Jerry Mathers' role as The Beaver was just that: a kid who always had a knack for getting into all sorts of trouble with his friends,but it was always big brother Wally(played by Tony Dow) to bail him out,and it was Ward,the Father(played by Hugh Beaumont)that gave Beaver advise on some things,most of the time giving him the business,right in front of June(played by Barbara Billingsley). The character that really gave them the business was no other than that creepy Eddie Haskell(played by Ken Osmond) who would be polite to them one minute,and getting Wally into some mischief(as Beaver) the next. The show itself,had the boys learning about morals and values and their father always giving them the opportunity to do their best and to stay straight while they kept things together. The show itself was side-splitting hilarious indeed(especially the episodes where Beaver falls into a soup bowl poster with Larry Mondello of all people,and the time where they spike Wally's birthday party with Beaver's friends Gilbert and Whitey getting him into some very serious trouble,and finally getting even with Eddie Haskell once and for all!!!)

Interesting Note about Beaver: The show was on two different networks at the time: 1st,it was on CBS for two seasons in classic black and white producing 78 episodes from October 4,1957 until June 25,1959. CBS canceled "Leave It To Beaver" in 1959,but in the fall of that year the show moved to ABC-TV where it remained for the next four seasons from October 3,1959 until June 20,1963 producing an astounding 156 episodes. A total of 234 episodes were produced,all in black and white for Revue Studios.


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