Leave It to Beaver

ABC (ended 1963)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 39

    Family Scrapbook

    Aired 6/20/63

  • S 6 : Ep 38

    The Clothing Drive

    Aired 6/13/63

  • S 6 : Ep 37

    Beaver Sees America

    Aired 6/6/63

  • S 6 : Ep 36

    The All-Night Party

    Aired 5/30/63

  • S 6 : Ep 35

    Wally's Practical Joke

    Aired 5/23/63

  • Cast & Crew
  • Barbara Billingsley

    June Cleaver

  • Hugh Beaumont

    Ward Cleaver

  • Tony Dow

    Wally Cleaver

  • Jerry Mathers

    Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver

  • Richard Deacon

    Fred Rutherford

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  • show Description
  • Leave It to Beaver portrayed the iconic postwar American family: June the perfect housewife, Ward the dad (what did he do for a living, anyway? And why did he always wear a suit to dinner?), big brother Wally, and of course Theodore ("The Beaver"), the good-hearted kid whose adventures propelled the show. Leave It to Beaver debuted in October of 1957 on CBS. In the fall of 1958, CBS dropped the series. ABC picked it up and ran it for an additional 5 years. Few people know that Leave it to Beaver was the first American television show broadcast behind the Iron Curtain -- perhaps part of the reason for so many references to God, Sunday School, Breaking Bread, etc. In several episodes, there are subtle references to the Soviet Union. In episode #31 ( New doctor ): Wally, has a model plane. Look close, it,s a Russian bomber. With, the red star decals. In episode #119 ( Beaver's House Guest ), the two boys are wearing their camp sweatshirts. With the name Camp Chekov on it. Propaganda? Maybe. What the average American family was like in the 1950's? I don't think so. What ever, I guess it worked. The series focuses on Theodore Cleaver (Beaver). Beaver (who was 7 when the series began) is your basic everyday little boy who had a knack of getting himself into trouble at every turn. His older brother Wally, is just entering his teen years and often wonders out loud how Beaver could be so dumb to get himself into stupid situations. (Examples: getting himself locked in the principals office, letting the bathtub overflow, letting the washing machine overflow, getting his head stuck in a fence at the park, constantly losing things (cats, change, etc.) His parents are your everyday 1950's parents, June and Ward Cleaver, who do their best to understand and support Beaver and Wally as they grew up. Other characters were mostly friends of Wally and Beaver. Wally's friends included Lumpy Rutherford and the two-faced Eddie Haskell. Eddie was courteous to June and Ward but when the grown ups weren't around he was a bully to Beaver and his friends. Beaver's friends include Whitey Whitney, Gilbert Gates/Bates/Harrison (inconsistent last name), Larry Mondello and Richard Rickover. Beaver's teachers, Miss Canfield and later Miss Landers were seen frequently as well as Lumpy's father, played by Richard Deacon known for his role on The Dick Van Dyke Show. While most people lump in Leave it to Beaver with other family sitcoms, such as Father Knows Best, and The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, this series was truly an original, and very much ahead of its time. It showed the world through the eyes of a young boy, and sometimes dealt with rather controversial subjects. One episode ("Beaver and Andy") dealt frankly with the subject of alcoholism. Another episode ("Beaver's House Guest") showed how divorce can affect a child. In 1985, Leave It to Beaver was in a full blown revival after a 1983 reunion movie, Still the Beaver, when a spin-off series, with the title of the reunion movie, was proposed. It later begin airing in syndication under the title, The New Leave It to Beaver and starred all of the original cast members except Hugh Beaumont who died on May 14, 1982. First Telecast: October 4, 1957 Last Telecast: September 12, 1963 Episodes: 234 B&W Episodes +1 Unaired B&W Pilot Theme Song: "The Toy Parade" Written by: Melvyn Leonard, Mort Greene & Dave Kahn Spin-offs: The New Leave It to Beaver NOTE: All air dates have now been verified through TV Guide. CBS Broadcast History October 1957-March 1958----Fridays----7:30 p.m. March-September 1958----Wednesdays----8:00 p.m. ABC Broadcast History October 1958-June 1959----Thursdays----7:30 p.m. July-September 1959----Thursdays----9:00 p.m. October 1959-September 1962----Saturdays----8:30 p.m. September 1962-September 1963----Thursdays----8:30 p.m. Nielsen Ratings: (Top 30 or Better) Never hit the top 30moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (47)

    • Miss Canfield: Beaver. Is that your given name? Beaver: Yeah, my brother gived it to me.

    • Beaver: What's brandy made of? Wally: Grapes. People in France crush them with thier feet. Beaver: (sniffs glass) I thought so!

    • Beaver: You have grass on your lawn, too. Violet: Yes, the grass in the backyard is cement.

    • Julia (the Donaldson's neice): His father doesn't look like a beaver.

    • Beaver: (to Mrs. Donaldson) I like Angela Valentine. She has an extra toe. It doesn't have a toenail, but you can see it's a toe.

    • *Ward, looking at Henry after Beaver and Wally leave* Ward: Henry. Old Henry. June: *coming in* Talking to your friend Harvey? Ward: That's Henry. June: *smugly looks at the rabbit* Henry. .. mmmhmm Ward: Now what's that all about? June: Nothing, just that Henry's not a proper name to call a girl in that condition. Ward: What??? June: Well, I was looking at your friend while you were getting the cage ready, and she definitely looks like she's in the family way. Ward: When? June: Soon, very soon. Ward: Oh boy, what am I going to tell the boys? June: well, if you can't find a way to tell them you could start calling her Henrietta.

    • June: Wally, why don't you set the table. Wally: Do we have to use knives and forks? June: Well of course we do! Wally: Well, I thought we were having hamburgers and hotdogs, that's mostly grabbin' stuff *Later that night, after Larry feels better, Beaver knocks on his parents' door to tell them he's okay. Beaver: Larry's wondering if he can have his candy bars back, his stomach's empty now. Ward: Of course he can NOT!

    • June: Wally, why don't you set the table. Wally: Do we have to use knives and forks? June: Well of course we do! Wally: Well, I thought we were having hamburgers and hotdogs, that's mostly grabbin' stuff *Later that night, after Larry feels better, Beaver knocks on his parents' door to tell them he's okay. Beaver: Larry's wondering if he can have his candy bars back, his stomach's empty now. Ward: Of course he can NOT!

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    Notes (96)

    • This pilot is one of the few programs in television history to be designated as an episode of two different television series: the original "Leave it to Beaver" (Pilot) and "The New Leave it to Beaver" (episode #68).

    • This episode originally aired on April 23, 1957 as a stand alone special, and was not presented as the premiere episode of "Leave it to Beaver". After that broadcast, most copies of the film were destroyed, but a copy was discovered nearly 30 years later--in the mid 1980s-- in a film vault in Illinois. It was then reintroduced for the first time in three decades as a special episode of "The New Leave it to Beaver" on October 4, 1987, exactly 30 years after the original series premiered on CBS. The 1987 broadcast featured new wrap around segments featuring Jerry Mathers, Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow, and Kipp Marcus standing on the front yard set of the new series.

    • Unlike the series, this pilot did not use a laugh track.

    • The tv channel, TV Land, aired this episode as part of a "Leave it to Beaver" Marathon on October 6, 2007. The episode aired at 11:00 AM ET. TVLand aired it again March 23, 2008 as part of another LitB marathon.

    • Wally Cleaver was played by Paul Sullivan in the Pilot Episode.

    • Ward was actually played by Casey Adams.

    • Back in the late 80's this unaired pilot began popping up, airing on local channels with the rest of the episodes of the series but has not been seen since.

    • Diane Brewster, Burt Mustin, Stanley Fafara and Jeri Weil make their first appearances in their respective recurring roles of Miss Canfield, Gus, Whitey Whitney and Judy Hensler.

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    Trivia (33)

    • In this episode. Wally, types a letter to Miss Canfield. On, a new portable typewriter. This, is the first, of three, typewriters, in the series. In episode #69 (Beaver's Newspaper). The boys, find an old upright typewriter. And, act like they'd never seen one before. In episode #185 (Beaver's Typewriter). Beaver asks his father for a typewriter, to help with his homework. In all three episodes neither Wally or the Beaver, ever really learn how to type.

    • Whitey Whitney (Stanley Fafara) is called Harold by Miss Canfield . This is the only time he is called by any other name besides Whitey until episode 232 entitled "Beaver Sees America" when he is called Hubert.

    • The comic where the boys find the ad for the alligator was entitled "Robot Men of Mars."

    • If you watch closely when Wally and Beaver are looking at the comic which contains the advertisement for the alligator, you can plainly tell from the inside front cover that the comic is really a DC Comics "Adventure Comics" issue #240 from September 1957 with Superboy and an alien.

    • This episode marks the first time a toilet was ever shown on network TV. Even then, the censors would only allow the tank portion to be shown.

    • At the end of this episode, Beaver and Wally receive a puppy, also named Captain Jack, but he's never seen or mentioned by name again. In episode #94, Pet Fair, Beaver mentions that he once had a dog but it ran away.

    • Fred Rutherford claims to have two boys, both of whom received football scholarships, but we all know Fred sired only Lumpy and Violet. Lumpy did receive a scholarship in season six, but it was recinded when the school became aware of Lumpy's complete lack of intelligence.

    • When Ward goes to the theater, to pick up the boys. Kids are coming out of the show. If you watch closely. One boy, wearing a two color jacket. Comes out, no less than nine times. He just walks past, camera right. Then goes back around. And, comes out again. By, the ninth time he comes out you can see that he's even getting tired it.

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    Allusions (5)

    • After Wally and Beaver gave the bike back, it shows the living room, and Wards suit is Light colored, However, when the camera angle changes, his suit is dark, and it looks like Hugh beaumont.

    • Ward: C'mon, June, you can't make a crusade out of this. You're not Carrie Nation! Ward is alluding to the bar room smashing Carrie Nation, who crusaded against alcohol in the early 1900's, claiming it destroyed families.

    • Wally says to June after hearing details about the theft at school, "This place is getting to be like 77 Sunset Strip." This is an allusion to the television crime series that ran from 1958-1963.

    • Beaver's rat was named Peter Gunn after the ABC series that starred Craig Stevens as Peter Gunn. That series premiered September 1, 1958 and ended September 18, 1961.

    • Wally Cleaver: "How much is your soup? 80 cents?"
      When Wally decides to take Julie Foster out to dinner at a resturant called The White Fox, he hears from Eddie Haskell that it is a very expensive place to eat. Wally calls The White Fox to find out what their prices are, he finds that coffee costs 40 cents, and soup costs 80 cents. The entire dinner added up to $14.37, and the kid was freaking out! Can we imagine $14.37 as being a lot for dinner nowadays? The fillet they ordered at the restaurant was only $6.25!

  • Fan Reviews (30)
  • LITB Addicting But Flawed

    By rhino-1, Jun 19, 2015

  • Greatest Show of All Time

    By fcampbell1, Mar 10, 2013

  • I am watching LITB on Netflix

    By mrbreezeet1, Nov 25, 2012

  • A classic show that will always remind us of how simple life was back in the early 50's and 60's

    By mrogra2005, Jul 26, 2008

  • The Cleaver family is your typical American family, with father Ward, mother June, older brother Wally and little Theodore, better known as "Beaver". It was shown from the eyes of the "Beaver"

    By drwoowoocl, Aug 29, 2007

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