Leave It to Beaver
Leave It to Beaver is a 1950s live-action comedy television series. The show ran and lasted from October 4th, 1957 to June 20th, 1963.
The show follows a young, naive little boy named Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) and his misadventures with his friends, family and older brother, Wally (Tony Dow).
Why It Rocks
- The show has some great kicks at humor.
- An amazing representation of how life was like during the 1950s and 1960s.
- Likable and interesting characters, especially the main protagonist, Beaver Cleaver, his parents, his older brother, Wally, and his best friend, Eddie.
- Many of the episodes have great morals.
- Much like I Love Lucy and The Honeymooners, this is one of the most memorable and popular early 1950s television shows.
- A good use of a laugh track.
- The Cleavers can be very relatable and accurate as a normal suburban family.
- Incredibly catchy theme music that has no lyrics to it.
- Many unforgettable moments in each and everyone of the episodes, like the episode, In the Soup, where Beaver gets trapped inside a large teacup.
- The pacing is very well-done.
- A few of the characters went through some character development, like how Beaver has began maturing through each season as his actor (Jerry Mathers) hit his teen years.
- The black-and-white cinematography is a nice touch, mainly do to being shot in the 50s and 60s.
- The brotherly relationship between Beaver and Wally is very heartwarming and realistic.
- One character, Eddie Haskell (played by the late Ken Osmand), can be quite unlikable most of the time.
- It can be pretty cheesy, but that's something that can be said about most shows from the 1950s due to The Television Codes.
- Some of the things in the show are considered cliche nowadays. For example, the character, Lumpy Rutherford, is the stereotypical dumb jock.