Leave It to Beaver

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Leave It to Beaver
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“....and Jerry Mathers as The Beaver”
Genre: Sitcom
Family
Comedy
Running Time: 30 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: October 4, 1957 – June 20, 1963
Network(s): CBS
ABC
Created by: Joe Connelly
Bob Mosher
Distributed by: MCA TV
Starring: Barbara Billingsley
Hugh Beaumont
Tony Dow
Jerry Mathers
Seasons: 6
Episodes: 234


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.

Summary

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

  1. The show has some great kicks at humor.
  2. An amazing representation of how life was like during the 1950s and 1960s.
  3. Likable and interesting characters, especially the main protagonist, Beaver Cleaver, his parents, his older brother, Wally, and his best friend, Eddie.
  4. Many of the episodes have great morals.
  5. Much like I Love Lucy and The Honeymooners, this is one of the most memorable and popular early 1950s television shows.
  6. A good use of a laugh track.
  7. The Cleavers can be very relatable and accurate as a normal suburban family.
  8. Incredibly catchy theme music that has no lyrics to it.
  9. Many unforgettable moments in each and everyone of the episodes, like the episode, In the Soup, where Beaver gets trapped inside a large teacup.
  10. The pacing is very well-done.
  11. 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.
  12. The black-and-white cinematography is a nice touch, mainly do to being shot in the 50s and 60s.
  13. The brotherly relationship between Beaver and Wally is very heartwarming and realistic.

Bad Qualities

  1. One character, Eddie Haskell (played by the late Ken Osmand), can be quite unlikable most of the time.
  2. It can be pretty cheesy, but that's something that can be said about most shows from the 1950s due to The Television Codes.
  3. Some of the things in the show are considered cliche nowadays. For example, the character, Lumpy Rutherford, is the stereotypical dumb jock.

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Chief Silverhawk

3 days ago
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Classic.

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