Entertainment: Leave It to Beaver

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Entertainment: Leave It to Beaver Gender: N/A
TV series
born on 4 October 1957 at 19:30 (= 7:30 PM )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w00
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 11°28' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 28°37 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 06°13'

Entertainment: Leave It to Beaver (Main cast, circa 1959)


American television sitcom broadcast between 1957 and 1963 about an inquisitive and often naïve boy, Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver (portrayed by Jerry Mathers), and his adventures at home, school, and around his suburban neighborhood. The show also starred Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont as Beaver's parents, June and Ward Cleaver, and Tony Dow as Beaver's brother Wally. The show has attained an iconic status in the United States, with the Cleavers exemplifying the idealized suburban family of the mid-20th century.

The show was created by the writers Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher. These veterans of radio and early television found inspiration for the show's characters, plots, and dialogue in the lives, experiences, and conversations of their own children. Leave It to Beaver is one of the first primetime sitcom series written from a child's point of view. Like several television dramas and sitcoms of the late 1950s and early 1960s (Lassie and My Three Sons), Leave It to Beaver is a glimpse of middle-class American boyhood. In a typical episode, Beaver gets into some sort of boyish scrape, then faces his parents for reprimand and correction. Neither parent was omniscient or infallible; the series often showed the parents debating their approach to child rearing, and some episodes were built around parental gaffes.

Leave It to Beaver ran for six full 39-week seasons (234 episodes). The series had its debut on CBS on 4 October 1957. The following season, it moved to ABC, where it stayed until completing its run on 20 June 1963. Throughout the show's run, it was shot with a single camera on black-and-white 35mm film. The show's production companies included the comedian George Gobel's Gomalco Productions (1957–1961) and Kayro Productions (1961–1963) with filming at Revue Studios/Republic Studios and Universal Studios in Los Angeles. The show was distributed by MCA TV.

The still-popular show ended its run in 1963 primarily because it had reached its natural conclusion: In the show, Wally was about to enter college and the fraternal dynamic at the heart of the show's premise would be broken with their separation.

Contemporary commentators praised Leave It to Beaver, with Variety comparing Beaver to Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer. Much juvenile merchandise was released during the show's first run, including board games, novels, and comic books. The show has enjoyed a renaissance in popularity since the 1970s through off-network syndication, a reunion telemovie (Still the Beaver, 1983) and a sequel series, The New Leave It to Beaver (1985–1989). In 1997, a movie version based on the original series was released to negative reviews.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Billingsley, Barbara (born 22 December 1915). Notes: Played June Cleaver, 1957-1963
  • associate relationship with Correll, Rich (born 14 May 1948). Notes: Played Richard Rickover, 1960-1962
  • associate relationship with Deacon, Richard (born 14 May 1922). Notes: Played Fred Rutherford, 1957-1963
  • associate relationship with Dow, Tony (born 13 April 1945). Notes: Played Wallace "Wally" Cleaver, 1957-1963
  • associate relationship with Mathers, Jerry (born 2 June 1948). Notes: Played Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver, 1957-1963


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Television Programs," Daily News (New York, New York), 4 Oct 1957, page 20.


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