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Leave it to Beaver

Leave it to Beaver

Oct 4, 2012

Leave it to Beaver first aired on CBS on October 4, 1957. The show centers around the adventures of Theodore “The Beaver” Cleaver at school, home, and in his neighborhood. Also featured in the show are Beaver’s parents June and Ward Cleaver, and his brother Wally. The series lasted for six seasons with a total of 234 episodes. Time Magazine ranked Leave it to Beaver as the #44 TV Show of All Time. The main characters: Theodore “The Beaver” Cleaver – Beaver is 100% stereotypical boy. A lover of comic books, money-making schemes, baseball, and animals; and a hater of dance, baths, and homework. Beaver shares a bedroom with his brother Wally throughout the series. His fireman neighbor Gus always gives him sound advice and helps to keep him from straying to far. Typically the episodes include a lecture from his father about some mistake Beaver has made. Wally Cleaver – Beaver’s older brother, Wally is a first rate athlete and popular with the girls who consider him to be ‘the absolute most’. Wally is friends with Eddie Haskell, ‘Lumpy’ Rutherford, Tooey Brown, and Chester Anderson. Wally functions as a translator helping Beaver understand ‘parentspeak’, and as an informant to his parents about Beaver’s latest adventures. June Cleaver – wife of Ward and mother to Wally and Beaver, June is a full time wife and mother. She is often seen in the kitchen preparing meals, and trying to comprehend Wally as he reports his school day activities in the teen jargon of the day. She dated Ward as teenager, attended college and briefly held down a part time job. Ward Cleaver – husband of June and father to Wally and Beaver, Ward is a white collar worker who regularly is giving his sons instruction on their decisions. His character was an engineer in the US Navy during World War II, and majored in Philosophy in college. Trivia about the show: The Cleaver house was also the home for Marcus Welby M.D. Beaver went to Grant Avenue School, a grammar school (grades K-8) Leave it to Beaver was the first show to show a toilet. It only showed the tank and flush handle, and never...