Leave It to Beaver 1957-1963


 

Leave It to Beaver is an American television situation comedy about an inquisitive but often naïve boy named Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver and his adventures at home, in 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-twentieth century.

Leave It to Beaver is a glimpse at middle-class, white American boyhood. In a typical episode Beaver got into some sort of trouble, then faced his parents for reprimand and correction. However, neither parent was omniscient; indeed, the series often showed the parents debating their approach to child rearing, and some episodes were built around parental gaffes.

Comprising six full 39-week seasons (234 episodes), the show had its debut on CBS on October 4, 1957, and then moved to ABC the following year, completing its run on June 20, 1963. Although television production was transitioning from black-and-white to color in the latter years of the show’s run, the series continued to be shot with a single camera on black-and-white 35mm film.[1] The show’s production companies included 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, California.

 

Jerry Mathers: Beaver

 

Barbara Billingsley: Beaver’s mother

 

Hugh Beaumont: Beavers’ Father

 

Tony Dow: Beaver’s brother

 


 

 

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