Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.
Today we will be looking at a comedy that ran between the years of 1957-1963 and launched the same day Sputnik – Leave It To Beaver
Opening Sequence / Theme Tune
About the Show
Summary of Plot
The misadventures of a suburban boy, family and friends. –IMDb
Number of Seasons / Episodes
Barbara Billingsley – June Cleaver
Jerry Mathers – Theodore Cleaver
Hugh Beaumont – Ward Cleaver
Tony Dow – Wally Cleaver
- Although the series was still earning good ratings, its star, Jerry Mathers, wanted to retire from acting to focus on his education upon entering high school. As a result, it was agreed to halt production and the series became the first prime time American production to have a series finale.
- This was in a way the first show to show a toilet and in a way it also wasn’t. They didn’t actually show the toilet pedestal and seat, but they did show the toilet tank and flush handle.
- Barbara Billingsley told an interviewer in 2007 the reason she always wore pearls on camera is because of a small indentation just above her sternum that didn’t photograph well.
- In addition to his role as Ward Cleaver, Hugh Beaumont also did some writing and directing for the series.
- Tony Dow had never acted before and had no aspirations of becoming an actor when he was cast. Dow had accompanied a friend of his to the audition. He auditioned on a whim and got the part.
- No episodes in the entire series featured snow or snowfall
- Among the places the boys would like to go were Metzger’s Field to play baseball, Millers Pond, or Friends Lake.
Beaver and Money
Cooking and Woman Talk
Stocks and Bonds