Leave it to Beaver
One of the most popular series in TV history, Leave It to Beaver stood out from the flock during TV's golden age. While most Beaver contemporaries, like The Donna Reed Show and The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, were star-driven vehicles in which the kids were merely supporting players, in Leave It to Beaver, the action centered on the Cleaver boys: 7-year-old Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver and his 12-year-old brother Wally. The lasting charm of Leave It to Beaver can be attributed to its timeless story lines. Though the original series left primetime in September 1963, it has remained a regular in reruns ever since. In the early 1980s, Leave It to Beaver experienced a resurgence in popularity that resulted in Beaver Cleaver fever. Wally and The Beav suddenly found themselves on Kellogg's Cornflakes boxes, as well as the subject of a number of books. A reunion movie, Still the Beaver, was produced, and led to a syndicated series reuniting many of the show's original cast members.
|Air Date||Title||Description||View History|
|05/27/1961||Junior Fire Chief||Beaver is elected the Junior Fire Chief for a school project. Everyone thinks he would be perfect for the job, but instead he turns out to act too much like a big shot. Ward has to bring him aside and have a talk with him about his actions as the Junior Fire Chief.|
|05/20/1961||Community Chest||June lets Beaver make her rounds to collect for the Community Chest. By accident, Beaver drops the can and loses it while eating an ice cream cone with Wally. Now he has to figure out how to replace the money and tell his parents what happened.|
|05/06/1961||Beaver's Rat||Beaver buys a rat named Peter for fifty cents, but June refuses to allow it in the house. So, in order to make a profit on the rat, Beaver sells it to Violet Rutherford for $3.00. Beaver is proud of himself but Ward feels he must have a talk with his son about ripping off other kids in the neighborhood.|
|04/29/1961||The School Picture||During a class picture, Beaver and Gilbert decide to make goofy faces at the camera. At the last second Gilbert wises up, so Beaver is the only one who makes a silly face. He gets in trouble with his parents, but luckily his face is covered by Myrtle Jarvis's hair ribbon.|