History Series / LeaveItToBeaver

6th Jun '17 7:21:27 PM JamesA807
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Archetypical [[TheFifties 1950s]] DomCom, slightly unusual in that it focused on the youngest member of the Cleaver family, 8-year-old (at the start) Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver. He had an older brother, the JuniorHigh-aged Wally. Parents Ward and June rounded out the family group. The series debuted on Creator/{{CBS}} in 1957, then after one season it [[ChannelHop channel hopped]] to Creator/{{ABC}}, where it ran until 1963. TheFilmOfTheSeries was released in 1997 that was somewhat of a present day look at the Cleaver clan, but with more of an AffectionateParody vibe.

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Archetypical [[TheFifties 1950s]] DomCom, slightly unusual in that it focused on the youngest member of the Cleaver family, 8-year-old (at the start) Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver. He had an older brother, the JuniorHigh-aged (also at the start) Wally. Parents Ward and June rounded out the family group. The series debuted on Creator/{{CBS}} in 1957, then after one season it [[ChannelHop channel hopped]] to Creator/{{ABC}}, where it ran until 1963. TheFilmOfTheSeries was released in 1997 that was somewhat of a present day look at the Cleaver clan, but with more of an AffectionateParody vibe.
30th May '17 1:40:13 PM ropertroper
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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: In one episode, Beaver decides at the last minute to cancel a babysitting appointment to have fun. When Ward has him call back, he learns that the mother found another babysitter and will not be hiring him to babysit again, after she had previously told him she won't consider another babysitter. Beaver is sad, Ward asks if he's learned a lesson, and Beaver says he has - don't babysit for somebody who won't keep her word.
27th May '17 1:43:42 PM nombretomado
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* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: A [[UrbanLegend popularly-spread rumor]] during the '70s and '80s was that Jerry Mathers had been killed in action during the VietnamWar. This rumor persisted even ''after'' the now-adult Mathers appeared on ''Series/TheTonightShow'' with Johnny Carson to specifically refute the rumor by showing he was very much alive and was still an active actor. (Not only that, Mathers never served in Vietnam in the first place. He did try to enlist in the Marines, but they wouldn't take him, precisely for fear of the negative publicity should anything have happened to him. He wound up serving stateside in the Air National Guard instead.)

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* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: A [[UrbanLegend popularly-spread rumor]] during the '70s and '80s was that Jerry Mathers had been killed in action during the VietnamWar.UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar. This rumor persisted even ''after'' the now-adult Mathers appeared on ''Series/TheTonightShow'' with Johnny Carson to specifically refute the rumor by showing he was very much alive and was still an active actor. (Not only that, Mathers never served in Vietnam in the first place. He did try to enlist in the Marines, but they wouldn't take him, precisely for fear of the negative publicity should anything have happened to him. He wound up serving stateside in the Air National Guard instead.)
10th May '17 11:14:39 PM atomiccake
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** In Season five's "Beaver's Electric Trains", Beaver tells Gilbert that Wally, who was a high school teenager at this point, takes a lot of "showers in the day time". It's safe to say that any hormonal teen who had to share their bedroom with a younger sibling could probably relate.
25th Feb '17 9:25:19 PM Green_lantern40
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* RemakeCameo: Barbara Billingsley, Ken Osmond and Frank Bank all make appearances in the 1997 film.
25th Dec '16 3:14:47 PM Morgenthaler
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Probably the third-most famous sitcom of TheFifties, behind ''ILoveLucy'' and ''TheHoneymooners''. Along with ''FatherKnowsBest'', it is always invoked when looking back on 1950s culture and family life, whether as a matter of nostalgia, pop culture history, lighthearted parody, or scathing satire. People [[StealthPun always seem to dwell on]] the tract housing with white picket fences, or the fact that June Cleaver ''always'' wore pearls and high heels, even when doing the most menial tasks.

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Probably the third-most famous sitcom of TheFifties, behind ''ILoveLucy'' ''Series/ILoveLucy'' and ''TheHoneymooners''. ''Series/TheHoneymooners''. Along with ''FatherKnowsBest'', ''Series/FatherKnowsBest'', it is always invoked when looking back on 1950s culture and family life, whether as a matter of nostalgia, pop culture history, lighthearted parody, or scathing satire. People [[StealthPun always seem to dwell on]] the tract housing with white picket fences, or the fact that June Cleaver ''always'' wore pearls and high heels, even when doing the most menial tasks.
28th May '16 12:33:30 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondGuysAreEvil: Eddie Haskell. At least a fifties DomCom teenager type of evil.
23rd May '16 1:38:58 PM CaptEquinox
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* SecretDiary: Ward gives aspiring novelist Beaver a diary, telling him it's for private, personal things -- but also that great writers have used ideas they first recorded in childhood diaries. Beaver is subsequently late coming home from school, so of course the ''first'' thing his parents do is break into his diary, where he's written lurid accounts of criminal activity. Despite the setup, it never occurs to them that these are anything but factual.

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* SecretDiary: Ward gives aspiring novelist Beaver a diary, telling him it's for private, personal things -- but also that great writers have used ideas they first recorded in childhood diaries. Beaver is subsequently late coming home from school, so of course the ''first'' thing his parents do is [[{{Hypocrite}} break into his diary, diary]], where he's written lurid accounts of criminal activity. Despite the setup, it never occurs to them that these are anything but factual.
19th Jan '16 10:09:07 AM johnsmithxxi
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* PleaseKeepYourHatOn: In the first season episode, "The Haircut", Beaver is hyped about playing in the school Christmas Pageant. Unfortunately, he loses his haircut money and has Wally act as amateur barber. Fortunately, Beaver gets to sing in the play. [[TakeAThirdOption He simply wears a winter tuque.]]
4th Jan '16 7:48:46 PM Market43Fan
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