Leave It to Beaver
Approval Rate: 91%
I enjoy this show when I'm feeling depressed or vulnerable. Its nice to think of such an idealized world. I know that such a time never existed, and you have to wonder where all the black folks are (stupid segregation), but still, the show is a big warm fuzzy.
I still watch this show. Can we actually envision a place in time where Dad dressed up even on his day off, and Mom was always emaculate? This show was campy and silly to say the least, but Wally and the Beaver made it fun to watch. Also, June was a babe!!
A true classic sitcom from the 50's. I especially enjoy the earlier years. When the Beav was taller than Wally and his voice changed his goofy behavior went from cute-funny to stupid. The life lessions were very good. I always thought June was pretty hot. Eddie and Lumpy (and Mr. Rutherford) were classic characters too.
i wish i was june cleaver lol
Who doesn't like "The Beav"?
ward cleaver. what a dad. understanding. compassionate. honest. firm but fair. hugh beaumont really put a lot into that character. he always let you know he remembered exactly what it was like to be a kid. of course, then again, my father sucked.
I like to keep my eye out for some of the old programs that my satellite often airs. "Leave it to Beaver" is one of the ones that they are currently showing. I'm getting a chance to see it, and it is indeed a classic. Those really were the "good old days". Watch "Leave it to Beaver", and go back in time....
Ihappened on to Leave it to Beaver today. Maybe I was having a bad day or something but I just want to yank those pearls off June and slap Ward. I never could handle that show. Except when Eddie Haskell appeared. And we all know an "eddie haskell". That show was way to unrealistic. Those folks need to loosen up. Way to cinched up for me. And I loved some of the old tv shows.
Obviously a fairytale show by modern standards, "Leave It To Beaver" should be compared to its contemporaries. Under that limited microscope, the show fairs relatively well. Sure, that life probably never existing (even in the 1950's), but one must also recognize that the point of view was from Beaver, a young boy. Through those eyes, things are much simpler and parents can often do no wrong. Didn't everyone know an Eddie Haskell and have friends talking us into doing foolish things? One can also argue that "Beaver" helped inspire the much better "The Wonder Years", with the latter show improving on the former's limitations.
This was really a great show. I watched my favorite episode today. This was when Wally and Beaver were suppose to put money in their accounts at school under their father's advice, but instead they withdrew money from their school account. Ward found out about it and was mad, until he found out that they had bought him a hunting jacket with the money. This was just one of many great episodes of another place and another time, or maybe it never existed, but would it not be great if it did. I am forty years old now and have been watching this show off and on all of my life and still have not tired of it.
I'm just hoping they don't try to redo this in our "more modern" era;priceless.
I watch the show all the time now. I never had seen it growing up. I like when Wally and Beaver were younger the best. They were both so cute on the show. I liked also how Wally looked after Beaver and included him in things. It seems when they got older that while Wally's character grew up to fit his age, Beaver's never changed. His character was the same as when he was younger.
Just a great, warm-hearted show with meaningful life lessons included in nearly every episode. For every lesson learned by Beaver and Wally from Ward and June, there was another one learned by the parents from their kids. This show was like life. It is a process and we are all learning from one another on a daily basis. Was there ever an older brother better than Wally? Doesn't everyone know an Eddie Haskell? A Gibert? A Whitey? A Lunpy? It's the Fred Rutherford's and Eddie Haskell's of this world that make the Wally's and Beaver's so valuable to us as friends. I'm happy that they are a part of my extende family.
Well no one is going to believe me but my parents are like this too. I never saw them raise their voices speaking to one another or ever use bad words. My father did get mad and yell at us a few times however. They wanted most of all for us to grow up and be good citizens, honest and helpful. So I guess that's why I watch this show, even when the kids are in school they have to obey the teachers and if they don't they get in real trouble with their parents. I had to laugh at one show where walley is wearing his hair in a new way and it looks terrible. Of course his parents get upset and finally talk to him about it. Everyone makes a big deal out of it, today that would be a really small issue.
I loved Leave it to Beaver, I still watch it to this day and love every show. Beaver usually gets in to trouble, and when he does his dad gives him wholesome advice and a lesson to learn from. I think this show is charming and funny, a delight to watch.
This really was a warm and charming show. The gentleness and loving respect for each other seems as if in a different universe. It brings back the America of old. Compare the family sitcoms now. "Married with Children," anyone?
Truely funny. Wholesome. Cute. I wish life was like Leave it to Beaver. Where most folks have manners, obey thier parents (mostly), dress appropriatly. Nothing wrong with that.
I've oftened wondered just how hard Mr. Cleaver was on Mrs. Cleaver's own beaver?
One of the best things about this show was something rarely mentioned: the comical friends of Wally & Beaver: Whitey, Larry, Gilbert, Eddie, & Lumpy. I never got tired of Eddie calling Wally by various names like Gertrude, Gwendolyn, Elwood, Agnes...
A great show. Eddie Haskel is a trip. June is hot. Beaver is just a nutty messed up kid.
A good, wholesome show for all ages. I'm only 14 but I feel like I grew up with the Cleavers.
I'm only in my 20's and I Love the Beav...A great wholesome sitcom that's quite funny as well. Wally just makes the show with all his one liners though...
This show had its ups and downs but once the bever stated to grow up this show stated to take a plunge down hill.
Leave It To Beaver is still a show I watch when I can. I like Eddie the best in this one. I had a friend like him who had my mom fooled.
Leave it to Beaver re-runs have been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember. This show did not have a comedic genius (Lucille Ball) or great scripts and ensemble cast (The Dick Van Dyke Show) but it did very much have its own appeal. Leave it to Beaver is comfort television for me - the equivalent of comfort food like mashed potatoes or macaroni and cheese -smooth, easy to digest and leaves you with a warm feeling inside (I was going to say warm and gooey, but that's a little disgusting). Jerry Beaver Mathers and Tony Wally Dow weren't your typical child actors. They really couldn't act all that well. Instead of detracting from the series, I think it made their characters more likeable. Barbara Billingsly was sweet (and sometimes a hoot) as June. Hugh Beaumont is one of the most underrated TV Dads ever - his portrayal of Ward was warm and believable. Eddie Haskell is a classic, but even more than Eddie, I have a real fondness for the semi-evil always sneaky Gilbert Ba... Read more
I love LITB. As many of said, it's clean and wholesome. No sexual innuendoes or excess violence that infest the current crap that's on our TV's nowadays. I long for days like the ones lived in LITB. And I'm not givin' you the business, either!
I would watch The Beav in reruns everyday in the '70. I could relate to Beaver. Great show, I learned alot from The Beav.
June Cleaver: Ward, don't you think you were a little hard on the Beaver last night?
My favorite show of all time! Undeniably the greatest family comedy of the 1950s. This is reflected in its continuing popularity. You'd have to get out a search warrant to find shows like Ozzie and Harriet, Make Room For Daddy, and Father Knows Best, among others, on today's cable networks, yet Beaver is everywhere! This is due to the great characters that make up the show and help to give it a warm, old-fashioned feeling that is sadly missing in most of today's sitcoms. Even that dirty rat Eddie Haskell seems fairly tame compared to Bart Simpson and his current prototypes. I'll take Beaver and Wally over any of them any day. Face it, people, The Beaver rules!!
Charming, believable and adoreable. Best of all it comes from the kids point of view and the kids are for the most part realistic. Parents are cool too. Still funny today.
This show is one of my all-time FAVOURITES!!! Yes, it's syruppy sweet and corny as hell, but it's genuinely funny!!! I never get tired of The Beaver. Timeless...
Great show...reminds me so much of my own parents...wanted us to grow up being honest and hard working...also caring about others.
ahhh i LOVE Leave It To Beaver!! Wally-hott; Eddie-very hott. :) I love almost everything dealing w/ LITB, not too much the Still the Beaver thing thou..neway. :) movie was good, :) i need ta stop w/ the ":)" and im done.
The best of the family sitcoms of its time in that it was entertaining and fairly realistic in its portrayal of the dynamic between children and adults. Of course, the Cleavers lived in that pristine, antisceptic and surreal TV world were there were no Negros, Hispanics, Jews, Homos, Winos, Junkies, etc., where Dad wore a tie while he worked at whatever in his Den and Mom was decked out in cashmere sweater and pearls while she worked on Dad's meatloaf, ahem... So, as absurd as the world the Cleavers lived in was, the battle conveyed between Adultworld and Childworld was much more perpective than any of the other tripe on TV at the time. Helping this along was the older brother/younger brother interaction, which was usually pretty clever, and the presence of Lumpy Rutherford and cultural icon Eddie Haskell. This is a show you can watch again and again, even though you've seen every episode like 15 times. And Mrs. Cleaver was pretty hot: I especially liked the episode when she confi... Read more
When I watch Leave It To Beaver, I forget about it actually being a sit-com. The characters are portrayed brilliantly to the extent I can see this being an actual family (if there were reality TV shows then, I could see the "Cleavers" being the "Osbournes" of today). Many may look at the primary plot of this family as impossible, to have such an ideal situation where parents and children actually get along, respect each other and are able to work out problems between family members in a rational, simple way. Sounds impossible? No. Study of human behavior today supports this type of family dynamic, however far from the norm it may be. The ideal family dynamic is for there to be love, earned respect between all family members and build from that a home where all can enjoy and work through what problems or trajedies that come along.
I love that show.
A delightful look at growing up that still speaks some truth even this day and age.A wonderful look at a time in ones life ,when all that mattered was given some one the "business" or getting in "trouble".
Good, wholesome, family show. Sure, it dates back to the 1950's, but the classics are the best. Had good morals to teach. Very funny moments---especially in regard to Beaver and Wally's friends. Loved the character of Eddie Haskell. So polite -- almost to the point of nausa. But, you had to love him. Still watch the reruns on TVLand and still enjoy.
I really liked Leave It To Beaver. It's funny to see June in a dress and high heels doing her housework. One of my favorite characters is Eddie Haskell. This was a show that you didn't have to worry about your kids watching.
Corny? You bet! But cute as a button. Admittedly, it's dated, but watching it gives you a glimpse into a different world. OK, it's probably a world that never was, but it's uplifting to see the love in this family.
I love the episode where Whitey dares Beaver to climb onto this billboard to see if there is real soup brewing in the cup and Beaver falls in and can't get out. The show is so decent and clean. The way they dressed up for dinner at home and were so polite. Don't get me wrong, they were not goody-goody kids, just normal kids,who got into all kinds of crazy predicaments, it was after all a comedy show. But they loved their parents and treated them with respect and received respect back from them. It would be my goal to have this kind of family
I still watch this show now.
I think Leave it to beaver was a gre8t show! Yeh some of the episodes were kinda corny but hey its a classic, and thats all there is to it.It was an excellent show in which we all can relate to.The young kids could easily relate to Beaver and his problems.And the teenagers can feel exactly what Wally was going through.It was funny,cool and indeed realistic! They had alitlle bit of everybody in the show. beaver (average mischevious kid) wally (average popular jock) eddie(troublemaker)lumpy(the dumb one)whitey and gilbert (the 2 friends who talked the beaver in 2 doing things that would get him in 2 some kind of trouble)so all in all it was a gre8t!
lost some of its appeal has Beaver grew older.
I happen to be 14 and I must say that "Leave It To Beaver" has become my favorite show in just 5 days. I think that it's better than some of this other crap that comes on. I'm a big fan of the old shows and it's amazing to me to see that Beaver hasn't lost all it's humor because I find it to be very funny. Yeah, it's kind of cheesy but that's just one of the reasons why I love the show. I just love Wally and Beaver's friends. Eddy reminds me of me sometimes and I love the funny comments that he makes, Lumpy's just plain ole' funny, I like Richard and Gilbert's humor, and the Beav was just sooooo cute! (he was really cute in that episode of Batman when he was... I think 17. Gee golly he looked good!) And there are no words to describe how cute Wally was:>
Leave It To Beaver is not a typical sit-com. It is totally unique as well as funny. The writers were brilliant. They saw through the eyes of both children and adults and made the conflict between their perspectives seem totally natural. The lines the kids spoke didn't seem like lines that adults would have written. They sounded spontaneous, as kids really are. It almost seemed like a subtle parody on the way kids think. I think most people who have watched it consistently over an extended period of time know exactly what I mean. It was also a warm show that upheld good values. Critics of the show have relentlessly accused it of being unrealistic. But one of the reasons I think of it as such an ingenious show is that so much of the dialog it is amazingly realistic. Most of the reasons for it being seen as unrealistic, such as June wearing a dress while she cleaned house (which my own mother often did believe it or not), are very shallow reasons. To focus on those things and ... Read more
Already in re-runs when I was growing up, I was a big fan of this show as a child. I still think it makes for good kids entertainment and can also serve as an occasional trip to nostalgia-land for adults. I have to be in the mood for it though -I've become so jaded over the years that I keep seeing June translating jive.