Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Leave It to Beaver

Leave It to Beaver was a 1950s and 1960s family-oriented television sitcom about an inquisitive but often naive boy named Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver and his adventures at home, in school, and around his suburban neighborhood. Beaver's family included his father, Ward, his mother, June, and his brother, Wally.

Beaver's best pals included apple-munching Larry Mondello, Hubert "Whitey" Whitney, and the old fireman, Gus. Except for Gus, Beaver's friends steer him into trouble time and again.

Judy Hensler was Beaver's snitching, goody-goody classroom nemesis on the show. Benjie Bellamy and Chuckie Murdock were both small boys and Cleaver neighbors who caused trouble.

Beaver had two female teachers, Miss Canfield and Miss Landers. Mrs. Rayburn was the principal of Grant Ave. Grammar School.

Wally's closest friends were wise-guy Eddie Haskell, Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford, Tooey Brown and Chester Anderson.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, my, I can't believe no one else has commented on this. The Beav and his pals were like my best friends back in the late 50's and early 60's. Beav and I were the same age and in the same grade on the show at the time, so these guys really were like friends, and still are today. I have watched these shows over and over and over thru the years. For someone my age, it's like a trip back in time in Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine. People who were not alive back then, just can't believe that things really were like this. Believe me, they were. Even the guys from the show carry on the story today. I just love the fact that Frank Bank, who played goofy Lumpy Rutherford, Wally's & Eddie's friend, has a daughter that everyone calls Lumpette. The tag on Frank's car reads "LUMPY" and his daughter's tag reads "LUMPETTE"! Whenever a group my age gets together and starts talking about the show, someone will always ask, Hey, whatever happened to Eddie Haskell? Why, Eddie grew up to be a L.A. motorcycle cop! All of these people will forever be these characters from the show, and their real lives have merged with their character's lives, to become one and the same. And, I think that's why everyone loves them so much. Who didn't want to have a mom & dad like June & Ward Cleaver? One of the best shows ever on TV!