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Leave It to Beaver is an American television situation comedy about an inquisitive and often naïve boy named Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver and his adventures at home, in school, and around his suburban neighborhood. The show also starred Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont as Beaver's parents, June and Ward Cleaver, and Tony Dow as Beaver's brother Wally. The show has attained an iconic status in the US, with the Cleavers exemplifying the idealized suburban family of the mid-20th century.

The show was created by writers Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher. These veterans of radio and early television found inspiration for the show's characters, plots, and dialogue in the lives, experiences, and conversations of their own children. Leave It to Beaver is one of the first primetime sitcom series written from a child's point-of-view. Like several television dramas and sitcoms of the late 1950s and early 1960s, Leave It to Beaver is a glimpse at middle-class, white American boyhood. In a typical episode Beaver got into some sort of trouble, then faced his parents for reprimand and correction. However, neither parent was omniscient; indeed, the series often showed the parents debating their approach to child rearing, and some episodes were built around parental gaffes.

  1. Bob Mosher

    Creator

Series Cast

  1. Jerry Mathers

    Jerry Mathers

    Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver

    235 Episodes

  2. Barbara Billingsley

    Barbara Billingsley

    June Cleaver

    235 Episodes

  3. Hugh Beaumont

    Hugh Beaumont

    Ward Cleaver

    235 Episodes

  4. Tony Dow

    Tony Dow

    Wally Cleaver

    235 Episodes

  5. Robert 'Rusty' Stevens

    20 Episodes

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Leave It to Beaver

Season 6

1962 | 39 Episodes

The sixth and final season of the television series Leave It to Beaver aired from September 27, 1962 to June 20, 1963 on ABC. It consisted of 39 black-and-white episodes, each running approximately 25 minutes.

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  • TV-G

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    Most parents would find this program suitable for all ages.

Type Scripted

Original Language English

Runtime 30m, 25m

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