The incredible cast of the legendary show, 35 years after it ended. (1998 photo)
...Leave It To Beaver aired 10/4/57-9/17/58 on CBS and 10/2/58-9/12/63 on ABC
...Leave It To Beaver season 1 DVD was released 11/22/05. Season 2 DVD was released 5/2/06. It's now been a 3 year wait and counting for the season 3 DVD. According to amazon.com it's still not available.
...In the book "Close-ups Conversations with our TV Favorites" by Eddie Lucas, Tony Dow talks about why Leave It To Beaver cast members are not on DVD talking about the show.
...Tony Dow says Leave It To Beaver is the only scripted show to be on the air continuously for 50 years
...Episodes from season: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
...Some of the actors and actresses
...Beaver Cleaver (Jerry Mathers)
...Wally Cleaver (Tony Dow)
...Ward Cleaver (Hugh Beaumont)
...Robert "Rusty" Stevens as Larry Mondello
...Leave It To Beaver cast on Family Feud
...Pilot show It's a Small World
...Ward Cleaver's question?
...Where the Cleavers lived
...Stanley Fafara "Whitey Whitney"
...Where is Mayfield?
"...and Jerry Mathers as the Beaver." Leave It To Beaver's hometown was Mayfield, U.S.A. Wally and Beaver attended Grant Ave. Grammar School through 8th grade. Wally attended Mayfield High School. The original run of Leave It To Beaver had 234 half hour episodes that aired over 6 seasons, 1957-1963. The show was filmed at Republic Studio, 1957-1959, and at Universal Studios' Stage 17, 1959-1963. Revue was Universal's television production company.
According to Entertainment Weekly magazine The 100 Greatest TV Shows Of All Time Collector's Edition, Leave It To Beaver never entered the top 35 rated shows during the original run.
Leave It To Beaver was listed in Entertainment Weekly magazine, The 100 Greatest TV Shows Of All Time, Collector's Edition which was published by Entertainment Weekly Books, a division of Time Inc. Home Entertainment.
George Gobel (The George Gobel Show, Hollywood Squares) was the original owner of Leave It To Beaver. Gomalco Productions that did Leave It To Beaver, was named after George Gobel and David P. O'Malley.
Bob LeMond was the announcer on some of the Leave It To Beaver episodes.
Leave It To Beaver was created and produced by Joe Connelly & Bob Mosher
Where is MAYFIELD?
When the 1997 movie Leave It To Beaver aired on the Disney Channel September 8, 2003, the on screen DIRECTV description of the movie was as follows: Leave It To Beaver, PG, comedy. Christopher McDonald, Janine Turner, Cameron Finley. (1997). An all-American boy grows in suburban OHIO under the tutelage of loving parents and an older brother. Cameos by Barbara Billingsley, Ken Osmond.
In the production notes section on the DVD for the 1997 movie "Leave It To Beaver", the town is identified as Mayfield, Ohio.
According to the book, ...And Jerry Mathers as "The Beaver", there are 27 Mayfields. The true location is a mystery.
Leave It To Beaver was THE situation comedy when I grew up. The great series showed a child's eye view of the world. Ward and June Cleaver lived in Mayfield, a kind of euphoric Anywhere, U.S.A. type of place. It was never revealed what state this town was in. There was so much speculation, but Ohio was the best guess. Much of Leave It To Beaver centered around the life of the young Cleaver kids,"Beaver" (Theodore) and his older brother Wally, and their observations and reactions to the everyday problems they encountered. The most colorful other regular characters were Eddie Haskell (a real joker and Wally's best friend) and Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford.
The Leave It To Beaver original pilot from 1957 came to light in 1987, with some different actors in some of the roles. The pilot was feared to be lost, but was found in an Illinois film vault.
The pilot was initially called Wally and Beaver, then It's A Small World before the final title was selected.
Joe Connelly, one of the producers, had always wanted to be a writer, and had kept a journal. When he was in World War II, and was on a destroyer in the Pacific, one of his shipmates was named the Beaver. When he came to do Leave it to Beaver and was searching for a name, he went through his list of names that he had kept. The names under the A's were searched and were passed on. The B's were read and when he came across the name of "Beaver", he made the decision to select that name for the title character. The reason was made on the show that Wally couldn't pronounce Theodore and somehow ended up with Beaver. But the real reason he was called Beaver was the name came from Joe's shipmate.
Norman Tokar, who directed most of the Leave It To Beaver episodes for the first 3 years, was a child actor who played Henry Aldrich on the radio. He also wrote many of the Leave It To Beaver shows.
Hugh Beaumont died of a heart attack in 1982 while visiting his son in Munich.
Leave it to Beaver is the 2nd longest running TV show in history.
Miss Landers first name was Alice.
Jerry Mathers was told to lose weight or he might not be around in 3-5 years. He had diabetes and high blood pressure. He went to Jenny Craig to lose the weight and did it with portion control.
For all of elementary school, Jerry had never really been to school. He had a private tutor.
When Leave it to Beaver was being filmed, they had 180 people on the set.
Leave It To Beaver plays in 180 countries and is spoken in 140 languages.
Jerry's younger brother, Jimmy Mathers, was in his own show, called Ichabod and Me, that was done by Connally and Mosher. He was also in Bewitched, playing a sickly little boy that needed help from a witch.
Jerry Mathers, Tony Dow and Ken Osmond are going to put on a new show similar to Leave it to Beaver, that the whole family can watch.
Books about Leave It To Beaver:
...And Jerry Mathers as "The Beaver" by Jerry Mathers with Herb Fagen
The World According to Beaver by Irwyn Applebaum
Call Me Lumpy by Frank Bank with Gib Twyman
The Leave It To Beaver Guide To Life
Close-ups Conversations with our TV Favorites by Eddie Lucas is only partially about Leave It To Beaver. There are interviews with Barbara Billingsley and Tony Dow but the rest of the book has interviews with stars from other shows. Tony Dow explains why the cast is not on the Leave It To Beaver DVD talking about the show. I do want to see special features on the Leave It To Beaver DVD like Tony Dow described in this book.
The books are available at www.amazon.com
Leave It To Beaver episodes
Leave It To Beaver page on Tim's TV Showcase
Leave It To Beaver site from the Museum of Broadcast Communications
Trailer for the 1997 movie, Leave It To Beaver
Leave It To Beaver site from Sitcoms Online
Leave It To Beaver Dog Food Commercial
Tony Dow interview www.justmyshow.com
"Leave It to Beaver" neighborhood in the Valley - Los Angeles Times
Interview on CBS with Barbara Billingsley, Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow
Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow interviewed near Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Link to Leave It To Beaver videos from TV Land
Jerry Mathers says "When you denigrate (Beaver) in any way, it's not worth it."
Jerry Mathers received some interesting advances from Charo in Desperate Classic Housewives on the 2006 TV Land Awards (aired 3/22/06, 9pm ET/PT).
Picture of Leave It To Beaver cast
Leave It To Beaver last updated 5/14/09