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Leave it to Beaver:
Leave It to Beaver was a situation comedy which ran on CBS from October 4, 1957 to 1958 and then on ABC from 1958 to June 20, 1963.
The show centered around the life of a child named Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver (played by Jerry Mathers). Many of the storylines revolved around Beaver's attempts (or refusals) to get along with his brother Wally (Tony Dow) and his parents Ward and June Cleaver (Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley). The episodes often portrayed a moral lesson, and today the show is often invoked as a symbol of those simpler times. The character of Eddie Haskell (Ken Osmond) became a cultural reference, recognized as an archetype for the behind-your-back rebel and insincere yes-man, while the name of June Cleaver is often invoked as an archetypical suburban mother. The show ran for 234 episodes. A made-for-TV movie was completed in 1983 called "Still the Beaver". It featured the original cast except for Hugh Beaumont who died earlier. The reunion movie led to a series during the 1980s called the "New Leave it to Beaver". The house can still be seen at Universal Studios. The address was 211 Pine Street, Mayfield. Although the state was never mentioned, many people believe the show to have been set in Mayfield, Ohio. Other regular characters include: Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford, Whitey Whitney, Larry Mondello, Gilbert Bates, Miss Landers, Judy Hensler, Gus the Fireman, and Tooey Brown.
Some famous sayings that arose from "Leave it to Beaver" include "Gee wizz," "Golly Gee," and "Ripe."
The television show was adapted into a feature film starring Christopher McDonald, Janine Turner, and Cameron Finley (as "The Beaver") in 1997. It was generally panned by critics (though Roger Ebert gave it a favorable three star rating) and flopped at the box office, earning only $11,713,605, which was low by 1997 standards. Billingsley and Osmond made cameo appearances in the film.