Take a look at the Leave it to Beaver cast then and now, to see how they changed through the years. This video compares the Leave it to Beaver cast from its original episodes between 1957 and 1963, and the cast members today, in 2021. Let’s revisit one of the most influential sitcoms of all time!
00:00 – Intro
0:18 Doris Packer as Mts. Cornelia Rayburn
1:25 Richard Deacon as Fred Rutherford
2:30 Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell
3:35 Stanley Fafara as Whitey Whitey
4:39 Stephen Talbot as Gilbert Bates
5:47 Frank Bank as Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford
6:49 Rich Correll as Richard Rickover
7:55 Jeri Weil as Judy Hensler
8:47 Tiger Fafara as Tooey Brown
9:51 Robert "Rusty" as Larry Mondello
10:44 Sue Randall as Miss Alice Landers
11:48 Hugh Beaumont as Ward Cleaver
12:55 Barbara Billingsley as June Cleaver
13:57 Tony Dow as Wally Cleaver
15:02 Jerry Mathers as Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver
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Leave it to Beaver was created by the 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 (Lassie and My Three Sons), Leave It to Beaver is a glimpse of middle-class American boyhood. In a typical episode, Beaver gets into some sort of boyish scrape, then faces his parents for reprimand and correction. Neither parent was omniscient or infallible; the series often showed the parents debating their approach to child rearing, and some episodes were built around parental gaffes.
Leave It to Beaver ran for six full 39-week seasons (234 episodes). The series had its debut on CBS on October 4, 1957. The following season, it moved to ABC, where it stayed until completing its run on June 20, 1963. Throughout the show’s run, it was shot with a single camera on black-and-white 35 mm film. The show’s production companies included the comedian George Gobel’s Gomalco Productions (1957–61) and Kayro Productions (1961–63) with filming at Revue Studios/Republic Studios and Universal Studios in Los Angeles. The show was distributed by MCA TV.
The still-popular show ended its run in 1963 primarily because it had reached its natural conclusion: In the final show, Beaver is about to graduate grade school into high school, but Wally was about to enter college and the fraternal dynamic at the heart of the show’s premise would be broken with their separation.
Contemporary commentators praised Leave It to Beaver, with Variety comparing Beaver to Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer. Much juvenile merchandise was released during the show’s first run, including board games, novels, and comic books. The show has enjoyed a renaissance in popularity since the 1970s through off-network syndication, a reunion telemovie (Still the Beaver, 1983) and a sequel series, The New Leave It to Beaver (1985–89). In 1997, a movie version based on the original series was released to negative reviews. In October 2007, TV Land celebrated the show’s 50th anniversary with a marathon. Although the show never broke into the Nielsen ratings top 30 or won any awards, it placed on Time magazine’s unranked 2007 list of "All-TIME 100 TV Shows".
Original Author: Produced by Facts Verse and published on 14/01/2021 Source