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Frank Bank (Clarence “Lumpy” Rutherford)
Barbara Billingsley (June Cleaver)
Hugh Beaumont (Ward Cleaver)
Madge Blake (Mrs. Mondello)
Diane Brewster (Miss Canfield)
Richard Correll (Richard Rickover)
Richard Deacon (Fred Rutherford)
Tony Dow (Wally Cleaver)
Stanley Fafara (Whitey Whitney)
Tiger Fafara (Tooey)
Buddy Hart (Chester)
Jerry Mathers (Theodore “The Beaver” Cleaver)
Burt Mustin (Gus)
Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskel)
Doris Packer (Mrs. Ravburn)
Sue Randall (Miss Landers)
Rusty Stevens (Larry Mondello)
Steven Talbot (Gilbert Bates)
Jeri Weil (Judy Hensler)

The Leave It To Beaver TV theme song is based upon a children’s tune called the Toy Parade written by Melvyn Leonard. The lyrics to that musical melody:

THE TOY PARADE

Here they come!
Here they come!

Hey! Here they come with a rum-tee-tum,
They’re havin’ a toy parade.
A tin giraffe with a fife and drum,
Is leading the goofy brigade.

A gingham cat in a soldier’s hat,
Is waving a Chinese fan,
A plastic clown in a wedding gown,
Is dancing with Raggedy Ann.

Fee fi fiddle-dee-dee,
They’re crossing the living room floor.
Fee fi fiddle-dee-dee,
They’re up to the dining room door!

They call a halt for a choc’late malt,
or cookies or lemonade,
Then off they go with a ho ho ho,
Right back to the toy parade.

Here they Come!
Here they come!

(whistled verse)
(repeat 3rd verse)

#153 “In the Soup” (May 6, 1961) The best of the 234 episodes. The situation is credible – Beaver climbs up on a billboard and falls in the ersatz soup bowl – but it’s handled with such restraint and naturalness that it works.

Beaver and Whitey (Stanley Fafara) pass a new billboard advertising Zesto soup. On the billboard a woman is holding a large bowl of soup, with steam coming of the bowl. Whitey swears there is real soup in the bowl but Beaver way, Nah, it’s just a billboard. Whitey dares Beaver to prove it isn’t soup, so Beaver shinnies up the billboard. He peeps in the bowl and reports it is just a hose. But before he can climb back down, he falls into the bowl. After several unsuccessful attempts to climb out, he calls down to Whitey that he is trapped.

The firemen finally rescue Beaver, who has learned one of life’s most valuable lessons: Don’t take dares. And don’t fall in billboard soup bowls.

Wards words of wisdom are: “As you go through life, try to improve yourself, not prove yourself.” Ward tries to pass it off as a quote from some philosopher, but we all know that philosopher’s last name was Cleaver

When people talk fondly of Leave It To Beaver, this is the episode everyone remembers.

#12 “Beaver’s Short Pants” (Nov 22, 1957) Only an Aunt Martha could do to a kid what was done to Beaver in this episode.

When June goes to help out her sister Peggy, who has just had a baby, Aunt Martha (Madge Kennedy) arrives. She means well, but she’s a little, well, eccentric. (Ward says that whenever he is in the room with he feels like he should be apologizing for something.)

The first thing Aunt Martha does is buy Beaver a new Easter outfit: an Eton jacket, cap, knee-high socks and short pants. Not only that. She expects him to wear it to school. All is resolved without hurting Aunt Martha feelings: Beaver wears his short pants outfit out the door and then, with Ward’s help, changes into normal school clothes in the garage.

Aunt Martha was a wonderful character. It’s a shame they didn’t do more with her in the series. In one scene when Beaver is gulping his cereal, she warns him that he’ll get curvature of the spine.

#63 “Wally’s Pug Nose” (Feb 5, 1959) Other episodes captured the childhood innocence that allow one to join a record club or agree to sell perfume, but this was the only one to tackle mail-order miracles cures. Wally thought a nose harness could rid him of his pug nose.

#77 “Found Money” (June 18, 1959) Larry Mondello is a scream in this one. Who but Larry would take money from his mother’s sewing basket, toss it out the window and then tell Beaver a pilot was flying upside down and low over his house and it must have fallen out of his pockets? Beaver swallowed the story, or course.

#91 “Teacher Comes to Dinner” (Nov. 28, 1959) Only Leave It To Beaver explored the childhood fascination with school teachers. In this episode Larry, Whitey and Richard (Richard Correll) see Miss Landers in open-toed shoes and can’t believe it because they didn’t know she had toes.

#140 “The Big Fish Count” (Feb 18, 1961) Playing the big shot cost Eddie Haskell his part-time job. And he did it all just to impress Lumpy. This show offers insight into how low Eddie could stoop to get attention.

#231 “Wally’s Practical Joke” (May 23, 1963) If George Lucas didn’t get the police car stunt for American Graffiti from this episode, he missed a great source of inspiration. In this one, Eddie and Wally get revenge on Lumpy by chaining his transmission to a tree.

#60 “Beaver Plays Hooky” (Jan. 22, 1959) What are the odds of a kid playing hooky and accidentally ending up on a television show? And that the kid’s brother would be sick and home from school and see the show? Beaver, like many of us, could sin but once be the first to get caught.

#85 “Beaver Finds a Wallet” (April 23, 1960) This story has a bittersweet quality to it. Beaver, not known for his patience, waists 10 whole days, hoping to get possession of a wallet he found. On the last day a woman claims it. She promises a reward but never follows through on her promise, leaving Ward to restore Beaver’s faith in adults.

#4 “Water, Anyone?” (Nov 15, 1957) Clifford Goldsmith, the man who created Henry Aldrich, co-authored this script with creators Joe Connelly and bob Mosher. Wily Beaver almost makes a killing in the retail water business after some workers cut the line. But Ward stops him before he can become a robber baron.

  • #1 Captain Jack
  • #2 The Black Eye
  • #3 Beaver gets ‘spelled
  • #4 Water, anyone?
  • #5 Wally’s girl trouble
  • #6: Part time genius
  • #7: New Neighbors
  • #8: The Haircut
  • #9: Brotherly Love
  • #10: The perfume salesmen
  • #11: The Clubhouse
  • #12: Beaver’s short pants
  • #13: Beaver’s crush
  • #14: Voodoo magic
  • #15: The paper route
  • #16: Party Invitation
  • #17: Lumpy Rutherford
  • #18: Child care
  • #19: The Bank account
  • #20: Lonesome Beaver
  • #21: The perfect father
  • #22: Cleaning up Beaver
  • #23: The state vs. Beaver
  • #24: Beaver and Poncho
  • #25: The broken window
  • #26: Train trip
  • #27: My brother’s Girl
  • #28: Next door Indians
  • #29: Music Lesson
  • #30: Tenting tonight
  • #31: Beaver’s old friend
  • #32: Wally’s job
  • #33: New doctor
  • #34: Boarding school
  • #35: Beaver’s bad day
  • #36: Beaver’s poem
  • #37: Beaver and Henry
  • #38: Beaver’s guest
  • #39: Cat out of the bag
  • #40: Ward’s problem
  • #41: Beaver runs away
  • #42: Beaver and Chewy
  • #43: Lost Watch
  • #44: The pipe
  • #45: Wally’s present
  • #46: Her idol
  • #47: The grass is always greener
  • #48: Beaver’s Hero
  • #49: Wally’s new suit
  • #50: The Shave
  • #51: The visiting aunt
  • #52: The tooth
  • #53: Beaver’s ring
  • #54: Beaver gets adopted
  • #55: Eddie’s girl
  • #56: The price of fame
  • #57: School play
  • #58: The boat builders
  • #59: The happy weekend
  • #60: Beaver plays hooky
  • #61: The garage painters
  • #62: Beaver’s Pigeons
  • #63: Wally’s pug nose
  • #64: The haunted house
  • #65: Wally’s haircomb
  • #66: Beaver and Gilbert
  • #67: The bus ride
  • #68: A horse named Nick
  • #69: Beaver says good-bye
  • #70: Beaver’s newspaper
  • #71: Beaver’s sweater
  • #72: Friendship
  • #73: The cookie fund
  • #74: Dance contest
  • #75: Forgotten Party
  • #76: Beaver the athlete
  • #77: Found Money
  • #78: Most Interesting Character
  • #79: School bus
  • #80: Beaver’s tree
  • #81: Wally’s play
  • #82: Blind date committee
  • #83: Beaver’s Fortune
  • #84: Beaver takes a walk
  • #85: Beaver finds a wallet
  • #86: Beaver takes a bath
  • #87: Beaver’s prize
  • #88: Borrowed boat
  • #89: Beaver’s Library book
  • #90: Baby picture
  • #91: Teacher comes to dinner
  • #92: June’s birthday
  • #93: Pet fair
  • #94: Wally’s Election
  • #95: School sweater
  • #96: Beaver, the magician
  • #97: Beaver makes a loan
  • #98: Tire trouble
  • #99: Larry hides out
  • #100: Wally’s test
  • #101: Beaver and Andy
  • #102: Beaver’s Dance
  • #103: The Hypnotist
  • #104: The Club
  • #105: Wally and Alma
  • #106: Ward’s Baseball
  • #107: Beaver’s Monkey
  • #108: Wally’s Orchid
  • #109: Beaver’s bike
  • #110: Mother’s day composition
  • #111: Beaver and Violet
  • #112: The spot removers
  • #113: Beaver, the model
  • #114: Wally, the Businessman
  • #115: Beaver and Ivanhoe
  • #116: Beaver’s Team
  • #117: Last day of school
  • #118: Beaver’s house guest
  • #119: Beaver becomes a hero
  • #120: Beaver’s freckles
  • #121: Beaver won’t eat
  • #122: Beaver’s big contest
  • #123: Wally, the lifeguard
  • #124: Beaver’s IQ
  • #125: Beaver goes in business
  • #126: Wally’s glamour girl
  • #127: Eddie’s double cross
  • #128: Miss Lander’s Fiancé’
  • #129: Chuckie’s new shoes
  • #130: Ward’s Millions
  • #131: Teacher’s daughter
  • #132: Beaver and Kenneth
  • #133: Beaver’s accordion
  • #134: The dramatic club
  • #135: Uncle Billy
  • #136: Beaver’s secret life
  • #137: Wally’s track meet
  • #138: Beaver’s old buddy
  • #139: Beaver’s tonsils
  • #140: The big fish count
  • #141: Mother’s Helper
  • #142: Beaver’s poster
  • #143: Wally and Dudley
  • #144: Beaver’s report card
  • #145: Eddie spends the night
  • #146: Wally’s dream girl
  • #147: Mistaken identity
  • #148: The school picture
  • #149: Beaver’s frogs
  • #150: Community chest
  • #151: Beaver’s rat
  • #152: Kite day
  • #153: In the soup
  • #154: Junior’s fire chief
  • #155: Beaver’s doll buggy
  • #156: Substitute father
  • #157: Wally’s weekend job
  • #158: Wally’s car
  • #159: One of the boys
  • #160: Beaver’s first date
  • #161: Wally’s big date
  • #162: No time for baby-sitters
  • #163: Wally goes steady
  • #164: Beaver’s birthday
  • #165: Beaver takes a drive
  • #166: Beaver’s cat problem
  • #167: Weekend invitation
  • #168: Beaver’s Ice Skates
  • #169: Beaver’s English test
  • #170: Wally’s Chauffeur
  • #171: Farewell to Penny
  • #172: Ward’s Golf clubs
  • #173: Beaver’s electric trains
  • #174: Beaver and the Bunny
  • #175: Nobody loves me
  • #176: Beaver’s Laundry
  • #177: Beaver’s long night
  • #178: Beaver’s jacket
  • #179: Beaver’s fear
  • #180: Eddie quits school
  • #181: Three boys and a burro
  • #182: Wally’s stay at Lumpy’s
  • #183: The younger brother
  • #184: Lumpy’s car trouble
  • #185: Beaver the Baby-Sitter
  • #186: Beaver’s typewriter
  • #187: Brother vs. Brother
  • #188: The merchant marine
  • #189: The yard birds
  • #190: Tennis, anyone
  • #191: Sweatshirt monsters
  • #192: A night in the woods
  • #193: Stocks and Bonds
  • #194: Long Distance call
  • #195: Untogetherness
  • #196: Wally license
  • #197: Wally buys a car
  • #198: Wally’s dinner date
  • #199: The clothing drive
  • #200: Beaver’s autobiography
  • #201: The late edition
  • #202: Eddie, the businessman
  • #203: Beaver’s football award
  • #204: Double date
  • #205: Beaver joins a record club
  • #206: Tell it to Ella
  • #207: Bachelor-at-large
  • #208: Beaver, the sheep dog
  • #209: Wally’s car accident
  • #210: Beaver, the hero
  • #211: The party spoiler
  • #212: The mustache
  • #213: The parking attendants
  • #214: More blessed to give
  • #215: Beaver’s good deed
  • #216: The credit card
  • #217: Uncle Billy’s visit
  • #218: Beaver on TV
  • #219: Box office attraction
  • #220: Beaver, the caddie
  • #221: Lumpy’s scholarship
  • #222: The silent treatment
  • #223: Eddie’s sweater
  • #224: Beaver’s prep school
  • #225: Wally and the Fraternity
  • #226: The book report
  • #227: The poor loser
  • #228: Summer in Alaska
  • #229: Don Juan Beaver
  • #230: Beaver’s graduation
  • #231: Wally’s practical joke
  • #232: The all night party
  • #233: Beaver sees America
  • #234: Family scrapbook