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1950s Sitcoms such as Leave It to Beaver idealized the motherhood role and supplied a perfect model for American families.

Leave It To Beaver

10/4/1957 - 9/17/1958 CBS

10/2/1958 - 9/12/1963 ABC

Black and White - 30 minutes - 234 total episodes

Leave It To Beaver Cast

Jerry Mathers as Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver
Barbara Billingsley as June Cleaver
Hugh Beaumont as Ward Cleaver
Tony Dow as Wallace 'Wally' Cleaver
Ken Osmond as Edward 'Eddie' Haskell
Frank Bank as Clarence 'Lumpy' Rutherford
Richard Deacon as Fred Rutherford
Robert 'Rusty' Stevens as Larry Mondello (1958-1960)
Madge Blake as Mrs. Margaret Mondello (1958-1960)
Doris Packer as Cornelia Rayburn
Stephen Talbot as Gilbert Bates
Tiger Fafara as Tooey
Richard Correll as Richard Rickover
Stanley Fafara as Hubert 'Whitey' Whitney
Burt Mustin as Gus the Fireman

Leave It To Beaver Tidbits

Leave it to Beaver contributed to the notion of the perfect Fifties family. Parents never raised their voices or were too busy for the kids. Dad didn't work late.
Mom, well, poor Mom seemed obliged to remain perfectly coifed and dressed regardless of task. Dusting, vacuuming, cooking. No matter. She always had a dress and her heels on. What they never showed was Mom ironing which must have been a daily ordeal to keep all those nice outifts pressed.
A life crisis consisted of a lost report card or failure to eat your vegetables.
Still, we watched. Amused by the comings and goings of the Cleaver family and I suspect, wishing our own families could be as perfect as the Cleavers.
Ward (Hugh Beaumont) was an accountant and they lived at 211 Pine Street in Mayfield. At the start, Beaver (Jerry Mather) was in the second grade and his brother Wally (Tony Dow) was in the eighth.
Eventually Wally moves on the Mayfield High School and becomes captain of the football team. Beaver never seems to mature.

The Cleavers
Wally and Beaver
The Cleavers on Christmas

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