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1957: 'Leave It to Beaver' Makes its Debut
October 4, 2012  | By Christy Slewinski  | 2 comments
 
On this day in 1957, one of television's most iconic family sitcoms, Leave It to Beaver, made its debut. The series starred Jerry Mathers as Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver, the youngest son of a suburban family, along with Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont as his parents June and Ward Cleaver and Tony Dow as his older brother, Wally. The cast also included Ken Osmond and Frank Bank as The Beaver's buddies, Eddie Haskell and "Lumpy" Rutherford, respectively.

The series first ran on CBS, and after its first year moved to ABC. The show ran a total of six seasons. In 1985, a sequel series, Still the Beaver (later The New Leave It to Beaver), ran on the Disney Channel and later TBS, with Mathers, Billingsley, Dow, Osmond and Bank reprising their original roles.
 
 
 
 
 
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Mac
Harry Shearer was originally cast as Eddie Haskell in the pilot.It was Shearer and his parents who decided not to continue the hsow.Shearer is best known for his voice acting on the Simpsons.Both Mr. Burns and Smithers are two of the most recognizable and stories are told that he can do them simultaneously during tapings.So the guy that opted out on "Beaver" 55 years ago is paid $300,000 per episode for his off camera work today.Would Miss Landers be proud?
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Al H
Actually Lumpy and Eddie were Wally's friends. Beaver's pal was Whitie.
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