Leave It to Beaver is an American television sitcom about an inquisitive and often naïve boy, Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver, and his adventures at home, in school, and around his suburban neighborhood.
A situation comedy, or sitcom, is a genre of comedy centered on characters who share a common environment, such as a home or workplace, with often-humorous dialogue.
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The show also starred Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont as Beaver's parents, June and Ward Cleaver, and Tony Dow as Beaver's brother Wally.
Tony Lee Dow is an American film producer, director, sculptor, and television actor.
Barbara Billingsley was an American film, television, voice, and stage actress.
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The show has attained an iconic status in the United States, with the Cleavers exemplifying the idealized suburban family of the mid-20th century.
The show 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, 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; 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.
The series had its debut on CBS on October 4, 1957.
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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 35mm film.
35 mm film is the film gauge most commonly used for motion pictures and chemical still photography.
The show's production companies included the comedian George Gobel's Gomalco Productions and Kayro Productions with filming at Revue Studios/Republic Studios and Universal Studios in Los Angeles.
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Universal Studios is an American film studio owned by Comcast through the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group division of its wholly owned subsidiary NBCUniversal.
Republic Pictures Corporation was an American motion picture production-distribution corporation in operation from 1935-59, based in Los Angeles, California.
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 show, Wally was about to enter college and the brotherly 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.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer.
Much juvenile merchandise was released during the show's first run, including board games, novels, and comic books.
A comic book or comicbook, also called comic magazine or simply comic, is a publication that consists of comic art in the form of sequential juxtaposed panels that represent individual scenes.
A board game is a tabletop game that involves counters or pieces moved or placed on a pre-marked surface or "board", according to a set of rules.
The show has enjoyed a renaissance in popularity since the 1970s through off-network syndication, a reunion telemovie and a sequel series, The New Leave It to Beaver.
A television film is a feature-length motion picture that is produced for, and originally distributed by or to, a television network, in contrast to theatrical films, which are made explicitly for initial showing in movie theaters.
In 1997, a movie version based on the original series was released to moderate acclaim.