55 Years Ago: Leave It to Beaver debuted on this night in 1957

On this night, fifty-five years ago, Americans gathered around their T.V. sets to watch a new sitcom - Leave It to Beaver. The first episode had a different dad, and a different Wally, but viewers did get to meet June Cleaver and the adorable, young, Beaver Cleaver. Beaver was actually named Theodore, but we mostly thought of him as Beaver, or Beav. 

I didn't get to see this show until the late 1970's or early 80's, and, even though it was a black and white show in a color TV world, I adored it. Although the family was a very 1950's family, the show was timeless. I also loved a much older show - "The Little Rascals". Both were written from the children's perspective, and I really connected with the kids from both shows. Both shows are just as enjoyable by adults, and both are just as enjoyable in 2012.

It's hard to believe that "Leave it to Beaver" didn't do well it's first year. It only aired on CBS a year, and then it was canceled. It moved to ABC in 1958 and continued until 1963. It would have lasted longer, but Jerry Mathers (...as The Beaver) wanted to go to high school. "It's a Wonderful Life" wasn't a big hit in the beginning either. Some of the greatest classics take time, and they continue to get better with time. 

Happy 55th, Leave It to Beaver! 

 

 

 

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