TelevisionWeek Executive Editor Tom Gilbert joins our roster of bloggers with this forum all about classic television, where anything from "Leave It to Beaver" to "Malcolm in the Middle" is fair game for discussion. Reunion specials, DVD releases of classic shows, vintage commercials -- anything that's ever been telecast is the hot topic here.


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Fun Junk: 'Leave It to Beaver'

October 5, 2007 10:54 AM

“Leave It to Beaver” turns 50 years old this week, and to mark the occasion, TV Land is telecasting a 24-hour salute this weekend. I’m there.

“Beaver” is one of the few ’50s sitcoms that can still elicit a LOL from me—and I’ve watched every episode a million times. I love seeing things from Beaver and Wally’s perspective. And those sharply drawn supporting characters. How great was Larry Mondello? His mother? Eddie Haskell? Lumpy Rutherford? Every one of them quirky and totally believable. Rusty Stevens, the kid who played Larry, should have an Emmy.

TV Land also is airing the little-seen pilot for the series, “It’s a Small World,” which featured different actors in the roles of Wally and the father.

Here’s an amusing tribute on YouTube.


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