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 Posted:   Nov 20, 2020 - 10:56 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Recently binged the Complete TV Series and thought I'd start a thread for those here that enjoy(ed) the show.

Funny how most of the time Beaver and Wally got in trouble it was because one of their "asshole" friends was the cause. Most all of their friends were just selfish brats.

For Wally his idiot friends were Eddie Haskell and Lumpy and for the Beave 9 times out of 10 Larry Mondello or freaking Gilbert broke one of Beaves toys or destroyed property or talked Beave into doing something stupid and detrimental.

One of my fave episodes was when Wally got a boner for that older skanky gal that worked at the Movie Theater Box Office and when they went out she started to make out with him and took him to Beer Bars and have fun. She even smoked cigarettes. Of course he freaked out and chickened out and blew it with her.

Loved the one where Beaver fell into and got trapped in the giant Cup of Soup on the Billboard. Whitey talked him into that stupid bit.

Please share your faves and thoughts on the show. Thanks.

I remember the young actresses on the show who were in Wally and Beave's classes were always really cute and appealing in that late 50's early 60's way.


Wally's Box Office Attraction: Wally's thinking "I'm so close to getting laid, but I can't cause I'm such a nice guy. Golly I'm an idiot."

 
 Posted:   Nov 21, 2020 - 2:08 PM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Gotta be the haircut.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 21, 2020 - 2:31 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I like the later episodes, where Beaver is a baritone, and taller than Wally, but still acting like he is 4 or 5.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 21, 2020 - 2:32 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Also love the record club episode where the Beave buys "You Drive Me Ape, You Big Gorilla," which years later would become a real-life song by the Dickies!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2020 - 11:50 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

And don't forget the 25th Anniversary episode!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2020 - 12:06 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

I have never seen one episode!eek

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2020 - 10:56 AM   
 By:   dbrooks   (Member)

Zooba, I love this show. Honestly I have not watched it in about 35 years because I would watch the re-runs after I came home from school. It was usually, Leave It to Beaver followed by The Munsters. This is another reason to love the 80's, they appreciated the classics. Top of my head came the "cup of soup" episode. Don't know why this is funny but I like it. Another one was when Beaver broke his dad's car window and he tried to hide it by keeping the window rolled down.

 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2020 - 11:34 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Never really watched the series. I saw one episode a few year back. I was horrified how the kid treated a girl at school who bailed him out then turned around and called her stupid and had utter contempt for her. Something like that. I made a thread about it and well the response wasn't very kind. I guess I was woke back then. That was the day FSM kicked the wokeness out of me.

 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2020 - 11:47 AM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

I think the Beav and his goofy friends sneak into a Stanley Kubrick movie in one episode. Correct me if I'm wrong.

 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2020 - 11:56 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Gotta be the haircut.

“I went to the barbershop and I got a haircut!” Genius.

P.S. Eddie Haskell was SO much cooler than James Dean.

 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2020 - 1:23 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Eddie Haskell, while far cooler and infinitely more iconic than sanctioned rebel James Dean, pales in comparison to the human-weasel hybrid that was The Beav’s best friend, Gilbert. I always sensed serious sociopathic potential from Gilbert, who was evil enough to have bullied that Omen kid out of his lunch money.

Leave it to Beaver is the most subversive TV show of all time.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2020 - 1:33 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

I think the Beav and his goofy friends sneak into a Stanley Kubrick movie in one episode. Correct me if I'm wrong.

At least in one episode, perhaps two, SPARTACUS was playing at their local movie theater. Eddie Haskell makes a remark to Beaver's Dad about it. I think in another episode they are actually in the Theater watching supposedly SPARTACUS, but what we see them watching looks like stock footage from a Crusades movie. Since SPARTACUS was a Universal Picture and BEAVER was a Revue Studios (MCA Universal) TV show, it made sense for the Studio to be pushing SPARTACUS to their viewers. Free Promotion in a way. Interesting stuff. I think one of the boys also made a reference to Tony Curtis being in the movie, but wrongly said that he was playing a Roman Soldier or something like that.

 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2020 - 1:37 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

I think the Beav and his goofy friends sneak into a Stanley Kubrick movie in one episode. Correct me if I'm wrong.

At least in one episode, perhaps two, SPARTACUS was playing at their local movie theater. Eddie Haskell makes a remark to Beaver's Dad about it. I think in another episode they are actually in the Theater watching supposedly SPARTACUS, but what we see them watching looks like stock footage from a Crusades movie. Since SPARTACUS was a Universal Picture and BEAVER was a Revue Studios (MCA Universal) TV show, it made sense for the Studio to be pushing SPARTACUS to their viewers. Free Promotion in a way. Interesting stuff. I think one of the boys also made a reference to Tony Curtis being in the movie, but wrongly said that he was playing a Roman Soldier or something like that.


That's it! (Although I was hoping someone would guess Lolita.)

 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2020 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Pete Rugolo contributed a nifty variation of the show’s theme in the show’s final season, including a wonderful sax-driven bit that played over the credits just before an episode began.

That last season also had a few lines of dialogue in which Ward and June would reference then-president JFK...oh, those final poignant months of 1963.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2020 - 7:53 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

The coffee cup episode. Classic.
And the rollercoaster one. Always loved the repartee between Beaver & Gus in any episode.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2020 - 1:10 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Howard McNear who played Floyd the Barber on THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW also played a barber on BEAVER in one episode. I think it was when Wally wanted to start shaving like the other guys his age. To give Eddie Haskell "The Business" Papa Ward arranged for Floyd to give Wally a shave right at the barber shop in front of Eddie and the other guys. He just didn't use a sharp blade and basically just wiped the cream off Wally's face. It looked like a real shave though.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2020 - 7:47 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

I seldom check out the non-film score threads but today I did. So, I say THANK YOU. The Beaver People need an outlet. Growing up I religiously watched LITB and I recall than there was a resurgence of interest in the 80s. I've been in a fantasy foorball league since 1982, if you can believe it, and one of the teams is called The Lightning 11. Two other guys in the league are Beaver fanatics, as well.

When the pandemic hit, while everyone else was scrambling around trying to get gloves, masks, and Toliet paper, I did the only sensible thing any savvy sage could do--I purchased the complete series. Through the webs, of course, from Bull Moose Records in Portland, Maine, a shop I really enjoyed visiting while on vacation a couple of years ago.

I'm still in the first season, and there are far too many great episodes, but today I'll just mention this one: Gilbert talks Beaver into writing his Three Musketeers book report from a movie starring Don Amiche and the Ritz Brothers. Beaver gets in trouble, of course. Best line: Gilbert says, "Next time you better play it safe and write your book report from a comic book."

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2020 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I seldom check out the non-film score threads but today I did.

This is the best part of the message board!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2020 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

No love for the "You Drive Me Ape You Big Gorilla" episode?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2020 - 10:23 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

What does it say about me that I have as many Leave It To Beaver books as I have Duke Ellington books?

Two fantastic LITB books are:

The World According to Beaver (contains a synopsis of EVERY episode with air dates, etc plus other essential info).

The Beaver Papers (contains the "lost" Beaver scripts by Raymond Chandler, Kafka, Faulkner, Kerouc, and others).

 
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