Leave it to Beaver 60th Anniversary!

Leave it to Beaver 60th Anniversary Memories

It’s hard to believe that our television show Leave it to Beaver has now been continuously airing since its premier on October 4th, 1957.  For me, it has always been a great adventure. At the young age of 8 years old, I was starting on a life’s journey that has not only enriched me, but has brought me countless fans and friends all over the world.  Who would have thought that such a simple tv show titled Leave it to Beaver about a boy and his brother growing up in a small town in mid- America in the 50’s and 60’s would ultimately become the longest continuously running show in television history.

As I look back over these last 60 years, the greatest gift that this wonderful program has always given me is all of the friends, fans and acquaintances that I have made who were a direct outcome of such a simple show. The Leave it to Beaver story lines were taken from real life and the situations that occurred then are still relevant and happening to children and families today.  Lifestyles and fashions may have changed but the perspective of a child’s view of the adult world while growing up, is still relevant, relate-able and fun to watch.  I wish to thank all of my many fans over these 60 years for enjoying the show along with me and hope that the family values of Leave it to Beaver will continue to be relevant and timeless.

38 Responses to Leave it to Beaver 60th Anniversary!

  • Tom heinimann says:

    One of my favorite shows, miss those family shows. I guess being 70 I’m just an old guy . You were wonderful and still look the same. God bless

  • Nadine Custode says:

    Happy Anniversary to the cast of Leave it to Beaver! I still enjoy watching the show! Ps, I have the whole series on dvd!

  • Rhea says:

    Loved watching the show as a child. I wish we could go back to those times. Who knew what an evil world would transpire over the years?
    Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Pat Kerl says:

    What a wonderful tribute Jerry. “Leave it to Beaver” has truly been a blessing to many generations, and our family has so enjoyed this show. Happy Anniversary! Pat Kerl <3

  • Ray Robinson says:

    I watch the show when I was a child and to this day I still watch the show everyday I can. Hope you can come to Michigan or Florida soon Ty

  • Shawn Marquez says:

    Just wanted to say I loved your cameo on Married with Children in the 80’s and Barbara’s on Roseanne. I think it showed courage to appear on shows that are opposite of what Leave it to Beaver portrayed.

  • phil says:

    I’m 65 years old and still watch this show off and on every week. Without fail. Now I have my grandchildren watching also.

  • Miranda says:

    I bet you never would’ve imagined that someone born in 1998 would ever watch your show, but I’m proud to be one of the youngest fans of Leave It to Beaver!

  • Patricia Patton says:

    I ALWAYS loved this show! I have good memories of watching the reruns after school! My daughter and my little grandson watch it now!

  • Rick Crane says:

    Best thing from my childhood watching the show. We all kinda grew up together during those years in the 50’s & 60’s.
    Family values have been important to me and showing these now to my 5 Grand Children has made a complete circle for me
    Quality, Manners, Family Values, Mom & Dad, Brothers…..Never grow old…even today.
    To all of you…Thank you!

    Rick Crane

  • George Douglas says:

    I love Leave it to Beaver. I watch it whenever it is on. My dad called it “the character guidance show”. So true.

  • Bill McLean says:

    5 months after I was born.
    Wow! A long time indeed.
    Always a fave since I can remember.
    All the best to everyone Jerry.

  • Carol Gartman says:

    Hello Jerry! Leave it to Beaver is my all-time favorite show!! It takes me to a time when life was simpler, mothers were at home raising their children and taking care of their homes, families ate their meals together, people respected one another, and integrity and moral values were taught to their children. I’m so thankful for your show! I DVR all of the Leave it to Beaver episodes, and I watch it every evening when I get home from work. It makes me happy! Thank you for a wonderful show!!

  • Mark Wilcox says:

    I am a 55-yr-old husband & father. Although too young to have seen the original airings, I have been watching re-runs of Leave it to Beaver for my entire life! As hate and violence seem to be more & more a part of our world, I find myself drawn back more & more to the humor, fun, and innocence of shows like Leave it to Beaver! We could surely use more of that these days!

    Thank you for a a lifetime of laughs & entertainment!

    Mark Wilcox
    Richmond, Virginia

  • Curt DeBerg says:

    Jerry, we have not met. I am a professor at California State University, Chico in Northern California. My hometown is Rock Rapids, Iowa. I want to thank you for traveling “home” to Rock Rapids last summer, and visiting the elderly care facilities there.

    One of my friends, Kent, is a resident (Central Lyon High School Class of 74). Kent is only 61 years old; he is one of the smartest guys I’ve ever met. Unfortunately, his body is failing him at such a young age.

    He sent me a picture of the two of you when you visited him while in Rock Rapids. Also, another friend, Scott Slade, took a photo of you outside his drive-in. He told me that you are a kind and compassionate man.

    For this, I say thank you. Thank you a million times from Rock Rapids and Chico!

    • Hi Curt,
      Thank you so much for your note. It was so nice visiting the town where I was born and everyone was so gracious and engaging. I’m so glad that I was able to visit with your friends Kent and Scott. I also attended an event while I was there which was a dinner for many different alumni classes from Central Lyon High School. It was a lot of fun and I met so many nice people. Please take care, Jerry

  • Nancy Kardisco says:

    I watched the show as a child and still watch the reruns today at 64 years old. Loved it then and love it now. So many of the story lines mimicked my own childhood and bring back those memories.

  • Frank Marro says:

    I DVR every episode… The bus episode was a classic when Judy said where you going beaver to Mexico.

  • Alan Chipman says:

    I grew up watch your wonderful show and I watch reruns today which bring me great childhood memories. I hope your show continues for future generations of children.👍👍

  • Dave Campbell says:

    Always liked you in the film, “That Certain Feeling” with Bob Hope, George Sanders, and Pearl Bailey. Best line in the film, for me, was when Bob Hope was leaving the pet store with the big, hairy dog, and asked him, “How are you fixed for blades?”.

  • Lynne Pardi says:

    Happy 60th. Anniversary, Jerry & Tony!! Leave It to Beaver is a warm, wholesome, high-quality family show, and you should be very proud to have been such huge parts of it. My family watched it when we were growing up, as did my husband’s. We shared it with our sons. Each episode is light-hearted and fun, yet always teaches a lesson about honesty, integrity, loyalty, good sportsmanship, and/or love and respect among family. The newer TV shows could certainly take a few lessons from a wonderful classic that has stood the test of time. The values that the Cleaver family live by are timeless and true.

    Thank you so much for the laughter and the gentle life lessons. Blessings and best wishes to you and your families!

  • Minerva Andrade says:

    Wow!!😀👏👏 Leave it to Beaver is my most inspiring TV show! I love it because it’s so BEAUTIFUL with high morals and ELEGANCE. I will keep watching LITB till I die. I just want to say, thank very much Jerry Mathers!❤

  • Kathy says:

    Dear Jerry,

    The show is definitely timeless, beautiful, heartfelt, hilarious, and I wish they made TV shows like that today. God bless you and Tony in all your endeavors, and I wish you good health.

    Thank you for sharing your lives with us on FB. It is very special to see you up close and personal. Happy grandparenting, as well!

    May God continue to bless you.

  • Monica P. says:

    I still watch and adore this show. I’m 34 and watching Leave It to Beaver makes me yearn to have been raised during that era. Such simpler and calmer times. The episodes never get boring and I will continue to watch for years to come.

  • Richard Veit says:

    Thanks, Jerry, for the great memories. I saw virtually all of the original broadcasts of “Leave It to Beaver” when I was a kid, and my wife and I have watched every single episode from our DVD complete set. I also have a signed photo of you hanging on the autograph wall of my study. I enjoyed meeting Tony Dow a few years ago in Granbury, Texas, after he performed in a play (A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters”) with Judy Norton of “The Waltons.” Congratulations on the enduring success of your series. Wow, sixty years!

  • Eddie Haskell says:

    Is there a 12-step recovery program for LITB addicts? I’ve pretty much been one since I was a kid. There was nothing better than being home from school sick as a dog, and getting to watch Beaver going through the same thing. (Only I think he faked it a few times). Thanks for being consistently awesome, Jerry! We all love you!

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