Leave it to Beaver — Happy 50th Anniversary!

Leave it to Beaver 50th Anniversary – 2007 – Good Morning America

Happy anniversary Leave it to Beaver!  Our very first episode aired on October 4, 1957 and we then shot 235 episodes.  The last first-run was in June of 1963.   The show then went into re-runs and is still airing today…the longest running scripted show in television history!

Leave it to Beaver has had a great run and it is still relevant and humorous.  I am glad to have had the privilege of being a part of this iconic television phenomenon which has made me friends all over the world.  I truly treasure all my memories of the cast, crew and fans, many of whom are lifelong friends.  When I look back, all of this has contributed to a great life!

73 Responses to Leave it to Beaver — Happy 50th Anniversary!

    • Geraldine King says:

      I used to watch Leave it to Beaver everyday when my son was little and came home for lunch. We still talk about it to this day. Love that show!

  • Dave says:

    That show is so good! I used to watch it as a kid and now…i get to see reruns in the morning! A lot of good values were/are taught. Happy anniversary to a great show!

  • Brett Dockry says:

    Love your show Jerry! In fact, for my birthday three years ago I purchased the entire series DVD set. Happy 56th Anniversary!

  • Lynn Laughlin says:

    Conrats on this great show….always have and always will watch this show…..glad you are all still friends! It is still funny which says a lot about the writing and acting. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

  • Don says:

    Thanks for the memories. I’m glad you realise you touched so many lives & have made many friends too many in your profession don’t, sadly.
    BEST WISHES
    Don 8<D

  • Linda yeulenski says:

    Hi. Love your show. I have seen every episode and I still DVR them everyday. I wish life is like the way it was back then. People respected each other, except Eddy, mothers stayed home and had their job, and dad went to work to earn the money.

  • Bruce says:

    Happy anniversary to the show that entertained us with lifes little & big problems—also the great cast that was so talented.Mayberry,The Nelsons,Bob Newhart,Danny Thomas and The Beav were all there.THX so much!

  • Myra Wright says:

    Happy Anniversary ! I have enjoyed growing up with Leave it to Beaver. Even now, I watch it on my DVR. Thanks for the memories of such happier times.

  • Jay Newton says:

    From the very beginning, this series has made a great deal to me, and as I grow older, the dimensions of the show changes along with me. It is continually refreshing, and I have a great sense of “love” for my television family.

  • Scott Patrom says:

    Thanks for posting the video. Best show ever. They need to give you guys a branch off show for today’s time. I’m telling you it would be a hit!

  • Cathy says:

    Happy Anniversary Beav! Thanks for making all those shows so that there is stil something descent for the kids to watch now!

  • Cheryl Burtch says:

    Happy Anniversary to the show and crew! Grew up with the staples of watching the Cleavers during dinner time. Am proud to be a member of the Born in the 50’s TV sitcom era! Thank you.

  • Bob says:

    Jerry, I am your age. I started watching the show when it first came out. I watched through the years on re-runs. I now have a DVD of the complete series. One of my favorites of all times. Thanks for the years of enjoyment.

  • Bill says:

    I don’t know when this was shot, but Barbara Billingsley died October 16, 2010. Frank Bank passed away on April 13, 2013.

  • Bob Black says:

    Happy Anniversary to Leave it to Beaver! It’s still my favorite show after all of these years! Everything worked on that show… the writing, the acting, the cast… It was fantastic!

  • Dave Shilling says:

    Thanks for giving us a show that we can still relate to. I still think Ken Osmond should receive an Emmy!!!

  • Jack McGinley says:

    Jerry Happy Aniversary to one of the best shows ever. How I always wanted to be in the Cleaver family still do.

  • Verne Gordon says:

    Happy Anniversary to all of the Leave It To Beaver cast! That was one of my favorite shows of all time and I still watch it here on ME-TV!

  • Dale Stringer says:

    I can’t help it, when someone says they wanna talk to me in private I look at my mom or my wife and hang my head low and say, “See ya Wally!” I still quote the Beav!

  • hurricane37 says:

    My kids watch this show now. it comes on every morning on MeTV…or at least, my 2 year old watches it now. the others are in school, but I don’t have to worry about her seeing anything she shouldn’t. :) And I enjoy watching it too.

  • reda shelton says:

    I loved your show-and I watched it with my kids and they are watching it with their grand children..
    I still watch it when I catch it on.It was my favorite oldies show
    you and tony dow were just great
    Eddie was a great addition
    HAPPY ANNIVERSITY!!

  • Joanne S. says:

    It’s been fun to watch the re-runs on MyTV. I watched as a kid. Loved all the characters in the school, from the teacher, Miss Landers, to Beaver’s classmates. What ever happened to Judy, Larry Mondello, Whitey, etc.?

  • donna says:

    “Happy Anniversary” Beaver! I really enjoyed “Leave to Beaver” when I was a child, and still will watch its reruns if I catch them…

  • Jeff Barna says:

    Like Tiffany and Duesenberg, quality never goes out of style. Leave it to Beaver is that caliber of quality. Congratulations, Jerry, on being a significant part of the LITB phenomenon. One of the greatest things about its longevity is the reverence that you and other cast members have for the show. Class act all the way. Thank YOU for a lifetime of quality entertainment.

  • Ira says:

    Thanks Jerry for making us all feel safe, happy, comfortable and loved.

    Best show in American TV history because it so well reflects the America we all want to live in.

  • Tim Wilson says:

    This has always been one of my favorite shows since I could ever remember. I’m 49 & still love watching Leave it to Beaver. In todays world, it’s such a shame that a family could never live like the Cleaver family did.

  • susan warren says:

    I love this show…. we watched it everyday after school and to this day if we see it on. Happy Anniversary beaver

  • Terry says:

    Great old show! The new Robin Williams sitcom this week featured a giant cup of coffee spilling on the crowd. Could that be a tribute to the giant soup bowl??

  • Mary Ellen Lloyd says:

    Yup, it’s the best. No doubt whatsoever. Formed most of our generation’s character – which is monumental. You already know I’m a major fan from past posts, so “nuff said.”

  • Mary Schneider says:

    Congratulations on the best show ever! I have been called “Mrs. Cleaver” by several people minus the pearls and dress.
    I loved having home-made cookies ready for my children as they got off the school bus. Also, I kept a squeaky clean home. My handsome husband is Tony, not Ward. and is tall like him.

  • Anita Zierman says:

    I love “Leave it To Beaver”! I remember watching it when I was young, and now that I’m almost 60 I still watch it. I remember also talking to Jerry Mathers one day when I saw him in front of a church in Encino, CA when I was with a friend there for some ceremony. I think he was 11 or 12 at the time. Not sure. Thought he was adorable LOL. LITB was one of the best shows with a good family!

  • Rod Wood says:

    Happy Anniversary. Yes, best show ever! Thanks Jerry for sharing your “real” life with us as well as your great acting. .

  • gary drexler says:

    I went to school at valley college with the beaver.. he was shy and nice kid.. I also met his brother walley at the paint store on van nuys blvd. He came in to the paint store to buy paint to paint at the studios so he could get back on his yacht and go sailing with a slew of woman as his deck hands.. Is wally still alive.. where is he ??

  • Fred Crowder says:

    I still watch Leave It To Beaver after all these years. It was part of my childhood watch it on our old Black & White RCA TV. I really do wish that my own parents were more like the characters that Hugh Beaumont and Barbara Billingslee played .. Congrats to the LITB remaining cast and to my remembrance of Hugh and Barbara who will never be forgot.

  • Mike Swan says:

    I miss shows like this that showed our values so well instead of pandering to the lowest forms of humor and cheap laughs. Thanks for the great memories and times we shared with you and the other cast and production members.

  • John "Dennis" Mancino says:

    What a great show…and great times. The whole cast was great from Ward, June, Wally, the “Beav”, Eddie, Lumpy, Larry, Whitey, and, of course, Lumpy’s dad. Great memories!! Still watch them on “MeTV.

  • kathy keith says:

    Love watching leave it to beaver. Happy anniversary! This show should be shown to all school childen today. It is one of the few shows I let my 8 year old daughter watch. The values taught and respect for their parents is to be commended, those values should always remain. The acting is terrific. I understand you may have a book Jerry about the show, would love to read it.
    Thanks to all the people to contributed to such a classic.

  • Rita Sanchez says:

    I just love your show. I grew up watching Leave it to Beaver an now I watch it every morning on ME TV. I all so tape some an watch them with my Grandsons. It`s so nice to be able to watch a show an not have to worry about anything being bad in it. As long as your show stays in reruns I will be watching.. Love You Guys.. Thanks for giving us Great TV…. <3 <3 :)

  • kathy keith says:

    Me tv just started showing your first shows, you are so cute. Being in my early fifties I watched reruns as a child but it is so fun to watch as an adult too. As I had said earlier my 8 year old doesn’t watch much tv but this show is one i approve of. I am definately going to get the dvd set to show some of the young people i teach some of those life lessons, respect and values that were demonstrated in the leave it to beaver shows. I saw one comment of a person who works with “at risk” kids who he has view the show, it is a terrific idea! The metv in san diego airs leave it to beaver 8a.m. to 9a.m. m-f. . Thanks for sharing some of your current life with us in the audience and again happy anniversary!

  • Ron Lund says:

    As a kid of 4 years old I lost my Dad And my family was a mess. When the Beaver came on the air I was 8 and the only way I could relate to what a real family life was watching Leave it to Beaver. This Show helped me grow up and understand what a real family life was for a kid. Thank you for helping me grow up. I don’t think I could have done it with out this show.
    Ron Lund

  • Mary Kidd Holt says:

    I just loved the show back when I was young and I see it every morning now just love it even to this day!

  • Clarice Stevens says:

    Happy anniversary Jerry I grew up with you and Wally and the gang of Leave it to Beaver I felt you were like a brother to me. Like watching reruns when I can.

  • Tom says:

    I have a 90 minute commute to work and it’s usually a stressful drive on the interstate filled with speeding cars and traffic jams. About 25 min. before I get to work, I play an episode of LTB on my smartphone. It makes me laugh and relieves the stress of the drive so when I get to work I am in a much better mood!

  • Sylvia Moore says:

    I’m 65 so you were right there as I was growing up. When I grew up and had children, they also watched you.. I always looked at the more than perfect guy friends of theirs and thought they had to be “Eddie”.. Now my granddaughters are grown and again we judge certain guys they bring home by “Eddie”. Those were good days. I think we all could use a little more humor and clean programs like Leave it to Beaver. Yeah, it wasn’t the way life really was, but it was neat to think that it could be!! Happy anniversary to you all!!!

  • Corrina Countryman says:

    Dear Jerry, I just bought yet another LITB dvd set tonight after I got off work. I’m looking forward to watching it. I think it has “The haircut” episode in it. It makes me feel less lonely about losing my money. lol

  • CANDICE says:

    Happy Anniversary ! I grew up watching you’re show and still watch it today even my grandkids have seen it. I remember I was out with my dad he was picking up supplies for his store and I wanted him to hurried so I wouldn’t miss your show this wasn’t the reruns either. my brother had a friend like Eddy to !

  • Jeff Krebs says:

    How may people watch LITB on Netflicks, It’s my nightly event and it brings me back to a place of innocence and truly makes me happy. I find it soothing and relaxing with relevant humor even in 2014.

  • Risa Hersh says:

    Congratulations on now, 57 fabulous years. I was born the year your show first debuted, but became an avid fan as soon as was old enough to turn the tv on by myself. I was raised in a very chaotic, abusive and highly dysfunctional family and was a despondent little girl. However, when I discovered your show, I soon realized that there were other ways of being a family and it gave me a sense of hope. Not having suitable role models for parenting, Ward & June served as my inspiration to be a different type of and better parent. My only child is now 22, a recent graduate (with honors) from UCLA and studying for the LSAT. She is a happy, confident fairly well adjusted young adult. Watching your TV family taught me that talking to your child and trying to understand their perspective was a more effective parenting style than physical and emotional abuse. I have a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation for the role you, your castmates and your show played in influencing me and the choices I have consciously made to be a “Cleaver” in my life. Thank you & congratulations.

  • Mike D. says:

    Wonderful program and so well acted and written. Relevant, funny, touching and clever. Can’t think of anyone I didn’t like on the show. Interesting even though Beaver had his own set of friends, Whitey, Larry, Gilbert and Richard, it is Wally’s pals who remain in our memory, Eddie and Lumpy. And Eddie was such a unique character on a TV show.

    Beaver, Wally, June and Ward, what a family. Heard that co-producer Joe Connelly got many of the ideas for stories by observing his own son. And supposedly one evening after punishing him for some misbehavior, Joe’s son allegedly turned to him and said. Alright pop, no more story lines for you.

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