The Best Episodes of Leave It to Beaver
Last Updated: May 28, 2019
Leave It to Beaver is a 1950s and 1960s family-oriented American television situation comedy about an inquisitive but often naive boy named Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver and his adventures at home, in school, and around his suburban neighborhood. The show has attained an iconic status in the United States, with the Cleavers exemplifying the idealized suburban family of the mid-twentieth century. One of the first primetime sitcom series filmed from a child's point-of-view, the show was created by Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher, two radio and early television writers, who found inspiration for the show's characters, plots, and dialogue in the lives, experiences, and conversations of their own children. Like several television dramas and sitcoms of the late fifties and early sixties (Lassie and My Three Sons, for example), Leave It to Beaver is a glimpse at middle-class, American boyhood. A typical episode features Beaver getting into some sort of trouble and facing his parents for reprimand and correction.
#1 - The Book Report
Season 6 - Episode 30
Beaver has been assigned to write a book report on The Three Musketeers. However he's waited right down to the wire to get reading and quickly realizes that he'll never get finished. He decides to watch the movie that's going to be on TV and write his book report based on the movie.
#2 - Beaver on TV
Season 6 - Episode 22
Beaver comes home with the news that he applied to appear on a local television show called Teen Forum and he has been accepted. Beaver gets out of classes for the taping and all his classmates are treated to being able to watch him on TV during class. However, what Beaver, his friends and family don't know is that the show tapes each episode a week in advance.
#3 - Uncle Billy's Visit
Season 6 - Episode 26
June and Ward go away for a couple of days and leave Uncle Billy to stay with Wally and Beaver. Beaver quickly realizes Billy runs a much looser ship than Ward and June and feels as if he can get away with more things. However, he's soon in for a rude awakening when he helps Gilbert sneak into the movies.
#4 - Beaver, the Hero
Season 6 - Episode 12
During one of his football team's games, Beaver is sent in and scores the winning touchdown which results in a picture in the paper. Soon, Beaver finds himself swamped with attention and quickly lets it goes to his head. He begins acting like he's better than everyone and begins to alienate Gilbert, Whitey and Wally.
#5 - Beaver's Freckles
Season 4 - Episode 5
When Clarence gets fed up with Beaver calling him Lumpy, he gives Beaver a new nickname of Freckles. This leads Beaver to become self-concious about his freckles and takes steps to try to remove them.
#6 - Chuckie's New Shoes
Season 4 - Episode 11
A neighbor gives Wally the responsibility of taking her son, Chuckie, down to the shoe store to pick out a pair of shoes. However, when Wally gives the job to Beaver, Beaver finds himself searching for Chuckie, who has gotten himself lost.
#7 - Teacher's Daughter
Season 4 - Episode 15
Wally's latest girlfriend is Julie Foster who just happens to be the daughter of a Mr. Foster who teaches English. Meanwhile, at school, a new semester lands Wally in Mr. Foster's class and quickly finds himself feeling uncomfortable. Especially after Eddie tells him that his relationship with Julie will determine his grades.
#8 - Beaver's Old Buddy
Season 4 - Episode 19
An old friend of Beaver's spends the weekend at the Cleavers and Beaver is all ready to have a great time like they use to. However, Beaver quickly discovers that people change and in this case Beaver's old buddy has indeed changed.
#10 - Beaver's Graduation
Season 6 - Episode 34
It's come down to the final week before junior high school graduation and Beaver is having a ball and even skips a class with Gilbert. However, Beaver becomes convinced he won't graduate after Gilbert and him take a peek at the diplomas on Mrs. Rayburn's desk and find Beaver's diploma to be missing.
#11 - Beaver's Big Contest
Season 4 - Episode 6
Constantly entering contests, Beaver's latest one has him selling raffle tickets in hopes of winning one of the prizes. Surprisingly, he does indeed win third prize and the prize is a $3,500 sports car. However, his dreams are dashed when Eddie's premonition comes true, Ward breaks the news that Beaver can't keep the car.
#12 - Beaver's Typewriter
Season 5 - Episode 29
Seeing an ad for typewriters on sale, Beaver talks his parents into letting him get one as long as he learns how to use it. However, Beaver discovers learning to type is not as easy as it looks and soon finds himself making a deal with the shady Eddie Haskell.
#13 - The Merchant Marine
Season 5 - Episode 30
Ward comes down hard on Wally after he comes home two hours late, this fuels June and Ward's suspicions that Wally is contemplating joing the merchant Marines. June had discovered some pamphlets hidden in his dresser drawer. However, little does anyone know, Wally has been getting the information for Lumpy who's seriously thinking of joining.
#14 - Beaver's Prep School
Season 6 - Episode 27
June and Ward are excited when they learn that Aunt Martha has made arrangements to send Beaver to a prep school in New England. However, Beaver quickly realizes he will miss his friends as they are all entering Mayfield High School next year. This puts Beaver in a delicate position, how to tell Aunt Martha he doesn't want to go without hurting her feelings.
#15 - The Poor Loser
Season 6 - Episode 31
Ward is given two tickets to a baseball game and is faced with an impossible decision: should he take Wally or Beaver? Beaver lets him off the hook when he announces he has plans with Gilbert. However, when they fall through, Beaver changes his mind about the game and becomes convinced that because he's the youngest he gets the short stick.
#16 - The School Picture
Season 4 - Episode 30
Beaver's class is having a group picture taken and while having it done, Gilbert goads Beaver into making a face with him when they snap the picture. However, when the picture is actually taken, Gilbert backs out and Beaver is the only one making a face.
#18 - Wally and Dudley
Season 4 - Episode 25
A close friend of June's moves into the neighborhood and June arranges to have Wally show the new kid, Dudley, around school. However, everyone thinks Dudley is a creep and Eddie and Lumpy plan to make a fool of Dudley at a party.
#19 - The Silent Treatment
Season 6 - Episode 25
Beaver is all set to go with Eddie and Wally to hook up an AM/FM car radio in Eddie's car, but June stops him and insists he go to the grocery store to pick up the items as he had promised. This leads Beaver to give June the cold shoulder treatment while playing up to Ward.
#20 - Beaver the Magician
Season 3 - Episode 12
Beaver buys a common magic trick but is disappointed by everyone's ""that's nice"" reaction, but he gets a totally different reaction out of Bengie when Larry and Beaver convince him that Beaver has been turned into a rock.
#21 - Wally's Chauffeur
Season 5 - Episode 12
Wally plans on going to a big dance with Evelyn Boothby and they plan on getting there cramped with six other people in Lumpy's car. When June and Ward refuse to allow that, Wally and Evelyn must find another way to get there. However, what Evelyn has in mind doesn't go over well with Wally.
#22 - Lumpy's Car Trouble
Season 5 - Episode 26
Ward allows his car to be driven by Lumpy who must get Eddie, Wally and Beaver to a sporting event in a neighboring town. However, on the way back, Lumpy disobeys Ward's orders and takes a shortcut home.
#23 - Lumpy's Scholarship
Season 6 - Episode 24
Wally is let down when he learns that he didn't get the sports scholarship from State University. However, he does learn that Lumpy did get one and this leads him to throw a party in Lumpy's honor. Halfway through the party, Fred calls with some unfortunate news for Lumpy: the scholarship has been rescinded due to Lumpy's poor grades.
#24 - Beaver and Chuey
Season 2 - Episode 4
Beaver makes a new friend in Chuey Varella but he only speaks Spanish. So Beaver asks Eddie, who has taken Spanish, for some help but Eddie plays a joke on Beaver by feeding him a sentence in Spanish which ultimately insults Chuey.
#25 - Beaver and Kenneth
Season 4 - Episode 12
While at a parent's meeting, June leans from Miss Landers that someone has been stealing in Beaver's class and so far, a baseball glove, a lunch box and a baseball cap were heisted. Later, June makes a shocking discovery, she finds the stolen items under Beaver's bed. This leaves June and Ward wondering if they're raising a thief.