The BEST Episodes of Leave It to Beaver

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 3, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

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.

The Book Report

#1 - The Book Report

Season 6 - Episode 30 - Aired Apr 18, 1963

Gilbert convinces Beaver to do his book report on The Three Musketeers by watching the movie, and eventually Beaver gives in without realizing that the movie has very little to do with the plot of the book.

star 9.50
4 votes
Directors: Hugh Beaumont
Writers: Dick Conway, Roland MacLane
Beaver and Chuey

#2 - Beaver and Chuey

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 23, 1958

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.

star 9.33
45 votes
Directors: Norman Tokar
Writers: George Tibbles
Beaver on TV

#3 - Beaver on TV

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 21, 1963

Beaver is mystified and embarrassed when the television program on which he was a panelist does not appear as scheduled.

star 9.33
3 votes
Directors: David Butler
Writers: Dick Conway, Roland MacLane
The Lost Watch

#4 - The Lost Watch

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 30, 1958

While watching Wally and his friends play baseball, Beaver is put in charge of looking after everyone's coats and watches. However, after the game is over Lumpy comes to claim his watch, but Beaver has no watch to give him.

star 9.27
45 votes
Directors: Norman Tokar
Writers: Richard Baer
The Broken Window

#5 - The Broken Window

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Apr 2, 1958

While playing baseball in the street with Wally, Chester and Tooey, Eddie hits a baseball through the Cleaver's window resulting in Ward forbidding the boys to play baseball so close to the house. However, later, Beaver talks Wally into pitching one, but this results in a broken car window.

star 9.10
48 votes
Directors: James Neilson
Writers: Bob Mosher, Joe Connelly
Tenting Tonight

#6 - Tenting Tonight

Season 1 - Episode 29 - Aired Apr 30, 1958

After a weekend spent at the movies goes awry for Ward, he decides the boys should spend their weekends outside and plans a camping trip. However, when Ward's called into work, Wally and Beaver decide to camp out in the backyard.

star 9.02
47 votes
Eddie's Girl

#7 - Eddie's Girl

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 9, 1958

A school dance has Eddie swooning over his so-called ""girl,"" Caroline. However, it's obvious Eddie has made up their relationship when Wally and him visit her and she instantly becomes smitten with Wally.

star 8.82
49 votes
Directors: Norman Tokar
Writers: Bob Mosher, Joe Connelly
Uncle Billy's Visit

#8 - Uncle Billy's Visit

Season 6 - Episode 26 - Aired Mar 21, 1963

Ward's Uncle Billy arrives to stay for the weekend. He gives the boys some pocket money, which Beaver uses to see a movie. Beaver's caught trying to let his friend in through the side door, and is upset when "fun" Uncle Billy sides with the theater manager.

star 8.80
5 votes
Directors: David Butler
Writers: Bob Mosher, Dick Conway, Joe Connelly, Roland MacLane
Beaver, the Hero

#9 - Beaver, the Hero

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 13, 1962

Beaver's ego gets the better of him after he scores the winning touchdown at a football game and becomes the center of attention.

star 8.75
4 votes
Directors: David Butler
Writers: Dick Conway, Roland MacLane
Beaver's Ring

#10 - Beaver's Ring

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 13, 1958

Being Beaver's godmother, Aunt Martha sends him a gift of a ring that had once belonged to an uncle who was also named Theodore. June cautions Beaver that she doensn't want him taking it to school, but he sneaks off to school with it anyways. This leads to a confrontation between his peers that ends with him getting the ring stuck on his finger.

star 8.64
44 votes
Writers: Bob Mosher, Joe Connelly
The Pipe

#11 - The Pipe

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 27, 1958

Ward receives an antique pipe as a gift from Fred Rutherford and a curious Larry and Beaver decide to try it out. First they use coffee but then they try tobacco. When Ward discovers someone has used the pipe, he jumps to the conclusion that Wally is the culprit.

star 8.63
43 votes
Chuckie's New Shoes

#12 - Chuckie's New Shoes

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 10, 1960

Beaver's hands are full when he's asked to take little Chuckie to buy new shoes. Before they're even out of the store, Chuckie has disappeared, and Beaver's afraid to return home until he's found him.

star 8.62
13 votes
Directors: Norman Abbott
Writers: Bob Mosher, Joe Connelly
School Play

#13 - School Play

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 11, 1958

A school play has Beaver and his classmates be assigned parts and Beaver is assigned the role of a canary. However, he doesn't seem to be graceful enough to fly around like a bird. To make matters worse, on the night of the play, Ward's words of encouragement lead to Beaver coming down with a case of stage fright.

star 8.60
42 votes
Directors: Norman Tokar
Writers: Bob Mosher, Joe Connelly
Beaver's Graduation

#14 - Beaver's Graduation

Season 6 - Episode 34 - Aired May 16, 1963

After Gilbert convinces Beaver to ditch the rest of the year's homework, Beaver fails to find his diploma in the teacher's office and thinks he isn't going to graduate.

star 8.57
7 votes
Directors: Hugh Beaumont
Writers: Dick Conway, Roland MacLane
Beaver's Big Contest

#15 - Beaver's Big Contest

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 5, 1960

When Beaver wins third place in a contest, he's angry to discover that his parents plan to add to his college savings with the $3,500 they'll receive from selling the red sports car he's won.

star 8.55
11 votes
Writers: Bob Mosher, Joe Connelly
Happy Weekend

#16 - Happy Weekend

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 25, 1958

Ward takes June and the boys away on a trip to a cabin in hopes of experiencing the "great outdoors." However, he quickly discovers getting away from today's modern conveniences will be more difficult than he anticipated.

star 8.54
46 votes
Directors: Norman Tokar
Writers: Bob Mosher, Joe Connelly
Her Idol

#17 - Her Idol

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 6, 1958

Beaver becomes good friends with a classmate, Linda Dennison. However, their relationship is blown out of proportion by Beaver's classmates who begin to tease him and goad him into insulting Linda, to prove that she isn't his girl.

star 8.53
49 votes
Writers: Bob Mosher, Dick Conway, Joe Connelly, Roland MacLane
Beaver's Prep School

#18 - Beaver's Prep School

Season 6 - Episode 27 - Aired Mar 28, 1963

Aunt Martha offers to send Beaver to a prep school attended by several generations of June's family. Excited by the activities and opportunities, Beaver gladly accepts, until he realizes that he'll have to leave friends and family behind.

star 8.50
4 votes
Directors: Hugh Beaumont
Writers: Bob Mosher, Dick Conway, Joe Connelly, Roland MacLane
The Poor Loser

#19 - The Poor Loser

Season 6 - Episode 31 - Aired Apr 25, 1963

Ward gives his spare baseball ticket to Wally after Beaver announces he's already made plans. When Beaver's plans fall through, he asks his father to get an extra ticket, but the game is sold out.

star 8.50
4 votes
Directors: David Butler
Writers: Dick Conway, Roland MacLane
Don Juan Beaver

#20 - Don Juan Beaver

Season 6 - Episode 32 - Aired May 2, 1963

Beaver is invited to his graduation dance by a girl named Peggy McIntosh. After he accepts her invitation, he meets Melinda Neilson, a prettier girl who also invites him to the dance. In choosing between them, Beaver ends up dancing alone in his room.

star 8.50
6 votes
Writers: Bob Mosher, Joe Connelly
Ward's Problem

#21 - Ward's Problem

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 16, 1958

Ward must make a decision when a conflict develops concerning which son to spend the weekend with. He can either go on a fishing trip with Wally or take Beaver on a father-son weekend. Thinking Ward is going to go fishing with Wally, Beaver makes up a wild story when his classmates start to tease him.

star 8.48
48 votes
Beaver's Poem

#22 - Beaver's Poem

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 2, 1958

Beaver comes to Ward for help on the night before a poetry assignment is due. This prompts Ward to totally take over the project and writes the whole poem himself. Things get complicated when Beaver wins an award for the poem and Ward is faced with explaining the truth to Beaver's principal.

star 8.46
46 votes
Teacher's Daughter

#23 - Teacher's Daughter

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 7, 1961

While he's dating his English teacher's daughter, Julie, Wally's friends give him a hard time about being the teacher's pet. But when Wally and Julie break up, Wally's concerned about failing the class instead.

star 8.45
11 votes
Writers: Bob Mosher, Joe Connelly
The School Picture

#24 - The School Picture

Season 4 - Episode 30 - Aired Apr 22, 1961

Beaver and Gilbert agree to make funny faces for the class picture, but when Gilbert decides not to go through with it at the very last moment, Beaver is left looking like a fool all by himself.

star 8.44
9 votes
Writers: Dick Conway, Roland MacLane
Child Care

#25 - Child Care

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 7, 1958

After Ward's bragging about Wally and Beaver being responsible, Herb and Janet Wilson assume that it would be all right to leave their 4-year old daughter in Wally and Beaver's care while they go out to a party with Ward and June. Trouble begins when the youngster locks herself in the bathroom.

star 8.43
49 votes
Directors: Norman Tokar
Writers: Bob Mosher, Joe Connelly