The WORST episodes of Leave It to Beaver

Every episode of Leave It to Beaver ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Leave It to Beaver!

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.

Last Updated: 12/8/2022Network:ABC (US)
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The Credit Card
star
6.00
2 votes

#1 - The Credit Card

Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/7/1963

Eddie uses his new credit card to buy a battery for Wally's car when the boys are stranded in another town, but when Wally pays him back, Eddie spends the money on a new vest, not the credit card bill.

Directors: David Butler
Beaver's Long Night
star
6.40
5 votes

#2 - Beaver's Long Night

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/3/1962

Lumpy and Bill become the unfortunate victims of Beaver's and Gilbert's overactive imaginations after they see an intense gangster movie on television during an unsupervised sleepover.

Directors: Hugh Beaumont
The Younger Brother
star
6.67
6 votes

#3 - The Younger Brother

Season 5 - Episode 28 - Aired 4/14/1962

Beaver realizes he's caught in Wally's shadow when he finds out he's only made the school basketball team because he's the superstar's younger brother.

Directors: David Butler
Music Lesson
star
6.72
72 votes

#4 - Music Lesson

Season 1 - Episode 30 - Aired 5/7/1958

Wally makes the baseball team and Ward openly shows how proud he is of him, leaving Beaver feeling inferior. Trying to impress his parents, Beaver tries out for the band and begins practicing the clarinet. However, Beaver soon finds himself with more problems when he's let go from the band.

The Perfume Salesmen
star
6.75
52 votes

#5 - The Perfume Salesmen

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/27/1957

Wally and Beaver want to win a fancy film projector. In order to get it they have to sell 24 bottles of perfume. However, the appalling aroma of the perfume quickly leads to zero sales and has Ward trying to think up a sales gimmick.

Directors: Norman Tokar
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Wally Buys a Car
star
6.83
6 votes

#6 - Wally Buys a Car

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/10/1963

Wally gets his father's permission to buy a car -- but not the smooth number he wants. Ward's selection is a raunchy-looking four-wheeled monstrosity that runs like a watch.

Long Distance Call
star
7.00
6 votes

#7 - Long Distance Call

Season 5 - Episode 37 - Aired 6/16/1962

During a long, boring day, Beaver and the gang decide to make a series of prank phone calls, including one to baseball star Don Drysdale!

Directors: Norman Abbott
Beaver's Electric Trains
star
7.00
11 votes

#8 - Beaver's Electric Trains

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/27/1962

Beaver becomes reattached to his old set of trains that he's supposed to clean up and give to Jimmy.

Directors: Hugh Beaumont
Wally and Alma
star
7.00
12 votes

#9 - Wally and Alma

Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired 3/19/1960

Wally draws Alma Hanson as his date for an upcoming school picnic. When Mrs. Hanson begins to play matchmaker for Wally and Alma, Ward shares his college experience on how to turn down a date.

Directors: Hugh Beaumont
Wally, the Businessman
star
7.09
11 votes

#10 - Wally, the Businessman

Season 3 - Episode 35 - Aired 5/28/1960

Wally gets a job selling "Igloo Bars" after school, but when he imprudently gives credit to a number of customers, he finds himself coming up a bit short.

Directors: Norman Tokar
The Visiting Aunts
star
7.09
43 votes

#11 - The Visiting Aunts

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/18/1958

Beaver and Wally are all excited about going to the carnival, however, Aunt Martha throws a wrench in their plans when she makes an unexpected visit with a friend of hers, forcing Wally and Beaver to count the hours away, hoping she will leave soon enough so they can still go to the carnival.

Directors: Norman Tokar
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Wally's Election
star
7.15
13 votes

#12 - Wally's Election

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/6/1960

Wally overzealously dives headfirst into his sophomore class elections after a spirited pep talk from Ward. Will his newfound political aspirations win him the election for class president -- or will he alienate himself from his schoolmates and family?

Directors: Norman Tokar
Train Trip
star
7.18
44 votes

#13 - Train Trip

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired 4/9/1958

After a week long visit with their Aunt Martha, Wally and Beaver prepare to head home to Mayfield on a train. After talking Martha into letting them buy their own tickets, they discover they're short the money after spending it on junk food and find themselves wondering how they are going to get home.

Directors: Norman Tokar
The Dramatic Club
star
7.18
11 votes

#14 - The Dramatic Club

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired 3/11/1961

Beaver joins the drama club and gets the lead in the play, thrilling him...until he learns he has to kiss a girl!

Directors: Dann Cahn
Blind Date Committee
star
7.19
16 votes

#15 - Blind Date Committee

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/3/1959

Wally is appointed chairman of the blind date committee for a Saturday night dance and ends up with only one girl on his list and no idea how to go about assigning her an escort.

Directors: Norman Tokar
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The Clothing Drive
star
7.20
5 votes

#16 - The Clothing Drive

Season 6 - Episode 38 - Aired 6/13/1963

Eager to win the Good Citizen Award and have his picture in the paper, Beaver accidentally takes three of his father's good suits for the school clothing drive.

Directors: Charles Haas
Beaver, the Model
star
7.21
14 votes

#17 - Beaver, the Model

Season 3 - Episode 34 - Aired 5/21/1960

Beaver submits his picture to a modeling agency's ad in a magazine and receives a letter stating that he is a top prospect in the modeling field. But can Ward convince Beaver the ad's just a scam?

Directors: Norman Tokar
The Spot Removers
star
7.23
13 votes

#18 - The Spot Removers

Season 3 - Episode 33 - Aired 5/14/1960

Wally plans to attend a party with Eddie, but that morning he finds that Beaver has hung his jacket, pockets stuffed with minnows, in the closet next to his suit. June has the suit dry-cleaned, but when Beaver and his friend accidentally spill oil on it, Wally may not have anything to wear to the party.

Dance Contest
star
7.23
13 votes

#19 - Dance Contest

Season 2 - Episode 33 - Aired 5/14/1959

Wally gets an invitation to attend a cotillion with Mary Ellen Rogers. At first he wants to turn down the invitation, but then decides to go anyway, despite the fact that Mary Ellen has signed them up to do the cha-cha in a dance contest.

Wally's Pug Nose
star
7.23
13 votes

#20 - Wally's Pug Nose

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/5/1959

When the new girl, Gloria, tells Wally that he has a pug nose, he becomes incredibly self-conscious and purchases a contraption that is suppose to give him a strong Roman nose. When Ward discovers the device, he gives him a pep talk which just makes matters worse.

Directors: Norman Tokar
A Night in the Woods
star
7.25
8 votes

#21 - A Night in the Woods

Season 5 - Episode 36 - Aired 6/9/1962

Wally is asked to replace one of the boys' fathers as a guide during Beaver's camping trip with the guys. But when he asks Eddie and Lumpy to join them, he has no idea they've got plans of their own.

Directors: David Butler
Beaver Finds a Wallet
star
7.25
12 votes

#22 - Beaver Finds a Wallet

Season 3 - Episode 30 - Aired 4/23/1960

Beaver is elated when the appreciative owner of a wallet he's found declares she'll send him the best present she can find as thanks. But when days go by without the present's arrival, will Beaver's faith in human nature remain intact?

The Bus Ride
star
7.25
8 votes

#23 - The Bus Ride

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired 3/12/1959

June and Ward allow Wally to escort Beaver on a bus to a friends house in Crystal Falls. However, on one of the stops, Beaver inadvertently gets on the wrong bus that takes him back to Mayfield.

Directors: Norman Tokar
Beaver's Hero
star
7.27
11 votes

#24 - Beaver's Hero

Season 2 - Episode 28 - Aired 4/9/1959

Beaver discovers that Ward was in WWII and brags to his classmates that Ward was a war hero. As usual, his classmates don't believe him and Beaver promises to bring in some mementos to prove it. At home, Beaver discovers that Ward was an engineer in the war and didn't actually fight in combat, leaving Beaver to take drastic measures so as not to look like a fool in front of his classmates.

Directors: Norman Tokar
The Hypnotist
star
7.30
10 votes

#25 - The Hypnotist

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired 3/12/1960

After watching a movie titled The Mad Hypnotist, Beaver attempts to try it for himself. His search for a sympathetic subject lands him Eddie, who uses this opportunity to play a prank on Beaver.

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