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Parents' Guide to

Leave It to Beaver

By Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Classic '50s sitcom is dated but still appealing.

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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 4+

Always cheers me up

This show always makes me feel better whenever I watch it. It is a great end to a stressful day, and is always a go-to whenever I am sick. It is safe and enjoyable for all ages, though younger children may not always understand some of the more mature (but not inappropriate) humor or the customs,speech, and culture of that time period.
age 6+

My daughter loves this show

Some have said the show is dated; I guess so it's half a century old. It may be dated but the lessons are timeless and heartwarming. The humor comes from incredibly well written scripts and situations the boys and parent have to work through and do what is right. It reminds me of Mark Twain. The Cleavers are unlike families in modern comedies where parents are buffoons and the object of ridicule from snarky children. The parents and the children have flaws and make mistakes, but in the end, there is a rich life lesson to learn from those mistakes. My daughter is eight and she absolutely loves leave it to beaver. For us it is a nightly ritual.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (10 ):

Who doesn't respond to LEAVE IT TO BEAVER? It's post-war Americana at its prime and has had a huge following (perhaps even more than when in first aired in the late '50s and early '60s) for decades. Even today, the latest generation is getting to know and love the Beave, Wally, Eddie Haskell, thanks to syndication. At its core, Leave It to Beaver focuses on issues related to growing up and family relationships. While older kids may quickly tire of this clichéd family and their predicable plot lines, younger school-aged kids will probably relate to a lot of the storylines and may also enjoy getting a peek at the life in the late '50s -- the cars, the dress, even the dialogue.

The most obvious objection to Leave It to Beaver is that it represents the less-admirable values of its era along with the good stuff. The characters are almost uniformly white and well-off, and '50s gender stereotypes are out in full force: Ward works, and June stays home to take care of house and kids. That said, Ward does acquiesce to June and treat her as a partner in raising the boys; look past her pearls, dress, heels, and lipstick and you'll find a strong role model, decision maker, and problem solver.

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