Memory Lane: ‘Leave It to Beaver’

You all remember this show, right? To certain persons, Leave It to Beaver is the quintessential icon of the 1950s, an era loathed by libs ‘n’ progs–mostly loathed for the good things about it, which were many.

All right, my wife says she always had a problem with Mrs. Cleaver doing housework in high heels and always looking like she was ready to go to a tea party. And Mr. Cleaver had a distressing habit of always being right. But was it such a terrible thing to depict parents as something other than rumpled, dope-smoking, clueless, morally bankrupt, and way, way less intelligent than their smarty-pants kids?

For me the enduring wonderfulness of this show rests in two supporting characters: the fantastically insincere and smarmy Eddie Haskell, and the long-suffering Mr. Rutherford (played by Richard Deacon, certainly one of the funniest TV actors ever), father of the aptly nicknamed Clarence “Lumpy” Rutherford. Unlike Mr. Cleaver, poor Mr. Rutherford never, ever knew what to do.


4 comments on “Memory Lane: ‘Leave It to Beaver’

  1. Now there’s memory lane for you. I’m with Patty – even when I was young, I knew moms didn’t waltz around doing chores in high heels and pearls. But the show was wholesome and always had a moral lesson. Oh, if we only had those today.

    1. My aunts were all single, working women, so they had to dress up. My mother only dressed like Mrs. Cleaver when she was going on.

      We lived in a good, wholesome, blue-collar neighborhood, and it was wonderful!

  2. Thanks for the memories. I had all but forgotten that show, but when reminded, I see it all again, and yes, I do long for wholesome programs like that one, instead of the stupid junk that is on now. Even the so-called
    news casts are asinine now. I had one aunt who was a school teacher and even when home, she dresses pretty nicely, maybe not high heels, but not like I do now. Ah, those were the good old days. My grandmother kept laying hens and fryer chickens for sale on their farm, and she always wore house dresses, never jeans, even when attending the chickens. Times change, many not for the better.

  3. I Renner the program well, it was one of my all time favorite family friendly situation, comedies. I can catch it at times on one those retro TV networks.

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