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WHEN THINGS WERE SWELL

Who said, "Wally, if your dumb brother tags along, I'm gonna -- oh, good afternoon, Mrs. Cleaver. I was just telling Wallace how pleasant it would be for Theodore to accompany us to the movies." If you answered "Eddie Haskell," then surely you already have your tickets to Leave It to Beaver : TV's Favorite Family . In case you're not old, Leave it To Beaver was a popular family sitcom that ran from 1957 to 1963. With such episode titles as "Beaver Finds a Wallet" and "Wally's Pug Nose," you get the picture that the conflicts arose from the most mundane aspects of everyday American life: walking home from school, summer boredom, the conniving mean kid who got you into trouble (I'm talking to you, Eddie Haskell). The show was created by Bob Mosher and Joe Connelly, and broke ground as the first family sitcom written from a child's point of view. Beaver was inspired by Connelly's 8-year-old son and Wally after Connelly's oldest son. For this tribute, part of Paley Fest Rewind: A Celebration of Pop Culture Favorites, cast members Jerry Mathers ("The Beaver"), Tony Dow ("Wally"), Ken Osmond ("Eddie Haskell") and Frank Bank ("Clarence "Lumpy' Rutherford") will appear to gamely answer your questions about life in Mayfield.
Mon., June 21, 7 p.m., 2010

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