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Happy 50th anniversary, Beaver!

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 4th 2007 12:04PM

Leave it to BeaverToday marks the 50th anniversary of the classic sitcom Leave it to Beaver, and while many of the show's original stars have left us (Hugh Beaumont, Stanley Fafara, Sue Randall, Richard Deacon), much of the main cast is still going strong, and five of them - Jerry Mathers, Tony Dow, Barbara Billingsley, Ken Osmond, and Frank Bank - appeared on Good Morning, America this morning to celebrate the day.

They've all kept busy over the years. Mathers appeared on stage in Hairspray this year and has appeared in several TV shows and wrote a book. Dow has directed many TV shows and movies over the years and is also an artist. Billingsley is an incredibly active 92 and even recreated her famous Airplane jive talk on GMA. Osmond became a cop - and was shot three times in the line of duty - and is now retired, and Bank (Lumpy Rutherford) is a financial expert who handles Mathers and Dow.

Too bad the interview wasn't a little longer, but GMA just had to switch gears and talk about Dancing with the Stars.

Interesting trivia: The Simpsons' Harry Shearer played the first Eddie Haskell-ish wiseass kid in the first pilot (available on the first season DVD), and Stephen Talbot, who played Beaver's friend Richard, is now a documentary filmmaker (Frontline and others) and is the brother of Salon mag founder David Talbot.

Maybe we can celebrate the day by having dinner with the family tonight or perhaps popping a classic TV dinner in the oven. Or maybe getting stuck in a giant bowl of soup.

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To celebrate this anniversary I vacuumed the living room wearing pearls and high heels. My wife was pissed...probably because I thought of it first.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

October 04 2007 at 10:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

there was also The New Leave It to Beaver had 100 episodes and was about wally and beaver when they were grown up

October 04 2007 at 7:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's amazing that the show is 50 years old but I'm glad that so many of the cast are still with us.

TVLand is having a marathon this weekend and will run the unaired pilot, the first episode and the final episode on Saturday night.

October 04 2007 at 3:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks for the cast update. It's really great (and rare) to see most of the cast went on to happy, successful, and productive lives once the show was over. Lumpy is a financial expert? Wow!

I had to struggle mightily, but I was finally able to post a comment on this without saying anything about a 50-year old Beaver.

October 04 2007 at 2:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Toby OB

Yesterday was the 52nd anniversary for 'The Mickey Mouse Club'. In fact, I just popped in the DVD from the Disney Treasures of the first five episodes to watch the October 4th episode.

It's hard to believe it's been fifty years when we can see those episodes every day on TV Land. They really have been timeless.

October 04 2007 at 1:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bonnie Vent

Hi LITB fans,

This GMA piece was shot last Thursday in Los Angeles. The cast had a great time. I was happy to see they had a picture of Ken Osmond in his police uniform.

If you would like more info on: Jerry Mathers, Ken Osmond and Frank Bank you can visit their pages at the Genesis Creations Entertainment website.


I will be posting the interview later today.

Bonnie Vent
Genesis Creations Entertainment

October 04 2007 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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