Leave It to Beaver

Leave It to Beaver

Season Four

DVD - 2010
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The further adventures of Beaver and his older brother Wally.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Shout Factory, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781603993883
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 LEA
Characteristics: 6 videodiscs (approximately 17 hr.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.

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flub
Apr 12, 2018

There is always a valuable lesson to be learned from these. Their relevance will last forever and the fun they are to watch is great!

morrisonist Aug 07, 2015

unrealistic depiction of the 50's

trigo_04 Aug 07, 2015

Love this family show which teaches moral values to the core. Another thing is, there are no curses in the dialogue and it is an example of enjoying a clean show.
Those were the days!

treasures227 Jul 22, 2015

I cant say that I totally agree with this assessment that there were "fewer avenues of personal expression" and "conformity ruled". I think it would be better to say that "wise discipline and discretion" ruled.
I used to run from watching this show because I just assumed it was old fashioned, with nerdy kids. But when I did begin to watch, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the kids got into all kinds of mischief and were actually very outspoken, very knowledgeable and very perceptive. They did get to be kids and get into trouble just like any other kids.
Referencing the episode where Beaver and Larry disposed of the won bike on the steps of the church(was that the bldg.?) -saying that they saw that done on tv-for someone to pick up, and Wally saying "that for a small kid, a lot sure goes thru his mind", I was amazed at how true that was. And I think it summed up both Wally and the Beaver.
Those kids were very perceptive and every bit as expressive as kids today and also had an amazing amount of freedom. Both physical freedom and freedom of speech, I would say. In fact, I think your 2nd example proves just how much freedom they had.
I didn't see that episode, but trying to get your kids to eat veggies has been every parent nightmare, I would say. I hardly doubt it would be considered that abusive. And for the most part, all I saw was gentle discipline, and understanding, above and beyond belief almost..
What we get today is abuse. How many parents are that patient and forgiving with their kids? They would have been banned from friendship with the likes of Eddie Haskell and Gilbert. Those two were like perpetual bad seeds, creating trouble or causing the kids to be in trouble.
I think that's whats so beautiful and endearing about the show-it made us long for that kind of life: always being understood and forgiven by those we love, and the freedom in being free from fears/safety issue.
A "back to Eden" kind of existence.

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LibraryUser53
Oct 02, 2013

Broadcast originally in 1960/61. 53 years later, this family tv series, a sort of a combination comedy and light drama, continues to have relevance -- if only to demonstrate how society has changed. People were less distracted by the various gadgets of modernity -- smart phones, internet, mp3 players -- in 1959. But there was fewer avenues of personal expression. Conformity ruled. Two favorite episodes: In "Beaver won't eat", Beaver is more or less forced by his mother June to eat brussel sprouts -- something he detests. June Cleaver, forcing Beaver to conform in the manner she does, by today's standards would likely be considered bordering on abusive. But it was ok apparently in 1960. In "Chuckie's new shoes", Beaver -- in 5th grade -- is asked by a busy neighbor lady to do her a favor and walk her 4 year old very annoying toddler downtown to buy him some shoes. A toddler handed over to a 5th grader for an afternoon downtown of shoe shopping? I don't see that happening in 2013. Recommended.

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Apr 12, 2018

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