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The New Leave It to Beaver
Genre Sitcom
Written by Al Aidekman
Cindy Begel
Joe Connelly
Paul Diamond
Michael J. DiGaetano
Lawrence Gay
Lesa Kite
Brian Levant
Dennis Snee
Directed by Nick Abdo
Bob Claver
Roger Duchowny
Jeffrey Ganz
Steven Hilliard Stern
Starring Barbara Billingsley
Tony Dow
Jerry Mathers
Ken Osmond
Frank Bank
Composer(s) David Frank
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 104
Production
Executive producer(s) Nick Abdo
Brian Levant
Producer(s) Al Aidekman
Cindy Begel
Fred Fox, Jr.
Lesa Kite
Peter Ware
Running time 30 mins.
Broadcast
Original channel CBS (pilot)
Disney Channel
TBS (Seasons 2–4)
Original run March 19, 1983 &
September 7, 1985
– May, 1989
Chronology
Preceded by Leave It to Beaver

The New Leave It to Beaver (also known as Still the Beaver) is an American sitcom sequel to the 1950s and '60s series, Leave It to Beaver. The New Leave It To Beaver began with the 1983 CBS TV movie Still the Beaver, and was picked up in 1984 as a Disney Channel series with the same name; however, it only lasted one season. It was then picked up by TBS in 1986 and renamed The New Leave It to Beaver. The series, also syndicated in the late 1980s, lasted until 1989.

It is one of the rare examples of a television series revival sequel (not spin-off) that revolves around the characters from the original series. Other examples of this would be The Brady Brides (and later The Bradys) and What's Happening Now!! The New Leave It to Beaver is the longest running and most successful of any series revival in television history.

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Synopsis

The series focused on Wally Cleaver (Tony Dow) and his younger brother, Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) all grown up, with families of their own. Theodore is divorced and living with his mother, the widowed June Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley), along with his two sons, Kip and Oliver. Wally lives next door with his wife and daughter Kelly and, later, son Kevin joins the brood.

Other series regulars included Wally's old friend Eddie Haskell (Ken Osmond) and his family, along with "Lumpy" Rutherford (Frank Bank).

Cast

Episodes

  • Still the Beaver (March 19, 1983) CBS television movie/pilot

Season 1 (1985–1986)

This season aired on Disney Channel as Still the Beaver.

  1. "Growing Pains"
  2. "Supply and Demand"
  3. "Thanksgiving Day"
  4. "The Gladiators"
  5. "Girl Talk"
  6. "Pet Peeves"
  7. "Haskells vs. Cleavers"
  8. "Dear Pen Pal"
  9. "No Free Lunch"
  10. "Paper Tiger"
  11. "Our Big Girl"
  12. "The Piano Lesson"
  13. "Slumber Party"
  14. "Escape from the Salt Mines"
  15. "Steppin' Out"
  16. "Father's Day"
  17. "Give and Take"
  18. "String of Pearls"
  19. "Movin' On"
  20. "Carried Away"
  21. "Violet Rutherford Returns"
  22. "Sink or Swim"
  23. "Punching In"
  24. "Wow"
  25. "A Boy and His Snake"
  26. "While the Beave's Away"
  27. "Dear Pen Pal II"

Season 2 (1986–1987)

From this season onward, the show aired on TBS as The New Leave It to Beaver.

  1. "Puppy Love" (September 8, 1986)
  2. "A Day in Mayfield"
  3. "In the Wings"
  4. "On the Wrong Track" (September 15, 1986)
  5. "A Farewell to Freddie" (September 29, 1986)
  6. "Birth Announcement"
  7. "Heavy Metal" (October 1986)
  8. "Dumb Luck"
  9. "In the Dark"
  10. "Miss Honeywell Comes to Town"
  11. "Bad Poetry"
  12. "The Brothers Cleaver"
  13. "A Slice of Life"
  14. "Earth Angels"
  15. "Perfect Candidate"
  16. "Murder in Mayfield"
  17. "I Had It All"
  18. "Yesterday's Gone"
  19. "How's Your Bird?"
  20. "Home For Christmas" (December 1986)
  21. "Got to Get You Out of My Life"
  22. "Does Not a Woman Make"
  23. "The Bestest Dad"
  24. "Material Girl"
  25. "The Bruise Brothers"
  26. "A Night in Mayfield"
  27. "Super Sunday"

Season 3 (1987–1988)

  1. "First Base"
  2. "Life Without Father"
  3. "Perfect Harmony"
  4. "A Part of Life"
  5. "See You In Court"
  6. "Oops"
  7. "Ensign Cleaver"
  8. "Between Friends"
  9. "DRVRS-ED"
  10. "The Terrible Lizards"
  11. "And Everybody's Happy"
  12. "Plenty of Fish in the Sea"
  13. "Wrap Party"
  14. "It's a Small World" (October 4, 1987)
  15. "Don't Go Changing"
  16. "Madcap Dreams"
  17. "Pacific Overture"
  18. "The End of the World"
  19. "Junior Prom"
  20. "Day Dreamin'"
  21. "Teenage Rebellion"
  22. "Inside Eddie Haskell"
  23. "Cursed Again"
  24. "The Great Debate"
  25. "A Casual Affair"
  26. "Hook, Line and Sinker"
  27. "Gosh, Wally"
  28. "Family Scrapbook II"

Season 4 (1988–1989)

  1. "First Down"
  2. "Chew Slowly"
  3. "On a Roll"
  4. "Party Line"
  5. "Road Trip"
  6. "Road Trip"
  7. "What Has Four Legs and Flies?"
  8. "Darkness on the Edge of Mayfield"
  9. "Still The New Leave It To Beaver"
  10. "And Freddie Makes Three"
  11. "What If?"
  12. "Rockets Red Glare"
  13. "The Return of the Monster in the Closet"
  14. "A Day At the Mall"
  15. "Brother vs. Brother "
  16. "Shortcuts"
  17. "Man's Greatest Achievements"
  18. "Dads and Grads (Part 1)" (May, 1989)
  19. "Dads and Grads (Part 2)" (May, 1989)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1988 Young Artist Awards Winner Best Young Actress in a Cable Series or Special Kaleena Kiff
Winner Best Cable Series
-
Nominated Best Young Actor in a Cable Series or Special John Snee
Nominated Best Young Actor in a Cable Series or Special Eric Osmond
Nominated Best Young Actor in a Cable Series or Special Kipp Marcus
1989 Winner Best Young Actress in a Cable Series or Special Kaleena Kiff
Nominated Best Young Actor in a Cable Series or Special John Snee
Nominated Best Young Actor in a Cable Series or Special Eric Osmond
Nominated Best Young Actor in a Cable Series or Special Kipp Marcus
Nominated Best Cable Family Comedy, Drama Series or Special
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1990 Nominated Best Young Actor in an Off-Primetime Family Series John Snee
Nominated Best Off-Primetime Family Series
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Syndication and DVDs

According to series costars Frank Bank ("Lumpy Rutherford") and Ken Osmond ("Eddie Haskell") in a May 28, 2008 internet radio interview at shokusradio.com, the reason the series has not aired in American syndication since the early 1990s is due to the fact that Universal sold the show's master videos and distribution rights to an Australian company called Qintex Productions, which went out of business shortly after the purchase was made, leaving the broadcast rights in limbo. This is also the reason why the series may never be released on DVD.

Also, according to the same interview, the show does on a rare occasion air in British and Australian markets.

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