Who did it: Beaver Cleaver or Ritchie Petrie?

These Sixties sitcom sons never failed to entertain.

Jerry Mathers and Larry Mathews were two of the most famous kids in early 1960s America. Mathews played Dick Van Dyke's son, Ritchie, on The Dick Van Dyke Show and Mathers will forever be remembered as Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver.

On both shows, these precocious youngsters dealt with school bullies, adopted some unusual pets, and got into some hilariously sticky situations.

How well do you recall the exploits of Beaver and Ritchie? Try to guess who did what! And remember, the same specific thing could apply to both of them.

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  1. This boy tried to give himself a haircut and his brother only made it worse.
  2. This boy was so afraid of the dog his parents were taking care of that he hid in a kitchen cabinet.
  3. This boy got a baby alligator and kept it in the toilet tank.
  4. This boy played a bunny in a school play.
  5. This boy wanted to give his future son the middle name "Rat."
  6. This boy and a friend tried to smoke coffee grounds out of a fancy pipe.
  7. This boy learned one new word every day — including a bad one!
  8. This boy (briefly) had a pet duck named Stanley.
  9. This boy didn't want his classmates seeing his naked baby picture.
  10. This boy invited 60 kids to his birthday party and chaos ensued.
  11. This boy sold water to the neighborhood after the water main was shut off.
  12. This boy got beat up by a girl at school.

Who did it: Beaver Cleaver or Ritchie Petrie?

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Raso 17 days ago
I got 9 out of 12 and i don't even know who Ritchie petrie is or which show he was on
BrentwoodJon 18 days ago
Both=sucks
9/12 only missed BOTH
EllisClevenger 24 days ago
You got 10 out of 12
You really lit up this quiz! Great job!
Missed #4 and #12
Mike 24 days ago
6/12, old as I am, I don't remember much about either sadly.
Marshall_Kolchak 24 days ago
11/12 the bunny tripped me up... the bunny i tells ya!
MikefromJersey 26 days ago
10 for 12. Carl Reiner often got script ideas from things that happened in his own family.
Question 7's "Stanley the Duck" was based on Rob "Meathead" Reiner's pet quacker,
at least according to some guy who posted at another site. I wish Carl had written
a book about The Dick Van Dyke Show. Maybe Dick will, but he is in his 90's.
cwboyfan56 26 days ago
12/12 pretty easy. Especially if you were born in the mid-50’s and spent a lot of time watching TV in the 60’s.
cinamac 27 days ago
The first question about the haircut was misleading...Ritchie didn’t have a brother!
BrentwoodJon cinamac 18 days ago
The Beaver did!
I have to say it.
You were awful hard on the Beaver last night Ward!
MadMadMadWorld 27 days ago
11/12 Most were easy, if you saw and remembered the episodes on each terrific sitcom. Missed #4 on BOTH played bunnies in a school play. I remembered Beaver hilariously looking in his bunny costume but not Ritchie also playing a bunny.
cabugi 27 days ago
I missed the two "both" questions. Didn't watch LITB as much as TDVDS
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