15 charming behind-the-scenes pictures from 'Leave It to Beaver'
They were a family when the camera stopped rolling, too.
Image: The Everett Collection
Beaver, Wally, June and Ward first moved in on October 4, 1957. The Cleavers were the perfect nuclear family, right down to the white picket fence. The clan immediately became friendly neighbors to all of us.
We previously shared some fascinating facts about Leave It to Beaver. Now let's take a peek behind the scenes to see Jerry Mathers, Tony Dow, Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont working on set. It seemed like a pure joy.
Mathers thinks, "Gee, I can do this director gig, too!"
Mathers sits atop a crate of prop books, and flips through one of them.
Speaking of prop books, we always wondered what all those titles were on the shelves.
There was nowhere to go but up.
Climbing aboard a fire truck was every kid's dream.
The show was popcorn-worthy entertainment even for the cast.
Co-creator Joe Connelly (sitting) and director Norman Tokar (kneeling, right) go over a scene in 1958.
What an all-American boy.
Mathers practices his right for an early episode. Spoiler alert: The punching bag wins.
Dow whittles the time away atop a fence.
Even kids who couldn't tell time could figure out when Beaver aired.
Beaver may have aired on a Thursday, but Mathers prefered a sundae on set.
Ted Turner, center, gets help putting on a sweater that was a gift from TV's Cleaver family in 1986. TBS had signed a deal to air The New Leave It To Beaver show.
The cast reunited to celebrate the 50th anniversary on September 27, 2007. Standing behind Mathers, Billingsley and Dow are Frank Bank (Lumpy) and Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell).