I am a great fan of “Leave it to Beaver”. Leave It to Beaver ran for six full 39-week seasons (234 episodes). The series had its debut on CBS on October 4, 1957. The following season, it moved to ABC, where it stayed until completing its run on June 20, 1963.
It is interesting that several adult candidates auditioned for the role of Beaver’s father, Ward, but they finally signed Hugh Beaumont, an actor and Methodist lay minister who had worked with Mathers in a religious film.
Ward was the every-man of the 1960’s dad. Education, occupation, marriage and family are presented in Leave It to Beaver as requisites for a happy and productive life. We have come a long way since then.
Ward always has practical advice like:
When you make a mistake, admit it. If you don’t, you only make matters worse. ~Ward Cleaver
That was a theme of the early 1960’s as I grew up. That was the role of dads in my neighborhood. They all seemed to see it the same way and gave each other permission to help correct us when we weren’t home.
America had more of a shared culture as the Depression Dads returned home from WWII, married, had families and built communities around the church. They also had shared values like “When you make a mistake, admit it. If you don’t, you only make matters worse.”