The New Leave It to Beaver

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The New Leave It to Beaver
The New Leave It to Beaver cast.jpg
The New Leave It to Beaver cast photo.
(Top row; left to right) Ken Osmond, Jerry Mathers, Janice Kent, Tony Dow.
(Center row; left to right) Eric Osmond, Kipp Marcus, Barbara Billingsley, Kaleena Kiff.
(Bottom row; front) John Snee.
Also known as ''Still the 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
Theme music composer Walter Murphy
Composer(s) David Frank
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 105
Executive producer(s) Nick Abdo
Brian Levant
Producer(s) Al Aidekman
Cindy Begel
Fred Fox, Jr.
Lesa Kite
Peter Ware
Editor(s) Gael Chandler
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Telvan Productions
Universal Television[1]
Distributor Qintex Productions (1988-1989)
NBCUniversal Television Distribution (current)
Original network
Original release March 19, 1983 (1983-03-19) – June 4, 1989 (1989-06-04)
Preceded by Leave It to Beaver
Still the Beaver

The New Leave It to Beaver (also known as Still the Beaver) is an American sitcom sequel to the original 1957–1963 sitcom Leave It to Beaver. The series began with the 1983 reunion television movie Still the Beaver, that aired on CBS in March 1983.[2][3] The success of the television movie prompted the creation of a revival series, also titled Still the Beaver, that aired on the Disney Channel from 1984 to 1985. In 1986, the series was picked up by TBS where it aired until June 1989.[4][1] A DVD release is not expected, as the show's distributor went out of business in 1993, and the tapes have been lost. It is unknown if the tapes will be found.

The New Leave It to Beaver 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 include The New WKRP in Cincinnati and What's Happening Now!!, as well as the sequel to Dallas and the two sequel series to The Brady Bunch.


The series focuses on Wally Cleaver (Tony Dow) and his younger brother, Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) as adults and with families of their own. The Beaver is divorced and living with his mother, the widowed June Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley), along with his two sons, Kip and Oliver. Wally Cleaver lives next door with his wife Mary Ellen, his daughter Kelly and later, his son Kevin. Hugh Beaumont, who played Ward Cleaver in the original series, had died in 1982. His character, Ward, died in 1977.

Other series regulars included Wally's old friend Eddie Haskell (Ken Osmond) and his sons Freddie and Bomber (played by Osmond's two real-life sons), as well as "Lumpy" Rutherford (Frank Bank) and his daughter J.J., with Diane Brewster returning for four episodes to recreate her role as "Miss Canfield," Beaver's original grade schoolteacher. Some of Beaver's old friends, Larry Mondello (Rusty Stevens), and Richard Rickover (Rich Correll), return to the series.



Still the Beaver[edit]

Television Movie / Pilot[edit]

  • Still the Beaver (March 19, 1983); a 2-hour CBS television movie, later repackaged into four 30-minute "pilot" episodes as part of The New Leave It to Beaver series on TBS. These were referred to as "special episodes" in an added voice-over by Barbara Billingsley and were known as:
  1. "Still the Beaver - Part I"
  2. "Still the Beaver - Part II"
  3. "Still the Beaver - Part III"
  4. "Still the Beaver - Part IV"

Season 1 (1984–1985)[edit]

This season aired on The 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"

New Leave It to Beaver[edit]

Season 2 (1986–1987)[edit]

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

  1. "Puppy Love"
  2. "A Day in Mayfield"
  3. "In the Wings"
  4. "On the Wrong Track"
  5. "A Farewell to Freddie"
  6. "Birth Announcement"
  7. "Heavy Metal"
  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"
  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)[edit]

  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"
  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)[edit]

  1. "First Down"
  2. "Chew Slowly"
  3. "On a Roll"
  4. "Party Line"
  5. "Road Trip"
  6. "Beyond the Sandbox"
  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)"
  19. "Dads and Grads (Part 2)"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1988 Young Artist Awards Won Best Young Actress in a Cable Series or Special Kaleena Kiff
Won 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 Won 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
1990 Nominated Best Young Actor in an Off-Primetime Family Series John Snee
Nominated Best Off-Primetime Family Series

Syndication and DVDs[edit]

According to series costars Frank Bank and Ken Osmond in a May 28, 2008 internet radio interview at, the reason the series has not aired in American syndication since the early 1990s is because Universal sold the show's master videos and distribution rights to Qintex Productions (named after an Australian company), which served as the distributor when first-run episodes were aired in US syndication and 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. However, according to the Bank/Osmond interview, the show does on a rare occasion air in British and Australian markets.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Two Studios Announce Exclusive Cable Deals". New York Times. April 25, 1986. Retrieved October 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Mathers returns to star in "Still the Beaver"". Bulletin Journal. Cape Girardeau, Missouri. March 13, 1983. p. 11. Retrieved May 2, 2016. 
  3. ^ Irwyn Applebaum (1998). The World According to Beaver. Simon & Schuster. p. 318. ISBN 978-1-57500-052-7. 
  4. ^ King, Susan (25 December 1994). "Retro : A Day in the Life of a Modern Atomic Age Family : TBS AIRS 24 HOURS OF 'LEAVE IT TO BEAVER'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 

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