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''
GenreSitcom
Written byAl Aidekman
Cindy Begel
Joe Connelly
Paul Diamond
Michael J. DiGaetano
Lawrence Gay
Lesa Kite
Brian Levant
Dennis Snee
Directed byNick Abdo
Bob Claver
Roger Duchowny
Jeffrey Ganz
Steven Hilliard Stern
StarringBarbara Billingsley
Tony Dow
Jerry Mathers
Ken Osmond
Frank Bank
Theme music composerWalter Murphy
Composer(s)David Frank
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes101 (+ 4 part Television movie)
Production
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 time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Sprocket Films
(1984-1985)
(season 1)
Telvan Productions
Universal Pay Television
(1984-1985)
(season 1)
Universal Television
(1986-1989)
(seasons 2-4)
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original network
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseMarch 19, 1983 (1983-03-19) –
June 4, 1989 (1989-06-04)
Chronology
Preceded byLeave 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]

The New Leave It to Beaver is an example 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, What's Happening Now!!, Fuller House as well as the sequel to Dallas and the two sequel series to The Brady Bunch.

Synopsis[edit]

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, a year prior to the premiere of the telemovie. His character, Ward, died in 1977. The 1983 telemovie is dedicated in Beaumont's memory.

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.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

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"

The original airing of the film easily won its Saturday night timeslot, and ranked 19th out of 66 programs airing that week, bringing in an 18.9 rating and a 33 share.[5][6]

Season 1: 1984–85[edit]

This season aired on The Disney Channel as Still the Beaver. The season was split into two halves, and could be considered as two separate seasons. Most of the episodes during the second half of the season, which begins with "Escape from the Salt Mines", aired during the summer and fall of 1985, which is technically within the span of the 1985-86 TV season. The episode "Dear Pen Pal II" was produced to be The Disney Channel's series finale and features only clips from Season 1, but did not actually air until the third season on TBS.

Ep Title Directed by Written by Original air date
SpecialSpecial"Still the Beaver"Steven H. SternTeleplay by: Brian Levant
Story by: Brian Levant & Nick Abdo
March 19, 1983 (1983-03-19)
In the two-hour movie prequel, Beaver’s anxiety over his sudden unemployment and fractured marriage prompts him to return to his boyhood home. Determined to win custody of his sons, he goes to work for Mr. Rutherford. Later, Beaver is thrilled to get custody but worries that he will prove inept at parenting. His frustration turns to panic when Corey and Oliver run away after they are punished by their father; Mary Ellen learns that she is pregnant. Guest starring: Joanna Gleason, Ed Begley Jr., Corey Feldman, and Richard Deacon.
11"Growing Pains"Nick AbdoBrian Levant & Richard GurmanNovember 7, 1984 (1984-11-07)
After Oliver is excluded from the family’s construction project, he sets out to prove how responsible he is.
22"Thanksgiving Day"Bob ClaverBrian LevantNovember 21, 1984 (1984-11-21)
Kip announces that he’s not spending Thanksgiving Day with the family. Note: Hugh Beaumont's real life sister, Gloria, guest stars in this episode.
33"Supply and Demand"Nick AbdoRichard Gurman & Brian LevantDecember 5, 1984 (1984-12-05)
Wally buys an expensive doll for Kelly, who then loses it.
44"Pet Peeves"Norman AbbottJeffrey Pohn & Andrew HorowitzDecember 19, 1984 (1984-12-19)
The Cleaver house becomes a menagerie when Kip and Oliver bring home pets.
55"Girl Talk"Nick AbdoGeorge TibblesJanuary 2, 1985 (1985-01-02)
Kelly is nervous when she is cast in the title role of “Sleeping Beauty”; Wally and Beaver suspect that June may elope. Guest starring: Chad Allen.
66"The Gladiators"Bob ClaverRichard GurmanJanuary 16, 1985 (1985-01-16)
Oliver becomes a member of a gang of bullies.
77"The Piano Lesson"Nick AbdoRichard GurmanJanuary 30, 1985 (1985-01-30)
Kelly’s ruse to make her parents think she is a musical genius backfires when they arrange for her to take private piano lessons. Guest starring: Ray Walston.
88"Paper Tiger"Jeffrey GanzTeleplay by: Richard Gurman
Story by: Joe Glauberg
February 13, 1985 (1985-02-13)
Beaver and June convince Oliver to find his niche by participating in school activities. Note: Rich Correll (Richard Rickover) reprises his role from the original series for the first of two first season episodes, in addition to having appeared in the movie special. As an adult, Correll became one of the most successful television sitcom directors in Hollywood, although he never directed an episode of this series.
99"No Free Lunch"Nick AbdoLawrence Gay and Michael J. DiGaetanoFebruary 27, 1985 (1985-02-27)
Oliver, Kip and Kelly sell subscriptions to earn money to buy a go-cart.
1010"Dear Pen Pal"Nick AbdoFred Fox, Jr. & Richard CorrellMarch 13, 1985 (1985-03-13)
Oliver details his latest sibling spat in a letter to his pen pal in Africa. Guest starring: Nicole Eggert.
1111"Haskells vs. Cleavers"Brian LevantBrian LevantMarch 27, 1985 (1985-03-27)
The two rival Little League teams, one coached by Eddie and the other by Beaver, have their showdown.
1212"Our Big Girl"Bob ClaverTom TenowichApril 10, 1985 (1985-04-10)
Kelly fears that her parents are divorcing when they begin to act in a strange way.
1313"Slumber Party"Norman AbbottTony DowApril 24, 1985 (1985-04-24)
An unwelcome guest at Kelly’s party becomes the center of attention.
1414"Steppin' Out"Bob ClaverCindy Begel and Lesa KiteMay 15, 1985 (1985-05-15)
The Cleavers intervene when Freddie admits he has no date for the school dance. Guest starring: Shannen Doherty, Christina Applegate and Robyn Lively.
1515"Father's Day"Nick AbdoBrian LevantJune 5, 1985 (1985-06-05)
Beaver’s sartorial appearance is not uppermost in Oliver’s mind when he buys his dad a trick hat for Father’s Day.
1616"String of Pearls"Brian LevantRichard GurmanJune 19, 1985 (1985-06-19)
Kelly’s friend Peggy coaxes her into trying on June’s pearl necklace.
1717"Give and Take"Bob ClaverFred Fox, Jr.July 3, 1985 (1985-07-03)
The Cleavers reluctantly make room for Eddie when his wife, tired of his irresponsibility, throw’s him out.
1818"Carried Away"Nick AbdoFred Fox, Jr.July 17, 1985 (1985-07-17)
Oliver is unable to resist a dare by Freddie, and soon finds himself carried aloft by a balloon.
1919"Escape from the Salt Mines"Brian LevantMichael J. DiGaetano & Lawrence GayAugust 7, 1985 (1985-08-07)
To protect Lumpy, Beaver assumes the blame for his associate’s blunder—and is promptly fired by his boss.
2020"Sink or Swim"Bob ClaverRichard GurmanAugust 21, 1985 (1985-08-21)
Despite prodding, Kelly is adamant about not taking swimming lessons. Guest starring: Rich Correll.
2121"Movin' On"Roger DuchownyJoe GlaubergSeptember 4, 1985 (1985-09-04)
Wally blanches when Mary Ellen suggests he trade in his car; Kip and Freddie panic as they start their first day in high school. Guest starring: Jack Black.
2222"Violet Rutherford Returns"Nick AbdoLesa Kite & Cindy BegelSeptember 18, 1985 (1985-09-18)
Beaver is thrilled when his childhood heartthrob returns to town, but her manners turn Oliver and Kip off. Note: Veronica Cartwright reprises her role from the original series in this episode.
2323"While the Beav's Away"Nick AbdoTeleplay by: Michael J. DiGaetano & Lawrence Gay
Story by: Carol Croland & Tom Lavagnino
October 2, 1985 (1985-10-02)
Beaver goes away and leaves June in charge of the boys.
2424"Wow"Brian LevantBrian Levant & Richard GurmanOctober 16, 1985 (1985-10-16)
Oliver and Kelly find Beaver’s old comic books, which turns out to be worth a small fortune to collectors.
2525"A Boy and His Snake"Bob ClaverCindy Begel & Lesa KiteNovember 6, 1985 (1985-11-06)
Freddie refuses to follow the veterinarian’s suggestion that his beloved but ailing snake be put to sleep.
2626"Punching In"Jeffrey GanzLawrence Gay & Michael J. DiGaetanoDecember 4, 1985 (1985-12-04)
Kip gets a job as a gas station attendant to earn money for concert tickets.

The New Leave It to Beaver[edit]

Season 2: 1986–87[edit]

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

Ep Title Directed by Written by Original air date
271"Dumb Luck"Brian LevantMichael J. DiGaetano & Lawrence GaySeptember 8, 1986 (1986-09-08)
Freddie convinces baby sitter Kip to haul Oliver and Kelly along to a carnival, where the boys have planned a tryst with two girls.
282"On the Wrong Track"Bob ClaverPaul DiamondSeptember 15, 1986 (1986-09-15)
Oliver is alarmed by the growing romance between his teacher and June, so he makes her out to be an inveterate gambler. Note: William Schallert reprises his guest role from the original series for the second time in the revival series, having also appeared in the first season episode "Paper Tiger". Schallert had first appeared as Mr. Bloomgarden in the original series episode "Beaver's Short Pants" in 1957.
293"Puppy Love"Jeffrey GanzLesa Kite and Cindy BegelSeptember 22, 1986 (1986-09-22)
When Kelly is rescued from a fracas by Freddie, she comes to see the Haskell rascal in a new light. Note: This episode includes a dream sequence featuring the cast dancing and lip synching to The Temptations song, My Girl.
304"A Farewell to Freddie"Roger DuchownyCindy Begel and Lesa KiteSeptember 29, 1986 (1986-09-29)
Compassion prompts Freddie to give his dad’s betting money to the Cleaver kids, who need to replace a broken window. Guest starring: Christina Applegate.
315"Heavy Metal"Brian LevantDennis SneeOctober 6, 1986 (1986-10-06)
Oliver becomes the laughingstock of the class when he gets braces, so he asks Kelly to help him remove them. Note: This episode is the first of several episodes written by Dennis Snee, father of series star John Snee.
326"In the Wings"Roger DuchownyLawrence Gay & Michael J. DiGaetanoOctober 13, 1986 (1986-10-13)
Kip auditions for the lead in the school drama in hopes of playing opposite his heartthrob, but Freddie is cast instead.
337"How's Your Bird?"Tony SingletaryDennis SneeOctober 20, 1986 (1986-10-20)
Kelly finds herself dove-sitting Oliver’s bird while her cousin is away on vacation. Guest starring: Dave Madden.
348"Does Not a Woman Make"Mel FerberJeanne Baruch & Jeanne RomanoOctober 27, 1986 (1986-10-27)
Kelly figures that wearing a bra will make her more mature. Guest starring: Brian Austin Green.
359"Perfect Candidate"Roger DuchownyCindy Begel & Lesa KiteNovember 3, 1986 (1986-11-03)
Councilwoman June learns she will not be running unopposed in the election: Eddie has announced his candidacy.
3610"In the Dark"Norman AbbottTeleplay by: Brian Levant & Richard Gurman
Story by: Lawrence Gay & Michael DiGaetano
November 10, 1986 (1986-11-10)
Wally and Beaver reminisce in this episode featuring clips from the original series.
3711"Birth Announcement"Brian LevantRichard GurmanNovember 17, 1986 (1986-11-17)
Mary Ellen goes into labor right after designated driver Eddie leaves for a card game. Note: This episode features Wally (Tony Dow) singing the newly written lyrics to the series' theme song, The Toy Parade, to his newborn son. The lyrics were written by original composer David Kahn at the request of the producers for the new series.
3812"The Brothers Cleaver"Roger DuchownyFred Fox, Jr.November 24, 1986 (1986-11-24)
Beaver hopes to promote tranquility by forcing his squabbling sons to spend an entire day together.
3913"Miss Honeywell Comes to Town"Jeffrey GanzCindy Begel and Lesa KiteDecember 1, 1986 (1986-12-01)
Wally’s former nanny comes to take care of Kevin, but her officious manner rattles Mary Ellen. Guest starring: Alice Ghostley.
4014"A Day in Mayfield"Brian LevantPaul DiamondDecember 8, 1986 (1986-12-08)
It’s a learning experience for the Cleaver men when Beaver chaperones Oliver’s class trip and Wally takes care of Kevin and Kelly.
4115"Bad Poetry"Jan DeWittTeleplay by: Cindy Begel & Lesa Kite and Lawrence Gay & Michael J. DiGaetano
Story by: Earl Kress
December 15, 1986 (1986-12-15)
Unable to write her own poem for school, Kelly resorts to plagiarism and is found out by a classmate. Guest starring: Heather O'Rourke.
4216"Home for Christmas"Roger DuchownyBarry O'BrienDecember 22, 1986 (1986-12-22)
Eddie puts his son Freddie up to entering a billboard-sitting contest in which the first prize is a car, but he starts feeling guilty when Christmas finds his son still perched. Note: This is the only Christmas themed episode in the entire Leave it to Beaver franchise, and features the cast singing a rendition of We Wish You A Merry Christmas in the episode's tag scene.
4317"Earth Angels"Brian LevantBrian LevantJanuary 12, 1987 (1987-01-12)
To prove he’s not a loafer, Oliver works around the house—and is given an expensive pair of sneakers as a reward.
4418"Super Sunday"Brian LevantFred Fox, Jr.January 19, 1987 (1987-01-19)
An act by Freddie wins him four tickets to the Super Bowl—which Eddie takes and shares with Wally, Beaver, and Lumpy. Note: Although the episode was filmed at another location on a different date, Beaver, Wally, Lumpy, and Eddie are portrayed as attending Super Bowl XXI, and utilized official signage and souvenirs from the game, as held at the Rose Bowl on Sunday, January 25, 1987, six days after the episode originally aired.
4519"The Bestest Dad"Bob ClaverFred Fox, Jr.January 26, 1987 (1987-01-26)
Beaver has trouble keeping his promise to help Oliver with a project when his own job becomes too demanding.
4620"A Slice of Life"Roger DuchownyMichael J. DiGaetano & Lawrence GayFebruary 2, 1987 (1987-02-02)
Eddie’s hopes for financial success mushroom after he buys a pizza parlor.
4721"I Had It All"Bob ClaverAndrew HorowitzFebruary 9, 1987 (1987-02-09)
When two different girls fall for Kip, he decides to date both of them and not reveal that his affections are divided.
4822"A Night in Mayfield"Mel FerberPaul DiamondFebruary 16, 1987 (1987-02-16)
A cranky infant and an ailing rabbit have both Cleaver households scrambling for remedies.
4923"Murder in Mayfield"Frank R. SapersteinLawrence Gay & Michael J. DiGaetanoFebruary 23, 1987 (1987-02-23)
Amateur gumshoe Oliver investigates strange happenings in the Haskell household.
5024"Got to Get You Out of My Life"Jeffrey GanzTeleplay by: Fred Fox, Jr.
Story by: Fred Fox, Jr. & Tony Dow
March 4, 1987 (1987-03-04)
Fed up with the Haskells, June resolves to minimize the Cleavers’ contact.
5125"Material Girl"Jeffrey PohnAlan MoskowitzMarch 11, 1987 (1987-03-11)
Heather and Kelly start their own business designing T-shirts. Note: This is Heather O'Rourke's second and final appearance before she passed away less than 10 months later. She was close friends in real life with recurring guest star Keri Houlihan (J.J. Rutherford), and appeared as a guest star on Houlihan's NBC series Our House between her first and second appearances on The New Leave it to Beaver.
5226"The Bruise Brothers"Frank R. SapersteinDennis SneeMarch 18, 1987 (1987-03-18)
Beaver recruits his brother to teach Oliver how to fight after his son is roughed up by the school bully. Notes: Jeri Weil makes her one and only appearance in The New Leave it to Beaver when she reprises her role as Judy Hensler from the original series. This episode also features a unique 70-second opening credits sequence which differs from all other episodes of season two, inclusive of an extended version of the theme song and live action clips mixed in with the normal animated actor credit cards.
5327"Yesterday's Gone"Brian LevantFred Fox, Jr.March 25, 1987 (1987-03-25)
As the date of his reunion approaches, Wally is unusually somber, and his old sweetheart unusually attentive. Note: This episode features the guest appearances of several actors from the original series, including Cheryl Holdridge (Julie Foster) and Luke "Tiger" Fafara (Tooey Brown). Pamela Beaird, who had played Mary Ellen Rogers in the original series - a role assumed by Janice Kent in the revival series, also appears in the newly created role of Irene.

Season 3: 1987–88[edit]

Ep Title Directed by Written by Original air date
541"It's a Small World"1987 Introduction: Frank R. Saperstein
1957 Pilot: Jerry Hopper
1987 Introduction: Brian Levant & Fred Fox, Jr.
1957 Pilot: Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher
October 4, 1987 (1987-10-04)
In the 1957 pilot of the original Leave It To Beaver series entitled It's A Small World, Wally and Beaver win a bike from the milk company—but something smells sour. Notes: In this original series pilot, Ward is played by Casey Adams and Wally is played by Paul Sullivan. Harry Shearer of Saturday Night Live fame portrayed a character similar to Eddie Haskell, while Diane Brewster and Richard Deacon went on to play different roles in the original Leave it to Beaver series. The episode originally aired as part of the anthology series Heinz Studio 57 on the Dumont Television Network on April 23, 1957, but was subsequently lost until it was rediscovered in 1987. Although the original pilot film did not include the series theme song "The Toy Parade", a 1950s arrangement of the song was played for the opening credits of The New Leave it to Beaver intro to the special, which featured Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow, and Jerry Mathers standing in front of the Pine Street house.
552"Dear Pen Pal II"Nick AbdoBrian LevantOctober 12, 1987 (1987-10-12)
Oliver writes another letter to his pen pal in Africa and in the process reflects on some of the most memorable moments—in clips—that have taken place since he moved in with his grandma after his parents’ divorce. Notes: This episode, told from the point of view of a young Oliver in a similar fashion to the first season episode "Dear Pen Pal", was intended to be The Disney Channel's series finale of Still the Beaver. However, the episode was ultimately shelved and not aired in that capacity. As a result, all flashback scenes are from the show's first season.
563"First Base"Brian LevantBrian Levant & Fred Fox, Jr.October 19, 1987 (1987-10-19)
Kelly’s first boy-girl party is viewed as a rite of passage by her father. Note: This was the first original episode produced for the show's third season.
574"A Part of Life"Frank R. SapersteinDennis Snee & Greg FieldsOctober 26, 1987 (1987-10-26)
Kelly is reluctant to attend her first funeral after an aunt to whom she had been close dies. Note: During this episode's flashback scenes featuring Aunt Martha, Young Kelly and Young Oliver are played by Juanita Kiff and Mark Snee, the real life siblings of series stars Kaleena Kiff and John Snee, respectively. Irene Tedrow, who plays Aunt Martha, reprises the role in the episode "Ensign Cleaver" later in the season.
585"Life Without Father"Roger DuchownyBrian Levant & Fred Fox, Jr.November 2, 1987 (1987-11-02)
Freddie plots to reunite his father and grandfather, who haven’t spoken to each other in years. Note: George O. Petrie reprises his role as George Haskell for the first and only time since he portrayed Eddie's father in the final season of the original series in 1963.
596"Perfect Harmony"Frank R. SapersteinFred Fox, Jr.November 9, 1987 (1987-11-09)
A female singer talks her way into Kip’s all-male rock band, but her wheedling makes her unpopular with the other members. Notes: As the end credits roll at the end of the episode, Jerry Mathers, Kipp Marcus, and Eric Osmond play a rendition of a song called "Happiness is Havin'", which had been released as a single in 1966 by Mathers' band Beaver and the Trappers. The song had been co-written by Richard Correll, who had portrayed Richard Rickover on Leave it to Beaver. The song "Fire in the Gym" which is performed by Kipp and Freddie's band, is performed again in the fourth season episode "Darkness on the Edge of Mayfield".
607"Between Friends"Jeffrey PohnJeanne Baruch & Jeanne RomanoNovember 16, 1987 (1987-11-16)
Oliver feels bereft of companionship when his cousin and best pal fall for each other.
618"The Terrible Lizards"Jeff GanzElliot SternNovember 30, 1987 (1987-11-30)
After Oliver brings home an unimpressive report card, Beaver places him under Freddie’s tutelage.
629"See You in Court"Bob ClaverLesa Kite & Cindy BegelDecember 7, 1987 (1987-12-07)
Eddie volunteers to make the arrangements for a vacation that Beaver and his buddies are planning for Wally.
6310"Oops"Jerry MathersBarry O'BrienDecember 21, 1987 (1987-12-21)
Kelly is fascinated with the computer Wally buys for newly employed journalist Mary Ellen. Note: Jerry Mathers makes his directorial debut with this episode.
6411"DRVRS-ED"Tony DowTony Dow & Harry GarfieldJanuary 18, 1988 (1988-01-18)
When Kip’s dad and uncle can’t agree on who should teach Kip to drive, he turns to Eddie, who’s willing to share his expertise. Note: Tony Dow directed and co-wrote this episode.
6512"Ensign Cleaver"Brian LevantBrian Levant & Fred Fox, Jr.February 1, 1988 (1988-02-01)
A frazzled June is feeling overwhelmed—and all alone—on the 44th Anniversary of her wedding date. Notes: Actor David Prather makes the first of two appearances as young Ward Cleaver. The flash back scenes featuring Ward and June as twenty-somethings are shown in black and white.
6613"Plenty of Fish in the Sea"Frank SapersteinTeleplay by: Stephen Paymer and David Paymer
Story by: Dennis Snee and Greg Phillips
February 8, 1988 (1988-02-08)
When Oliver has no date for the Valentine’s Day dance, Kip arranges a date for him with his girlfriend’s younger sister.
6714"Don't Go Changing"Walter Von HueneFred Fox, Jr. & Dennis SneeFebruary 15, 1988 (1988-02-15)
Freddie tries to help a drifter find his place in society.
6815"And Everybody's Happy"Brian LevantBrian Levant & Fred Fox, Jr.February 22, 1988 (1988-02-22)
Kelly sees her first job baby-sitting Kevin as a chance to prove herself, while her friends see it as a chance to party without adult supervision.
6916"Wrap Party"Jeffrey PohnTeleplay by: Brian Levant & Fred Fox, Jr.
Story by: Dennis Snee
February 29, 1988 (1988-02-29)
A behind-the-scenes look, hosted by actor Frank Bank. Note: This episode is entirely a behind the scenes look at the production of The New Leave it to Beaver, including scenes recorded at a cast wrap party and outtakes from the show's first two and a half seasons.
7017"Junior Prom"Tony DowCindy Begel & Lesa KiteApril 18, 1988 (1988-04-18)
Kip breaks his date when his heartthrob is available at the last minute.
7118"Teenage Rebellion"Brian LevantGreg PhillipsApril 25, 1988 (1988-04-25)
Oliver and Kelly grow weary of being treated like children and form a united front against their parents.
7219"Pacific Overture"Frank R. SapersteinDennis Snee & Billy DaleyMay 2, 1988 (1988-05-02)
Beaver throws a dinner party to court an important client who, by the end of the soiree, wants to court June.
7320"Madcap Dreams"Roger DuchownyFred Fox, Jr. & Dennis SneeMay 9, 1988 (1988-05-09)
Eddie snaps out of his depression when he’s inspired to become a country singer.
7421"Day Dreamin'"Brian LevantBrian Levant & Fred Fox, Jr.May 16, 1988 (1988-05-16)
Kip dreams that he tries to win the heart of the new girl at school in this episode featuring Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. Note: This episode is presented in the form of a musical, with the cast breaking into song and dance sporadically. Jay Gruska, who went on to do the musical scores of such television series as Charmed and Supernatural, composed the original music performed by the cast in this episode.
7522"The End of the World"Brian LevantJeanne Baruch & Jeanne RomanoMay 24, 1988 (1988-05-24)
At a skating party, Kelly’s classmate feigns an injury to steal Duffy away. Note: Recurring guest star Giovanni Ribisi, credited as Vonni Ribisi, makes his final appearance as Duffy Guthrie after portraying the character for three seasons. His real life friendship with John Snee spawned a cameo appearance by Snee in a 1992 episode of The Wonder Years, in which Ribisi appeared as a main character during the show's final season.
7623"Gosh, Wally"Brian LevantHubert Whitney, Jr.October 2, 1988 (1988-10-02)
Wally is seriously injured when he has an accident on Eddie’s motorcycle. Notes: This episode features Tony Dow's real life son, Christopher, portraying his father in flashback scenes to a high school basketball game in 1963. Juanita Kiff again assumes the role of young Kelly to portray her real life sister, Kaleena Kiff at a younger age. David Prather makes his second and final appearance as a young Ward Cleaver, having previously appeared in the episode "Ensign Cleaver". This was the first of six season three episodes that had been postponed for broadcast until the 1988-89 season. The reason for the delay was likely a result of the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike which halted production on most network series between March 7 and August 7, 1988. This may also explain the use of unusual pen names in most of the final episodes of the season: the writer of this episode chose to be credited under the pen name "Hubert Whitney, Jr.", the formal name for the character of Whitey Whitney from the original series.
7724"The Great Debate"Walter Von HueneWendy RoyalOctober 9, 1988 (1988-10-09)
The stellar successes of his older brother prompt a jealous Oliver to improve his grades by cheating.
7825"Family Scrapbook II"Jerry MathersBrian Levant & Fred Fox, Jr.October 16, 1988 (1988-10-16)
The antics of family members are recalled as June and Mary Ellen organize the clan’s photo album. Notes: This episode features clips from past episodes. Although aired out of sequence, this was the final episode produced for the show's third season, and was intended to be the series finale, hence the title reference to the final episode of the original series. This was also the final episode to be produced in California prior to the show being moved to Universal Studios Florida for its fourth and final season. The move was due to the Cleaver home site being re-purposed for the production of the Tom Hanks film, The Burbs.
7926"A Casual Affair"Tony DowLorenzo SmithOctober 23, 1988 (1988-10-23)
Mary Ellen is vexed by the advances of her new boss’s son, who hints that her cooperation may get Wally a new client.
8027"Cursed Again"Janice KentK.K. SchwartzOctober 30, 1988 (1988-10-30)
A customer displeased with Eddie’s paving job decides to put a curse on him. Note: This episode was directed by Janice Kent, who portrays Mary Ellen in the series.
8128"Hook, Line and Sinker"Roger DuchownyS.M. SchmitzNovember 6, 1988 (1988-11-06)
Wally agrees to go fishing with the guys on the same weekend he had promised a romantic getaway for Mary Ellen.
8229"Inside Eddie Haskell"Jerry MathersSebastian JonesNovember 13, 1988 (1988-11-13)
Eddie visits a psychiatrist incognito to determine the cause of all his woes. Note: This episode features clips from episodes of both the original Leave it to Beaver series and the revival series.

Season 4: 1988–89[edit]

Ep Title Directed by Written by Original air date
831"Chew Slowly"Brian LevantBrian Levant & Jeffrey PohnJanuary 1, 1989 (1989-01-01)
Kelly takes a ride in the fast lane when she defies her parents and goes out on a date with an older guy.
842"First Down"Roger DuchownyDennis SneeJanuary 8, 1989 (1989-01-08)
Oliver has a hard time scoring points with Beaver when he decides to quit the school football team. Note: It is revealed that Beaver went on to play high school in the years following the end of the original series.
853"Beyond the Sandbox"Roger DuchownyDavid RichardsonJanuary 15, 1989 (1989-01-15)
Wally and Mary Ellen try to enroll Kevin in the Center for Progressive Education.
864"Party Line"Roger DuchownyDavid LeafJanuary 22, 1989 (1989-01-22)
Oliver starts a relationship on a telephone party line, and labors over whether or not to ask her out. Notes: A working title for this episode was "1-800-PARTY", but the title was changed when the number was altered to a 555 number to comply with the fictitious numbering plan designated by the North American Numbering Plan. As Oliver flips through the TV channels, a brief clip of Hugh Beaumont during his role in The Mole People can be seen.
875"On a Roll"Roger DuchownyGreg PhillipsJanuary 29, 1989 (1989-01-29)
After a winning streak at the casinos in Atlantic City, Eddie compulsively buys a greyhound at the dog track.
886"Road Trip"Roger DuchownyCindy Begel & Lesa KiteFebruary 5, 1989 (1989-02-05)
Kip and Freddie have a party in Florida when a college interview trip goes awry.
897"Still the New Leave It to Beaver"Roger DuchownyCindy Begel & Lesa KiteFebruary 12, 1989 (1989-02-12)
Kip dreams about his family in the 21st century after a “wait ‘til you have children of your own” lecture from Beaver. Notes: The "future" year that Kip fantasizes about is 2014. One piece of accurately predicted future technology was a photo on the Cleavers' wall similar to a real world 21st Century Smart TV. The episode's title is a mash up of both the titles used for the revival series during its run. A montage of photos similar to the graphics used for the opening credits of seasons two and three is used to transition into the dream sequence.
908"And Freddie Makes Three"Tony DowTony Dow & Harry GarfieldFebruary 19, 1989 (1989-02-19)
Freddie is thrown out of the house after he announces he’s quitting school to marry a divorcee with a child.
919"What If?"Jeffrey PohnTeleplay by: Dennis Snee & Greg Phillips
Story by: Andy Horowitz and Dennis Snee & Greg Phillips
February 26, 1989 (1989-02-26)
Shortly before graduation, Kip ignites a relationship with an old flame. Note: Heather Hobbs reprises her role as Laurie from the second season episode "I Had it All".
9210"Darkness on the Edge of Mayfield"Peter SmoklerAl Aidekman & David LeafMarch 19, 1989 (1989-03-19)
Lumpy agrees to produce a music video for Kip and Freddie, but he strikes a sour note when he casts the lead. Note: This episode includes the attempted production of a music video based on a song previously featured in the third season episode "Perfect Harmony" called "Fire in the Gym".
9311"Rockets Red Glare"Jeffrey PohnLesa Kite & Cindy BegelMarch 26, 1989 (1989-03-26)
It’s World War III in the Haskell household when Bomber is expelled from military school. Note: Christian Osmond returns as Bomber Haskell for the first time since season three. Osmond was slated to become a regular cast member if the series had returned for a fifth season.
9412"The Return of the Monster in the Closet"Frank SapersteinDavid RichardsonApril 8, 1989 (1989-04-08)
Wally and Mary Ellen conjure up a scheme to help Kevin get over his fear of a monster living in his closet.
9513"What Has Four Legs and Flies?"Walter von HueneJeanne Romano & Jeanne BaruchApril 9, 1989 (1989-04-09)
Kelly must prove to her parents that she’s responsible enough to have a horse—but the odds are not in her favor.
9614"A Day at the Mall"Peter SmoklerTeleplay by: David Leaf
Story by: Greg Phillips & David Richardson
April 30, 1989 (1989-04-30)
Kelly and Oliver play hooky from school and go to the mall. Note: Scenes from this episode were filmed at The Florida Mall in Orlando, Florida.
9715"Shortcuts"Jerry MathersTeleplay by: Greg Phillips
Story by: David Leaf & David Richardson
May 7, 1989 (1989-05-07)
Wally and Eddie are stranded on the back roads of Canada when Eddie takes a short cut to save money. Note: A Florida production company was invited to attend the taping of this episode to record behind the scenes footage and interviews.[7]
9816"Man's Greatest Achievements"Brian LevantLesa Kite & Cindy BegelMay 14, 1989 (1989-05-14)
Oliver daydreams about accomplishing great feats when required to write a paper about the subject. Notes: Marion Ross makes a cameo guest appearance as "Mrs. Cunningham" from Happy Days in a dream sequence by Oliver. A scene from this episode was filmed at the Boardwalk & Baseball Theme Park, Baseball City, Florida. This episode was the most expensive to produce of the show's fourth and final season.
9917"Brother vs. Brother"Janice KentCindy Begel & Lesa KiteMay 21, 1989 (1989-05-21)
Freddie and Bomber’s brotherly love is put to the test when they both try to win the new girl in school.
10018"Dads and Grads: Part 1"Tony DowFred Fox, Jr.May 28, 1989 (1989-05-28)
Beaver’s romance with a teacher wilts when his ex-wife returns to Mayfield. Part One of Two. Note: Beaver's ex-wife, Kimberly, materializes for the first time since the 1983 premiere movie, but this time she is portrayed by actress Jeannie Wilson.
10119"Dads and Grads: Part 2"Brian LevantFred Fox, Jr.June 4, 1989 (1989-06-04)
Conclusion. In the series finale, Beaver decides to reestablish the family ties that were severed by his divorce. Notes: At the time of production, it was not known for certain that this would be the series' final episode. Rusty Stevens reprises his role as Larry Mondello for only the second time since the original series ended, having appeared in the 1983 premiere movie.

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
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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
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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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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "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.
  5. ^ https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC/BC-1983/BC-1983-03-28.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.tvtango.com/listings/1983/03/19/
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrGrF-NDeRA

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