Gee, Wally!! TV Land Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Leave It To Beaver With 24 Hour On-Air Salute Beginning Saturday, October 6th
Marathon Features Show's Rarely-Seen 1957 Pilot, 'It's A Small World'
TV Land.com Offers Full Streaming Episodes, Exclusive Photos and
NEW YORK, Sept. 26 -- TV Land celebrates the 50th
anniversary of one of television's beloved family sitcoms, Leave It To
Beaver with a 24 hour marathon beginning on October 6th at 8:00PM ET/PT
concluding on Sunday, October 7th at 8:00PM ET/PT. The marathon includes
the rarely-seen 1957 pilot entitled "It's a Small World" that features
Jerry Mathers as the Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver; Paul Sullivan as Wally and
Barbara Billingsley and Max Showalter as the parents June and Ward Cleaver.
Additionally, veteran comedic actor Harry Shearer is seen in one of his
very first roles as Frankie, a neighborhood tough guy.
Leave It To Beaver is one of the first sitcoms to take a look at life
from a seven-year old's point of view. Much to the dismay of his parents,
Ward and June, "Beaver" got himself into and out of one childhood jam after
another. In addition to the All-American Cleavers, audiences fondly
remember the shenanigans of Eddie Haskell who tried hard to sweet talk the
adults all the while bullying Beaver and his pals. The show premiered on
October 4, 1957 and followed "Beaver" and his brother, Wally through their
adolescent years, with the series ending September 12, 1963 with Wally
going off to college and "Beaver" starting his teenage years.
"Leave It To Beaver is one of the most beloved sit-coms in television
history and we are thrilled to air the rarely-seen Leave It To Beaver
pilot, "It's A Small World" as part of our 24-hour celebration of the
show's 50th anniversary," stated Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land.
"Generations of people continue to be drawn to the stories of Wally and
"The Beav" and over 6 million viewers continue to enjoy this wonderful
comedy on TV Land weekly."
In the weeks leading up to the October 6th marathon, TV Land.com will
be the home to all things Leave It To Beaver. The site will feature the
best of Leave It To Beaver clips along with streaming the original 1957
pilot, "It's A Small World" as well as four bonus episodes chosen by TV
Land.com users. In addition to the exclusive video content, tvland.com
offers its users a chance to win the series on DVD. Finally, the site will
be filled with a special photo gallery and a mind-bending Leave It To
Beaver trivia game.
The schedule of episode descriptions for the Leave it to Beaver
marathon can be found at http://www.tvlandpress.com.
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