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The show has attained an iconic status in the United States, with the Cleavers exemplifying the idealized suburban family of the mid-20th century.
Leave It to Beaver ran for six full 39-week seasons (234 episodes).
Casting directors interviewed hundreds of child actors for the role of Beaver but kept calling back Jerry Mathers, an eight-year-old with substantial acting experience.
At one of many auditions, Mathers wore his Cub Scout uniform and told casting personnel he was anxious to leave for his den meeting.
Connelly and Mosher were charmed with Mathers's innocent candor and cast him in the title role.
Preteen Tony Dow accompanied a friend auditioning for Johnny Wildlife to the studio, and, although Dow had no aspirations to an acting career, tried out for the role of Beaver's brother, Wally, and was hired.Contemporary commentators praised Leave It to Beaver, with Variety comparing Beaver to Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer.