When we think back to the television shows that stand the test of time we always sort of fall back on the same handful of programs. I'm sure this list changes a bit from person to person but we often see a lot of parallels being drawn in the realm of genre and this causes a lot of similarities in show titles. To withstand the test of time a show has to be blessed with that certain extra “something”…maybe it is tough to pinpoint exactly what that something is for more often than not it is just an overall feeling that a television program leaves the viewer with. Many shows, naturally, have achieved this status due to their amazing cast of characters and ability to reach the viewer like no other. Shows like I LOVE LUCY, The BRADY BUNCH and of course the ever-so-iconic, LEAVE IT TO BEAVER! Each of these shows have a regular cast of characters that drove the show to the finishing line night after night…but often times the supporting casts of these shows gets overlooked and sometimes forgotten. It is the duty of the true fan to keep the torch lit for without these supporting characters the show may not have reached the level of excellence that it is remembered for.
Leave it to Beaver’s recurring cast stuck to it until the very end and the surviving members even stuck with it through the reboot series of the 1980s! But think back to the original 234. Sure we had June looking her best, pearls and all, vacuuming and mothering like nobody else can. Ward swooping in to lend some stiff words of wisdom as the lesson of the episode was unfolding. Big Brother Wally, The lettered athlete, the high school hunk…always getting into a pickle with his buddies but always coming out with his nose clean (most of the time!). And, of course, the Beaver! Growing up in suburbia Anytown USA 1950s the Beav surely knew how to dish out the pranks and had his share of pranks executed upon him. Always “getting the business” but always getting neatly tucked in by the end of the episode being one day wiser in this world of learning from your mistakes. So, yes, they were the great 4 from the show, the immediate family. But let’s take a step beyond the main characters. A focus on the supporting cast can be quite an extensive venture for this show was overflowing with guest stars and walk on appearances. Let’s take a step further than the steady supporters like Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell!). A look into what made this show tick beyond the regular cast.