The news of Tony Dow’s death surely touches several generations of viewers in the heart. Dow’s passing is especially touching because of his role in the formative classic sitcom leave it to the beaver. Playing the Beav’s older brother, Wally Cleaver, Dow literally grew up in front of the very first generation of television. And because leave it to the beaver premiered in the fall of 1957, as televisions became an essential part of every living room, Tony Dow was among the first actors to spend their teenage years on a television.
Whereas leave it to the beaver only aired for six seasons, the series produced a staggering 234 episodes. This huge production – which was more or less common in the early days of television – ensured that Beaver would stay on TV lineups for the next six decades, allowing generation after generation to consider Tony Dow’s Wally their own older brother.
If you’re looking for a way to commemorate the life of Tony Dow and his importance to the medium, there’s no better way to do it than by paying a visit to the Cleaver House.
How to broadcast leave it to the beaver
Additionally, you can purchase episodes of leave it to the beaver (although only seasons 3-6) for $1.99 each through Amazon’s Prime Video store. And the iTunes Store offers several leave it to the beaver “best of” collections which can be purchased for $9.99.
The best episodes of leave it to the beaver stream
If you’re looking for where to start and the idea of committing to 234 episodes sounds like a lot to you, you can rewatch some of the episodes from leave it to the beaver which fans have proclaimed to be among the best in the series. Here are 10 of those episodes, in order:
- 1×10 Wally’s Girl Problem
- 1×19 Bank account
- 2×34 Wally’s hair comb
- 2×39 Most Interesting Character
- 3×9 The teacher comes to dinner
- 3×20 Beaver and Andy
- 4×32 In the soup
- 5×1 Wally goes steady
- 5×6 Wally’s weekend job
- 6×35 Wally’s Practical Joke
who is still alive leave it to the beaver?
Dow’s passing leaves only the show’s star, Jerry Mathers (b. 1948), alive as the show’s main cast. Barbara Billingsly, who played matriarch June Cleaver, died in 2010; and Hugh Beaumont, Beaver’s father, Ward Cleaver, died in 1982. Ken Osmond, who had a recurring role as Wally’s friend Eddie Haskell, died in 2020. Some of the actors who had recurring roles as Beaver’s friends are still alive, including Robert Stevens. (Larry) and Stephen Talbot (Gilbert).