8 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Leave It To Beaver’
6. Low Key Sense of Humor
According to Tony Dow, the show went out of its way to have what he called a “low key sense of humor.” He said “if any line got too much of a laugh, they’d take it out. They didn’t want a big laugh; they wanted chuckles.” In order to achieve this Connelly and Mosher created humor in simple, everyday life situations instead of relying on contrived jokes.
5. Series Finale
Leave It To Beaver became the first primetime American production to have a series finale in 1963 when star of the show, Jerry Mathers, decided he wanted to retire and focus on school. He’d been acting since he was two-and-a-half and decided it was time to switch gears. It was a hard decision for producers because the show was still earning high ratings.