8 minor mistakes and tiny errors made in 'Leave it to Beaver'

We're a little worried about the Beaver messin' these little details up.

From 1957 to 1963, Leave It to Beaver painted an ideal world, where the beds are always made, the faces are always smiling and everything always turns out all right in the end.

However, even in a perfect world, we know by Beaver's prime example, we all make mistakes every now and again. The time has come today to look at the cracks in the walls of the Cleavers' lovely home.

Below, we've found tiny errors you likely overlooked while following Beaver's pint-sized adventures. From technical discrepancies to missteps in character details, these are some of the few bumps we could find in Leave It to Beaver's otherwise smooth sailing storylines.

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1. The age difference between Wally and Beaver changes.

When Leave It to Beaver starts, it's established that Wally is 12 years old and in the 8th grade. Beaver is "almost 8" and in the second grade. But somewhere in those six seasons, while Beaver aged at a normal pace, Wally's growth seemed to slow. By the final season, Wally is a senior in high school (which puts him five years down the road), and Beaver is graduating 8th grade (6 years past his second grade start). The math seems a little off, but who's counting?

2. A car gets towed that's clearly the Cleavers' car from the opening credits.

For the episode "The Parking Attendants," Wally and Eddie are serving as valets, and Eddie parks a car that is supposed to belong to Mr. Rutherford in a tow zone. When the car gets towed later in the episode, it has the exact same license plate as the car we always see parked in the Cleavers' driveway in the opening credits. Unless there's some offscreen car theft occurring, we're guessing they just hoped we wouldn't notice.

3. June's using an old calendar.

June Cleaver's picture-perfect home is invoked any time someone wants to call to mind the good old days, but it seems in at least one episode, June was running her family home off a past-due calendar. In "The Poor Loser," the 1963 episode opens up with a shot of June marking this calendar, but unless the episode happens to be arbitrarily set two years prior in 1961, the days are off to reflect to correct episode year. It's a nitpick, but hey, it could also explain why Beaver and Wally's ages can't be kept straight!

4. Eddie messes up his favorite author's name. Twice.

In the episode "Summer in Alaska," Eddie gets a summer job working on a fishing boat in Alaska, thanks to his uncle's connections. While he's boasting about all he knows about the open sea, Eddie twice references the book Two Years Before the Mast, citing the author as Charles Dana. The actual author's name was Richard Henry Dana Jr.

5. June mixes up authors, too.

But Eddie isn't the only one who gets his pop culture mixed up. In "Beaver Sees America," June Cleaver is looking over the itinerary for Beaver's upcoming trip and she notes aloud that he'll be visiting Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia. This is cool, June insists, because that's where Scarlett O'Hara was born. But the character from Gone With the Wind actually wasn't born there. Instead, it was the author of the novel Gone With the Wind who June is thinking of, Margaret Mitchell. She wasn't born on Peachtree Street, either, but it is where she reportedly wrote her famous story.

We can hardly blame June, though—it's not like there was a '50s equivalent of Google to double-check!

6. You can see a string attached to the bee Beaver swats.

Here's one you may have picked up on. In "The Silent Treatment," there's a great shot of Beaver outside painting a door, when a bee starts zooming around his face. Look closely at the string and you can definitely see the nylon string the bee was attached to.

7. Record players didn't work like that, Beaver.

This minor mistake is a technicality that record fans likely chuckled about back in the day. For the episode "The Party Spoiler," Beaver's playing lots of pranks during a party Wally throws because he's feeling left out. The grand finale is a prank involving a interrupter Beaver plants on the record player to start and stop the music and make sure the dance party never really gets going.

Beaver puts the interrupter in the plug of the record player, suggesting the technology worked by cutting the power source. Yet the music stops and starts in the right place very quickly. Record players back then would've required at least some time for the belt to get the record up to the right speed, so while the effect in the episode is awesome, it requires a bit of a stretch of the imagination.

8. These girls can't help but laugh with Beaver, too.

There's a slightly vicious episode of Leave It to Beaver where a girl named Shirley decides she's going to start calling Beaver "Sheep Dog." The insult shakes Beaver up, especially since Shirley's best friends are always there to back her up by laughing at Beaver and making it worse.

When Beaver finally decides to call Shirley a name back, the girls playing her best friends are accidentally shown laughing at Beaver's remarks before they cut to the part where they console their now-crying friend. It's a minor goof, but also proof that kids can be so cruel, even in Beaver's ideal world!

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digiminer 1 month ago
Anybody notice? in Leave it to Beaver, season 3 episode 38, at the start of the episode, while the boys are cleaning out the lockers, someone throws a pistol into the trash bin. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with the episode.
KZADad 1 month ago
Another one not mentioned here: Eddie Haskell's dad George Haskell was prominent in season 1, then disappeared for several seasons. He later came back in the episode where Eddie spent the night, but was called Frank Haskell. They later realized their mistake, and in future episodes was George Haskell again.
KZADad 1 month ago
Error in the article. Beaver's age also gets adjusted in the series. Beaver's grade advances 6 years (2nd grade to 8th grade), but Wally's grade advances only 4 (8th to 12th). The adjustment happens between seasons 4 and 5. Beaver is never in the 6th grade! He goes directly from 5th to 7th. And Wally gets "held back", repeating his Jr. year. The actors were only 3 years apart in real life, so this adjustment was probably needed to keep their ages believable in later seasons.
Draupadi913 2 months ago
In season 6 (the last season), episode 34, Beaver is graduating from grammar school (8th grade). Yet, in episode 38, he’s still in grammar school. What gives?
TMiles5247 3 months ago
You forgot about the car changing in the middle of the opening credits. The very first time you see outside the house, you can see. very briefly, the car in the drive. This car has vents in the trunk, making it a rear engine vehicle. Possible a Corvair. But when the family go out to the car, it is different.
TMiles5247 TMiles5247 3 months ago
This is in season one only
zman47240 TMiles5247 3 months ago
I believe the studio that produced LITB was contracted to use mainly Chrysler vehicles.
RebeccaCarroll 4 months ago
I'm watching the whole series. Some odd things I have noticed. 1. In one episode, they get their newspaper in the evening; in the next episode, they get it in the morning. 2. They never show June and Ward's bedroom. 3. Miss Landers is Beaver's teacher for a few years in a row. 4. Beaver's chunky friend (forgot his name) disappears from the series.
In Season 6, episode 14, I just saw June and Ward's bedroom. First time I've seen it. They have twin beds and a tv in the room.
zman47240 RebeccaCarroll 3 months ago
Larry was Beavers friend who disappeared.
Carly601 RebeccaCarroll 1 month ago
When I was growing up we got a morning and an evening newspaper - the Washington Post and the Evening Star
C2Cigars 5 months ago
The opening of Season 4. June comes out of the front door carrying a tray of drinks. She's using both hands to hold the tray, but the door appears to open and close itself.
JillBaeder0 9 months ago
In the opening sequence when they are pulling out of the driveway, it's clear the rear window of the car has been removed. I suspect they did this because of glare and reflections.
crazchad24 12 months ago
In one episode can't remember outside in the front porch of the house you can see the microphone shadow of them recording beaver and his brother I believe funny.
MadMadMadWorld 12 months ago
#7 left out another mistake after the power is suddenly cut off! After the power is off from playing somewhere, the tone arm would not begin exactly where it was when the power was restored! The arm would pick up, go to the end grooves, and then move back to the start of the record and play at the beginning of the record!
I think you are incorrect about that.
MadMadMadWorld 12 months ago
#7, the famous intermittent record player gag is one of my favorite LITB bits! The shot of Lumpy "dancing" by himself in a close-up, just as the player stops again, is the funniest pic of him I've seen of him in the entire series! A very funny and well-done episode, "The Party Spoiler" aired on Dec. 27, 1962 *. I wish we could return to 1961-62, when I was a young kid and got up at 5am to see those great rocket launches in the new space race to land a man on the Moon, and return him safely to Earth, "before the decade is out."
* https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0630310
One of Lumpy's pic, but not the exact one I mentioned above with his reaction after the player stopped again! Still, a funny pic of him (Frank Bank).
ncadams27 12 months ago
In the episode Wally and Alma, Wally introduces her to Lumpy saying he is in the band and went to the state capital in Madison and met the governor. There is a Mayfield in Wisconsin.
Charmaine 14 months ago
In the first season the Rutherfords have a daughter, Violet, who is in Beaver's class and Lumpy/Clarence Rutherford is older. Later Lumpy is Wally's classmate and friend, and Violet is no longer referred to. Also Fred Rutherford brags to Ward about his sons receiving football scholarships, but later Lumpy seems to be an only child with no mention of any brothers.
nursejacquie 15 months ago
The Cleavers have an Aunt Martha and an Uncle Billy but never a visit or phone call from Grandparents.
Ward comments on some dishes received from his mother on teacher comes to dinner episode so one would assume they are still alive. A bit odd.
wcbeav nursejacquie 12 months ago
I have noticed that too, wondering where Ward’s parents were, he mentions his father in many episodes. June, however, mentions being raised by her Aunt Martha, but her parents’ fate is a mystery.
slg22222 16 months ago
In the ‘1963’ season opening credits sequence, it appears that the rear window of the Cleaver family car is missing the rear window?
JillBaeder0 slg22222 9 months ago
Sorry, I didn't see your post until after I posted the same thing!
Rick 16 months ago
The car on the Cleavers driveway is a Plymouth. The car that gets towed is a Dodge. So only the license plate was stolen.
ChadGalloway 16 months ago
#4 & #5 are actually jokes..🦇
Darth 17 months ago
While looking for mistakes in "Leave it to Beaver".. I noticed one in this article, "Look closely at the string and you can definitely see the nylon string the bee was attached to." What I think you meant to write was, "Look closely at the BEE and you can definitely see the nylon string the bee was attached to." No offense, I just thought it was a bit whimsical that I found a mistake in an article about mistakes.. :)
ReginaRodgers Darth 11 months ago
Also, I believe it was actually a picnic table and not a door that was being painted.
Godsgirl62 19 months ago
Does anyone know what color the buffalo check curtains were in the new house? I’ve tried researching it but cannot find out. Love this show! Then and now!
CindyB 25 months ago
Jerry Mathers was NEVER in an episode of I Love Lucy. Get your facts straight...
SandyPause CindyB 21 months ago
I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings for you but..Jerry Mathers was DEFINITELY in an episode of I Love Lucy. The name of the I Love Lucy episode that Jerry Mathers appeared in was called: "Ricky's Old Girlfriend". Jerry Mathers played a very small role as Lucy's son..sitting on Lucy's lap..outside of a theater..and begging for money. And..I DEFINITELY have my facts straight!!
lacatro301 SandyPause 20 months ago
Vee SandyPause 14 months ago
You do NOT have your facts straight
townhall05446 Vee 14 months ago
However - point of interest (to me anyhow): on Bewitched, there is an episode where Samantha helps a little boy on a baseball team. The kid is a dead ringer for a young Beaver but of course Jerry Mathers would have been much too old for the role... it is actually played by his younger brother Jimmy Mathers.
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