Top 10 episodes of Leave It to Beaver according to IMDb

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Look, there's no accounting for taste. One person's trash is another's Mona Lisa. TV, like all art, is subjective. Acting like any episode is better or worse than another is an opinion. Opinions divide us a great deal, so it's important to take stock of when they bring us together. Review aggregator sites, like IMDb, collect opinions together and assign scores to TV shows and movies. While these scores are silly (art can't be graded), they do point us toward times when people share our opinions.

So, let's use the made-up rankings from IMDb scores to see when we share our fellow fans' opinions! Here are the Top 10 episodes of Leave It to Beaver, according to users on IMDb. We've even thrown in that website's plot description for each episode to trigger a few memories! Let us know when you share those opinions and when you don't. What's your favorite?

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1. "In the Soup" - 8.9

Season 4 Episode 32

"Wally's worries that little brother Beaver will disrupt the first teen party held at the Cleaver's house are realized when, on the way to the Whitneys' house for a sleepover, Beaver takes a dare from Whitey to find out if there really is soup in a steaming billboard bowl."

2. "The Bank Account" - 8.7

Season 1 Episode 20

"A package delivered to the Cleaver house from a high-end sports store seems to confirm Ward's suspicions that Wally and Beaver skipped school to buy expensive baseball mitts with piggy bank money they promised to deposit into their school bank account."

3. "Teacher Comes to Dinner" - 8.6

Season 3 Episode 9

"Beaver's friends Larry, Whitey, and Gilbert climb a tree to secretly spy on their teacher, Miss Landers, when she has dinner at the Cleaver house."

4. "Beaver and Andy" - 8.6

Season 3 Episode 20

"A middle-aged man named Andy stops by the Cleavers seeking work as a handyman. Ward agrees to hire his friend, despite June's concerns that Andy is an alcoholic and may influence Wally and Beaver."

5. "Wally's Test" - 8.5

Season 3 Episode 17

"When their plans to cheat on the history exam are foiled, sneaks Eddie Haskell and Lumpy Rutherford try to make it look like high-scoring Wally was the real cheater."

6. "Eddie's Double-Cross" - 8.5

Season 4 Episode 8

"Eddie Haskell boasts about going steady with popular Caroline Shuster but Wally hears Caroline tell her girlfriends that she thinks Eddie is a creep and must decide how to break the bad news to his best friend."

7. "Beaver Finds a Wallet" - 8.5

Season 3 Episode 30

"Beaver and his friend Larry Mondello find a lost wallet stuffed with money, turn it into the police station and hope that no one claims it so they can split the loot."

8. "Beaver's Report Card" - 8.5

Season 4 Episode 27 

"Arithmetically-challenged Beaver is mystified by a better-than-average grade on his report card, unaware that the dastardly duo, Eddie Haskell and Lumpy Rutherford, altered the card en route to Ward's desk drawer."

9. "Wally's Weekend Job" - 8.5

Season 5 Episode 6

"After seeing all the girls swoon over Wally at his new job at a soda fountain, jealous Lumpy and Eddie plan revenge on Wally."

10. "Wally's Practical Joke" - 8.5

Season 6 Episode 35

"After Lumpy Rutherford puts exploding smoke bombs in Wally's and Eddie's cars, Eddie coaxes Wally into retaliating against Lumpy with their own practical joke. But real damage is done to Lumpy's car when the joke goes wrong and Wally doesn't know that evidence left at the scene will lead the Rutherfords straight to the Cleavers."

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tlauzau 5 days ago
"Usted tiene una cara como un puerco."
bhaddy 3 months ago
My favorite episode is when beaver makes a voo doo doll of Eddie
CaptChris 5 months ago
For me number 2 should be The Jelly Roll haircut. Wally, the hair and the music made that classic TV.
sparky2727 6 months ago
I was pretty fond of the "Mother's Day Composition" episode. Beaver finds it a challenge to write a composition for school about his mother's life as a girl:
“My Famous Mother”, by Theodore Cleaver.
My famous mother ran away from home when she was 17 to be a dancer. She tried to get a job dancing as a chorus girl. That's a lady who dances in her bare feet. But she couldn't. So she got a job dancing in dives. Also beer parlor and joints.
One day, a big gangster put my famous mother in a show, and she was a big success. Then the gangster got arrested, but my mother didn't. She was in five more shows, but quit when she married my father, who was a tap dancer.
Jerryfan 8 months ago
I love all of these but o e that sticks out fore is Substitute Father where Wally takes over for Ward. Beaver gets caught saying a bad word at school by his teacher and Wally writes the letter pretending to be his dad.
oldlight 8 months ago
A few of my favorites are Wally's New Suit, Beaver's Freckles, and Wally's Big Date (Tall Girl).
brigarzmetv123 8 months ago
Earlier episodes are the best, the later ones were too cheesy due to how old they were, especially Beaver still acting like a 10yr old.
lavender023 8 months ago
With a show as good as Leave to to Beaver, it is so hard to pick just 10 great episodes. But I can't believe that The Haircut did not make it. That is my #1. And the Train Trip. Also Wally's Haircomb is so funny. The Bus Ride, the Pipe and the one where all the boys leave the Cleavers basket ball net because the neighbor measured it and it wasn't regulation. June is tempted to put extra mayonnaise on Eddie's sandwich because he says he is allergic to it.
June has honestly always been my idol and it is fun to watch her joke. I also love the Mother's Day Composition and June's Birthday.
LoveMETV22 lavender023 8 months ago
"June has honestly always been my idol and it is fun to watch her joke. I also love the Mother's Day Composition and June's Birthday."
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sparky2727 LoveMETV22 6 months ago
“My Famous Mother”, by Theodore Cleaver.
My famous mother ran away from home when she was 17 to be a dancer. She tried to get a job dancing as a chorus girl. That's a lady who dances in her bare feet. But she couldn't. So she got a job dancing in dives. Also beer parlor and joints.
One day, a big gangster put my famous mother in a show, and she was a big success. Then the gangster got arrested, but my mother didn't. She was in five more shows, but quit when she married my father, who was a tap dancer.
LoveMETV22 sparky2727 6 months ago
Different episode where Wally then Beaver write a composition about Ward.

"Most Interesting Character" - Wally's version:
"The most interesting character I ever knew was my father, Mr. Ward Cleaver."He was born at the mouth of the Amazon, which is a river, "and when he was a baby, he was stolen out of his crib by a crocodile, "and in the nick of time, he was saved... by a friendly headhunter with a blowgun."
"During the war, he was a secret general, "where he had many interesting experiences.
"Now he has a job in an office, but he really works for the F. B. I. And on Sundays, he goes to the beach and saves a lot of people from drowning."

"Most Interesting Character" - Beaver's version:
"The most interesting character I have ever known is my father, Mr. Ward Cleaver." He does not have an interesting job. "He just works hard and takes care of all of us. "He never shot things in Africa or not saved anybody that was drowning. "But that's all right with me, because
when I am sick, he brings me ice cream, "and when I tell him things or ask things, he always listens to me. "And he will use up a whole Saturday to make junk with me in the garage.
"He may not be interesting to you or someone else, because he's not your father, just mine."








SoCal72 8 months ago
I thought, "Wally and Dudley," from season 4 was pretty good. For the longest time I always pictured Jimmy Hawkins as a nerd, until I saw him on the Donna Reed Show, and Ozzie & Harriet.
Lillyrose 8 months ago
My favorite episodes of Leave it to Beaver:
1. Beaver Plays Hooky 2. Captain Jack 3. Found Money 4. Beaver's Short Pants 5. Larry Hides Out
6. The State Versus Beaver 7. Beaver's Jacket 8. Beaver's Long Night 9. Long Distance Call 10. In the Soup.
evantorch 8 months ago
Ken Osmond could out-act all the adolescents easily!
He could be truly contrite, and kind enough to help get Beaver out of trouble (after Gilbert and he spilled cleaner on Wally’s jacket). talking Wally into another coat. His shadings of shame after being busted were in many fine shades.
RedSamRackham 8 months ago
* "Eddie's Double-Cross" was the one time I felt sorry for Eddie! When a gal pretends to like you but then you learn the truth it is a totally disastrous bummer.
CoreyC 8 months ago
Worst Beaver friend: Gilbert
RedSamRackham CoreyC 8 months ago
* Larry was a total screw up as a best friend particularly with the broken bow & arrow and the found money BUT Gilbert was indeed a malicious sneaky b@$$+*d with that "Lets make a funny face in the class photo" episode. Richard also not so nice when he gave that cop Beaver's name when he was caught breaking windows.
tootsieg 8 months ago
So many good episodes. I like the one with Wally’s new hair style which has June in a tizzy. To make it worse Beaver copies it.
LoveMETV22 tootsieg 8 months ago
LOL! Yes "Wally's Haircomb from season two"

Sorry the quality is not great- there are very few clips from "LITB."
I think Lumpy got in on it too.
tootsieg LoveMETV22 8 months ago
Great clip! Thanks for posting. I got my laugh of the day watching it.
bsantaniello 8 months ago
I like when the boys work for “old man Merkle” at the newspaper. Giving Ward first ride on new bicycle is the best part
VirginiaNoyes 8 months ago
I like the episode where Ward takes them camping in the woods! That's a really nice episode along with "The Visiting Aunts" where the boys were waiting to go to a carnival but Aunt Martha and her friend come to visit. Another good one is where Beaver thinks he is going to move and the class gives him a good-bye party only to find out they aren't moving that night.
JL1965 8 months ago
So many episodes could be listed. One I was kind of surprised didn’t make the list was when Wally and Beaver took their money and bought Ward a new hunting jacket. Just a sweet and moral episode. Just an amazing show with morals and values long gone today.
OldShowLover JL1965 8 months ago
I think that’s #2, “The Bank Account”?? Wonderful episode, as so many are!!
Bapa1 8 months ago
Always liked the one where Eddie gives Beaver insults to use on a girl.
ncadams27 8 months ago
Leave it to Beaver, Season 7: with Beaver away at a private school and Wally in college, Ward accepts a transfer and sells the house to his Uncle Billy, who hire June’s Aunt Martha as his housekeeper. He decided to rent rooms to Lumpy, who now works in the mail room at his father’s company, and Eddie, who embarks on some get rich quick schemes. First up: Eddie decides he wants to be a private eye. Fred almost loses a big contract when Lumpy accidentally mails it to a competitor, instead of the client.
50sfan 8 months ago
I think a major omission from this list was the episode where Beaver and Larry convinced little Benjy that Larry turned Beaver into a rock! Hilarious!
RedSamRackham 50sfan 8 months ago
* Beaver falling out of the home-made kayak also hilarious!
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