MeTV has been running Leave it to Beaver on weekday mornings. What's not to love about this show? The first season, although not my favorite, is endearing. Kids are very young and begin to learn the hard knocks of life. Hugh Beaumont is quite attractive in the first couple of seasons. I love his smile.
My favorite episodes are those that feature Larry Mondello as Beaver's best friend. One of the episodes this morning, "Beaver's Dance" has the boys cutting dance class and meeting up with a "kid" on horseback. They're offered a ride and come home to Beaver's house with their suits all filthy and smelling of horses.
The "kid" on horseback returns later on as Penny in the series, most of her classmates, especially Beaver, not liking her. In an episode where the class is putting on a play, Penny is cast as the old crone. One of the kids asks, "What's a crone?" I think it's Gilbert who replies, "A crone is like a witch, only UGLIER!" You gotta love it.
I am also quite partial to the episodes where Wally is in high school. Eddy is the ultimate rat who gets Wally into no end of trouble. My favorite episode in this era is when the older boys invite the Beave to go to an amusement park with them. Beaver is afraid to ride the roller coaster. A brief trip for advice from Gus the fireman who tells Beaver the story of his first jump into a net, seems to convince Beaver that he'll be okay. Natch Eddy needles the Beaver about the ride and how scary it is. Beaver ends up loving the ride while Eddy is screaming and clutching Lumpy for dear life. LOL!!!