Television: Review

Leave It to Beaver: The season's most amiable new comedy series and most agreeable surprise is deftly dedicated to the proposition that boys will be boys. Its hero is an eight-year-old boy named Beaver ("Is that your given name?" asks a puzzled teacher. "Yes, my brother give it to me"). Beaver (Jerry Mathers) and brother Wally (Tony Dow). 12, and their attractive parents (Hugh Beaumont and Barbara Billingsley) add up to a pleasant, occasionally touching image of togetherness in sunny suburbia. But the boys are also lineal descendents of Tom Sawyer. Penrod and...

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