"Leave It to Beaver" By Susan King When "Leave It to Beaver" premiered in fall 1957, it was just one of many family-based sitcoms that peppered the TV landscape, among them "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" and "Father Knows Best." But none has remained in the public consciousness as long as "Beaver." Oddly enough, the show's ratings never cracked the top 25. But it has endured in rerun heaven since it left the air in 1963; the cast even reunited in the early 1980s for a TV movie and a new series. Click here to continue reading this story. RELATED: Hollywood Walk of Fame Photo: The cast of the TV series "Leave It to Beaver," from left; Tony Dow as Wally, Barbara Billingsley as June, Hugh Beaumont as Ward and Jerry Mathers as Beaver.