‘Leave It to Beaver’: Where Did The Cleaver Family Live?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Leave It to Beaver ran for six seasons from 1957 to 1963. The collection adopted Theodore ‘The Beaver’ Cleaver as he obtained himself into hassle at college, at house, and across the fictional city of Mayfield. The healthful collection resonated with followers within the 1950s and 1960s and continues to realize followers even today. There is one controversy about the household present, although. No one can appear to agree on the place within the United States Mayfield was positioned.  

Fans consider Mayfield was positioned in Wisconsin, Illinois, or Ohio

Fans of the collection have spent many years in search of clues that may reveal the situation of the Cleaver household’s fictional house. Strangely sufficient, those self same followers have give you clues that time to a few completely different locals. According to Little Things, a number of episodes reference Wisconsin landmarks, main some followers to consider the fictional Mayfield is within the nation’s cheese capital.

Beaver Cleaver and Wally Cleaver on 'Leave It to Beaver'
Beaver Cleaver and Wally Cleaver on ‘Leave It to Beaver’ | CBS by way of Getty Images

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Silent Locations, nevertheless, notes that the collection appeared to make use of footage of Skokie, Illinois, in a number of episodes depicting Mayfield’s principal road. If that’s true, then Mayfield might have been a suburb of Chicago. Finally, Ohioan followers level out that Ohio has a city referred to as Mayfield. They additionally declare the present regularly referenced places in and round the true Mayfield, Ohio. That’s not an enormous shock, although. Mayfield is a well-liked city identify. There are 18 cities of Mayfield within the United States, together with one in Wisconsin.  

Leave It to Beaver usually referenced water, making the three places appear unlikely.

In one episode of the collection, it was said that the household lived about 20 minutes from the water. Fans largely believed they have been referring to the ocean as a result of browsing was talked about within the collection, too. If the household’s fictional city was based mostly on Skokie, Mayfield, Ohio, or someplace close to Madison, Wisconsin, the seaside can be removed from 20 miles away. 

Tony Dow as Wally Cleaver and Jerry Mathers Beaver Cleaver, sit on a stool togetheTony Dow as Wally Cleaver and Jerry Mathers Beaver Cleaver, sit on a stool togethe
American actors Tony Dow as Wally Cleaver and Jerry Mathers Beaver Cleaver | CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

The closest seaside to Skokie that’s not a lake is Gulf Shores, Alabama. It is sort of 1,000 miles away, or a 14-hour automotive trip. Skokie is, nevertheless, shut to at least one main physique of water. The Chicago suburb sits just some miles away from Lake Michigan’s shores, so it’s attainable the water references in Leave It to Beaver have been referencing a lake as an alternative of an ocean or a gulf. Mayfield, Ohio, is about 20 miles from Lake Erie however a number of lots of of miles from the ocean. Madison, Wisconsin, is inside driving distance of Lake Michigan, too. 

Mayfield was a made-up city on Leave It to Beaver and the precise location was by no means revealed

While all three places is likely to be a superb guess, in actuality, Mayfield’s precise location was by no means revealed. According to Me TV, the present by no means got here out and talked about what state the household lives in. That was seemingly by design. The ambiguous location helped guarantee a bigger viewers might connect with the present.

Tony Dow, Hugh Beaumont,  Jerry Mathers, and Barbara Billingsley pose together in a promotional portrait for 'Leave It to Beaver'Tony Dow, Hugh Beaumont,  Jerry Mathers, and Barbara Billingsley pose together in a promotional portrait for 'Leave It to Beaver'
The forged of ‘Leave It to Beaver’ | CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

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Leave It to Beaver was hardly distinctive in that respect. Several well-liked exhibits refused to disclose their location. Instead, they opted to create a fictional world that would exist anyplace within the United States. For many years, followers of The Simpsons debated town that the Simpson household’s fictional Springfield is predicated on. The city identify was used so followers might assume the Springfield of their state was the inspiration for the animated city. In 2012, Matt Groening put the talk to relaxation. He admitted The Simpsons fictional city was based mostly on Springfield, Oregon.

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