If you're like me and you grew up watching Leave it to Beaver, you might not realize how funny the show was. I'd recommend watching it again. It's not just about some whiny kid who gets into a lot of trouble, and it's certainly not about being a perfect suburbanite in Post-WWII America. As a parent, I can now see this show from a new perspective, and it's probably even more humorous with that added experience. If you vaguely remember watching this show as a young child, possibly in 20 year-old re-runs like I did, then you owe it to yourself to watch it again. And again.
The relationship between the parents is important in this sitcom. Dad is not the clueless dad of later sitcoms, and Mom is not the all-knowing angel. They are real people, and that's why it's really an amazing show to watch. Eddy and some of the other friends are certainly charicatures and stereotypical, but even those kids are better than the typical sitcom bully or dope. I mean, really, there's a reason people call a kid an Eddy Haskel character.