When Tony Dow first played Beaver's big brother, Wally, it never occurred to him that a generation of teenage girls was sitting in living rooms all over the country, thinking that he'd be fun to kiss, which is about as lustful as many teenage girls dared to get in the days when Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House.
Thirty-one years later, with his hair well on its way to gray, Dow has come full circle. He and Mathers have returned to playing Wally and the Beaver in "The New Leave It To Beaver," with Barbara Billingsley back as mom June Cleaver, and Ken Osmond as still-creepy-after-all-these-years Eddie Haskell.
Unlike many of the old series that have regrouped their casts for single reunion shows, "Beaver" is back as a regular series. The show, which originally ran from 1957 to 1963, first returned to television, as "Still the Beaver," on the Disney Channel. Now it's "The New Leave It To Beaver," in syndication (airing in Chicago at 5:30 p.m. Mondays on WGBO-TV, Ch. 66), addressing the issues facing the Wallys and Beavers and Junes of 1988.