Leave It to Beaver is a 30-minute, black and white, family-oriented sitcom about a suburban middle class American family of the late 1950s. The show stars Hugh Beaumont and Barbara Billingsley as Ward and June Cleaver, and Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers as their sons Wally and "Beaver". Episodes follow the amusing misadventures of the two boys and the moral lessons their parents impart. The show was created and produced by writers Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher who based its situations on the experiences of their own children. The show was one of the first to tell its story from a child's point of view.