3. Leave It to Beaver
Air Dates: October 4, 1957-June 20, 1963
Stars: Jerry Mathers, Barbara Billingsley, Hugh Beaumont, Tony Dow
Created in the middle of the 20th century, Leave It to Beaver followed the Cleaver family, meant to represent the ideal middle class, suburban family of the era. Basically, if Wonder Bread had a show, it would've been Leave It to Beaver.
The show focused on Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver, presenting the world through his young eyes. He lived with his parents, June and Ward Cleaver, and had an older brother named Wally. All of this sounds very non-threatening and conventional. Because it was. Nearly all of the shows characters were middle-class whites, and Wally and The Beav had the average, white picket fence upbringing with two parents who rarely argued or had any type of marital issues. In fact, Leopold "Butters" Stotch and his tragic innocence that's become one of South Park's strongest points is based on the world that Beaver Cleaver grew up in.