Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this classic, squeaky-clean 1950s sitcom is an icon of American pop culture. Although it's certainly dated in look and dialogue, many of its themes about growing up, sibling rivalry, social adjustment, and parent-kid relationships are still pertinent today. That said, the fact remains that it's a very isolated look at a white, American suburban middle-class family. Today's savvy school-aged kids may find it unrealistic, simple, or boring (the black-and-white cinematography alone will probably be enough to turn a lot of them off).
Wally likes and dates girls. Very benign flirty behavior.
The series reflects the values of the era, which reinforces patriarchal gender roles, as well as ideas like patriotism, hard work, respect for elders, and the importance of family.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Episode about alcoholism.