Overlooked Facts About Beloved Sitcoms That Will Take You Back In Time

May 14, 2024

"Leave It to Beaver's" Bathroom Caused Quite a Shock. 

This collection of colorized images from classic 1950s and 1960s black-and-white television shows will have you reminiscing about some of your favorite past series. If you were a fan when these shows originally aired, you will love to learn the behind-the-scenes secrets, fun facts, feuds, and tragedies that were not publicly known about these classic shows at the time. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a blast from the past with these colorized screen stills from classic black-and-white television shows.


Here’s a weird fact about the wholesome family sitcom, Leave It to Beaver, which ran from 1957 to 1963. It was the first television show to show a toilet on air. Well, it wasn’t the whole toilet – it was just the tank part – but it was still enough to throw the critics into a tizz. Maybe the writers wanted to purposely shock the critics or maybe they just want to inject some realism into the show. Either way, there were so many shots of Wally and Beaver’s bathroom that the show made television bathroom history. Viewers could see into the boys’ bathroom, glimpsing the bathtub, sink, and shower curtain. In one episode, Wally puts a baby alligator in the toilet tank. Yet another episode takes place almost entirely in the boys’ bathroom. Leave It to Beaver helped normalize bathrooms on TV and remove the shock value of them. 

"My Favorite Martian" Nearly Ruined Ray Walston's Acting Career. 


When it debuted in 1963, My Favorite Martian was the first television sitcom with a science fiction theme. It was often lumped with Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie as the earliest sci-fi series, but the later two are really based in magic, whereas My Favorite Martian is a focused on science and technology. Character actor Ray Walston was cast as the title role. Later, Walston said he regretted taking the role, but he did so because he needed the money. After the show ended in 1966, Walston had trouble landing other roles. Casting directors had trouble seeing him in more serious roles. Despite this, Walston said that the best thing about the show was meeting his co-star, Bill Bixby. Walston and Bixby became good friends.