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Father Knows Best 

The popular radio show comes to life in this hit sitcom about a wise family man, Jim Anderson, his common-sense wife Margaret and their children Betty, Bud and Kathy.

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Series cast summary:
Robert Young ...  Jim Anderson / ... 197 episodes, 1954-1960
Jane Wyatt ...  Margaret Anderson 196 episodes, 1954-1960
Billy Gray ...  Bud Anderson 196 episodes, 1954-1960
Lauren Chapin ...  Kathy Anderson 196 episodes, 1954-1960
Elinor Donahue ...  Betty Anderson / ... 193 episodes, 1954-1960
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The popular radio show comes to life in this hit sitcom about a wise family man, Jim Anderson, his common-sense wife Margaret and their children Betty, Bud and Kathy. Whenever the kids need advice on anything at all, they can always turn to their father, because father knows best. Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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USA

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English

Release Date:

3 October 1954 (USA) See more »

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I Told You So See more »

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| (203 episodes)

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Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)| Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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4:3
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Billy Gray (Bud Anderson) believed that the unrealistic scenarios depicted on the series had a negative impact on the opposite: "I wish there was some way I could tell the kids not to believe it. The dialogue, the situations, the characters they were all totally false. The show did everyone a disservice. The girls were always trained to use their feminine wiles, to pretend to be helpless to attract men. The show contributed to a lot of the problems between men and women that we see today...I think we were all well motivated, but what we did was run a hoax. Father Knows Best (1954) purported to be a reasonable facsimile of life. And the bad thing is, the model is so deceitful. It usually revolved around not wanting to tell the truth, either out of embarrassment, or not wanting to hurt someone. If I could say anything to make up for all the years I lent myself to (that), it would be, You Know Best." See more »

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Margaret Anderson: Well, I suppose Father knows best.
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Referenced in Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) See more »

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Waiting
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My favorite show from the 50's, happy to finally see an episode on TV land
2 June 2002 | by camille-7See all my reviews

I was so pleased today, being a baby boomer, to turn on TV land and see three hours of 50's television. From 9am to 12pm I saw, Burns and Allen, the Honeymooners, an hour episode of the Lucy-Desi comedy hour, Hazel, and last but not least an episode of Father Knows Best. Kudos to TV land for this three hour bonus which is supposedly going to happen every sunday morning all summer long. Why does it only have to happen on Sunday mornings? I want more of these shows from my childhood.

Father knows Best was one of my favorites. As has already been said by others, the show had wonderful values, laughter and pathos. Jane Wyatt was always my favorite TV mother. Why has she never been included in specials about favorite tv moms? Yes, she always dressed nice and wore pearls but I remember the particular episode when she was wearing a long shirt and pants to clean the house and she had a smudge of dirt on her face. That was when Jim was bringing home a women who was a famous author, someone he had been friends with. You never would have seen June Cleaver with a smudge of dirt on HER face. Jane (Margaret) was always there for her kids but she was so very human too. She lost her temper several times and once told her kids that they were brats. She made faces behind their backs once when she wanted to clobber them. She did what I never saw any other tv mother do, but what our own real mothers would do.

The whole cast was pretty wonderful. Bring back this show to tv again. There are plenty of baby boomers who would like to see it again and maybe it would be nice for it to get a whole new audience of a new generation.


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