Father Knows Best (TV Series 1954–1960) Poster



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What's My Line?: Jo Stafford (1956) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by moderator John Daly in connection with comedy writer Barbara Hammer (Barbara Avedon).
What's My Line?: Robert Young (2) (1957) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in connection with Mystery Guest Robert Young.
What's My Line?: Ernie Kovacs & Doris Day (1957) (TV Episode)
Arlene Francis introduces Robert Young saying that he has proved that "father knows best"
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show: Misery Loves Company (1957) (TV Episode)
Ronnie mentions the show.
What's My Line?: Jane Wyatt and Robert Young (1958) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name.
The Danny Thomas Show: Growing Pains (1959) (TV Episode)
Kathy says that unlike what they say on TV, mothers actually know best.
The Danny Thomas Show: Rusty and the Tomboy (1960) (TV Episode)
Kathy says, "Regardless of what you hear on television, Mother knows best."
Bachelor Father: Peter's Punctured Wedding (1961) (TV Episode)
Peter uses the phrase, "Honorable Father knows best."
The Beverly Hillbillies: Cimarron Drip (1967) (TV Episode)
Title reference to the fictitious western Dash Riprock is in called "Bachelor Sheriff Knows Best."
That Girl: 7 1/4: Part 2 (1968) (TV Episode)
Leonard Stanley compared a watered down version of his war movie to the show.
The Bob Newhart Show: Father Knows Worst (1972) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Joan Rivers/Gabriel Kaplan/Adrienne Barbeau/George Plimpton (1973) (TV Episode)
Gabe Kaplan comments on the sitcom in his stand-up routine
The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Best of Enemies (1974) (TV Episode)
Rhoda says that she and Mary should make up over miilk and cookies as they so on Father Knows Best
Happy Days: Kiss Me Sickly (1975) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Howard
Police Woman: Don't Feed the Pigeons (1975) (TV Episode)
Crowley mentions TV series by name
Happy Days: Bringing Up Spike (1976) (TV Episode)
TV show and its star Robert Young mentioned by name.
Laverne & Shirley: Mother Knows Worst (1976) (TV Episode)
title reference
Rhoda: The Return of Ida (1977) (TV Episode)
Ida mentions the show by name.
Saturday Night Live: Ray Charles (1977) (TV Episode)
referenced during Godfather spoof
Saturday Night Live: O.J. Simpson/Ashford & Simpson (1978) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Weekend Update
Saturday Night Live: Jill Clayburgh/Eddie Money (1978) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Jill Clayburgh's Relationships number
Lou Grant: Hooker (1978) (TV Episode)
Title referenced by Patti
Cheers: Father Knows Last (1983) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Carrie Fisher/Garry Shandling/The David Grisman Quintet (1983) (TV Episode)
Carrie Fisher recalls watching the series and comparing it to her own family
Miami Vice: Brother's Keeper (1984) (TV Episode)
referenced by name
The Stepfather (1987)
Jerry says "Father knows best."
The Golden Girls: Dorothy's Prized Pupil (1987) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned by name.
Night Court: Paternity (1987) (TV Episode)
Title reference
The Tortellis: Father Knows Best (1987) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Full House: Our Very First Night (1987) (TV Episode)
Joey mentions the show.
Designing Women: Dash Goff, the Writer (1987) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name.
Not Necessarily the News: Inside Entertainment (1987) (TV Episode)
Brandon Tartikoff cites it as a show from his childhood.
Moonlighting: Father Knows Last (1987) (TV Episode)
title reference
Knots Landing: Mother Knows Best (1988) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Day by Day: Father Knows Best (1989) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
UHF (1989)
One of the TV programs on the U62 fall schedule is "Buddha Knows Best".
Saved by the Bell: The Lisa Card (1989) (TV Episode)
Lisa's father says: "Tell your father. He knows best."
Bob Hope's Love Affair with Lucy (1989) (TV Movie)
Betty White mentions the show.
Who's the Boss?: Sam's Novel Romance (1989) (TV Episode)
Tony tells Samantha that he wants the same relationship with her as Robert Young and Princess
Green Acres, We Are There: Nick at Nite's TV Talk Show (1989) (TV Short)
Marc Summers mentions the show.
Communion (1989)
Mentioned in dialogue by Whitley Strieber near the end of the film
Perfect Strangers: Father Knows Best?: Part 1 (1989) (TV Episode)
title reference
DuckTales: The Bride Wore Stripes (1989) (TV Episode)
Ma Beagle: "Tonight on TV is the 'Father Throws Best' family reunion."
Perfect Strangers: Father Knows Best?: Part 2 (1989) (TV Episode)
title reference
Dear John: Fathers Know Best (1989) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Repossessed (1990)
In the TV station, the name of the show with words "the new" in front of the title is written on the weekly program schedule board.
Empty Nest: Harry Knows Best (1990) (TV Episode)
title reference
Hi Honey, I'm Home: Pilot (1991) (TV Episode)
Honey tells Elaine that Jim Anderson proposed marriage to her.
Hi Honey, I'm Home: Meet the Neilsens (1991) (TV Episode)
Honey tells Elaine that Jim Anderson proposed marriage to her.
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Father Knows Less (1991) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Stepfather III (1992) (TV Movie)
Title is referenced
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Fire Maidens of Outer Space (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Well, father knows best."
That Night (1992)
Married... with Children: It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This (1993) (TV Episode)
When Al wonders why he never had a bed of his own, he says: "Father from 'Father Knows Best' had his own bed."
Empty Nest: Aunt Verne Knows Best (1993) (TV Episode)
title reference
Boy Meets World: Father Knows Less (1993) (TV Episode)
title reference
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1993) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Crow
Evening Shade: Mama Knows Best (1994) (TV Episode)
title reference
North (1994)
The members of the Nelson family are named after characters from classic family television shows (Bud is named after Bud Anderson)/theme song heard.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Father Knows Best (1994) (TV Episode)
title reference
Drunks (1995)
Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
"Another episode of Father Knows Best at the Strode house."
3rd Rock from the Sun: Father Knows Dick (1996) (TV Episode)
title reference
Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996) (TV Movie)
The Cable Guy (1996)
The Cable Guy notes that reality doesn't represent the series
California Dreams: Father Knows Bets (1996) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Everybody Loves Raymond: Father Knows Least (1997) (TV Episode)
title reference
Out of the Past (1998)
"We're talkin' about Ward Cleaver, June Cleaver, Jim Anderson, Mrs. Anderson..."
Pleasantville (1998)
The sign at the end of the movie points the way to Springfield which was the setting of this idyllic 1950s television series
At the Movies: Pleasantville/The Alarmist/The Lion King II: Simba's Pride/Apt Pupil/Life is Beautiful (1998) (TV Episode)
Gene Siskel says the sitcom in "Pleasantville" is probably based on this series
Dawson's Creek: Tamara's Return (1998) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Bad Blood (2000) (TV Episode)
Benson says "Daddy knows best"
My Wasted Life (2000) (TV Movie)
Referenced by title
The Sopranos: University (2001) (TV Episode)
Tony Soprano refers to Ralph Cifaretto and his pregnant girlfriend's home life as "Father Knows Best".
Raising Dad: Daughter Nose Best (2002) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Son of the Beach: Godfather Knows Best (2002) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Brilliant But Cancelled (2002) (TV Movie)
stills are shown
Dexter's Laboratory: School Girl Crushed/Chess Mom/Father Knows Least (2003) (TV Episode)
The segment named "Father Knows Least" is a reference.
Nip/Tuck: Pilot (2003) (TV Episode)
mentioned by name
The O.C.: The Father Knows Best (2005) (TV Episode)
title reference
Veronica Mars: Hot Dogs (2005) (TV Episode)
"Father knows best" said
American Dad!: Stan Knows Best (2005) (TV Episode)
title reference
Dog the Bounty Hunter: Mother Knows Best (2006) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
House of Carters: Carter Knows Best (2006) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Lost: Every Man for Himself (2006) (TV Episode)
Sawyer quips he is not 'Father Knows Best' when he is shown the picture of his child.
Dexter: Father Knows Best (2006) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: K&R: Part 1 (2007) (TV Episode)
A sketch pitched after the invasion of Afghanistan is entitled "Fatah Knows Best".
House of Payne: Father Knows Best (2007) (TV Episode)
title reference
Til Debt Do U$ Part: Does Daddy Know Best? (2007) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 16 May 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
This TV show is referenced during the interview with Barbara Billingsley.
Friday Night Lights: Tami Knows Best (2008) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Cropsey (2009)
Title mentioned
The Simpsons: Father Knows Worst (2009) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Mama Knows Best (2009) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.16 (2009) (TV Episode)
Jay says we can rule out "Father Knows Best" as the title for Jon Gosselin's next show
In Plain Sight: Father Goes West (2010) (TV Episode)
the episode title "Father Goes West" is an allusion to "Father Knows Best"
Miss Representation (2011)
A publicity shot is shown.
The Real Housewives of Miami: Miami Mamis Knows Best (2011) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Young and the Restless: Episode #1.9665 (2011) (TV Episode)
Victoria says she expected her life to be like this series.
Pretty Little Liars: Father Knows Best (2012) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.75 (2013) (TV Episode)
Dov mentions the show by name.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.89 (2013) (TV Episode)
The phrase 'father nose best' is used in reference to a story on fathers and plastic surgery.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.144 (2013) (TV Episode)
The phrase "father knows testes" is used in reference to sa story about men with small balls making better fathers.
Beauty and the Beast: Father Knows Best (2013) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Lab Rats: Which Father Knows Best (2014) (TV Episode)
Episode title derived from older series title.
Scandal: Inside the Bubble (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Being Mary Jane: Mary Jane Knows Best (2015) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Truth About David Letterman (2015) (Video)
It is noted that David Letterman compared his childhood to this TV series.
Creation in the 21st Century: Biology in Scripture: The Bible Knows Best (2016) (TV Episode)
"Father Knows Best" is referenced.
Spielberg (2017) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by Anne Spielberg.
Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap (2018) (TV Episode)
Title is referenced in montage
The '80s Greatest: Family Values (2018) (TV Episode)
Featured in the documentary.
Lego DC Super-Villains (2018) (Video Game)
Bonus level title: "Granny Knows Best"
Monkey in the Morning: Be Kind, Rewind (2019) (TV Episode)
The series comes up in discussion.

Featured in 

Sex Violence & Values: Changing Images (1986) (TV Special)
Clip from TV series seen with Robert Young, Jane Wyman, Billy Gray, Elinor Donahue and Lauren Chapin.
Hard Time on Planet Earth: The Way Home (1989) (TV Episode)
Control shows a clip from the series on his video screen as an example of family discipline to Jesse
America's Teenagers Growing Up on Television (1998) (TV Movie)
clips from this show are in this special
Influences: From Yesterday to Today (1999) (TV Movie)
clips from this show are used in this special
Television: The First Fifty Years (1999) (Video)
Clips shown.
My Wasted Life (2000) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class (2005) (Video)
emerging erasure of working class for sanitized upper-middle class with consumerist mores
America in Primetime: Man of the House (2011) (TV Episode)
Jim Anderson is an example of the "Man of the House".
Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War: In the Shadow of Fear (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips from the show are shown to depict the public view of American suburban life in the 1950s.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Decade Defining TV Shows: 1950s (2014) (TV Episode)
Father Knows Best is #10.
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017)
Clips shown.

Spoofed in 

Saturday Night Live: Ricky Nelson/Judy Collins (1979) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in Twilight Zone sketch
Going Berserk (1983)
Kitten, Bud, and Betty are punished by their Father in this spoof.
G.I. Joe: The Wrong Stuff (1985) (TV Episode)
Father Knows Beast appears on Cobra Television
Scrooged (1988)
promo for "Father Loves Beaver," combining titles of 3 family sitcoms of 1950s
Roseanne: Bird Is the Word (1990) (TV Episode)
After Becky kisses up to Dan, he impersonates Robert Young from "Father Knows Best" and greets everyone in the kitchen by the names from that sitcom: "Hi princess, Bud, Kitten, Margaret"
Dinosaurs: Dirty Dancin' (1993) (TV Episode)
"Father Knows Nothing" is a parody of the series.
Teen Titans: Don't Touch That Dial (2005) (TV Episode)
Beast Boy being trapped in a 1950s sitcom similar to "Father Knows Best."
Hannah Montana: Sweet Home Hannah Montana (2010) (TV Episode)
in an imagination sequence, Robby calls Miley "Kitten" and "Princess" and music in the show's style plays
The Real O'Neals: The Real Move (2016) (TV Episode)
"V.P. Murray Knows Best"

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