Father Knows Best (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... See full summary »

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 Jim Anderson / ... (197 episodes, 1954-1960)
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 Margaret Anderson (196 episodes, 1954-1960)
Billy Gray ...
 Bud (196 episodes, 1954-1960)
Lauren Chapin ...
 Kathy (196 episodes, 1954-1960)
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 Betty / ... (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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3 October 1954 (USA)  »

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The NBC radio series on which the show was based had Jim being somewhat clumsy and slow-witted, often getting himself into embarrassing scrapes. On the TV version he's a lot wiser and makes far, far fewer mistakes. See more »

Quotes

Bud Anderson: I saw your insurance chart once and it says the life expectancy of the average man is...
Jim Anderson: Bud, for your information, I look barely in my '40s. That hardly qualifies me for the home for the aged. Yet.
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Referenced in California Dreams: Father Knows Bets (1996) See more »

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Waiting
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Best of the 1950s comedies
13 May 2002 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

I was born the year after this series began and remember it very very fondly. Unlike a program like Leave it to Beaver or even Ozzie and Harriet, this program was both more moralistic and more sentimental - the heartstrings were pulled every program. I watched three episodes the other night (although I was supposed to leave for a train) and was so thrilled by the warmth of it - the sentimentality, the pathos. This family had such an effect on me growing up - neither adult really lost his/her temper, small problems were treated with immense attention.

I just LOVED it - and am sure any non-cynic would.


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