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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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In Star Trek: Metamorphosis (1967), 'Elinor Donahue' (qvA) was a guest star playing a Star Fleet diplomat. In the very next episode, Star Trek: Journey to Babel (1967). 'Jane Wyatt' played Mr. Spock's mother. See more »

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James 'Bud' Anderson, Jr.: Boy what a break, sweet and tender.
Kathy: You can always depend on me.
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Featured in Irreconcilable Differences (1984) See more »

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Waiting
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One of the Best
30 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

Critics of this type of show are quick to point out how "unrealistic" it was. After all no episode dealt with drug addiction, teen pregnancy,dropping out of school, or any of the other "relevant" topics that pass for entertainment today. Instead this program concentrated on the, now passe, issues of family love, warmth, charity, and decency. I challenge any parent, of whatever generation, to contrast an episode of this show with any "Married with Children" or the majority of today's teen oriented sitcoms and decide which world view they would wish for their children. Perhaps this show and others of its era (e.g. Andy Griffith) was overly hopeful in its portrayal of family and community, but isn't it better to aspire to the values of Father Knows Best than succumb to the spirit of the age we live in?


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