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 Anderson (196 episodes, 1954-1960)
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 Kathy Anderson (196 episodes, 1954-1960)
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 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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3 October 1954 (USA)  »

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I Told You So  »

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Jane Wyatt's Margaret Anderson was originally played on radio by June Whitley Taylor and later by Jean Vander Pyl. Elinor Donahue's Betty was originally voiced by Rhoda Williams. Billy Gray's Bud once belonged to the voice of Ted Donaldson and Lauren Chapin's Kathy was earlier voiced by Norma Jean Nilsson. Other members of the radio cast have included: Eleanor Audley (Elizabeth), Herb Vigran (Hector) and Sam Edwards (Billy). See more »

Quotes

Bud Anderson: This is a special delivery for Dad from the Universal Alumni Association.
Jim Anderson: I wonder how much money they want now.
[Bud is shaking Jim's letter, trying to read it]
Jim Anderson: Why don't you hold it up to the light so you can see it better?
Bud Anderson: Never thought of that.
[Holds it up to the light]
Bud Anderson: Can't see a thing.
Jim Anderson: Bud, as long as it's addressed to me, do you mind letting me have it?
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Referenced in Dexter: Father Knows Best (2006) See more »

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Waiting
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This was my favorite series as a child! I have the best memories about this series! As an elementary school child this series taught me good values that I still remember!
25 March 1999 | by (US) – See all my reviews

I was raised abroad and watched it when the series was shown abroad, translations and all, long after its American release in 1954. In France it was shown in 1960. I am sure I also saw it about that time. I always looked forward to that half an hour to watch "Father Knows Best." Our entire family would tear up learning from Robert Young, the dad. Actually the reason I liked that series so much is because I always thought that my parents knew best! That was until I became a teenager, of course! Later I went back to my original opinion: that mom and dad indeed knew best for me. I do not remember specific episodes but I remember the theme song. Jim Anderson, dad, played by Robert Young , was an insurance salesman. Margaret Anderson played the mom and she also looked very pretty and dressed up for just staying home. Then there were Betty (princess) Bud, and Kathy (Kitty). They lived in Springfield. Mom and dad slept in separate beds. That I could not get because my parents slept in the same bed. But I have the great memories about the show. "Father Knows Best" had family values, good moral ethics, and valuable lessons were taught in every show. I would like for the series to be released in video in its entirety because I would like to see it again!


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