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Father Knows Best -- In Washington, Gabe Rygaard is in over his head when a logging legend bails him out of trouble and gets him back in the race for King Of the Mountain.
Father Knows Best -- Chris and Adrianne spend a fun-filled day at the beach with their friends Don and Kathy and their 2 kids

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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | unknown
Release Date:
3 October 1954 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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... See more »
Awards:
Won 6 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Robert Young ... Jim Anderson / ... (197 episodes, 1954-1960)

Jane Wyatt ... Margaret Anderson (196 episodes, 1954-1960)
Billy Gray ... Bud (196 episodes, 1954-1960)
Lauren Chapin ... Kathy (196 episodes, 1954-1960)

Elinor Donahue ... Betty / ... (192 episodes, 1954-1960)
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Series Directed by
Peter Tewksbury (132 episodes, 1954-1960)
William D. Russell (61 episodes, 1954-1960)
 
Series Writing credits
Ed James (196 episodes, 1954-1960)
Roswell Rogers (107 episodes, 1954-1960)
Paul West (59 episodes, 1954-1960)
Dorothy Cooper (31 episodes, 1954-1960)
John Elliotte (12 episodes, 1957-1960)
Herman Epstein (10 episodes, 1955-1956)
Kay Lenard (3 episodes, 1956)
Sumner Arthur Long (2 episodes, 1954-1955)
Carl Herzinger (2 episodes, 1956-1960)
Ben Gershman (2 episodes, 1956-1958)
Andy White (2 episodes, 1957-1958)

Series Produced by
Eugene B. Rodney .... producer (197 episodes, 1954-1960)
 
Series Original Music by
Irving Friedman (unknown episodes)
Joseph Weiss (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Frank G. Carson (103 episodes, 1954-1959)
Frederick Gately (46 episodes, 1955-1960)
Gert Andersen (23 episodes, 1954-1956)
William V. Skall (18 episodes, 1955-1956)
Irving Lippman (4 episodes, 1955)
 
Series Film Editing by
Robert B. Hoover (95 episodes, 1954-1960)
Richard Fantl (16 episodes, 1954-1955)
Aaron Stell (2 episodes, 1954)
Edwin H. Bryant (2 episodes, 1955)
 
Series Art Direction by
Phillip Bennett (135 episodes, 1954-1960)
Ross Bellah (37 episodes, 1954-1956)
Carl Anderson (9 episodes, 1954-1956)
William Flannery (5 episodes, 1956)
George Brooks (3 episodes, 1956)
Walter Holscher (2 episodes, 1956)
Cary Odell (2 episodes, 1956)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Louis Diage (81 episodes, 1954-1959)
William F. Calvert (59 episodes, 1956-1960)
William Kiernan (48 episodes, 1954-1958)
Dorcy Howard (19 episodes, 1955-1956)
Darrell Silvera (10 episodes, 1957-1960)
Frank Tuttle (7 episodes, 1954-1959)
Robert Priestley (3 episodes, 1954-1955)
Milton Stumph (3 episodes, 1959)
Ben Berk (2 episodes, 1960)
 
Series Makeup Department
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist (39 episodes, 1959-1960)
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor (25 episodes, 1959-1960)
Clay Campbell .... makeup supervisor (13 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Production Management
Seymour Friedman .... production supervisor (22 episodes, 1958-1960)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herb Wallerstein .... assistant director (115 episodes, 1954-1960)
Louis B. Appleton Jr. .... assistant director (49 episodes, 1955-1956)
Donald L. Gold .... assistant director (24 episodes, 1954-1959)
Carter De Haven Jr. .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1957)
Pat Corleto .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Sound Department
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (55 episodes, 1957-1960)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (68 episodes, 1954-1956)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Al Teitelbaum .... furs (1 episode, 1956)
 
Series Editorial Department
Richard Fantl .... supervising editor (117 episodes, 1954-1958)
 
Series Music Department
Irving Friedman .... music supervisor (27 episodes, 1959-1960)

Igo Kantor .... music editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Seymour Friedman .... production assistant (113 episodes, 1954-1960)
Winnie Rich .... script supervisor (83 episodes, 1954-1960)
Frederick Briskin .... production executive (63 episodes, 1954-1956)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"I Told You So" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
30 min | USA:30 min (203 episodes)
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Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording) | Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Going Berserk (1983)See more »
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29 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
American Values, 23 December 2001
Author: sky3walker (sky3walker@aol.com) from California

It's ironic that culture commentators today, including many teachers, who seem never to have seen a single episode of this series, will refer to it as a frightening illustration of fifties complacency, patriarchal dominance, and even racism. In fact many of the episodes explore issues of male egotism, parental arrogance, and conformist nastiness in an effective way. Of course, it all ends well because it is a comic drama about a tolerant and loving family with solid values (and Father was often the one who had to be reminded of this). Robert Young in frustration complained that it was never meant to be a sermon or sociology lesson -- but this carefully written and popular series was bound to tell us something about our values, and despite current malcontents, the values illustrated by Father Knows Best were generally very good.

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