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(1954–1960)

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Season 6

5 Oct. 1959
A Day in the Country
The family prepares for a trip to a family reunion. Jim finds a shortcut on a map they can travel to Margaret's family home. Alas, it is a rarely traveled road and their car breaks down. Jim walks to a small town and tries to find help.
 
12 Oct. 1959
Bud Branches Out
Bud goes to college and quickly develops a crush on his attractive French teacher.
 
19 Oct. 1959
The Gardener's Big Day
The governor is coming to town to dedicate a local park. The Anderson's gardener is chosen as the official greeter to the governor when he arrives. When Fronk shows up for rehearsal, the city mayor does not want Fronk since he is Mexican.
 
26 Oct. 1959
The Impostor
Betty returns a defective radio to a store and mistakes a customer for the store owner. She leaves without realizing Tom is a customer. The store owner gives Tom a replacement radio, and he takes it to Betty without correcting his identity.
 
2 Nov. 1959
Bud Plays It Safe
Bud tries out for a position on the football team and bemoans the fact that the coach does not notice him. Betty tells Bud that the coach's daughter notices him. Bud decides to ask the daughter on a date as a way to get close to the coach.
 
9 Nov. 1959
Bicycle Trip for Two
Kathy does an inspection of the house for fire safety. The attic does not pass the test. Jim & Margaret start a clean up and find things from their younger days. They decide to go bicycling to relive some of those younger days.
 
16 Nov. 1959
First Disillusionment
Bud tells Kathy of the time he lied to get a job as a stock clerk.
 
23 Nov. 1959
Margaret's Old Flame
Listening to a radio broadcast of a homecoming gathering, Margaret & Jim remember their college years, dating, and previous boy- & girl-friends, other homecomings, etc. Margaret gets flower and a mysterious former boyfriend.
 
30 Nov. 1959
Kathy Becomes a Girl
Kathy sheds her tomboy jeans for a feminine dress.
 
7 Dec. 1959
Bud, the Willing Worker
Bud tries to talk Jim into buying a boat, but Jim says he has to earn his own money to buy it. Bud gets a job at a gas station, and Betty is infatuated with the station owner.
 
14 Dec. 1959
Turn the Other Cheek
Jim acts as a mentor to a new, young insurance agent and asks him over for dinner. Bart feels that he can jump ahead of all the steps up the ladder and ends up stepping on Jim. Kathy feels the same way about one of her friends.
 
28 Dec. 1959
Good Joke on Mom
Margaret gets a letter about a Children's Clinic being built and that she is the General Chairman of the Building Committee. She realizes it is a mistake, but when her family ridicules the idea and her skill, she pretends she accepted it.
 
4 Jan. 1960
Betty's Double
Betty's strong resemblance to a popular movie star gains her instant celebrity.
 
Father, the Naturalist Repeat
Jim helps Kathy finish her camp book by finding plant examples.
 
18 Jan. 1960
Bud Hides Behind a Skirt
Bud makes Betty take the rap for his reckless driving.
 
25 Jan. 1960
Togetherness
An insurance magazine is going to interview the Andersons for an article in the magazine. The story will focus on their family unity and solid family life. Unfortunately, when the reporter shows up, the family is at odds with each other.
 
1 Feb. 1960
Second Best
Betty takes up the sport of fencing.
 
8 Feb. 1960
Kathy's Big Deception
It seems that all of Kathy's friends have a boyfriend for the community picnic. She has a crush on George, one of her classmates, but does not think he likes her. She decides to make up a boyfriend for the picnic so she looks popular.
 
15 Feb. 1960
Cupid Knows Best
The Anderson gardener, Fronk, is lonely but is interested in someone. Betty decides to help him by writing love letters to the woman, pretending she is Fronk.
 
The Big Test Flashbabck
A flashback to the episode where Bud studied a lot for a test at school.
 
29 Feb. 1960
Jim's Big Surprise
Jim tells the family to be home at 4:00 for a big surprise. As the family waits for the announcement, everyone has their own idea of what it will be. Each thinks it will be something that benefits just them.
 
7 Mar. 1960
Time to Retire
Jim must tell Arthur, a co-worker in the insurance company, that he has to retire as he has reached retirement age. Jim invites him to dinner with the Andersons and Arthur is full of energy. This only makes it harder for Jim to tell him.
 
14 Mar. 1960
Bud, the Speculator
Bud risks fifty dollars purchasing stock in a new copper mine company.
 
21 Mar. 1960
The $500 Letter
The Andersons receive a $500 check in the mail. A former neighbor wants to thank an Anderson for a kindness, but did not remember which one did it. The Andersons try to remember who might have done a favor for him, and what the favor was.
 
28 Mar. 1960
Adopted Daughter
Kathy reminisces with Mother and Bud about the time she once thought she was adopted.
 
4 Apr. 1960
Family Contest
Hoping to win a free trip to Hawaii, the Andersons enter a family-photo contest.
 
11 Apr. 1960
Love and Learn
Bud resists his mother's plea for him to boost his English grades by being tutored after school, until he learns that one of the available student-tutors is a good looking girl he's interested in.
 
18 Apr. 1960
Blind Date
Betty is embarrassed when her friends make fun of Rudy because they think he is inferior to them. She chastises her friends and leaves the soda shop. Her friends decide to play a joke on Betty by setting her up on a blind date with Rudy.
 
25 Apr. 1960
Betty's Career Problem
Betty is about to graduate from college and hoping to win the Scholastic Achievement Award. Cliff, another student who is an achiever like Betty, wins the award. Now, they are both up for the same job after their graduation.
 
9 May 1960
Bud Lives It Up
Bud learns a painful lesson in responsibility when he amasses a bill of $185 while attempting to impress his date with free-spending visits to a hotel's upscale restaurant and nightspot.
 
16 May 1960
Not His Type
Diane's boyfriend shows an interest in Betty and asks her out. Betty does not want to come between Diane and George and is caught up in a love triangle. Betty helps the two get back together.
 

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