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Episode List


Season 3

12 Sep. 1956
No Apron Strings
Bud accidentally makes a date for the same night as his mother's birthday.
19 Sep. 1956
Never the Twain
A cowboy Betty met on a dude range over the summer is stopping in Springfield on his way to Chicago. "Utah" is everything Betty dreamed about, but can her love last when he lives a different life? A Flashback is used to show how they met.
26 Sep. 1956
Betty Goes to College
Jim & Margaret take Betty to see the State University for when she enrolls in college. They have been saving money for this day since Betty was born. Betty announces she wants to stay in town and go to the junior college with her friends.
3 Oct. 1956
Man About Town
Bud's friend has a cousin coming to town. Marissa is older than Bud, but he wants to go out with her. He pretends to be older so he seems more sophisticated. When Marissa wants to go to a fancy restaurant, Bud does not have enough money.
10 Oct. 1956
The Homing Pigeon
After several test runs with his pigeon, Bud sends him on a 500 mile trip and waits for him to return home. Meanwhile, Betty announces she is moving into an apartment with her friends. Will Betty and the pigeon both return home?
17 Oct. 1956
Spaghetti for Margaret
Margaret wins a raffle: free spaghetti dinner once a week for a year. Also, Jim's friend Harper visits. Harper never finished high school, determined to start enjoying the good life. He has interesting stories to tell but never had success.
24 Oct. 1956
Betty's Birthday
It's Betty's 18th birthday, and she doesn't want any presents.
31 Oct. 1956
Bud, the Millionaire
Bud feels he is being underpaid in his allowance, and he has to work to earn it. Jim decides to teach him a lesson by giving him $10 a week and the stipulation he has to only use it on himself. Bud finds having money does not buy friends.
7 Nov. 1956
The Old Days
Jim & Margaret plan to go to the PTA costume party. When they argue with the children to dress better, they decide to wear the clothes kids wear now-days, and their children wear the clothes of Jim & Margaret's youth stored in the attic.
14 Nov. 1956
Whistle Bait
Betty becomes jealous of a new girl in school, who is getting whistled at by all the boys. Betty wonders why no one will whistle at her.
21 Nov. 1956
The Great Guy
Bud and Kippy go to work at a newspaper company. Their boss is a real tough taskmaster.
28 Nov. 1956
The Family Goes to New York
Jim is hesitant to let Betty go to New York alone, but Margaret convinces him to let her go. Betty goes to NY to help her friend on her wedding day. Imagine their surprise when a picture of Betty and the best man show up in the newspaper.
5 Dec. 1956
Betty Goes Steady
At college, Betty is enjoying the social life and is going steady with a casual acquaintance. Bud works on the school paper and brings home Mr. Beekman, the paper's adviser. Mr. Beekman tells Betty there is more to life than parties.
12 Dec. 1956
The Good Prospect
Jim meets Aldus Lydum while visiting his friend, and thinks this might lead to a new insurance client. He invites Jim & Betty to visit he and his wife that night. Mr Lydum acts as if everyone is a long-standing friend.
19 Dec. 1956
The Angel's Sweater
Kathy is certain that the Andersons' Christmas Eve will be ruined by the visit of spinsterish Aunt Neva, but she learns a valuable lesson when she stops pouting long enough to listen to a Christmas story told by an elderly repairman.
26 Dec. 1956
The Promising Young Man
Jim's boss John asks Jim if he can show John's son how to sell insurance. Jim agrees, and John is sociable enough to work with clients. However, John does not like insurance and wants to be an actor.
2 Jan. 1957
Margaret Hires a Gardener
The Andersons meet a very special gardener named Frank.
9 Jan. 1957
Swiss Family Anderson
The Anderson family becomes stranded on a desolate island.
16 Jan. 1957
Brief Holiday
Margaret gets tired of all the housework and demands of the children, expecting her to do their every whim. She decides to take a day off and go into town. She browses the stores and has her picture drawn by a street artist.
23 Jan. 1957
The Lawn Party
Bud wants to have a lawn party at the Anderson's home the next day. Bud expects Jim & Margaret to do the work, without the teens even helping, they tell Bud he cannot have the party. Jim & Margaret leave for the day, and Bud has it anyway.
30 Jan. 1957
Short Wave
Bud buys a shortwave radio and, while showing it off to the family, hears a distress call. A family had become caught in a tropical storm while offshore in their cabin cruiser, and the father was unable to transmit his desperate call for help to the Coast Guard ... leaving the Andersons as possibly the family's only hope.
6 Feb. 1957
Bud joins the carnival, and he learns that a sucker is born every minute.
13 Feb. 1957
Betty and the Jet Pilot
A jet pilot encounters problems when flying over Springfield and loses his helmet. Bud finds the helmet and the family decides to find the pilot and return it. Betty and the pilot start dating; Betty learns he is being transferred to Alaska
20 Feb. 1957
Trip to Hillsborough
Bud & Kippy want to travel for new experiences and write exciting stories. They want to go to Hillsborough by themselves and stay overnight in town. Jim & Margaret agree since both boys will be there. Skippy backs out at the last minute.
27 Feb. 1957
An Evening to Remember
Cornel Wilde has a car accident while traveling through Springfield. The person who hit his car just happens to be a client of Jim Anderson. Due to a mix up with Jim's secretary, Cornel Wilde shows up at the Anderson home. While waiting for Jim to arrive home, the rest of the family falls all over Cornel. Margaret invites him to stay to dinner and he agrees much to the excitement of all the Andersons! When Jim returns home he discovers that the gentleman that hit Cornel Wilde's car has decided to make a 'killing' by embellishing the events and getting a big pay day ...
13 Mar. 1957
Bud Buys a Car
Bud buys a used jalopy with his father's approval but over his mother's objection.
20 Mar. 1957
Safety First
Bud's unsafe driving habits get him into trouble with the law. To make matters worse, his father has just been appointed chairman of the city's safe driving campaign.
27 Mar. 1957
Bud, the Hero
Bud stopped a bank robbery without realizing it, and is considered a hero. The publicity and constant attention gets to be too much for Bud.
3 Apr. 1957
Betty, the Track Star
Betty is in the finals for track, and gets a lot of attention. She wins, and later that day, Betty is awarded for the Flower Queen. Bud's nose is put out of joint because he feels surrounded by girls.
17 Apr. 1957
The Spelling Bee
Kathy is nervous about the school spelling bee, so Betty gives her a penny and convinces her that it has special powers.
24 Apr. 1957
Bud, the Philanthropist
Bud donates money towards a fund for a sick classmate in Sunday School. Kippy takes credit for that donation and Bud is upset. Knowing he should not brag of his good deed, Bud tries to find another way to get credit and have Kippy confess.
1 May 1957
Baby in the House
Betty accepts a date for the same night she has a baby-sitting job. Margaret and Jim say they will babysit so she can go on the date. When the baby arrives, Margaret and Jim enjoy having an infant in the house again. Kathy gets jealous.
8 May 1957
Class Prophecy
A former college classmate of Jim and Margaret's shows up at the Anderson house - as a salesman. Henry had been voted Man Most Likely to Succeed in college, and had plans to be a doctor. He is not a doctor, and he is not a good salesman.
15 May 1957
The Art of Romance
Bud's family interferes with his love life.
22 May 1957
Margaret Disowns Her Family
Margaret decides to sell the old baby crib. A couple who is expecting their first child shows up to buy it. They are young as well as being nervous about being parents. It does not help that the Andersons are having a bad parenting day.
29 May 1957
Grandpa Retires
The Andersons visit Margaret's family. Her father feels his health is failing and he needs to sell his business to retire. Jim helps him close up the father's print shop. The father is stubborn about every aspect, and Jim finds out why.
5 Jun. 1957
Shoot for the Moon
Margaret hires a man named Sageman to chop wood for their fireplace. He only wants to be paid in meals. An honest day's work for an honest meal. Sageman quietly shares his views of life with the Anderson's and inspires them all.

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