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1956

4 Jan. 1956
Jim, the Tyrant
Jim comes home after a bad day at work. Wanting to tell the family about his day, he is miffed when they ignore him. He starts complaining about everyone and everything around the house. Then he finds out Kathy broke a neighbor's window.
 
11 Jan. 1956
Betty's Brother
While Kathy is proud of her big sister Betty, Bud has to always follow her in her footsteps at school and he finds it hard to do. Everyone expects more of Bud because Betty always gave so much. Bud starts to do worse in his classes.
 
18 Jan. 1956
Betty Earns a Formal
It seems like only bills are coming in the mail, and everyone is asking for money. When Betty asks for money to buy a dress for a country club dance, Jim tells her to earn the money herself. She gets a job but no one knows where.
 
25 Jan. 1956
The House Painter
The Anderson's hire someone to paint the house. Jim and Margaret have a discussion about whether someone does the job for the money or for the sense of accomplishment. They make a bet to see who is right, and then ask the painter why.
 
1 Feb. 1956
Bud, the Wallflower
Bud is upset that none of the girls asked him to the Sadie Hawkins Dance. He feels he has become unpopular. Bud decides to plan a camping trip the same day as the dance as a way to show he does not care.
 
8 Feb. 1956
The Bus to Nowhere
Betty is depressed and finds every day events dull. She is not sure what she is looking for. Betty finds a paper written by Bud about a bus that goes nowhere. This is how she feels. She reads the paper and finds her answer.
 
15 Feb. 1956
Kathy, the Indian Giver
Kathy trades her baby doll for a neighborhood friend's baby sibling.
 
22 Feb. 1956
The Historical Andersons
Bus has to write a paper on a historical figure from the Independence War. Jim suggests an ancestor - Major Nathaniel Anderson, and says he must be important if he was a major. Bud researches, and finds the major was a minor in the war.
 
29 Feb. 1956
The Grass Is Greener
Jim is excited to tell his family that his college friend Charlie is being interviewed on television. Charlie is quite successful. The more Jim talks about Charlie's success, the more Jim feels he is not a success.
 
7 Mar. 1956
The Persistent Guest
Bud has a new friend who helps tutor him in classes. When the friend stays over at the Andersons, he never seems to want to go home. The Andersons find out the boy is homeless and has no money.
 
14 Mar. 1956
Family Reunion
Margaret's family is planning a reunion. While Margaret is excited, Jim and the children are not. They make excuses to not go because it is boring.
 
28 Mar. 1956
Family Dines Out
The Andersons face a dilemma when Betty promises a wealthy friend that they will attend an exclusive charity dinner on the same night that Bud needs the family to eat at the modest drugstore counter where he has just gotten his first job.
 
4 Apr. 1956
Bud, the Boxer
Bud tries to avoid a bully at school, but Jim tells Bud he cannot avoid his problems forever. Jim suggests the boys get in a boxing ring to be sportsmen. Bud wins, and joins the boxing team. Soon, Bud starts to become a bully.
 
11 Apr. 1956
Betty, Girl Engineer
Betty's school hosts a career day where the students can sign up to intern at a job to see what the business world is like. The counselor assumes she wants a secretary job, but Betty says she wants the engineer position.
 
18 Apr. 1956
The Martins and the Coys
Jim has an argument with a customer about his insurance which was cancelled. Jim and Mr Tyler decide they no longer need to contact each other. However, Betty is dating Mr Tyler's son. The situation is awkward.
 
25 Apr. 1956
Dilemma for Margaret
A high school club initiation prank lands Betty on the wrong side of the law.
 
2 May 1956
Hero Father
Baseball star Duke Snider is passing through Springfield, and all the guys are hoping he would stop and give an exhibition game. Bud says his father might be able to convince Duke to stop.
 
9 May 1956
Father, the Naturalist
Father and Kitten head outside to explore and search nature.
 
16 May 1956
The Ten-Dollar Question
One of the kids is suspected of stealing $10 that all were hoping to win in an anti snitching pledge to Father when the prize goes missing.
 
23 May 1956
Adopted Daughter
One of Kathy's classmates is adopted, and it gets the other classmates to wonder who else might be adopted. Kathy then finds a receipt from an adoption agency and is sure it references her.
 
30 May 1956
Betty's Graduation
Betty's high school graduation is approaching and there is a lot to do. Betty starts to think the best days of her life are now over and does not want to graduate.
 
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.
 

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