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Father Knows Best 

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.

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Won 6 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Robert Young ...  Jim Anderson / ... 197 episodes, 1954-1960
Jane Wyatt ...  Margaret Anderson 196 episodes, 1954-1960
Billy Gray ...  Bud Anderson 196 episodes, 1954-1960
Lauren Chapin ...  Kathy Anderson 196 episodes, 1954-1960
Elinor Donahue ...  Betty Anderson / ... 193 episodes, 1954-1960
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Family

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

3 October 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Told You So See more »

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| (203 episodes)

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Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)| Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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4:3
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Trivia

When the series debuted in 1954, it did so poorly in the ratings that CBS canceled it in March of 1955. A flood of protests came from viewers insisting that the show be reinstated. It was moved to an earlier time, and gradually became a hit. See more »

Quotes

Margaret Anderson: Well, I suppose Father knows best.
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Connections

Referenced in Moonlighting: Father Knows Last (1987) See more »

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Waiting
(theme)
by Don A. Ferris
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American Values
23 December 2001 | by sky3walkerSee all my reviews

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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