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

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Series cast summary:
Robert Young ...  Jim Anderson / ... 202 episodes, 1954-1960
Lauren Chapin ...  Kathy Anderson / ... 201 episodes, 1954-1960
Jane Wyatt ...  Margaret Anderson / ... 201 episodes, 1954-1960
Billy Gray ...  Bud Anderson / ... 201 episodes, 1954-1960
Elinor Donahue ...  Betty Anderson / ... 198 episodes, 1954-1960
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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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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 »

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Kathy: Aww! Turn Blue.
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Referenced in Day by Day: Father Knows Best (1989) See more »

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Waiting
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by Don A. Ferris
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One of the Best
30 March 2001 | by sirdarSee all my reviews

Critics of this type of show are quick to point out how "unrealistic" it was. After all no episode dealt with drug addiction, teen pregnancy,dropping out of school, or any of the other "relevant" topics that pass for entertainment today. Instead this program concentrated on the, now passe, issues of family love, warmth, charity, and decency. I challenge any parent, of whatever generation, to contrast an episode of this show with any "Married with Children" or the majority of today's teen oriented sitcoms and decide which world view they would wish for their children. Perhaps this show and others of its era (e.g. Andy Griffith) was overly hopeful in its portrayal of family and community, but isn't it better to aspire to the values of Father Knows Best than succumb to the spirit of the age we live in?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Told You So See more »

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Runtime:

| (203 episodes)

Sound Mix:

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

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4:3
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