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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. Whenever the kids need... See full summary »

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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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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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Runtime:

| (203 episodes)

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

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

On November 22, 1963, when New Yorkers first witnessed breaking news of John F. Kennedy's assassination over WABC-TV, a rerun of Father Knows Best: Man About Town (1956) was interrupted to make way for the unfolding news coverage. See more »

Quotes

Bud Anderson: This is a special delivery for Dad from the Universal Alumni Association.
Jim Anderson: I wonder how much money they want now.
[Bud is shaking Jim's letter, trying to read it]
Jim Anderson: Why don't you hold it up to the light so you can see it better?
Bud Anderson: Never thought of that.
[Holds it up to the light]
Bud Anderson: Can't see a thing.
Jim Anderson: Bud, as long as it's addressed to me, do you mind letting me have it?
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Connections

Referenced in Make Room for Daddy: Rusty and the Tomboy (1960) See more »

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Waiting
(theme)
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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