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Father Knows Best (1954-1960)



Father Knows Best
 
(1954-1960)

30 minutes
 
Comedy / Family / Sitcom
 
Created By Ed James

Cast:

Robert Young as James 'Jim' Anderson Sr.
Jane Wyatt as Margaret Anderson
Elinor Donahue as Betty 'Princess' Anderson
Billy Gray as James 'Bud' Anderson Jr.
Lauren Chapin as Kathleen 'Kathy' 'Kitten' Anderson

The sitcom series began on CBS television October 3, 1954. Originally sponsored by Lorillard's Kent cigarettes in its first season, Scott Paper Company became the primary sponsor when the series moved to NBC in the fall of 1955, remaining as sponsor even after it moved back to CBS in September 1958, with Lever Brothers as an alternate sponsor from 1957 through 1960. A total of 203 episodes were produced, running until May 23, 1960.

Father Knows Best was a American radio and television comedy series based around a middle class family who lived in the Midwest.  The cast later reunited to make a pair of television movies in 1977.  Robert Young was the only actor who worked on the original version of this show on radio and made the transition to television.
 
Father Knows Best was a comedy about a wholesome family who lived in the Midwestern community of Springfield.  The father character, Jim Anderson worked for an insurance company and the plots always centered around Jim coming home from a day at work and together with his wife, Margaret they would try to resolve the issues of everyday family life.  

Episodes:

Season One
 
1.      Bud Takes Up the Dance 10/3/1954

2.      Lesson in Citizenship 10/10/1954

3.      The Motor Scooter 10/17/1954

4.      Football Tickets 10/24/1954

5.      Live My Own Life 10/31/1954

6.      Grandpa Jim's Rejuvenation 11/7/1954

7.      Bud's Encounter With the Law 11/14/1954

8.      Thanksgiving Day 11/21/1954

9.      Second Honeymoon 11/28/1954

10.     Typical Father 12/5/1954

11.     Margaret Goes Dancing 12/12/1954

12.     The Christmas Story 12/19/1954

13.     Sparrow in the Window 12/26/1954

14.     Boy's Week 1/2/1955

15.     A Friend of Old George's 1/9/1955

16.     Bud the Snob 1/16/1955

17.     The Promised Playhouse 1/23/1955

18.     Jim the Farmer 1/30/1955

19.     Father of the Year 2/6/1955

20.     The Mink Coat 2/13/1955

21.     The Matchmaker 2/20/1955

22.     Bud the Bridesmaid 2/27/1955

23.     Proud Father 3/6/1955

24.     Father Delivers the Papers 3/13/1955

25.     No Partiality 3/20/1955

26.     Close Decision 3/27/1955

Season Two
 
27.     Art of Salesmanship 8/31/1955

28.     Father's Private Life 9/7/1955

29.     Lessons in Civics 9/14/1955

30.     First Disillusionment 9/21/1955

31.     Woman in the House 9/28/1955

32.     New Girl at School 10/5/1955

33.     Kathy Makes Magic 10/12/1955

34.     Advantage to Betty 10/19/1955

35.     The Big Test 10/26/1955

36.     Father Is a Dope 11/2/1955

37.     Spirit of Youth 11/9/1955

38.     Bud, the Ladykiller 11/16/1955

39.     Margaret's Premonition 11/30/1955

40.     Stage to Yuma 12/7/1955

41.     Bad Influence 12/14/1955

42.     Betty Hates Carter 12/28/1955

43.     Jim, the Tyrant 1/4/1956

44.     Betty's Brother 1/11/1956

45.     Betty Earns a Formal 1/18/1956

46.     The House Painter 1/25/1956

47.     Bud, the Wallflower 2/1/1956

48.     The Bus to Nowhere 2/8/1956

49.     Kathy, the Indian Giver 2/15/1956

50.     The Historical Andersons 2/22/1956

51.     The Grass is Greener 2/29/1956

52.     The Persistent Guest 3/7/1956

53.     Family Reunion 3/14/1956

54.     Family Dines Out 3/28/1956

55.     Bud, the Boxer 4/4/1956

56.     Betty, Girl Engineer 4/11/1956

57.     The Martins and the Coys 4/18/1956

58.     Dilemma for Margaret 4/25/1956

59.     Hero Father 5/2/1956

60.     Father, the Naturalist 5/9/1956

61.     The Ten Dollar Question 5/16/1956

62.     Adopted Daughter 5/23/1956

63.     Betty's Graduation 5/30/1956

Season Three
 
64.     No Apron Strings 9/12/1956

65.     Never in Twain 9/19/1956

66.     Betty Goes to College 9/26/1956

67.     Man About Town 10/3/1956

68.     The Homing Pigeon 10/10/1956

69.     Spaghetti for Margaret 10/17/1956

70.     Betty's Birthday 10/24/1956

71.     Bud, the Millionaire 10/31/1956

72.     The Old Days 11/7/1956

73.     Whistle Bait 11/14/1956

74.     The Great Guy 11/21/1956

75.     The Family Goes to New York 11/28/1956

76.     Betty Goes Steady 12/5/1956

77.     The Good Prospect 12/12/1956

78.     The Angel's Sweater 12/19/1956

79.     The Promising Young Man 12/26/1956

80.     Margaret Hires a Gardener 1/2/1957

81.     Swiss Family Anderson 1/9/1957

82.     Brief Holiday 1/16/1957

83.     The Lawn Party 1/23/1957

84.     Short Wave 1/30/1957

85.     Carnival 2/6/1957

86.     Betty and the Jet Pilot 2/13/1957

87.     Trip to Hillsborough 2/20/1957

88.     An Evening to Remember 2/27/1957

89.     Bud Buys a Car 3/13/1957

90.     Safety First 3/20/1957

91.     Bud, the Hero 3/27/1957

92.     Betty, the Track Star 4/3/1957

93.     The Spelling Bee 4/17/1957

94.     Bud, the Philanthropist 4/24/1957

95.     Baby in the House 5/1/1957

96.     Class Prophecy 5/8/1957

97.     The Art of Romance 5/15/1957

98.     Margaret Disowns Her Family 5/22/1957

99.     Grandpa Retires 5/29/1957

100.    Shoot for the Moon 6/5/1957

Season Four
 
101.    Follow the Leader 9/25/1957

102.    The Awkward Hero 10/2/1957

103.    The Good Neighbor 10/9/1957

104.    Bud, the Executive 10/16/1957

105.    Sentenced to Happiness 10/23/1957

106.    Mother Goes to School 10/30/1957

107.    The Indispensable Man 11/6/1957

108.    Kathy's Big Chance 11/13/1957

109.    Margaret Learns to Drive 11/20/1957

110.    The Way of a Dictator 12/4/1957

111.    Mr. Beal Meets His Match 12/11/1957

112.    Kathy Makes a Wish 12/25/1957

113.    Man With a Plan 1/1/1958

114.    Big Sister 1/8/1958

115.    Calypso Kid 1/15/1958

116.    Father's Biography 1/22/1958

117.    The Rivals 1/29/1958

118.    Bud, the Mind Reader 2/5/1958

119.    Margaret's Other Family 2/12/1958

120.    The Trial 2/19/1958

121.    Revenge is Sweet 2/26/1958

122.    Country Cousin 3/5/1958

123.    Poor Old Dad 3/12/1958

124.    Betty's Crusade 3/19/1958

125.    Young Love 3/26/1958

126.    Tell It to Mom 4/2/1958
 
127.    A Friend in Need 4/16/1958

128.    A Medal for Margaret 4/23/1958

129.    The Weaker Sex 4/30/1958

130.    Jim, the Answer Man 5/14/1958

131.    Bud Quits School 5/21/1958

132.    A Matter of Pride 6/4/1958

133.    Betty Finds a Cause 6/11/1958

Season Five
 
134.    Vine Covered Cottage 9/15/1958

135.    Be Kind to Bud Week 9/22/1958

136.    Kathy's Romance 9/29/1958

137.    Voice From the Past 10/6/1958

138.    Frank's Family Trees 10/13/1958

139.    Always Plan Ahead 10/20/1958

140.    Second Wedding 10/27/1958

141.    Bud, the Caretaker 11/3/1958

142.    Betty, the Pioneer Woman 11/10/1958

143.    Fair Exchange 11/17/1958

144.    Bud, the Snob 11/24/1958

145.    Margaret Wins a Car 12/1/1958

146.    The Great Experiment 12/8/1958

147.    The Christmas Story 12/15/1958

148.    The Basketball Coach 12/22/1958

149.    Kathy, Girl Executive 12/29/1958

150.    The Good Samaritan 1/5/1959

151.    The Ideal Father 1/12/1959

152.    Big Shot Bud 1/19/1959

153.    Hard Luck Leo 1/26/1959

154.    Bud, the Campus Romeo 2/2/1959

155.    Crisis Over a Kiss 2/9/1959

156.    Kathy Grows Up 2/16/1959

157.    A Man of Merit 2/23/1959

158.    Betty Makes a Choice 3/2/1959

159.    It's a Small World 3/9/1959

160.    Two Loves Has Bud 3/16/1959

161.    An Extraordinary Woman 3/23/1959

162.    The Art of Romance 3/30/1959

163.    Formula for Happiness 4/6/1959

164.    Bud and the Debutante 4/13/1959

165.    The Promised Playhouse 4/20/1959

166.    The Meanest Professor 4/27/1959

167.    Live My Own Life 5/4/1959

168.    Bud Has A Problem 5/11/1959

169.    The Great Anderson Mystery 5/18/1959

170.    Margaret Goes Dancing 5/25/1959

171.    The Gold Turnip 6/1/1959

Season Six
 
172.    A Day in the Country 10/5/1959

173.    Bud Branches Out 10/12/1959

174.    The Gardener's Big Day 10/19/1959

175.    The Imposter 10/26/1959

176.    Bud Plays It Safe 11/2/1959

177.    Bicycle Trip for Two 11/9/1959

178.    First Disillusionment 11/16/1959

179.    Margaret's Old Flame 11/23/1959

180.    Kathy Becomes a Girl 11/30/1959

181.    Bud, the Willing Worker 12/7/1959

182.    Turn the Other Cheek 12/14/1959

183.    Good Joke on Mom 12/28/1959

184.    Betty's Double 1/4/1960

185.    Father, the Naturalist 1/11/1960

186.    Bud Hides Behind a Skirt 1/18/1960

187.    Togetherness 1/25/1960

188.    Second Best 2/1/1960

189.    Kathy's Big Deception 2/8/1960

190.    Cupid Knows Best 2/15/1960

191.    The Big Test 2/22/1960

192.    Jim's Big Surprise 2/29/1960

193.    Time to Retire 3/7/1960

194.    Bud, the Speculator 3/14/1960

195.    The $500 Letter 3/21/1960

196.    Adopted Daughter 3/28/1960

197.    Family Contest 4/4/1960

198.    Love and Learn 4/11/1960

199.    Blind Date 4/18/1960

200.    Betty's Career Problem 4/25/1960

201.    Bud Lives It Up 5/9/1960

202.    Not His Type 5/16/1960

203.    Betty's Graduation 5/23/1960 


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Matinee Classics - Father Knows Best starring Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray and Lauren Chapin
Matinee Classics - Father Knows Best starring Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray and Lauren Chapin
Matinee Classics - Father Knows Best starring Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray and Lauren Chapin
Matinee Classics - Father Knows Best starring Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray and Lauren Chapin
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