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Father Knows Best 4 Seasons 1955

Season 1
(271) IMDb 7.4/10

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Father Knows Best premiered on CBS in October 1954 and has been part of the American cultural fabric ever since. The program's depiction of a "typical" mid-century, middle-class, Midwestern American family is fondly remembered by many of us who grew up watching the show and rather enviously thinking: "Oh. So this is what happens in all the other houses."

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1. Father Knows Best 101-Bud Takes Up The Dance

Bud uses an old book to teach himself to dance in time for his very first date and his very first dance.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 3, 1954
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2. Father Knows Best 102-Lesson In Citizenship

Jim sets out to teach his layabout kids a proper life ethic.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: October 10, 1954
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3. Father Knows Best 103-The Motor Scooter

Jim and Margaret disagree on whether Jim should buy Bud a motor scooter.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 17, 1954
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4. Father Knows Best 104-Football Tickets

Jim and Margaret go to the big football game every year. This year, Margaret finds she cannot go and Betty is promised the ticket--until Jim offers it to someone else.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 24, 1954
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5. Father Knows Best 105-Live My Own Life

Bud feels beleaguered by his parents and siblings, and believes he is ready to take responsibility for his own life.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: October 31, 1954
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6. Father Knows Best 106-Grandpa Jim's Rejuvenation

Jim wants to play badminton, but his kids see him as too old for such things.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: November 7, 1954
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7. Father Knows Best 107-Bud's Encounter With The Law

Kathy's on a tear, throwing everything she can get her hands on into her new "spaceship," a/k/a the family washing machine.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: November 14, 1954
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8. Father Knows Best 108-Thanksgiving Day

When Kathy writes a prize-winning Thanksgiving poem, Jim envisions his "Kitten" as the next Emily Brontë.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: November 21, 1954
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9. Father Knows Best 109-Second Honeymoon

Jim and Margaret could use some time away from the house, so they plan a weekend getaway.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: November 28, 1954
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10. Father Knows Best 110-Typical Father

Betty is falling hard for a new guy, and it upsets her father.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: December 5, 1954
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11. Father Knows Best 111-Margaret Goes Dancing

Margaret is sure she could never get Jim to agree to take dancing classes with her.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: December 12, 1954
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12. Father Knows Best 112-The Christmas Story

In an attempt to remind his family of the real meaning of Christmas, Jim decides the Andersons will cut down their own Christmas tree this year.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: December 19, 1954
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13. Father Knows Best 113-Sparrow In The Window

When Kathy discovers an injured sparrow on the windowsill, the family takes the little bird in to nurse it back to health.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: December 26, 1954
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14. Father Knows Best 114-Boy's Week

After Kathy breaks another window, Jim is committed to teaching his kids about personal responsibility.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: January 2, 1955
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15. Father Knows Best 115-A Friend Of Old George's

The family has a lovely dinner and special event planned for Kathy's birthday. She's been looking forward to it, but an uninvited visitor upsets the best-laid plans.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: January 9, 1955
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16. Father Knows Best 116-Bud The Snob

Bud is getting a reputation as a snob; his difficulty in talking with girls is being misinterpreted as standoffishness.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: January 16, 1955
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17. Father Knows Best 117-The Promised Playhouse

Jim demands that his family start living up to the promises they've made to people.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: January 23, 1955
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18. Father Knows Best 118-Jim The Farmer

Feeling stressed out from all the pressure at work, Jim decides to give up his job, move to the country and become a farmer.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: January 30, 1955
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19. Father Knows Best 119-Father Of The Year

The Springfield newspaper is sponsoring a Father of the Year contest. The Anderson children set out to write the winning essay, but can't find the words to describe the "best father in the world."

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: February 6, 1955
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20. Father Knows Best 120-The Mink Coat

Money is tight and Jim lectures the family on fiscal responsibility. The very next day he is presented with an extraordinary opportunity to buy Margaret a mink coat for less than half the regular price, and he grabs it.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: February 13, 1955
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21. Father Knows Best 121-The Matchmaker

Margaret wages a campaign to get her cousin's boyfriend to propose. Though Louise is hesitant to "trap" Tom, Margaret is sure she knows what to do and takes over.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: February 20, 1955
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22. Father Knows Best 122-Bud The Bridesmaid

Cousin Louise is getting married in the Anderson home. Margaret is going all-out on the wedding, and Jim is not happy about the bills. When a case of wedding jitters keeps Louise out of the rehearsal, Bud has to stand in for the bride.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: February 27, 1955
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23. Father Knows Best 123-Proud Father

After he runs into a friend who brags about his overachieving children, Jim wants to help inspire his own brood to acts of greatness.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: March 6, 1955
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24. Father Knows Best 124-Father Delivers The Papers

The customers on Bud's paper route have been complaining about him to his boss. When Mr. Collins tells Jim about it, Jim assures him that Bud will fulfill his duties if he gives him another chance.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: March 13, 1955
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25. Father Knows Best 125-No Partiality

Kathy demands equal rights with Betty and Bud. Jim agrees and says that whatever Betty gets to do, Kathy gets to do too.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: March 20, 1955
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26. Father Knows Best 126-Close Decision

Bud is slacking off--he's not doing his chores and he's put off memorizing a poem to recite in church. Margaret insists he skip his softball game and catch up on his work, but Jim sneaks him out.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: March 27, 1955
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