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Father Knows Best: Season 1

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Copy: Maybe he didn't always know best, but insurance salesman Jim Anderson (Robert Young) of Springfield, Ohio, was America's favorite head of household. Father Knows Best premiered on CBS in October 1954 and has been part of the American cultural fabric ever since. Every week families gathered around the television set to join Jim, Margaret, "Princess", "Bud" and "Kitten" in their very first year as everyone's favorite 50's family. On DVD for the first time ever, this 4-disc set contains the Complete first season. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
BONUS FEATURES
*New cast interviews
*Robert Young's home movies
*Rare behind the scenes color footage
*24 Hours In Tyrantland - special episode created for the U.S. government.
*Window On Main Street pilot episode - Robert Young's very next TV series.

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It's telling that this family favorite began on radio as Father Knows Best? When the show came to CBS in 1954, the question mark disappeared. Contrary to popular opinion, however, Springfield, Ohio, insurance agent Jim Anderson (Emmy winner Robert Young) doesn't have all the answers. He and his wife, Margaret (fellow Emmy winner Jane Wyatt), come close, though. Were the show in production now, Anderson wouldn't smoke, but Father Knows Best reflects the standards of its time--separate beds and all. The sweet-natured pilot sets the tone when 14-year-old Bud (Billy Gray) frets about the school dance until Jim arranges for his 17-year-old sister, Betty (Elinor Donahue), to show him some steps. Other storylines revolve around community service and feeling needed, while "Thanksgiving Day" offers a glimpse of Jim's imperfect side when he dismisses a poem written by nine-year-old Kathy (Laurin Chapin), who overhears him; he realizes he was holding Kitten to impossible standards. As Chapin notes in the bonus interview (in which Donahue also features), the primary themes were cooperation and forgiveness. Naysayers can knock Father Knows Best for being square, but it espouses timeless values. And who's to say the lingo wasn't hip for the 1950s? Colorful examples include "goobers," "criminy," "creepers," "knot-head," and "simply utterly."

On the downside, these 26 episodes appear in unrestored, syndicated condition. Fortunately, the show doesn't look too bad for its age and abundant extras compensate, like special 1959 savings bond episode 24 Hours in Tyrantland and Young's home movies and behind-the-scenes footage, both with low-key narration by grandson Bill Proffitt. After Young put Father Knows Best to rest, he segued to 1960's Window on Main Street (this set includes the pilot) before scoring another hit with Marcus Welby, M.D.. Donahue followed suit with The Andy Griffith Show and Wyatt with Star Trek. --Kathleen C. Fennessy


Special features

  • New cast interviews
  • Robert Young's home movies
  • Rare behind the scenes color footage
  • 24 Hours In Tyrantland, special episode created for the U.S. government
  • Window On Main Street pilot episode, Robert Young's very next TV series

Product details

  • Actors: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin
  • Directors: William D. Russell, James Neilson, Peter Tewksbury
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 660 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012Q3SZ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,881 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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