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Father Knows Best 1955

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Maybe he didn't always know best, but beginning in 1954 insurance salesman Jim Anderson (Robert Young) of Springfield, Ohio, was America's favorite head of household.

Starring:
Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue

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Season 1
1. 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.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 2, 1954
2. Lesson in Citizenship

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

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: October 9, 1954
3. The Motor Scooter

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

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 16, 1954
4. 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.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 23, 1954
5. Live My Own Life

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

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: October 30, 1954
6. Grandpa Jim's Rejuvenation

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

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: November 6, 1954
7. Bud's Encounter With The Law

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

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: November 14, 1954
8. Thanksgiving Day

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

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: November 21, 1954
9. Second Honeymoon

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

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: November 28, 1954
10. Typical Father

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

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: December 5, 1954
11. Margaret Goes Dancing

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

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: December 12, 1954
12. 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.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: December 19, 1954
13. Sparrow in the Winter

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

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: December 26, 1954
14. Boy's Week

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

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: January 2, 1955
15. 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.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: January 9, 1955
16. Bud The Snob

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

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: January 16, 1955
17. The Promised Playhouse

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

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: January 23, 1955
18. 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.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: January 30, 1955
19. 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."

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: February 6, 1955
20. 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 mind coat for less than half the regular price, and he grabs it.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: February 13, 1955
21. 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.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: February 20, 1955
22. 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.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: February 27, 1955
23. 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.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: March 9, 1955
24. Father Delivers the Papers

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

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: March 13, 1955
25. 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.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: March 19, 1955
26. 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.

Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: March 26, 1955

Product details

Director Peter Tewksbury
Starring Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue
Supporting actors Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin
Season year 1955
Network Shout! Factory
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Format Prime Video (streaming online video)
Devices Available to watch on supported devices

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