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Father Knows Best 4 Seasons

Season 1
4.6 out of 5 stars (247) IMDb 7.4/10

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."

Starring:
Robert Young, Jane Wyatt

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Season 1
1. Father Knows Best 101-Bud Takes Up The Dance
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: March 27, 1955
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By Mike Dudley on April 3, 2008
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Father Knows Best was a wonderful television program. A review of the show would get 5 stars. These reviews are not supposed to be testimonials or nostalgic trips back to one's childhood; they should be reviews of the product. That is the reason I am awarding this product a single star. There is no excuse whatsoever for a company to give the buying public edited versions of tv shows that have been in existence for so many years. I wrongfully assumed that since the Young family trust gave its blessing to this project that the dvd set would be top notch and first class. Shout Factory could not even present episode number one in its original form. The first show was barely 22 minutes with complete opening sequence and closing credits. The editing to trim the show by the three minutes was done with a hatchet that a child of four could notice. I suppose this is better than no Father Knows Best at all, but not by much. My advice is to check the manufacturer of dvd's and make sure that Shout Factory had nothing to do with it. Otherwise, you will receive less than you hoped for and less than you paid for.
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I grew up in a very difficult, unconventional family during the 1950s that was anything but conservative. Nothing about it resembled the "average, American middle-class" family - the Anderson's - depicted so flawlessly on Father Knows Best. My family didn't look like the Anderson's, they didn't sound like the Anderson's, and they certainly didn't act like the Anderson's.

Nonetheless, I loved everything about that TV family just because it was so completely foreign to my life. I was totally, hopelessly captivated by their perfectly rosy lives. It wasn't that I wanted the Anderson's to be my family, I just loved visiting them each week, sort of like going to another planet without needing a space ship.

I grew up to be a liberal feminist, so nothing about my adult life now resembles the Anderson's in the least, even now. But, I STILL love them! I love the warmth, the messages, and even the strong patriarchal structure. In fact, that is exactly what distinguishes Father Knows Best from the other 50s all-white family shows, like Leave It To Beaver and the Donna Reed Show. Those other shows focus on the children, but it was the Dad that was paramount in this show - how he responded to his family and how they responded to him. So, major kudos to Shout!Factory for this wonderful release.

Father Knows Best was first a radio series on NBC Radio in 1949 before finally moving to CBS TV after more than four years. A Screen Gems production, the series aired from October 3, 1954 to May 23, 1960 for a total of 203 episodes. The series ended while it was still number 6 in the ratings. (Young left the series in 1960 at the height of the show's popularity, but reruns continued to air in prime time for another three years, on CBS from 1960-1962, and on ABC from 1962-1963.
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Do you wake up in the morning and realize that something is missing in your life. You can't quite put you finger on it but you think why do I feel this way. Then you order this old family series form Amazon. It is received on time and in good shape. You slide it into your DVD. It begins to play and as you watch you realize, that's what is gone, a real family atmosphere, a home with real feeling and real love also real people. In this world of money and greed you can take Father knows best and take your self to a place we all long for. Where the problems are still there but there is a way to solve them and be happy.
I would highly recommend this series to our young families of the world. The older ones know what I am talking about. Thank you.
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This show was a wonderful classic production that I have been eagerly anticipating for more than a year. I was all prepared to purchase it the day of release when I saw the reviews saying that the company distributing the shows on DVD had chosen not to give us the full, unedited shows as orginally broadcast. Reviewers used the term "butchered" and that was enough for me to decide that I would NOT purchase this DVD set after all. So, Shout Factory listen up - the consumers want quality, full broadcast versions - not what you edit to fit on a minium amount of space! I urge all fans of "Father Knows Best" to wait for the best!
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Watched this show as a child enjoyed it then enjoyed it more now. If you are looking for down home good tv show classic this is the show.
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The show itself, as originally produced by the talent involved 50+ years ago, is a great show. But for Shout Factory to rely on butchered "syndication" and rerun prints (22-mins) instead of the original 26-min prime-time network run is unforgiveable! At least they didn't do what Infinity/Roxbury did with another Columbia/Screen Gems classic (Route 66) and butcher off the tops/bottoms of all frames of all episodes to force a PHONY "widescreen" 16x9 aspect-ratio picture! (I hope I just didn't give SF or anyone else any ideas of butchering 4x3 pictures to force phony 16x9 widescreen!)

And prior to the 1963/64 TV season, Screen Gems (Columbia Pictures) had their closing Columbia Torch-Lady Statue logo actually integrated into the end of the closing credits/theme-song.

(With 1963/64, SG started using a seperate logo/jingle after the closing theme/credits had just finished, the animated "sticks & dots" visual with "J-E-L-L-O-like" fanfare jingle; with 1965/66 and for many seasons following, the animated 'S' visual with electronic Eric-Siday-composed jingle; the torchglow sunrise animated logo with new electronic music with 1976/77; and so forth; Sony has usually REMVOVED these 1960s/70s/80s standalone SG/Columbia logos of the original era and replaced them with the current Sony logo, unfortunately).

But the pre-1963/64 Columbia Pictures Torch Lady Statue logo (and there were two versions -- the 1955-60 and the 1960-63) were integrated into the closing theme song at the very end. You see it not only in FKB, but in Donna, Dennis, Route 66, Naked City, Hazel, and other 1950s/60s SG TV shows, if the show isn't edited. And in FKB's first season, SG used a different closing logo but also integrated into the end of the closing theme, the "TV Screen" logo.
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