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Father Knows Best 

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The popular radio show comes to life in this hit sitcom about a wise family man, Jim Anderson, his common-sense wife Margaret and their children Betty, Bud and Kathy.

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Ed James
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6   5   4   3   2   1   Unknown  
1960   1959   1958   1957   1956   1955   … See all »
Won 6 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Robert Young ...  Jim Anderson / ... 202 episodes, 1954-1960
Lauren Chapin ...  Kathy Anderson / ... 201 episodes, 1954-1960
Jane Wyatt ...  Margaret Anderson / ... 201 episodes, 1954-1960
Billy Gray ...  Bud Anderson / ... 201 episodes, 1954-1960
Elinor Donahue ...  Betty Anderson / ... 198 episodes, 1954-1960
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The popular radio show comes to life in this hit sitcom about a wise family man, Jim Anderson, his common-sense wife Margaret and their children Betty, Bud and Kathy. Whenever the kids need advice on anything at all, they can always turn to their father, because father knows best. Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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Comedy | Family

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TV-G | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The character 'Jim Anderson' was ranked #6 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue). See more »

Quotes

Bud Anderson: I saw your insurance chart once and it says the life expectancy of the average man is...
Jim Anderson: Bud, for your information, I look barely in my '40s. That hardly qualifies me for the home for the aged. Yet.
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Referenced in The '80s Greatest: Family Values (2018) See more »

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Waiting
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by Don A. Ferris
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The 1950s were a simpler time, and this father always knew best.
14 December 2004 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

I wasn't quite 9 years old when "Father Knows Best" made its move to TV, so I didn't get to see any of the first episodes because we didn't get our first TV until a year later. But I vividly remember watching many episodes over its 10-year run. Robert Young as James 'Jim' Anderson, Sr. was written as the almost "perfect" father, and Jane Wyatt as Margaret Anderson was written as the almost "perfect" mother. More than anything else, thinking back, this was a series written as a model for what was generally considered the correct way for a family to live and interact back in the 1950s. Some viewers today might scoff at that notion, but coming just a few years after the big war, and running during much of the "cold war", as a youngster it was reassuring to see peace and harmony. We didn't have the big national news networks back then reporting everything that was bad, in gory detail, and today I see that as a blessing. Elinor Donahue as Betty Anderson, Billy Gray as 'Bud' Anderson, Jr., and Lauren Chapin as 'Kitten' Anderson completed the family. It is always fun to occasionally catch an old episode or two. While TV technical production values have improved, the 'messages' of the shows have not.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Told You So See more »

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Runtime:

| (203 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)| Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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