Father Knows Best

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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. 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.” Margaret Anderson (Jane Wyatt) charmed us as the levelheaded domestic diva who stood faithfully behind the strong and benevolent father. Their three children—sophisticated teen Betty (Elinor Donahue), chronically befuddled 14-year-old brother “Bud” (Billy Gray) and precocious little sister Kathy (Lauren Chapin)—faced the challenges of growing up right alongside of us. And in episode after episode, Jim and Margaret treated their children’s youthful transgressions with authority, empathy and wisdom. By the end of each half hour, we’d all learned our lesson. Join Jim and Margaret and “Princess,” “Bud” and “Kitten” in their very first year as everyone’s favorite ’50s family in Father Knows Best. "

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S1E1 Bud Takes Up The Dance Bud uses an old book to teach himself to dance in time...
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S1E2 Lesson In Citizenship Jim sets out to teach his layabout kids a proper life ethic.
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S1E3 The Motor Scooter Jim and Margaret disagree on whether Jim should buy Bud a...
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S1E4 Football Tickets Jim and Margaret go to the big football game every year....
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S1E5 Live My Own Life Bud feels beleaguered by his parents and siblings, and...
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S1E6 Grandpa Jim's Rejuvenation Jim wants to play badminton, but his kids see him as too...
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S1E7 Bud's Encounter With The Law Kathy’s on a tear, throwing everything she can get her...
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S1E8 Thanksgiving Day When Kathy writes a prize-winning Thanksgiving poem, Jim...
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S1E9 Second Honeymoon Jim and Margaret could use some time away from the house,...
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S1E10 Typical Father Betty is falling hard for a new guy, and it upsets her...
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S1E11 Margaret Goes Dancing Margaret is sure she could never get Jim to agree to take...
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S1E12 The Christmas Story In an attempt to remind his family of the real meaning of...
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S1E13 Sparrow In The Window When Kathy discovers an injured sparrow on the...
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S1E14 Boy's Week After Kathy breaks another window, Jim is committed to...
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S1E15 A Friend Of Old George's The family has a lovely dinner and special event planned...
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S1E16 Bud The Snob Bud is getting a reputation as a snob; his difficulty in...
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S1E17 The Promised Playhouse Jim demands that his family start living up to the...
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S1E18 Jim The Farmer Feeling stressed out from all the pressure at work, Jim...
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S1E19 Father Of The Year The Springfield newspaper is sponsoring a Father of the...
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S1E20 The Mink Coat Money is tight and Jim lectures the family on fiscal...
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S1E21 The Matchmaker Margaret wages a campaign to get her cousin’s boyfriend...
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S1E22 Bud The Bridesmaid Cousin Louise is getting married in the Anderson home....
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S1E23 Proud Father After he runs into a friend who brags about his...
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S1E24 Father Delivers The Papers The customers on Bud’s paper route have been complaining...
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S1E25 No Partiality Kathy demands equal rights with Betty and Bud. Jim agrees...
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S1E26 Close Decision Bud is slacking off—he’s not doing his chores and he’s...
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S2E1 Art of Salesmanship Bud thinks he can earn much money fast by selling...
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S2E2 Father's Private Life Jim feels that his children need to work out their own...
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S2E3 Lessons in Civics The county wants to build a new highway right through the...
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S2E4 First Disillusionment Bud is upset because he has lost a job to another boy.
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S2E5 Woman in the House Jim wants to invite a friend of his over to the Anderson...
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S2E6 New Girl at School There is a new girl at school and it is love at first...
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S2E7 Kathy Makes Magic Kathy trades her skaters for a magician's box.
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S2E8 Advantage to Betty Betty is excited her tennis team has made the championships.
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S2E9 The Big Test For once in his life Bud has studied hard for a big test.
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S2E10 Father Is a Dope Jim becomes paranoid after watching a family sitcom on...
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S2E11 Spirit of Youth Betty, Bud and Kathy are convinced that Mom and Dad are...
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S2E12 Bud, the Ladykiller At school a dorky classmate of Bud’s has a crush on him.
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S2E13 Margaret's Premonition Margaret's recent predictions have convinced that family...
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S2E14 Stage to Yuma Robert Young tells us at the beginning that "the family...
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S2E15 Bad Influence Bud has a new friend. Unfortunately, his new friend is a...
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S2E16 Betty Hates Carter Jim has decided to play match maker for his daughter for...
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S2E17 Jim, the Tyrant Jim has had a bad day at work. When he comes home from...
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S2E18 Betty's Brother Because of the large age difference between Kathy and...
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S2E19 Betty Earns a Formal Jim refused to buy a formal dress for the dance for Betty...
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S2E20 The House Painter The Anderson’s are getting their house painted. This...
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S2E21 Bud, the Wallflower Bud is depressed because he has not been invited to the...
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S2E22 The Bus to Nowhere Betty has been depressed for over a week. No one has been...
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S2E23 Kathy, the Indian Giver Kathy is much younger than Bud and Betty. Though they...
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S2E24 The Historical Andersons Bud is given an assignment to write an essay about a...
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S2E25 The Grass Is Greener In college Jim spent so much time with his four college...
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S2E26 The Persistent Guest Bud has a new friend that he has invited to stay over...
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S2E27 Family Reunion Margaret is excited about her family reunion. Her...
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S2E28 Family Dines Out Betty has a new friend, Elouise Sanford. Elouise is from...
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S2E29 Bud, the Boxer Eddie Jarvis is the school bully. He challenges Bud to a...
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S2E30 Betty, Girl Engineer After a job fair, Betty decides she would like to be an...
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S2E31 The Martins and the Coys Betty and her boyfriend are getting along wonderful until...
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S2E32 Dilemma for Margaret Margaret is candid about some minor issues with her...
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S2E33 Hero Father Bud impresses his classmates when his father gets Duke...
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S2E34 Father, the Naturalist Kathy is excited because if she can find five more herbs,...
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S2E35 The Ten Dollar Question Jim and Margaret are so tired of the family dynamics. The...
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S2E36 Adopted Daughter Kathy is cleaning up and finds a receipt for $25 from the...
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S2E37 Betty's Graduation As Betty approaches her completion of High School she...
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S3E1 No Apron Strings Bud’s new girlfriend Georgia is jealous of Bud’s family...
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S3E2 Never in Twain Betty falls in love with a cowboy on a dude ranch....
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S3E3 Betty Goes to College Margaret and Jim are excited about Betty starting...
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S3E4 Man About Town Bud tries to date an older woman named Marisa by lying...
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S3E5 The Homing Pigeon Buds homing pigeon and Betty scare the family by not...
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S3E6 Spaghetti for Margaret Jim finds himself in a sticky situation after having...
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S3E7 Betty's Birthday Betty decides that she does not want to celebrate her...
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S3E8 Bud, the Millionaire Jim gives Bud an allowance in order to teach him about...
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S3E9 The Old Days At a PTA fundraiser, the Anderson parents and kids chose...
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S3E10 Whistle Bait Betty becomes jealous when all the attention at school is...
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S3E11 The Great Guy Bud hates his job, but feels that he can not quit because...
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S3E12 The Family Goes to New York Betty goes to New York to help out in her friends...
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S3E13 Betty Goes Steady Betty tries to get in with the upper class kids at school...
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S3E14 The Good Prospect Jim and the family meet Mr. Lydum, a smooth talker, who...
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S3E15 The Angel's Sweater Everyone is worrying that the visiting Aunt Neva will...
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S3E16 The Promising Young Man Jims boss asks Jim to teach his son Woody how to be a...
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S3E17 Margaret Hires a Gardener Margaret hires a Spanish gardener. When the work is...
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S3E18 Swiss Family Anderson Margaret, Jim, and the rest of the family are shipwrecked...
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S3E19 Brief Holiday Bored with being a housewife, Margaret goes shopping and...
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S3E20 The Lawn Party Bud plans a lawn party and his parents find out.
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S3E21 Short Wave While Bud is showing his family how he has learned to use...
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S3E22 Carnival Bud loses the money he was supposed to use to pay the...
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S3E23 Betty and the Jet Pilot Betty is saddened when her new boyfriend, who is a jet...
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S3E24 Trip to Hillsborough Margaret and Jim let Bud go to Hillsborough to do...
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S3E25 An Evening to Remember Actor Cornell Wild gets in an accident and asks Jim for...
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S3E26 Bud Buys a Car Bud buys a $10 car to impress his girlfriend....
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S3E27 Safety First Because Bud violates a traffic law, he must do community...
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S3E28 Bud, the Hero Bud becomes a town hero after preventing a bank robbery.
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S3E29 Betty, the Track Star Betty finishes first in a track race in addition to...
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S3E30 The Spelling Bee Kathy is nervous about the school spelling bee, so Betty...
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S3E31 Bud, the Philanthropist Bud decides to donate to the church, but gets angry when...
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S3E32 Baby in the House Jim and Margaret decide to baby-sit for Betty so that she...
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S3E33 Class Prophecy Jim and Margaret find out that an unsuccessful classmate,...
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S3E34 The Art of Romance Bud asks Jim how to get Judys attention while Judy asks...
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S3E35 Margaret Disowns Her Family Margaret helps out a young pregnant woman.
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S3E36 Grandpa Retires Margarets father decides to retire because of health...
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S3E37 Shoot for the Moon The Andersons regain their confidence with the help of...
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S4E1 Follow the Leader Bud must decide between defending the new teacher at...
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S4E2 The Awkward Hero Betty tutors a football star who wants to take her to the...
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S4E3 The Good Neighbor Margaret inherits a new rental property from her parents.
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S4E4 Bud, the Executive Bud enjoys his new leadership as chairman of the school...
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S4E5 Sentenced to Happiness The Andersons' gardener, Frank, gets a new job and ends...
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S4E6 Mother Goes to School Betty and Margaret end up in the same English class at...
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S4E7 The Indispensable Man Bud is benched for the big game after breaking the...
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S4E8 Kathy's Big Chance Kathy wins a contest to appear with Greer Garson at her...
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S4E9 Margaret Learns to Drive Jim teaches Margaret how to drive, but they end up in a...
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S4E10 The Way of a Dictator After learning about dictators in school, Bud takes over...
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S4E11 Mr. Beal Meets His Match Jim sells his soul to the devil -- at least, in Betty's...
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S4E12 Kathy Makes a Wish Kathy makes a wish on a horseshoe, and it comes true.
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S4E13 Man With a Plan Bud's new girlfriend throws him a going-away party when...
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S4E14 Big Sister At summer camp, counselor Betty pushes her sister to be...
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S4E15 Calypso Kid Bud learns the bongos to impress a girl.
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S4E16 Father's Biography Jim must choose between a PTA meeting and an important...
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S4E17 The Rivals Betty has two dates on the same night.
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S4E18 Bud, the Mind Reader Bud takes up mind-reading, while Betty tries to make the...
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S4E19 Margaret's Other Family The family feels sidelined when Margaret starts to help...
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S4E20 The Trial Bud is accused of damaging a neighbor's property.
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S4E21 Revenge Is Sweet Betty teases Bud about his sloppy nature after he meets...
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S4E22 Country Cousin The Andersons' country cousin Milly comes to stay.
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S4E23 Poor Old Dad Bud thinks his father is henpecked, so Jim shows him the...
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S4E24 Betty’s Crusade Betty helps save an elderly restaurant owner from...
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S4E25 Young Love Bud falls in love with an older woman at the supermarket...
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S4E26 Tell It to Mom Bud accidentally sells a pair of skates that Betty was...
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S4E27 A Friend in Need The Andersons take in a stray dog who shows up on their...
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S4E28 A Medal for Margaret Margaret has no trophies in the family display case, so...
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S4E29 The Weaker Sex Betty uses her womanly wiles to get the neighbor boy to...
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S4E30 Jim, the Answer Man Jim wants to finish his work before leaving on a business...
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S4E31 Bud Quits School Bud quits school after meeting a successful businessman...
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S4E32 A Matter of Pride Bud is chosen as the most popular boy in his class.
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S4E33 Betty Finds a Cause Betty lobbies a neighbor to remove his dangerously high...
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S5E1 Vine Covered Cottage Betty and her boyfriend are discussing the possibility of...
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S5E2 Be Kind to Bud Week Bud wonders what's going on when Betty suddenly starts...
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S5E3 Kathy's Romance Kathy gets herself a boyfriend but he seems to be more...
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S5E4 Voice from the Past Bud prepares to escort his school's homecoming queen.
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S5E5 Frank's Family Trees When Betty begins wondering about her new beau's family,...
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S5E6 Always Plan Ahead Jim decides to teach the Anderson children a lesson to...
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S5E7 Second Wedding Betty talks her parents into going through another...
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S5E8 Bud, the Caretaker A friend gives Bud his car to watch over.
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S5E9 Betty, the Pioneer Woman Betty wins a role in a play about the founding of...
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S5E10 Fair Exchange An Indian student from Betty's college spends the weekend...
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S5E11 Bud, the Snob Jim and Margaret worry that Bud is turning into a snob...
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S5E12 Margaret Wins a Car Margaret wins a car in a raffle and uses it to help out...
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S5E13 The Great Experiment Things don't exactly work out as planned when Jim...
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S5E14 The Christmas Story While putting up their Christmas tree, the Anderson...
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S5E15 The Basketball Coach Jim gets named coach of Bud's recreation league...
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S5E16 Kathy, Girl Executive The family puts Kathy in charge of Bud's lawn mowing...
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S5E17 The Good Samaritan As part of a school assignment, Bud must do a good deed....
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S5E18 The Ideal Father The Anderson children all forget Jim's birthday.
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S5E19 Big Shot Bud Bud wants to buy Margaret a bottle of expensive perfume...
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S5E20 Hard Luck Leo A visitor to the Anderson home begins taking advantage of...
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S5E21 Bud, the Campus Romeo Bud finds himself blacklisted by the girls at his school.
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S5E22 Crisis Over a Kiss Bud tries to save Betty after she makes a date with a...
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S5E23 Kathy Grows up Tired of being treated like a child, Kathy demands to be...
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S5E24 A Man of Merit Jim learns that he's been nominated for an important...
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S5E25 Betty Makes a Choice Betty gets overconfident of winning the lead in her...
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S5E26 It's a Small World Margaret's dilemma: attend a luncheon with her women's...
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S5E27 Two Loves Has Bud Bud must choose between two girls to take to his prom.
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S5E28 An Extraordinary Woman An author on African culture is the latest visitor to the...
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S5E29 The Art of Romance Betty finds romance in her college art class.
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S5E30 Formula for Happiness Jim's dreams amazingly begin coming true.
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S5E31 Bud and the Debutante Bud tries to impress his wealthy galpal by taking her to...
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S5E32 The Promised Playhouse Flashback to an earlier episode about Jim building a...
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S5E33 The Meanest Professor Bud writes an uncomplimentary article about a professor...
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S5E34 Live My Own Life Another flashback episode about Bud going out and trying...
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S5E35 Bud Has a Problem Bud is doing poorly in physics and blames his academic...
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S5E36 The Great Anderson Mystery The Andersons decide to act out a detective story...
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S5E37 Margaret Goes Dancing Margaret tries to get Jim to take her dancing.
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S5E38 The Gold Turnip Bud comes to the conclusion that the only good tradition...
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S6E1 A Day in the Country The Andersons decide to take a weekend family drive in...
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S6E2 Bud Branches Out Bud develops a crush on his attractive French professor.
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S6E3 The Gardener's Big Day The Anderson's Hispanic gardener is chosen to represent...
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S6E4 The Imposter Betty gets involved with a young lawyer who's posing as...
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S6E5 Bud Plays It Safe In order to ensure himself of a spot on the football team...
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S6E6 Bicycle Trip for Two Jim and Margaret get into an argument while taking a...
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S6E7 First Disillusionment Bud recounts to Kathy about the time he lost a job due to...
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S6E8 Margaret's Old Flame Jim and Margaret recall the people they once dated as...
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S6E9 Kathy Becomes a Girl The rest of the family tries to feminize tomboy Kathy.
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S6E10 Bud, the Willing Worker In order to buy a boat, Bud takes a job pumping gas at a...
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S6E11 Turn the Other Cheek Jim and Kathy both feel like their friends doublecrossed...
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S6E12 Good Joke On Mom Margaret tricks the family into believing that she's been...
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S6E13 Betty's Double Betty wins a lookalike contest due to her close...
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S6E14 Father, the Naturalist Father and Margaret head outside to explore nature.
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S6E15 Bud Hides Behind a Skirt Betty leads a campaign for safe driving only to have...
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S6E16 Togetherness The Andersons are paid a visit by a newspaper reporter...
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S6E17 Second Best Betty decides to compete in the previously all-male...
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S6E18 Kathy's Big Deception Kathy makes up an imaginary boyfriend so that her family...
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S6E19 Cupid Knows Best The Anderson gardener, Frank, is lonely but is interested...
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S6E20 The Big Test Betty tries her hand at matchmaking for family gardener...
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S6E21 Jim's Big Surprise Jim announces that he has a big surprise for the Anderson...
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S6E22 Time to Retire Bud's actions reaffirm an old man's belief in life and...
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S6E23 Bud, the Speculator Never the sharpest tool in the shed, Bud loses $50 in a...
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S6E24 The $500 Letter When the Andersons receive a $500 check in the mail from...
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S6E26 Family Contest Kathy enters her family in a photo contest.
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S6E27 Love and Learn Needing help in English because he's not the brightest...
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S6E28 Blind Date Betty dates a boy whom her galpals regard as a loser.
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S6E29 Betty's Career Problem Betty finds herself competing against (and losing to) a...
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S6E30 Bud Lives It up In order to impress a girl, Bud starts spending money...
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S6E31 Not His Type Betty gets caught up in the middle of a lover's quarrel...
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S6E32 Betty's Graduation This flashback episode recalls Betty and her reluctance...
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