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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. "

Full Episodes

Season 1
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22 min
S1E1 Bud Takes Up The Dance Bud uses an old book to teach himself to dance in time...
25 min
S1E2 Lesson In Citizenship Jim sets out to teach his layabout kids a proper life ethic.
22 min
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...
25 min
S1E6 Grandpa Jim's Rejuvenation Jim wants to play badminton, but his kids see him as too...
22 min
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...
22 min
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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