Father Knows Best

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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."
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Comedy
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Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Father Knows Best 101-Bud Takes Up The Dance
    October 3, 1954
    23min
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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.
  2. 2. Father Knows Best 102-Lesson In Citizenship
    October 10, 1954
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    Jim sets out to teach his layabout kids a proper life ethic.
  3. 3. Father Knows Best 103-The Motor Scooter
    October 17, 1954
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    Jim and Margaret disagree on whether Jim should buy Bud a motor scooter.
  4. 4. Father Knows Best 104-Football Tickets
    October 24, 1954
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    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.
  5. 5. Father Knows Best 105-Live My Own Life
    October 31, 1954
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    Bud feels beleaguered by his parents and siblings, and believes he is ready to take responsibility for his own life.
  6. 6. Father Knows Best 106-Grandpa Jim's Rejuvenation
    November 7, 1954
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    Jim wants to play badminton, but his kids see him as too old for such things.
  7. 7. Father Knows Best 107-Bud's Encounter With The Law
    November 14, 1954
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    Kathy's on a tear, throwing everything she can get her hands on into her new "spaceship," a/k/a the family washing machine.
  8. 8. Father Knows Best 108-Thanksgiving Day
    November 21, 1954
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    When Kathy writes a prize-winning Thanksgiving poem, Jim envisions his "Kitten" as the next Emily Brontë.
  9. 9. Father Knows Best 109-Second Honeymoon
    November 28, 1954
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    Jim and Margaret could use some time away from the house, so they plan a weekend getaway.
  10. 10. Father Knows Best 110-Typical Father
    December 5, 1954
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    Betty is falling hard for a new guy, and it upsets her father.
  11. 11. Father Knows Best 111-Margaret Goes Dancing
    December 12, 1954
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    Margaret is sure she could never get Jim to agree to take dancing classes with her.
  12. 12. Father Knows Best 112-The Christmas Story
    December 19, 1954
    23min
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    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.
  13. 13. Father Knows Best 113-Sparrow In The Window
    December 26, 1954
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    When Kathy discovers an injured sparrow on the windowsill, the family takes the little bird in to nurse it back to health.
  14. 14. Father Knows Best 114-Boy's Week
    January 2, 1955
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    After Kathy breaks another window, Jim is committed to teaching his kids about personal responsibility.
  15. 15. Father Knows Best 115-A Friend Of Old George's
    January 9, 1955
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    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.
  16. 16. Father Knows Best 116-Bud The Snob
    January 16, 1955
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    Bud is getting a reputation as a snob; his difficulty in talking with girls is being misinterpreted as standoffishness.
  17. 17. Father Knows Best 117-The Promised Playhouse
    January 23, 1955
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    Jim demands that his family start living up to the promises they've made to people.
  18. 18. Father Knows Best 118-Jim The Farmer
    January 30, 1955
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    Feeling stressed out from all the pressure at work, Jim decides to give up his job, move to the country and become a farmer.
  19. 19. Father Knows Best 119-Father Of The Year
    February 6, 1955
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    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."
  20. 20. Father Knows Best 120-The Mink Coat
    February 13, 1955
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    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.
  21. 21. Father Knows Best 121-The Matchmaker
    February 20, 1955
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    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.
  22. 22. Father Knows Best 122-Bud The Bridesmaid
    February 27, 1955
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    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.
  23. 23. Father Knows Best 123-Proud Father
    March 6, 1955
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    After he runs into a friend who brags about his overachieving children, Jim wants to help inspire his own brood to acts of greatness.
  24. 24. Father Knows Best 124-Father Delivers The Papers
    March 13, 1955
    23min
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    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.
  25. 25. Father Knows Best 125-No Partiality
    March 20, 1955
    26min
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    Kathy demands equal rights with Betty and Bud. Jim agrees and says that whatever Betty gets to do, Kathy gets to do too.
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Elizabeth B. RobertsReviewed in the United States on November 15, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Clean family show
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I was a teenager before we had television, so I was unfamiliar with all the old TV shows. It wasn't until in my 30's & 40's that I was introduced to many of them. I found that I liked the old shows - clean family comedies that taught life lessons if one takes the time to see them for what they were - love of family, respect for others, being responsible for ones actions, and how to show others that you care.
9 people found this helpful
lightReviewed in the United States on February 6, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Family is the fiber of the world, we need more
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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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CherpReviewed in the United States on December 8, 2014
1.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful Show BUT....!!
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I have never watched Father Knows Best and so when I read the reviews about Shout butchering it, I thought maybe it was only noticeable to the Old Time fans that remembered the original show. I was SHOCKED at the horrible CHOPPING!! (notice I didn't say "editing" because there was nothing that looked like editing....it looked like someone accidentally chopped the film during a scene!) I am appalled that a company that sells DVDs can produce something this horrible. If you can stomach watching a scene when it abruptly cuts out to black, then buy this set. In between the "black outs" my family really enjoyed the show. I agree with another reviewer: Shame on Shout!
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A Christian Farmer's WifeReviewed in the United States on July 23, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Family Show even kids like it!
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Got a great deal on this Season of Father Knows Best!! Hope to get more good deals. This is a wonderful show about life in simpler times. It's still full of everyday antics that 3 children can come up with, and believe me these 3 are full of them. The best thing is there's Betty who's a teenager, Bud who's almost a teenager and Little Kathy who's in grade school, there something for just about any age on this show and it's just a clean, fun show with wonderful actors who seem to really love what they are doing, you'd never know they weren't a real family. Sure it's a little like Leave it to Beaver, but do they get any better??? The mother is Jane Wyatt, she's absolutely beautiful, and so smart and funny. You'll be happy your purchased this one, we love it. There's only one small thing we didn't like, the Father smokes sometimes, not very often, but it does have an ad for cigarettes at the beginning of one of the shows and when that show comes on, he's lighting one up. I don't smoke, and don't want to encourage my child to smoke, so that disturbs me some, but I do realize that was a different era. Buy this one, you'll love it, and your kids will long for those days or be happy for what they have in this day, either way it's a positive show about positive, good, things for the most part. No bad language, no fighting, no guns, just good old fun. Hope you enjoy!!! Got mine from Amazon, they are the best!!! Thanks Amazon for having such a wide variety of Clean, Family Shows!! Hope you continue to offer these. Until next time, May God Bless you all with good health, happiness and prosperity.
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Vincent T. LynchReviewed in the United States on March 30, 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
Yes, lousy job by Shout; interesting to watch a series mature
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As several reviewers have pointed out, SHOUT did a lousy job on the first year's episodes of FKB. The video quality is nothing to brag about, nor is the audio. You can easily see where certain episodes have been cut. Shame on SHOUT.

But on the other hand, I don't know all the details of why. Did the full episodes still exist? After all, only a few of Roy Rogers old films exist in their entirety...many only exist as the cut versions to fit in an hour of television time (with commercials). Many of the Hollywood Squares episodes are completely gone. There are stories that virtually all of Perry Como's variety series programs (at one time the hottest program on television) were trashed. I'd love to know the truth about FKB.

But, when I was growing up, FKB was considered the best situation comedy on television in our house. Then, a few months ago, I decided to buy season 3 because of a couple of particular episodes, and after that, season 4. What a polished show FKB had become, and there is little doubt in my mind that the "kids" here were probably the best child actors on television. I began to realize that FKB wasn't really so much of a situation comedy, but portrayals of ideal family life (at least for the 1950s), with a great deal of humor added in. So after watching seasons 3 and 4, it was interesting to later go back and watch season 1. That pilot/first episode -- truly just a situation comedy; Bud and Kathy not smooth at all; and worst of all -- Jim Anderson smoking up a storm! Then, episode 2 was already an improvement...still essentially a situation comedy, but this time with a moral message, too. And that's how this show developed. Thank goodness it survived low ratings that first year through the efforts of its fans!

Yes, disappointing quality for video and audio, but rewarding none the less. But I really would suggest watching some later seasons first, then going back to the beginning.
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L'escribeReviewed in the United States on February 7, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tremendous start of a legend!
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This is Season One of Father Knows Best, which had originated on radio with Robert Young. The introduction of the Anderson Family, one of the most beloved in television history is well represented in all of the episodes presented in this volume. The DVD quality is excellent, I found no problems with audio or video in this set. It is interesting to view the American home in 1954, with Margaret Anderson, typical housewife, in pearls, dresses and high heels (a la June Cleaver) doing housework! In all truth, however, most housewives did not wear pants, my mom didn't, they were not as prevalent as today.
Regardless, all of these marvelous episodes, even in a "genesis" stage of an evolving sitcom, transmit such warmth, humor and humanity, a precursor to even better writing and situations in the next seasons, as the show "grew" into its legend status. Like one's favorite warm fuzzy slippers. Enjoy.
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David Von PeinReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
Even With Some Edited Episodes Included, These Shows Are So Good I Can't Give This Set Anything Less Than A Full 5 Stars
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Upon watching all of the episodes on Disc 1 of this 4-Disc "Father Knows Best" DVD set (none of which I remember ever having seen before, even though I recall watching this series many times in reruns over the years), I had simply forgotten how truly good these shows really are -- and right out of the gate too, from the very beginning of Season 1, which is a rather remarkable achievement all by itself.

And while some episodes in this DVD collection have been trimmed to 22+ minutes (which I don't like seeing), not every show seems to have fallen prey to the syndication axe, with some of the shows running more than 25 minutes.

The video quality on the DVDs looks pretty good to me too. Not perfect, but quite decent nonetheless, IMO. (Okay, shoot me...I'm just not going to complain a lot about this set at all, despite some cut shows.)

Maybe I'll sound like a sentimental sap by saying this, but some of these shows are so good and have such good acting that I found myself experiencing a large lump in my throat near the end of the last act -- particularly during the final minutes of "Live My Own Life" (where Bud leaves home to live in a shabby room above the local feed store) and "The Motor Scooter", which contains a very tender scene near the end between Bud and "Mrs. Knows Best" (played by the great Jane Wyatt).

Do any 21st-century TV programs ever leave a lump in your throat after watching them? If so, I'll bet there aren't many (especially comedies).

Even though it's not a perfect DVD set in every way, I'd still highly recommend "Father Knows Best: Season One" on Digital Versatile Disc.

Or, as Betty Anderson might put it, these FKB shows are simply "excruciatingly divine!"

David Von Pein
April 2008
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House MouseReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nice to have the old classic readily available to
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Nice to have the old classic readily available to watch on DVD. Purchased for my mother who grew up watching this show. A little pricy, but still worth the value.
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