Father Knows Best (1954 - 1960)

Father Knows Best

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Release Date: 1954

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Perhaps the quintessentially comforting '50s sitcom, about the Anderson family---rock-steady Jim, sensible wife Margaret, and their kids Betty, Bud and Kathy---in the Midwestern town of Springfield. The series was adapted from a radio program, also starring Robert Young, that began in 1949. When CBS canceled the show in 1955, fan protests led to NBC picking it up and nurturing it into a hit. In fact, repeats aired in prime time for three years after the production of its last original episode.

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1959, CBS/NBC, 32 episodes

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1958, CBS/NBC, 38 episodes

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1957, CBS/NBC, 33 episodes

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1956, CBS/NBC, 37 episodes

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1955, CBS/NBC, 37 episodes

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1954, CBS/NBC, 26 episodes

Cast & Crew

Robert Young
Jim Anderson
Jane Wyatt
Margaret Anderson
Elinor Donahue
Betty Anderson ("Princess")
Billy Gray
James Anderson Jr. ("Bud")
Lauren Chapin
Kathy Anderson ("Kitten")
Sarah Selby
Miss Thomas
Bob Foulk
Ed Davis
Vivi Janiss
Myrtle Davis
Yvonne Lime
Dotty Snow
Paul Wallace
Kippy Watkins
Eugene B. Rodney
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Series Details

TV Network: CBS/NBC
Premiere Date: Oct 3, 1954
Genre: Comedy
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