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TV Shows - Father Knows Best

The series began on CBS television October 3, 1954. Originally sponsored by Lorillard's Kent cigarettes in its first season, Scott Paper Company became the primary sponsor when the series moved to NBC in the fall of 1955, remaining as sponsor even after it moved back to CBS in September 1958, with Lever Brothers as an alternate sponsor from 1957 through 1960. A total of 203 episodes were produced, running until September 17, 1960, and appearing on all three of the television networks of the time, including prime time repeats from September 1960 through April 1963.

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1 Yeah, the name thing is absolutely correct. Jim and Margaret were the parents, the girls were Betty and Kathy, and the son was called Bud because he was named Jim,l after the old man, he was James Anderson, Jr. And if you don't mind my saying so, a complete dumb ass! -- Submitted By: (spacer) on October 29, 2014, 10:22 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
2 "No one had any names on this show. The father was Dad, mother was mom, the son was Bud (great name there) and the daughter was Princess." The dad's names was Jim The mom's name was Margaret The youngest daughter was Kathy The oldest was Betty -- Submitted By: (hagerz) on September 24, 2013, 10:07 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
3 I don't recall any actual episodes but I'm pretty sure this show inspired the old fashioned TV world as seen in the movie Pleasantville. -- Submitted By: (JayD) on July 16, 2013, 6:48 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 My gram remembers when this show was on TV and always said how good it was, so I watched a bunch of the episodes on Netflix. Yikes! First of all, the town (Springfield!) seemed to be 100 percent white and middle class. A typical plot involved Bud (the dim-witted teenage son) getting into hilarious shenanigans with his idiot friends. After getting "a stern talking to" (1950's code for getting his butt whipped) Bud will wipe his eyes and whimper something like "Holy Cow! None of the other guy's got into trouble!" To which his father replies, "That's because none of the other dads love their sons as much as I love mine!" Then sappy music swells up and the whole family agrees that "Father really does know best!" Do the same thing over and over and forever and that's pretty much the show! Except occasionally the teenage daughter Betty will do the shenanigans. This show literally had no minorities and it belittled women to the point where I was rooting for the mom to gut-stab the old man during dinner. One episode I saw had Betty demanding to go duck hunting with the boys since her brother got to go. Of course shenanigans ensued and Betty admitted that women should stay home and cook the ducks, not go shoot them. Of course here comes the sappy music and everyone agreeing, "Gee, Betty, maybe father really does know best!" Off set, the actor Billy Gray (Bud) was a pothead. He was busted shortly after the show ended for possession with intent and didn't work for several years as an actor. Another true fact is that Gray holds a U.S. patent for a type of "personal massager." I would have loved to have seen Bud try to explain those shenanigans to dear old dad!" -- Submitted By: () on July 15, 2013, 4:16 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
5 No one had any names on this show. The father was Dad, mother was mom, the son was Bud (great name there) and the daughter was Princess. And remember the mother always wearing a set of pearls around her neck even when vacuuming. The dad also wearing a sports coat with those stupid leather elbow guards. Even as a kid, I knew this show was idiotic. -- Submitted By: (JustLooking) on October 8, 2010, 8:11 pm - (-2 votes) - Login to Vote

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