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Father Knows Best: Season 5

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Father Knows Best: Season 2

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Father Knows Best: Season 3

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Father Knows Best: Season Six

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Father Knows Best: Season 4

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Father Knows Best

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Art of Salesmanship

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Father Knows Best: Follow The Leader

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Father Knows Best: Season Three: No Apron Strings

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Father Knows Best was an American TV sitcom about the Anderson family. Based on the 1949-1954 radio sitcom of the same name, it ran from October 3, 1954 to May 23, 1960 on CBS and later became a huge success in syndication. Screen Gems, the TV division of Columbia Pictures, produced the series while Shout Factory released all six seasons on DVD.

The titular father was Jim Anderson (Robert Young), the general manager of a Midwestern insurance company. He lived in the fictional town of Springfield in an unnamed state with his stay-at-home wife Margaret (Jane Wyatt) and their three teenaged, Princess (Elinor Donahue), Bud (Billy Gray) and Kitten (Lauren Chapin).

The series’ plots revolved around typical household conflicts similar to those that Robert Young, who produced the show with Eugene Rodney, experienced at home. Despite the title, father did not always know best. He could be temperamental and wrong. Margaret was the voice of reason in the family, bringing Jim and the children down to Earth in order to solve their problems quickly and reasonably, imparting a lesson at the end of each episode. Like most sitcoms of the era, the stories were self-contained and resolved by the end; the repercussions of each episode’s events had little to no effect on future episodes.

The show’s popularity was so great that in 1959, the U.S. Treasury Department commissioned a special called “24 Hours in Tyrant Land,” in which the Andersons spend one day living in a dictatorship. It never aired on TV but was distributed to churches, schools and other organizations to encourage the purchase of U.S. savings bonds.

In 1977, the cast reunited for two made-for-TV reunion movies. Father Knows Best Reunion aired on May 15 while Father Knows Best: Home For Christmas aired on December 18. Unlike the original series, the movies aired on NBC.

After the show ended, some of the cast members parlayed their success into other TV projects. Nearly a decade after Father Knows Best ended, Robert Young returned to the air in the hugely successful ABC medical drama Marcus Welby, M.D. Jane Wyatt remained active as a TV guest star in shows ranging from Star Trek to St. Elsewhere. Elinor Donahue guest starred on a wide range of shows, including The Andy Griffith Show, The Flying Nun, Star Trek, The Odd Couple, Days Of Our Lives, Diff’rent Strokes, The Golden Girls, and The Young and The Restless, and played Chris Elliott’s mother on the short-lived 1990s sitcom Get A Life. Billy Gray and Lauren Chapin got into trouble with the law but managed to overcome their troubles and find careers in other industries.