Father Knows Best
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Live My Own Life
aired: Sun, Oct 31, 1954
Jim recalls the time Bud left home.
The Promised Playhouse
aired: Sun, Jan 23, 1955
Jim recalls when he promised Kathy a playhouse.
Bud, the Snob
aired: Mon, Nov 24, 1958
When Bud phones a girl for a date, Jim thinks he's rude and suggests an apology.
The Christmas Story
aired: Sun, Dec 19, 1954
The Andersons spend Christmas with a hermit.
Margaret Goes Dancing
aired: Sun, Dec 12, 1954
Jim objects to Margaret's dancing lessons.
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33. Father Knows Best: Betty Finds A Cause
aired: Wed, Jun 11, 1958
Betty lobbies a neighbor to remove his dangerously high hedge.
32. Father Knows Best: A Matter Of Pride
aired: Wed, Jun 4, 1958
Bud is chosen as the most popular boy in his class.
31. Father Knows Best: Bud Quits School
aired: Wed, May 21, 1958
Bud quits school after meeting a successful businessman who did the same.
30. Father Knows Best: Jim, The Answer Man
aired: Wed, May 14, 1958
Jim wants to finish his work before leaving on a business trip, but is constantly interrupted by his family.
29. Father Knows Best: The Weaker Sex
aired: Wed, Apr 30, 1958
Betty uses her womanly wiles to get the neighbor boy to take her out.
28. Father Knows Best: A Medal For Margaret
aired: Wed, Apr 23, 1958
Margaret has no trophies in the family display case, so she tries to win a fly-fishing award.
27. Father Knows Best: A Friend In Need
aired: Wed, Apr 16, 1958
The Andersons take in a stray dog who shows up on their doorstep.
26. Father Knows Best: Tell It To Mom
aired: Wed, Apr 2, 1958
Bud accidentally sells a pair of skates that Betty was hiding for a friend.
25. Father Knows Best: Young Love
aired: Wed, Mar 26, 1958
Bud falls in love with an older woman at the supermarket -- then finds out she's married.
24. Father Knows Best: Betty's Crusade
aired: Wed, Mar 19, 1958
Betty helps save an elderly restaurant owner from eviction by Jim's company.
23. Father Knows Best: Poor Old Dad
aired: Wed, Mar 12, 1958
Bud thinks his father is henpecked, so Jim shows him the true value of marriage.
22. Father Knows Best: Country Cousin
aired: Wed, Mar 5, 1958
The Andersons' country cousin Milly comes to stay.
21. Father Knows Best: Revenge Is Sweet
aired: Wed, Feb 26, 1958
Betty teases Bud about his sloppy nature after he meets her rich, refined boyfriend.
20. Father Knows Best: The Trial
aired: Wed, Feb 19, 1958
Bud is accused of damaging a neighbor's property.
19. Father Knows Best: Margaret's Other Family
aired: Wed, Feb 12, 1958
The family feels sidelined when Margaret starts to help an elderly furniture maker and his wife.
Bud, the Mind Reader
aired: Wed, Feb 5, 1958
Bud takes up mind-reading, while Betty tries to make the debate team.
17. Father Knows Best: The Rivals
aired: Wed, Jan 29, 1958
Betty has two dates on the same night.
16. Father Knows Best: Father's Biography
aired: Wed, Jan 22, 1958
Jim must choose between a PTA meeting and an important business meeting, both scheduled for the same night.
15. Father Knows Best: Calypso Kid
aired: Wed, Jan 15, 1958
Bud learns the bongos to impress a girl.
14. Father Knows Best: Big Sister
aired: Wed, Jan 8, 1958
At summer camp, counselor Betty pushes her sister to be the best -- and pushes her into rebellion.
13. Father Knows Best: Man With A Plan
aired: Wed, Jan 1, 1958
Bud's new girlfriend throws him a going-away party when she thinks he's enlisted in the Army.
12. Father Knows Best: Kathy Makes A Wish
aired: Wed, Dec 25, 1957
Kathy makes a wish on a horseshoe, and it comes true.
11. Father Knows Best: Mr. Beal Meets His Match
aired: Wed, Dec 11, 1957
Jim sells his soul to the devil -- at least, in Betty's version of the Faustian legend.
10. Father Knows Best: The Way Of A Dictator
aired: Wed, Dec 4, 1957
After learning about dictators in school, Bud takes over raising Kathy.
9. Father Knows Best: Margaret Learns To Drive
aired: Wed, Nov 20, 1957
Jim teaches Margaret how to drive, but they end up in a fight.
8. Father Knows Best: Kathy's Big Chance
aired: Wed, Nov 13, 1957
Kathy wins a contest to appear with Greer Garson at her latest film opening, but gets the chicken pox.
7. Father Knows Best: The Indispensable Man
aired: Wed, Nov 6, 1957
Bud is benched for the big game after breaking the coach's bedtime rule.
6. Father Knows Best: Mother Goes To School
aired: Wed, Oct 30, 1957
Betty and Margaret end up in the same English class at college.
5. Father Knows Best: Sentenced To Happiness
aired: Wed, Oct 23, 1957
The Andersons' gardener, Frank, gets a new job and ends up in court.
4. Father Knows Best: Bud, The Executive
aired: Wed, Oct 16, 1957
Bud enjoys his new leadership as chairman of the school picnic committee, until the power goes to his head.
3. Father Knows Best: The Good Neighbor
aired: Wed, Oct 9, 1957
Margaret inherits a new rental property from her parents.
2. Father Knows Best: The Awkward Hero
aired: Wed, Oct 2, 1957
Betty tutors a football star who wants to take her to the school dance.
1. Father Knows Best: Follow The Leader
aired: Wed, Sep 25, 1957
Bud must decide between defending the new teacher at school, or joining the rest of the class in revolt.
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Shoot for the Moon
aired: Wed, Jun 5, 1957
The Andersons regain their confidence with the help of Sageman.
aired: Wed, May 29, 1957
Margaret's father decides to retire because of help problems. However, when Margaret and Jim figure out what is the real source of his sickness, her father will have to decide if he really wants to stop working.
Margaret Disowns Her Family
aired: Wed, May 22, 1957
Margaret helps out a young pregnant woman.
The Art of Romance
aired: Wed, May 15, 1957
Bud asks Jim how to get Judy's attention while Judy asks Margaret how to get Bud's attention.
aired: Wed, May 8, 1957
Jim and Margaret find out that an unsuccessful classmate, who they thought would become a doctor, is actually a bad salesman now and unhappy with his job.
Baby in the House
aired: Wed, May 1, 1957
Jim and Margaret decide to baby-sit for Betty so that she can go out.
Bud, the Philanthropist
aired: Tue, Apr 23, 1957
Bud decides to donate to the church, but gets angry when Kippy makes it appear that he gave money instead of Bud.
The Spelling Bee
aired: Tue, Apr 16, 1957
Kathy is nervous about the school spelling bee, so Betty give her a penny and convinces her that it has special powers.
Betty, the Track Star
aired: Tue, Apr 2, 1957
Betty finishes first in a track race in addition to becoming the flower queen.
Bud, the Hero
aired: Tue, Mar 26, 1957
Bud becomes a town hero after preventing a bank robbery.
aired: Tue, Mar 19, 1957
Because Bud violates a traffic law, he must do community service as a crossing guard.
Bud Buys a Car
aired: Tue, Mar 12, 1957
Bud buys a $10 car to impress his girlfriend. Unfortunately, the car needs a lot of work and does not impress his girlfriend.
An Evening to Remember
aired: Wed, Feb 27, 1957
Actor Cornell Wild gets in an accident and asks Jim for legal advice.
Trip to Hillsborough
aired: Wed, Feb 20, 1957
Margaret and Jim let Bud go to Hillsborough to do research so long as Kippy is with him. Unfortunately, at the last minute, Kippy does not go. Bud's parents find out and worry about Bud.
Betty and the Jet Pilot
aired: Wed, Feb 13, 1957
Betty is saddened when her new boyfriend, who is a jet pilot, is transferred to Alaska.
aired: Wed, Feb 6, 1957
Bud loses the money he was supposed to use to pay the tailor. One of the Carnival booth owners cons him into thinking that he can work for him to earn the money back.
aired: Wed, Jan 30, 1957
While Bud is showing his family how he has learned to use a short wave radio, they overhear a distress call from a boat.
The Lawn Party
aired: Wed, Jan 23, 1957
Bud plans a lawn party and his parents find out.
aired: Wed, Jan 16, 1957
Bored with being a housewife, Margaret goes shopping and has a portrait made of herself. Jim understands that Margaret it is not just boredom that motivates her to take this break.
Swiss Family Anderson
aired: Wed, Jan 9, 1957
Margaret, Jim, and the rest of the family are shipwrecked on an island.
Margaret Hires a Gardener
aired: Wed, Jan 2, 1957
Margaret hires a Spanish gardener. When the work is done, Jim goes to pay him, but the gardener has increased his price.
The Promising Young Man
aired: Wed, Dec 26, 1956
Jim's boss asks Jim to teach his son Woody how to be a successful salesman. To Jim's horror, though Woody is a gregarious guy, Woody prefers to be carefree and does not want to be an insurance salesman.
The Angel's Sweater
aired: Wed, Dec 19, 1956
Everyone is worrying that the visiting Aunt Neva will ruin Christmas.
The Good Prospect
aired: Wed, Dec 12, 1956
Jim and the family meet Mr. Lydum, a smooth talker, who wants to invest in his and his children's ideas. Jim has trouble deciding whether Lydum is fake or the real deal.
Betty Goes Steady
aired: Wed, Dec 5, 1956
Betty tries to get in with the upper class kids at school while along the way losing sight of what really matters in life.
The Family Goes to New York
aired: Wed, Nov 28, 1956
Betty goes to New York to help out in her friends wedding. While there, she ends up in the gossip column with her friend's new brother-in-law.
The Great Guy
aired: Wed, Nov 21, 1956
Bud hates his job, but feels that he can not quit because he has been bragging about it at home.
aired: Wed, Nov 14, 1956
Betty becomes jealous when all the attention at school is directed at the new girl.
The Old Days
aired: Wed, Nov 7, 1956
At a PTA fundraiser, the Anderson parents and kids chose to swap styles for the day.
Bud, the Millionaire
aired: Tue, Oct 30, 1956
Jim gives Bud an allowance in order to teach him about the value of money.
aired: Tue, Oct 23, 1956
Betty decides that she does not want to celebrate her birthday.
Spaghetti for Margaret
aired: Tue, Oct 16, 1956
Jim finds himself in a sticky situation after having loaned money to an old high school teacher who dreams of becoming an acclaimed author.
The Homing Pigeon
aired: Tue, Oct 9, 1956
Bud's homing pigeon and Betty scare the family by not returning home immediately.
Man About Town
aired: Tue, Oct 2, 1956
Bud tries to date an older woman named Marisa by lying about his age. However, things get sticky when Marissa wants to go to an exclusive restaurant.
Betty Goes to College
aired: Tue, Sep 25, 1956
Margaret and Jim are excited about Betty starting college. Sadly, in their excitement, they overlook what their daughter actually wants to do.
Never in Twain
aired: Tue, Sep 18, 1956
Betty falls in love with a cowboy on a dude ranch. Neither her experience nor the love lasts
No Apron Strings
aired: Thu, Sep 13, 1956
Bud's new girlfriend Georgia is jealous of Bud's family life. Because of this, she tries to make him chose between her and his mother.
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aired: Wed, May 23, 1956
Kathy is cleaning up and finds a receipt for $25 from the adoption center. She is sure that she has been adopted and is determined to get Jim and Margaret to confuss the truth to her.
The Ten Dollar Question
aired: Wed, May 16, 1956
Jim and Margaret are so tired of the family dynamics. The children will not stop tattling on each other. They offer a ten dollar review to the child that does not tattle for one week.
Father, the Naturalist
aired: Wed, May 9, 1956
Kathy is excited because if she can find five more herbs, her folder will be complete and she can get her promotion to tribe princess.
aired: Wed, May 2, 1956
Bud impresses his classmates when his father gets Duke Snider to make a visit to Springfield.
Dilemma for Margaret
aired: Wed, Apr 25, 1956
Margaret is candid about some minor issues with her children.
The Martins and the Coys
aired: Wed, Apr 18, 1956
Betty and her boyfriend are getting along wonderful until his father and Jim have a fight. After the fight, he refuses to see her ever again.
Betty, Girl Engineer
aired: Wed, Apr 11, 1956
After a job fair, Betty decides she would like to be an engineer.
Family Dines Out
aired: Wed, Mar 28, 1956
Betty has a new friend, Elouise Sanford. Elouise is from an upper class family. Betty is concerned that she will not be able to keep the friendship unless Elouise thinks they are from the same class.
aired: Wed, Mar 14, 1956
Margaret is excited about her family reunion. Her excitement is not shared by the family. They have found all kinds of excuses to prevent them from going to her reunion.
The Grass Is Greener
aired: Wed, Feb 29, 1956
In college Jim spent so much time with his four college pals that they were known as the Four Musketeers. Charly Bradley, one of his college pals, is in town.
The Historical Andersons
aired: Wed, Feb 22, 1956
Bud is given an assignment to write an essay about a great man from the War of Independence.
Kathy, the Indian Giver
aired: Wed, Feb 15, 1956
Kathy is much younger than Bud and Betty. Though they love her they often do want to play with her. Kathy is tired of being left alone with her dolls to play. She wants to have a real baby sister to play with.
The Bus to Nowhere
aired: Wed, Feb 8, 1956
Betty has been depressed for over a week. No one has been able to cheer her up. Betty seems to be facing a personal crisis and is searching for the meaning of life.
Bud, the Wallflower
aired: Wed, Feb 1, 1956
Bud is depressed because he has not been invited to the Sadie Hawkins dance at school. He decides to plan a camping trip.
Betty Earns a Formal
aired: Wed, Jan 18, 1956
Jim refused to buy a formal dress for the dance for Betty because it cost too much money.
aired: Wed, Jan 11, 1956
Because of the large age difference between Kathy and Betty, it has been easy for Kathy to be proud to have a sister like Betty. Bud is close in age to Betty and now is attending the same school. It is tough for him to follow after Betty.
Jim, the Tyrant
aired: Wed, Jan 4, 1956
Jim has had a bad day at work. When he comes home from the office his mood is amplified when the family ignores him
Betty Hates Carter
aired: Wed, Dec 28, 1955
Jim has decided to play match maker for his daughter for an upcoming ball.
aired: Wed, Dec 14, 1955
Bud has a new friend. Unfortunately, his new friend is a kleptomaniac and Bud gets blame for his friend’s actions.
aired: Wed, Nov 30, 1955
Margaret's recent predictions have convinced that family that she has psychic powers.
Bud, the Ladykiller
aired: Wed, Nov 16, 1955
At school a dorky classmate of Bud’s has a crush on him.
Spirit of Youth
aired: Wed, Nov 9, 1955
Betty, Bud and Kathy are convinced that Mom and Dad are very old.
Father Is a Dope
aired: Wed, Nov 2, 1955
Jim becomes paranoid after watching a family sitcom on television.
The Big Test
aired: Wed, Oct 26, 1955
For once in his life Bud has studied hard for a big test.
Advantage to Betty
aired: Wed, Oct 19, 1955
Betty is excited her tennis team has made the championships.
Kathy Makes Magic
aired: Wed, Oct 12, 1955
Kathy trades her skaters for a magician's box.
Woman in the House
aired: Wed, Sep 28, 1955
Jim wants to invite a friend of his over to the Anderson home.
aired: Wed, Sep 21, 1955
Bud is upset because he has lost a job to another boy.
Lessons in Civics
aired: Wed, Sep 14, 1955
The county wants to build a new highway right through the old community hall.
Father's Private Life
aired: Wed, Sep 7, 1955
Jim feels that his children need to work out their own problems.
Art of Salesmanship
aired: Wed, Aug 31, 1955
Bud thinks he can earn much money fast by selling sauce-boats.
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aired: Sun, Mar 27, 1955
Bud is slacking off--he's not doing his chores and he's put off memorizing a poem to recite in church. Margaret insists he skip his softball game and catch up on his work, but Jim sneaks him out.
aired: Sun, Mar 20, 1955
Kathy demands equal rights with Betty and Bud. Jim agrees and says that whatever Betty gets to do, Kathy gets to do too.
Father Delivers The Papers
aired: Sun, Mar 13, 1955
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.
aired: Sun, Mar 6, 1955
After he runs into a friend who brags about his overachieving children, Jim wants to help inspire his own brood to acts of greatness.
Bud The Bridesmaid
aired: Sun, Feb 27, 1955
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.
aired: Sun, Feb 20, 1955
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.
The Mink Coat
aired: Sun, Feb 13, 1955
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.
Father Of The Year
aired: Sun, Feb 6, 1955
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."
Jim The Farmer
aired: Sun, Jan 30, 1955
Feeling stressed out from all the pressure at work, Jim decides to give up his job, move to the country and become a farmer.
The Promised Playhouse
aired: Sun, Jan 23, 1955
Jim demands that his family start living up to the promises they've made to people.
Bud The Snob
aired: Sun, Jan 16, 1955
Bud is getting a reputation as a snob; his difficulty in talking with girls is being misinterpreted as standoffishness.
A Friend Of Old George's
aired: Sun, Jan 9, 1955
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.
aired: Sun, Jan 2, 1955
After Kathy breaks another window, Jim is committed to teaching his kids about personal responsibility.
Sparrow In The Window
aired: Sun, Dec 26, 1954
When Kathy discovers an injured sparrow on the windowsill, the family takes the little bird in to nurse it back to health.
The Christmas Story
aired: Sun, Dec 19, 1954
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.
Margaret Goes Dancing
aired: Sun, Dec 12, 1954
Margaret is sure she could never get Jim to agree to take dancing classes with her.
aired: Sun, Dec 5, 1954
Betty is falling hard for a new guy, and it upsets her father.
aired: Sun, Nov 28, 1954
Jim and Margaret could use some time away from the house, so they plan a weekend getaway.
aired: Sun, Nov 21, 1954
When Kathy writes a prize-winning Thanksgiving poem, Jim envisions his "Kitten" as the next Emily Brontë.
Bud's Encounter With The Law
aired: Sun, Nov 14, 1954
Kathy's on a tear, throwing everything she can get her hands on into her new "spaceship," a/k/a the family washing machine.
Grandpa Jim's Rejuvenation
aired: Sun, Nov 7, 1954
Jim wants to play badminton, but his kids see him as too old for such things.
Live My Own Life
aired: Sun, Oct 31, 1954
Bud feels beleaguered by his parents and siblings, and believes he is ready to take responsibility for his own life.
aired: Sun, Oct 24, 1954
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.
The Motor Scooter
aired: Sun, Oct 17, 1954
Jim and Margaret disagree on whether Jim should buy Bud a motor scooter.
Lesson In Citizenship
aired: Sun, Oct 10, 1954
Jim sets out to teach his layabout kids a proper life ethic.
Bud Takes Up The Dance
aired: Sun, Oct 3, 1954
Bud uses an old book to teach himself to dance in time for his very first date and his very first dance.