Father Knows Best - Season 1

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Overview

Enter the perfect family life of a General Insurance agent Jim Anderson in Father Knows Best. Jim (Robert Young) would come home from his office, take off his sports jacket, put on his comfortable sweater, and deal with the everyday problems of a growing family without breaking a sweat. His picture perfect wife Margaret (Jane Wyatt) is a vibrant mother of three - Betty (Elinor Donahue), Bud (Bill Gray), and Kathy (Lauren Chapin). Father Knows Best? first premiered as a NBC radio sitcom in 1949. The series star ...
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Overview

Enter the perfect family life of a General Insurance agent Jim Anderson in Father Knows Best. Jim (Robert Young) would come home from his office, take off his sports jacket, put on his comfortable sweater, and deal with the everyday problems of a growing family without breaking a sweat. His picture perfect wife Margaret (Jane Wyatt) is a vibrant mother of three - Betty (Elinor Donahue), Bud (Bill Gray), and Kathy (Lauren Chapin). Father Knows Best? first premiered as a NBC radio sitcom in 1949. The series star Robert Young and producer Eugene B. Rodney transplanted the popular radio series into CBS TV show (minus the question mark in the show's title) in October 1954, and it has been part of the American cultural fabric ever since -- an iconic representation of mid-century family values. This Father Knows Best - Season 1 release features all 26 episodes plus the never-before-seen episode "24 Hours in Tyrantland," which was created for the U.S. government in 1959, plus exclusive DVD features with all-new revealing interviews, Robert Young's Home Movies, rare "behind-the-scenes" color footage, the pilot episode of Robert Young's very next TV series "Window On Main Street" and much more!
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Special Features

Closed Caption; New cast interviews; Robert Young's home videos; 24 hours in Tyrantland - special episode created for the U.S. government; Window on main street - pilot episode of Robert Young's very next TV series
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2008
  • UPC: 826663107685
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  • Source: Shout Factory
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 11:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,436

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Young James Anderson
Jane Wyman Margaret Anderson
Billy Gray James 'Bud' Anderson, Jr.
Elinor Donahue Betty 'Princess' Anderson
Lauren Chapin Kathleen 'Kathy' 'Kitten' Anderson
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Father Knows Best: Season One
   Play All
   Episodes
      Bud Takes Up the Dance
      Lesson in Citizenship
      The Motor Scooter
      Football Tickets
      Live My Own Life
      Grandpa Jim's Rejuvenation
      Bud's Encounter With the Law
   Bonus
      Daddy's Girls - Lauren Chapin and Elinor Donahue Remember
Disc #2 -- Father Knows Best: Season One
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   Episodes
      Thanksgiving Day
      Second Honeymoon
      Typical Father
      Margaret Goes Dancing
      The Christmas Story
      Sparrow in the Window
      Boy's Week
   Bonus
      Robert Young's Home Movies Narrated by His Grandson Bill Proffitt
      Behind the Scenes Home Movies Narrated by Bill Proffitt
Disc #3 -- Father Knows Best: Season One
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   Episodes
      A Friend of Old George's
      Bud the Snob
      The Promised Playhouse
         Original Broadcast Version
         Flashback Version
      Jim the Farmer
      Father of the Year
      The Mink Coat
   Bonus
      24 Hours in Tyrantland
      The Promised Playhouse: Flashback Version
Disc #4 -- Father Knows Best: Season One
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   Episodes
      The Matchmaker
      Bud the Bridesmaid
      Proud Father
      Father Delivers the Papers
      No Partiality
      Close Decision
   Bonus
      Window on Main Street - "The Return"
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Video purchase

    very satisfied

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better Than I Remembered

    The kids in this were really fantastic actors, especially Elinor Donahue and Billy Gray. This now hard-to-find series was once a staple of after school tv viewing...Despite its reputation as 'plastic' and 'unrealistic', watching this again reminded me that the kids on the show were not perfect angels, and that Father himself is quite often wrong. Yes, it is all squeaky clean, and represents an ideal that probably never existed...and yet, it still entertains. The episodes are a mix of syndication prints, and also full length episodes with their original sponsor openings...seems like whatever Shout Factory could find, they used. Most interesting of all is the 'Tyrantland' episode created for schools and churches...pure propaganda, but fascinating.

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