Father Knows Best - Season 2

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Every evening, midwestern insurance salesman Jim Anderson came home, put on his favorite sweater, and prepared for an evening with his family -- a situation where anything could happen. Robert Young returns to the head of the dinner table to play the patriarch of America's most beloved family in Season 2 (1955-56) of Father Knows Best. Following the cancelation of Season 1 from its 10:30 p.m. time slot on CBS, fans protested, prompting rival network NBC to pick up the series for a second season. The show became ...
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Overview

Every evening, midwestern insurance salesman Jim Anderson came home, put on his favorite sweater, and prepared for an evening with his family -- a situation where anything could happen. Robert Young returns to the head of the dinner table to play the patriarch of America's most beloved family in Season 2 (1955-56) of Father Knows Best. Following the cancelation of Season 1 from its 10:30 p.m. time slot on CBS, fans protested, prompting rival network NBC to pick up the series for a second season. The show became successful when it began airing in August 1955 at the more family-friendly time of 8:30 p.m. A growing number of families began tuning in to see what kind of trouble Bud (Billy Gray) was going to get into next, how Kathy (Lauren Chapin) was handling growing up, whether Betty (Elinor Donahue) and her boyfriend du jour would break up, and how Margaret (Jane Wyatt) would inevitably hold their universe together. A day in the life of the Andersons was a 1950s suburban dream come true.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; "The Teacher" - From Robert Young's very next TV series, Window on Main Street; Rare Robert Young Western: "Stage to Yuma" (12/7/1955); Extended Father Knows Best flashback episode: "First Disillusionment" (11/16/1959); Daddy's Girls, Part 2 - All-new interviews with Lauren Chapin and Elinor Donahue
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2008
  • UPC: 826663109795
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  • Source: Shout Factory
  • Presentation: Slip Sleeve / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 17:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 13,660

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Disc #1 -- Father Knows Best: Season Two
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   Episodes
      Art of Salesmanship
      Father's Private Life
      Lessons in Civics
      First Disillusionment
      Woman in the House
      New Girl at School
      Kathy Makes Magic
   Bonus
      Extended Flashback Episode
Disc #2 -- Father Knows Best: Season Two
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   Episodes
      Advantage to Betty
      The Big Test
      Father is a Dope
      Spirit of Youth
      Bud, the Ladykiller
      Margaret's Premonition
      Stage to Yuma
      Bad Infulence
   Bonus
      Stage to Yuma
Disc #3 -- Father Knows Best: Season Two
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   Episodes
      Betty Hates Carter
      Jim, the Tyrant
      Betty's Brother
      Betty Earns a Formal
      The House Painter
      Bud, the Wallflower
      The Bus to Nowhere
   Bonus
      The Teacher
Disc #4 -- Father Knows Best: Season Two
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   Episodes
      Kathy, the Indian Giver
      The Historical Andersons
      The Grass is Greener
      The Persistent Guest
      Family Reunion
      Family Dines Out
      Bud, the Boxer
   Bonus
      Daddy's Girls Part 2
Disc #5 -- Father Knows Best: Season Two
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   Episodes
      Betty, Girl Engineer
      The Martins and the Coys
      Dilemma For Margaret
      Hero Father
      Father, the Naturalist
      The Ten Dollar Question
      Adopted Daughter
      Betty's Graduation
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Family Probably Much Different Than the One You Grew Up In

    "Father Knows Best - Season 2", like "Seasons 1 and 3" is a 1950s television series about a family probably much different than the one you grew up in. The lead and supporting actors are so convincing, they do not play the Andersons; they are the Andersons. Robert Young is outstanding as Jim Anderson, the father. Jane Wyatt is excellent as Margaret Anderson, the mother. Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray and Lauren Chapin are also excellent as the children Princess, Bud and Kitten.

    The Anderson family faced some of the same problems families today face. The children experienced many of the "growing up" problems children today experience. But what makes the Anderson family different is their character and values. The Anderson household is filled with love and warmth and fun and respect. Anger, bitterness and resentment are rarely seen here. Margaret regularly calls her husband "Jim dear". Each episode opens with Jim and Margaret hugging and kissing in an affectionate and non-sexual way. They don't raise their voices to each other, and they don't fight. For sure, they disagree at times. But when they disagree, they discuss it calmly, openly, honestly and with consideration of the other's feelings. They discuss until they reach a compromise, and then the matter is settled.

    As parents, they have the wisdom and love to accept and support their children as the individuals they are, yet also, when appropriate, to set reasonable limits. These parents lead by example. They are good natured, patient, understanding and kind. And they teach their children the difference between right and wrong, including the importance of honesty, hard work, perseverance, courage, and yes, even patriotism. In one episode, Jim explains to them how fortunate they are to live in a free country, that many paid a dear and some paid the ultimate price for those freedoms, and that without eternal vigilance those freedoms can be lost at any time.

    I'm not saying the Anderson family is perfect. The children do, at times, lie to their parents and try to evade their responsibilities. But usually the children treat their parents with respect. In one episode Jim and the children were unkind to Margaret who became hurt and angry. But they took responsibility for their actions and apologized to her.

    It always makes me feel good to watch this series. The reason is it shows me, in each episode, how precious and powerful love is, and how, when coupled with moral and ethical living in a free society, it can provide us the fulfillment and happiness so many of us search and yearn for.

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