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Father Knows Best portrayed a family that was surprising similar to real people. The parents managed to ride through almost any family situation without violent injury to their dignity, and the three Anderson youngsters were presented as decently behaved children who respected and loved their parents. A newspaper critic at the time wrote that "Jim Anderson may be the first intelligent father permitted on TV since they invented the thing".

Genres: Comedy | Family
Station: NBC (US)
Rating: 7/10 from 2 users
Status: Ended
Start: 1954-10-03

Father Knows Best Season 3 Air Dates

S03E01 - No Apron Strings Air Date: 12 September 1956 16:00 -

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Bud's new girl friend manipulates Bud trying to make him miss his mom's birthday celebration.

S03E02 - Never in Twain Air Date: 19 September 1956 16:00 -

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On a dude ranch, Betty falls in love with a cowboy only to discover the relationship won't last.

S03E03 - Betty Goes to College Air Date: 26 September 1956 16:00 -

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The family visits the state college Margaret and Jim attended for Betty to consider as her college.

S03E04 - Man About Town Air Date: 03 October 1956 16:00 -

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Bud prepares for a date with a taller and older woman by putting lifts in his shoes and powder in his hair.

S03E05 - The Homing Pigeon Air Date: 10 October 1956 16:00 -

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Betty decides to live with a roommate, only to find out that sharing an apartment isn't as glamorous as it seems.

S03E06 - Spaghetti for Margaret Air Date: 17 October 1956 16:00 -

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Margaret campaigns to help an old retired author receive some recognition for his work.

S03E07 - Betty's Birthday Air Date: 24 October 1956 16:00 -

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Betty shocks her family when she tells them that she doesn't want a birthday party or any presents.

S03E08 - Bud, the Millionaire Air Date: 31 October 1956 17:00 -

Bud talks Jim into giving him ten dollar a week allowance.

S03E09 - The Old Days Air Date: 07 November 1956 17:00 -

Betty and Bud get embarrassed and upset when their parents want to wear 1920s style clothing to a costume party.

S03E10 - Whistle Bait Air Date: 14 November 1956 17:00 -

A striking beauty causes Betty to feel a lack of esteem.

S03E11 - The Great Guy Air Date: 21 November 1956 17:00 -

Bud takes a job on the local newspaper.

S03E12 - The Family Goes to New York Air Date: 28 November 1956 17:00 -

Betty falls in love when she goes to New York to attend her friend's wedding.

S03E13 - Betty Goes Steady Air Date: 05 December 1956 17:00 -

Betty becomes a member of the "In-Crowd" at college but is attracted to an outcast.

S03E14 - The Good Prospect Air Date: 12 December 1956 17:00 -

Several family members must learn the hard lesson that some people may talk a big story and make promises that they can not later honor.

S03E15 - The Angel's Sweater Air Date: 19 December 1956 17:00 -

It's Christmas eve, and it takes a leaking pipe to bring a plumber that explains the meaning of Christmas to Kathy who finally understands. The whole family including the guest aunt star in this touching story set in the 1600s or before. Watch for the fastest live wardrobe change at the end of the episode.

S03E16 - The Promising Young Man Air Date: 26 December 1956 17:00 -

Jim takes on his company's vice-president's adult son to try to help him succeed in his father's insurance business.

S03E17 - Margaret Hires a Gardener Air Date: 02 January 1957 17:00 -

A self-employed landscaper improves Margaret's lawn and touches the entire family's heart with his dedication to the beauty of plants.

S03E18 - Swiss Family Anderson Air Date: 09 January 1957 17:00 -

The family becomes marooned on a deserted island on the lake and must make do until rescued.

S03E19 - Brief Holiday Air Date: 16 January 1957 17:00 -

An over-stressed Margaret takes a relaxing time-out and Jim learns that he must work to be a great husband.

S03E20 - The Lawn Party Air Date: 23 January 1957 17:00 -

Bud and his friends seek help in having a lawn party.

S03E21 - Short Wave Air Date: 30 January 1957 17:00 -

The whole family gets concerned and worried about helping a family on a ship that sends an SOS that the family overhears on bud's short-wave radio receiver.that no one else is hearing; the only problem is that the ship is 1,000 miles away.

S03E22 - Carnival Air Date: 06 February 1957 17:00 -

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Bud learns a lesson at the school of hard knocks when a carnival comes to town.

S03E23 - Betty and the Jet Pilot Air Date: 13 February 1957 17:00 -

Betty is in Love with an Air force Pilot that may be transferred to Alaska.

S03E24 - Trip to Hillsborough Air Date: 20 February 1957 17:00 -

Aspiring writer Bud takes trip to Hillsboro to make notes about real life for future writing source material.

S03E25 - An Evening to Remember Air Date: 27 February 1957 17:00 -

The Anderson's have an unexpected famous movie star guest arrive after a fender bender.

S03E26 - Bud Buys a Car Air Date: 13 March 1957 17:00 -

Bud proudly buys a $10 car, his first car.

S03E27 - Safety First Air Date: 20 March 1957 17:00 -

Bud learns the hard way to improve his car driving safety habits.

S03E28 - Bud, the Hero Air Date: 27 March 1957 17:00 -

Jim narrates this dramatic story of Bud the hero (surprise ending).

S03E29 - Betty, the Track Star Air Date: 03 April 1957 17:00 -

Betty is in a pickle having to choose between competing college demands.

S03E30 - The Spelling Bee Air Date: 17 April 1957 17:00 -

Kathy depends on a lucky penny during a spelling bee.

S03E31 - Bud, the Philanthropist Air Date: 24 April 1957 17:00 -

Bud's Sunday School class buys a radio for a classmate recovering from a broken leg, but Bud thinks he wants more credit for the gift.

S03E32 - Baby in the House Air Date: 01 May 1957 16:00 -

Babysitting a 1-year-old at the Anderson's home.

S03E33 - Class Prophecy Air Date: 08 May 1957 16:00 -

The "Most likely to succeed" school friend of Jim and Margaret is embarrassed to be selling door-to-door for Utica Kitchen Utensils.

S03E34 - The Art of Romance Air Date: 15 May 1957 16:00 -

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Jim advises Bud on how to make a date with a shy girl, but Betty advises the girl thwarting Bud's advances.

S03E35 - Margaret Disowns Her Family Air Date: 22 May 1957 16:00 -

Margaret has a challenging day with her family which a young mother-to-be observes and becomes discouraged until Margaret explains the value of motherhood.

S03E36 - Grandpa Retires Air Date: 29 May 1957 16:00 -

Margaret, Jim, and Betty travel to visit with Margaret's parents because Dad is reluctantly retiring.

S03E37 - Shoot for the Moon Air Date: 05 June 1957 16:00 -

Woodcutter Sageman teaches the Andersons about goal setting and learning to believe in yourself to achieve the goals.

Father Knows Best Actors

Robert Young(James "Jim" Anderson, Sr.)

Elinor Donahue(Betty "Princess" Anderson)

Jane Wyatt(Margaret Anderson)

Billy Gray(James "Bud" Anderson, Jr)

Lauren Chapin(Kathy "Kitten" Anderson)

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