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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 4 Air Dates

S04E01 - Follow the Leader Air Date: 25 September 1957 16:00 -

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Bud's class' teacher unexpectedly is replaced by a new teacher and the class wants him to quit hoping their old teacher will return. Bud has to decide if he will participate in dirty tricks on the new teacher.

S04E02 - The Awkward Hero Air Date: 02 October 1957 16:00 -

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Betty's assigned jock to tutor is smitten with Betty, but he is clumsy and awkward. Betty begins to really like him.

S04E03 - The Good Neighbor Air Date: 09 October 1957 16:00 -

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Margaret is sued by her rental property's neighbor.

S04E04 - Bud, the Executive Air Date: 16 October 1957 16:00 -

Bud learns leadership skills and how to deal with problems as he helps with the school class picnic.

S04E05 - Sentenced to Happiness Air Date: 23 October 1957 16:00 -

Gardner Frank is back in trouble as he works to make people and plants happy.

S04E06 - Mother Goes to School Air Date: 30 October 1957 17:00 -

When Margaret enrolls in Betty's English Literature class at Jr college, Betty becomes uncomfortable.

S04E07 - The Indispensable Man Air Date: 06 November 1957 17:00 -

Bud learns to follow the football training rules after suffering the consequence of breaking a rule..

S04E08 - Kathy's Big Chance Air Date: 13 November 1957 17:00 -

An excited Kathy is one of her class' essay winners, but misses the greeting party with her favorite actress due to measles.

S04E09 - Margaret Learns to Drive Air Date: 20 November 1957 17:00 -

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Margaret becomes cross at Jim who is giving her driving lessons.

S04E10 - The Way of a Dictator Air Date: 04 December 1957 17:00 -

Bud blackmails Kathy when he learns she damaged Betty's expensive fountain pen.

S04E11 - Mr. Beal Meets His Match Air Date: 11 December 1957 17:00 -

Faustian story of the Devil and the Andersons. Will they all be lost to the devil's dealings?

S04E12 - Kathy Makes a Wish Air Date: 25 December 1957 17:00 -

Kathy wishes on a lucky horseshoe for a horse that then appears.

S04E13 - Man With a Plan Air Date: 01 January 1958 17:00 -

While Bud begins to plan for the draft, his friends think he has already enlisted and will soon be leaving, and throw a farewell party.

S04E14 - Big Sister Air Date: 08 January 1958 17:00 -

Betty, Kathy, and Bud all go to a summer camp for girls. Kathy is pushed by counselor Betty to be an over-achiever.

S04E15 - Calypso Kid Air Date: 15 January 1958 17:00 -

Bud trades for some bongos and learns to play the calypso.

S04E16 - Father's Biography Air Date: 22 January 1958 17:00 -

One night Jim must choose attending a Chamber of commerce meeting to elect him as a leader, or being at a PTA meeting where Kathy is reading an essay about Jim's life.

S04E17 - The Rivals Air Date: 29 January 1958 17:00 -

Betty's steady, Frank, gets some competition. Guest star Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie)

S04E18 - Bud, the Mind Reader Air Date: 05 February 1958 17:00 -

Bud wants to help Betty but will lose his allowance for three months by revealing where Betty is after an important phone call.

S04E19 - Margaret's Other Family Air Date: 12 February 1958 17:00 -

Margaret, and one by one the whole family, assist a new-to-the-city door-to-door woodmaker and his family to the point that Jim thinks they are using Margaret.

S04E20 - The Trial Air Date: 19 February 1958 17:00 -

Bud is accused of property damage and Betty's college class assignment leads to a family trial.

S04E21 - Revenge is Sweet Air Date: 26 February 1958 17:00 -

Betty is embarrassed of Bud's appearance as he works on his car, but Betty doesn't know that Bud did a favor for her friend's father. Bud knows and considers revenge for Betty's treatment of Bud that embarrassed him.

S04E22 - Country Cousin Air Date: 05 March 1958 17:00 -

Betty again must learn a lesson about the need to be nice to others when Jim's brother sends his daughter for a week to visit with Betty and the Andersons.

S04E23 - Poor Old Dad Air Date: 12 March 1958 17:00 -

Bud decides from experience that married men don't get to have fun like single men and live a miserable life.

S04E24 - Betty's Crusade Air Date: 19 March 1958 17:00 -

Betty organizes her friends to save their college hangout.

S04E25 - Young Love Air Date: 26 March 1958 17:00 -

Bud has a crush on a girl working at the supermarket.

S04E26 - Tell It to Mom Air Date: 02 April 1958 17:00 -

A pair of skates become involved in secrets and lies and it is up to Margaret to resolve the problems.

S04E27 - A Friend in Need Air Date: 16 April 1958 17:00 -

The Andersons quickly adopt and love a temporarily lost dog.

S04E28 - A Medal For Margaret Air Date: 23 April 1958 17:00 -

Margaret works to earn a medal to put in the family's new trophy case.

S04E29 - The Weaker Sex Air Date: 30 April 1958 16:00 -

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New pretty girl moves in just down the street and uses her feminine wiles to get a picnic date with Bud.

S04E30 - Jim, the Answer Man Air Date: 14 May 1958 16:00 -

A very busy Jim is still able to solve all problems of the Anderson family.

S04E31 - Bud Quits School Air Date: 21 May 1958 16:00 -

Bud leaves to be a beach bum in the south pacific while Betty runs for class president.

S04E32 - A Matter of Pride Air Date: 04 June 1958 16:00 -

Bud is elected most popular boy of his class but finds that too small fashion shoes may prevent the award ceremony from happening.

S04E33 - Betty Finds a Cause Air Date: 11 June 1958 16:00 -

Betty learns what it is like to hit her head repeatedly against a tree, or a shrub.

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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