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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 5 Air Dates


S05E01 - Vine Covered Cottage Air Date: 15 September 1958 04:00 -

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Betty's forever boyfriend proposes.


S05E02 - Be Kind to Bud Week Air Date: 22 September 1958 04:00 -

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A poem inspires Betty to be nicer to her brother Bud.


S05E03 - Kathy's Romance Air Date: 29 September 1958 04:00 -

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Does Kathy's new boyfriend want to be with her or does he really want to be around her father, Jim?


S05E04 - Voice From the Past Air Date: 06 October 1958 04:00 -

Bud's ideas for school homecoming dance cause some controversy.


S05E05 - Frank's Family Tress Air Date: 13 October 1958 04:00 -

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The Anderson family's friend "Fronk" (Frank) is back while on a week's vacation to help the family in many ways.


S05E06 - Always Plan Ahead Air Date: 20 October 1958 04:00 -

Jim plans to teach his kids that they must plan ahead, but his good plans go awry.


S05E07 - Second Wedding Air Date: 27 October 1958 05:00 -

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Betty convinces her parents to enjoy a second wedding, this time in a church.


S05E08 - Bud, the Caretaker Air Date: 03 November 1958 05:00 -

Bud takes a job caring for a man's car, home, and bird. Note: The events are narrated by Bud speaking to the viewer.


S05E09 - Betty, the Pioneer Woman Air Date: 10 November 1958 05:00 -

A reenactment during Founder's Day celebration tests Betty's determination. She pairs with Tom Wentworth (Dick York).


S05E10 - Fair Exchange Air Date: 17 November 1958 05:00 -

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The Andersons entertain and learn from a visiting coed college student from India.


S05E11 - Bud, the Snob Air Date: 24 November 1958 05:00 -

Re-cut of an earlier episode (season 1 episode 16) not distributed in syndication. The episode has a new intro where Margaret reminds Bud of the story to help him be a better person. This was often done instead of in-season reruns when the cast/crew were on vacation/holiday, in this case, Thanksgiving week 1958.


S05E12 - Margaret Wins a Car Air Date: 01 December 1958 05:00 -

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Margaret wins a new car in a raffle for a children's home, but the children win the Anderson family's hearts.


S05E13 - The Great Experiment Air Date: 08 December 1958 05:00 -

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At a Kiwanis meeting, Jim is inspired and motivates the whole family to learn something new and learn to enjoy the process at the same time.


S05E14 - The Christmas Story Air Date: 15 December 1958 05:00 -

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Re-cut of an earlier episode (season 1 episode 12) not distributed in syndication. The episode has a new intro where the Andersons reminisce about a family experience at Christmas several years ago. This was often done instead of in-season reruns when the cast/crew were on vacation/holiday, in this case, Christmas week 1958.


S05E15 - The Basketball Coach Air Date: 22 December 1958 05:00 -

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Jim steps in when the basketball team's coach is called away to another city.


S05E16 - Kathy, Girl Executive Air Date: 29 December 1958 05:00 -

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President of the family's new corporation, Kathy, learns some important lessons.


S05E17 - The Good Samaritan Air Date: 05 January 1959 05:00 -

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Bud's creative writing teacher assigns task to help a complete stranger and learns a good Samaritan is sometimes not appreciated.


S05E18 - The Ideal Father Air Date: 12 January 1959 05:00 -

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Charlie the painter tells Jim his kids are ungrateful toward him because they forgot Jim's birthday.


S05E19 - Big Shot Bud Air Date: 19 January 1959 05:00 -

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With good intentions, Bud temporarily borrows the $10 he collected for needy children. Bad luck reigns, and he fails repeatedly to get cash back to make the donation on time.


S05E20 - Hard Luck Leo Air Date: 26 January 1959 05:00 -

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Kathy changes her adult second cousin Leonard's (Leo in the title but never used Leo name in episode) view on how others see him, and he turns his life around


S05E21 - Bud, the Campus Romeo Air Date: 02 February 1959 05:00 -

Bud turns down an invite to a girls-ask-boys dance and the "mean girls" start an anti-Bud Anderson campaign.


S05E22 - Crisis Over a Kiss Air Date: 09 February 1959 05:00 -

Bud protects Betty's honor at Prospect Point, a lover's parking spot, and learns to respect his date's wishes and reputation, too.


S05E23 - Kathy Grows Up Air Date: 16 February 1959 05:00 -

Kathy is impatient and wants to be treated as an adult in the Anderson family, but she learns she likes still being a kid, too.


S05E24 - A Man of Merit Air Date: 23 February 1959 05:00 -

Jim discovers a secret that he will win a community award, while Margaret is told of the selection and the rest of the family make plans to celebrate. Confusion reigns as the telegram does not arrive as promised at 9:00 PM.


S05E25 - Betty Makes a Choice Air Date: 02 March 1959 05:00 -

Betty's college dance class is putting on a musical and Betty must compete against a girl who claims to never practice.


S05E26 - It's a Small World Air Date: 09 March 1959 05:00 -

Margaret tries to join Jim in NY city but mishaps keep them from getting together.


S05E27 - Two Loves Has Bud Air Date: 16 March 1959 05:00 -

Bud's steady girlfriend Joyce temporarily breaks up with him, and Bud starts dating new girl next door. When Joyce unbreaks up with Bud, he tries to have both as steady girlfriends. When they find out about each other, Bud finds himself in trouble and must decide between the two of them.


S05E28 - An Extraordinary Woman Air Date: 23 March 1959 05:00 -

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Margaret's collegiate competitor arrives unexpectedly and finds Margaret's hectic family life wonderful. Look for Bud-the-dinosaur to be "bagged" by Margaret in a great scene with Betty.


S05E29 - The Art of Romance Air Date: 30 March 1959 05:00 -

Recut of season 3 episode 16 retold by Margaret to Bud and Betty. Episode not in syndicated package


S05E30 - Formula for Happiness Air Date: 06 April 1959 05:00 -

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Suspense, intrigue, and a bit of mixture of Alfred Hitchcock and Twilight Zone special effects make an award winning episode that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Listen for a familiar voice (Jonathan Harris, Lost in Space, Dr Smith).


S05E31 - Bud and the Debutante Air Date: 13 April 1959 05:00 -

Bud Is picked by a wealthy family's daughter for a series of dates that she arranges and covers the expenses and Bud gets to drive her fancy sports car. Bud learns that she is content to go on regular dates that he can afford.


S05E32 - The Promised Playhouse Air Date: 20 April 1959 05:00 -

Recut rerun of season 1 episode 17. Bud wants his dad to promise to go to a carnival but Jim says he won't make promises like that and recounts the story of Kathy's playhouse.


S05E33 - The Meanest Professor Air Date: 27 April 1959 04:00 -

The high school year book feature editor, Bud is assigned task of writing the books's dedication to Professor Stark. He first writes a comedic version before he interviewed people to write a true dedication letter.


S05E34 - Live My Own Life Air Date: 04 May 1959 04:00 -

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Recut rerun of season 1 episode 5. Kathy is frustrated and tells her father she wants to leave home. Jim recounts when Bud left home years ago.


S05E35 - Bud Has A Problem Air Date: 11 May 1959 04:00 -

Bud blames his physics teacher for his bad grades and written notice of unsatisfactory work.


S05E36 - The Great Anderson Mystery Air Date: 18 May 1959 04:00 -

The Anderson family must solve a who-done-it murder mystery when the television goes out during a storm.


S05E37 - Margaret Goes Dancing Air Date: 25 May 1959 04:00 -

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Betty wants to arrange a romantic midnight boat ride, Margaret recounts the story as a flashback of when she took dance lessons without telling Jim. This is a re-cut rerun of season 1 episode 11 and is generally not in syndication. The networks often did episodes like this when cast/crew were on scheduled vacation times and holiday weeks.


S05E38 - The Gold Turnip Air Date: 01 June 1959 04:00 -

Bud's high school graduation ceremony's traditions seem old-fashioned to Bud.

Father Knows Best Actors

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

Jane Wyatt(Margaret Anderson)

Elinor Donahue(Betty "Princess" Anderson)

Billy Gray(James "Bud" Anderson, Jr)

Lauren Chapin(Kathy "Kitten" Anderson)



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