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". Add to my shows

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Betty's Graduation 06x32
This is a recut of season 2 episode 37. Jim discusses a letter from Kathy's school where they report Kathy is not passing her math class. Kathy tells her father that she is not really wanting to graduate from junior high school as it is the happiest time of her life. Jim recalls the story of when Betty didn't want to graduate from high school.
Not His Type 06x31
Betty's friend Diane is planning to marry George soon after college graduation. George is upset due to Diane's possessiveness and decides he wants to date Betty, and Diane agrees if he chooses Betty (saying she is not his type, the title of the episode). Trivia: This is the last episode of the series that is not a 'recut'. However CBS ran the series in prime time for three more years as it was so popular.
Bud Lives It Up 06x30
Another episode with the same rich girl from season 3 episode 4 where Bud signs for hotel extras that spends what in 2016 would be around $2,300 and must come up with a way to pay it or be kicked out of college.
Betty's Career Problem 06x29
Betty again must compete for a department store job against her college arch rival.
Blind Date 06x28
Betty is one of three finalists for the senior class Campus Queen. Her snooty friends match her up with what they call a country bumpkin as a blind date and the entire senior class is in on the joke being played on her. Betty begins to get back at them saying "Farewell dear hearts and gentle people" and parades the poor guy around to all the parties and mixers.Quotations: Betty is livid saying "I'll get even with them just you wait!". Quotation: Bud: "Pop went Rudy's little dream and so happily ends another absorbing chapter in the life of Betty Anderson, Girl Avenger".
Love and Learn 06x27
Bud needs a tutor but resists until one is a pretty girl he knows. Trivia: you will hear Betty interrupt Jim while he says "Father knows (best)" with "crows" so it is said "Father Crows (best)".
Family Contest 06x26
Betty is taking professional looking pictures of her family to enter into a Hawaiian trip contest. She offers to make an anniversary picture for their baker's family which may also be used to enter as competition in the same contest. Kathy tries to prevent them from entering as she really wants the trip for the family. Trivia: Television scripts often include the delivery milkman and their bottles in the late 50's, but rarely show a bakery delivery man. Also this is the first time Betty has been shown to be a skilled photographer and photo developer.
Adopted Daughter 06x25
This is a recut episode of season 2 episode 36. Kathy accidentally breaks picture frame holding her birth certificate. She asks Bud to help her fix it and they recall the story of when Kathy worried that she might be adopted.
The $500 Letter 06x24
A $500 check arrives mysteriously for 'one' member of the Anderson family who had helped someone some years ago. They compete to convince the others it was for a good deed each had done for someone in the past.
Bud, the Speculator 06x23
Bud learns about the danger of selling penny stocks as he buys 50 shares at $1 each of a new company, Blue Hill Copper Company. Trivia: A rare 4th wall scene shows the fireplace. In the same scene you will see Kathy's shadow as she waits for her cue to come through a curtained door.

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