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Father Knows Best

Father Knows Best

The series began August 25, 1949, on NBC Radio. Set in the Midwest, it starred Robert Young as the General Insurance agent Jim Anderson. His wife Margaret was first portrayed by June Whitley and later by Jean Vander Pyl. The Anderson children were Betty (Rhonda Williams), Bud (Ted Donaldson), and Kathy (Norma Jean Nillson). Others in the cast were Eleanor Audley, Herb Vigran and Sam Edwards. Sponsored through most of its run by General Foods, the series was heard Thursday evenings on NBC until March 25, 1954.

On the radio program, the character of Jim differs from the later television character. The radio Jim is far more sarcastic and shows he really "rules" over his family. Jim also calls his children names, something common on radio but lost in the TV series. For example, Jim says, "What a bunch of stupid children I have." Margaret is portrayed as a paragon of solid reason and patience, unless the plot calls for her to act a bit off. For example, in a Halloween episode, Margaret cannot understand how the table floats in the air, but that is a rare exception.

Betty, on radio, is portrayed as a status seeking, boy-crazy teenage girl. To her, every little thing is "the worst thing that could ever happen." Bud, on radio, is portrayed as an "all-American" boy who always seems to need "just a bit more" money, though he gets $1.25 per week in allowance. Bud is in charge of always having to answer the front door, which he hates. He is also shown as a somewhat dim boy who takes everything literally; for example, Jim might say "Go jump in the lake," to which Bud would reply "Okay, Dad; which lake should I go jump into?" He also uses the phrase "Holy Cow" to express displeasure. On radio, Kathy often is portrayed as a source of irritation. She whines, cries and complains about her status in the family as overlooked. She often is the source of money to her brother and sister, although she is in hock several years on her own allowance. [Source: Wikipedia]

Broadcast: 20th December 1948
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Aug 01 2003
Broadcast: 12th January 1950
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Feb 22 2002
Broadcast: 4th May 1950
Starring: Robert Young
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Broadcast: 11th May 1950
Starring: Robert Young
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Broadcast: 18th May 1950
Starring: Various
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Broadcast: 25th May 1950
Starring: Robert Young
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Broadcast: 8th June 1950
Starring: Robert Young
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Broadcast: June 15, 1950
Starring: Robert Young
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Broadcast: 22nd June 1950
Starring: Robert Young
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Broadcast: 29th June 1950
Starring: Robert Young
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Broadcast: 6th July 1950
Starring: Robert Young
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Broadcast: 7th September 1950
Starring: Robert Young
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Broadcast: 14th September 1950
Starring: Robert Young
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Broadcast: 21st September 1950
Starring: Robert Young
Added: May 17 2002
Broadcast: 28th September 1950
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Jun 01 2002
Broadcast: 5th October 1950
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Jun 08 2002
Broadcast: 12th October 1950
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Jun 15 2002
Broadcast: 26th October 1950
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Oct 31 2011
Broadcast: 2nd November 1950
Starring: Robert Young
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Broadcast: 9th November 1950
Starring: Robert Young
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Broadcast: 16th November 1950
Starring: Robert Young
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Broadcast: November 23, 1950
Starring: Robert Young
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Broadcast: 7th December 1950
Starring: Robert Young
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Broadcast: 14th December 1950
Starring: Robert Young
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Broadcast: 21st December 1950
Starring: Robert Young
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Broadcast: 28th December 1950
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Dec 28 2002
Broadcast: 4th January 1951
Starring: Robert Young
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Broadcast: 11th January 1951
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Aug 10 2002
Broadcast: 18th January 1951
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Aug 17 2002
Broadcast: 25th January 1951
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Aug 24 2002
Broadcast: 1st February 1951
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Aug 31 2002
Broadcast: 8th February 1951
Added: Aug 10 2012
Broadcast: February 15, 1951
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Broadcast: 22nd February 1951
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Broadcast: May 24, 1951
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Broadcast: June 28, 1951
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Broadcast: 20th September 1951
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Sep 07 2002
Broadcast: 17th April 1952
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Broadcast: 15th May 1952
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Sep 14 2002
Broadcast: 11th September 1952
Starring: Robert Young
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Broadcast: 18th September 1952
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Sep 28 2002
Broadcast: 25th September 1952
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Aug 08 2003
Broadcast: 9th October 1952
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Sep 23 2002
Broadcast: 16th October 1952
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Oct 07 2002
Broadcast: 30th October 1952
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Oct 14 2002
Broadcast: 13th November 1952
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Broadcast: 25th December 1952
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Broadcast: 15th January 1953
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Nov 04 2002
Broadcast: 29th January 1953
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Mar 03 2003
Broadcast: 5th February 1953
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Mar 10 2003
Broadcast: 12th February 1953
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Apr 07 2003
Broadcast: 19th February 1953
Added: Jan 17 2014
Broadcast: 26th February 1953
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Broadcast: April 16, 1953
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Apr 21 2003
Broadcast: 23rd April 1953
Starring: Robert Young
Added: May 05 2003
Broadcast: 30th April 1953
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Apr 28 2003
Broadcast: 7th May 1953
Starring: Robert Young
Added: May 19 2003
Broadcast: 14th May 1953
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Jun 06 2003
Broadcast: 21st May 1953
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Jun 20 2003
Broadcast: 10th September 1953
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Aug 15 2003
Broadcast: 17th September 1953
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Aug 22 2003
Broadcast: 24th September 1953
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Aug 29 2003
Broadcast: 1st October 1953
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Sep 29 2003
Broadcast: 8th October 1953
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Oct 03 2003
Broadcast: 15th October 1953
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Oct 10 2003
Broadcast: 22nd October 1953
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Oct 17 2003
Broadcast: October 29, 1953
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Oct 31 2003
Broadcast: 5th November 1953
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Nov 07 2003
Broadcast: 12th November 1953
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Nov 14 2003
Broadcast: November 26, 1953
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Nov 18 2002
Broadcast: 3rd December 1953
Added: Nov 29 2013
Broadcast: 31st December 1953
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Jan 16 2001
Broadcast: 7th January 1954
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Jun 13 2001
Broadcast: 14 January 1954
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Jun 13 2001
Broadcast: 21st January 1954
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Jun 13 2001
Broadcast: 28th January 1954
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Oct 24 2003
Broadcast: 4th February 1954
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Nov 21 2003
Broadcast: 18th February 1954
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Nov 28 2003
Broadcast: 25th February 1954
Added: Mar 14 2004
Broadcast: March 4, 1954
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Mar 28 2004
Broadcast: 11th March 1954
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Mar 21 2004
Broadcast: March 18, 1954
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Mar 30 2004
Broadcast: 25th March 1954
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Mar 25 2004