Father Knows Best
was the stereotypical 1950s Dom Com
TV show about the Average American Home with 2.5 children.Robert Young
played Jim Anderson, an insurance agent; Jane Wyatt (who would later go on to play Spock's mother Amanda in the original Star Trek
) was Jim's wife, Margaret; Billy Gray played Bud, the wisecracking teenager son; Elinor Donahue as the typical teenager daughter, Betty; and Lauren Chapin as the youngest girl, Kathy (nicknamed "Kitten").
The story revolved around the various issues the family got involved in. It is also noteworthy for being a complete subversion of the trope it supposedly represents. The radio show it was based on (and which featured a completely different cast apart from Young) wasn't Father Knows Best
but Father Knows Best?
Note the question mark. And in the TV series the mom, just like today's sitcoms, often got the better of her husband and son
. In the radio show she was definitely closer-to-Earth.
This is the show that put Robert Young onto the map as a famous actor, long before his portrayal as a doctor and the title character in Marcus Welby
Since the show was made during the 1950s, it never dealt with anything controversial.
A pair of reunion movies
featuring the TV cast were made in 1977.
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