I remember watching this show as a kid, and now I'm seeing it again on AntennaTV. It's a good, funny, thoughtful show, but I can't understand how people as wise and compassionate as Jim and Margaret Anderson could have raised such loser kids as their three. Betty is a snob and the worst drama queen in TV history, Bud is an obnoxious jerk and a coward (when faced with an adversary, he always hides in the basement), and Kathy is nothing but a whining brat.
Still, there were some really good episodes. My favorite was "Short Wave" from Season 3. There, Bud picked up a distress call on his ham radio from a family whose boat was swamped in a hurricane. I was amazed at the compassion all the Andersons felt for these total strangers (even though the actors playing the Andersons provided the voices of the family in danger, LOL). After the Andersons were able to determine the latitude and longitude of the boat, Jim ran to the phone and called the Coast Guard, and there was eventually a successful rescue. Of course, with today's technology, this episode is dated, but the emotions could never be dated.
There was also an episode where Bud was so worried about his homing pigeon "Charlie" being able to fly home during a thunderstorm. Like "Short Wave", it shows a compassionate side of Bud that we rarely see.
Since I lost my father when I was only five, I tend to like the episodes that showcased Jim and/or Margaret (the parents) better than the rest. "Brief Holiday" from Season 3;"It's a Small World" from Season 5; "Margaret's Old Flame" and "Bicycle Trip for Two" from Season 6 are my favorites.
As far as the whole family is concerned, I like (in no particular order): Crisis Over a Kiss and The Great Anderson Mystery from Season 5 The Angel's Sweater and Short Wave from Season 3 The Trial; Tell It to Mom; and A Friend in Need from Season 4
And I absolutely hate: No Apron Strings from Season 3
Post by Matthew the Swordsman on Sept 8, 2017 18:08:49 GMT
It began being shown in Sydney Australia in November 1956, which Australian TV was only a few weeks old. It aired on Tuesdays at 8:00PM, preceded by "Jungle Jim" and followed by "Four Star Theatre" (aka Four Star Playhouse). It aired against "Science Fiction Theatre" on ABN-2......a third station, ATN-7, began operations the next month.
In Melbourne it began being shown in November 1956, when TV in that city was only a few days old. It aired at 8:00PM on Tuesdays on HSV-7, preceded by "The Three Musketeers" and followed by "Four Star Playhouse". HSV-7 was the only Melbourne station at the time, but two new stations began operations very shortly.
By March 1957, the schedules had changed. In Sydney, it was now preceded by "Jet Jackson" and followed by "Four Star Playhouse". It aired against Science Fiction Theatre" on ABN-2 and Sydney-produced slapstick comedy game show "It Pays to be Funny" on ATN-7.
In Melbourne, it was preceded and followed by the same series as in Sydney. It aired against live local show "Sports Page" on ABV-2 and "It Pays to be Funny" on GTV-9.
"Short Wave" is one of my favorites, too. I used to watch it in reruns in the '70s on WPIX. While I always liked goofy little Kathy, and I had a childhood crush on Bud, Betty always irritated me--such a snobbish drama queen (was she the only sitcom kid in TV history who always referred to her parents as "Mother" and "Father"?) I just saw "The Old Days" again, with Jim and Margaret attending a costume party dressed up in their college clothes from the 1920s. Despite how cute they look, anally-retentive Betty is mortified by their outfits and, in her customary quavery, on-the-verge-of-tears delivery, tells them to their faces how ridiculous they both look. They end up going to the party in different outfits, just to make Betty happy because, as Margaret tells her, that's what really matters. Margaret should have told her to get over it, toots. No wonder she was always known as "Princess."
Margaret's accent always seemed a little out of place, though.
Father Knows best is a good show. It is one of my favorite 1950s Tv shows. I agree. Jim and Margaret's kids did have their flaws, but no one is perfect. Jim and Margaret weren't perfect either. They had moments where they made mistakes too. I thought they were a good Tv family for the most part. Short Wave is one of my favorite Episodes too.