Father Knows Best
- 6 Seasons
Father Knows Best was a radio series back in the 1940's and 1950's. It became so popular that it became a television series for the 1950's and 1960's. It was created by writer Ed James. It was a half hour situation comedy about the Anderson family. They lived in a town called Springfield. Robert Young starred as James Anderson. He was an insurance agent. Robert Young was the only cast member who made the change to the television. Robert Young's wife was named Margaret. She was portrayed by Jane Wyatt. They had three children. Betty was the eldest. She was portrayed by Elinor Donauhue. Her nickname was Princess. The next child was James Anderson, Jr. He was portrayed by Billy Gray. His nickname was Bud. The youngest daughter was Kathy Anderson. She was portrayed by Lauren Chapin. Each episode centered around a particular problem that one of the family members had, which seemed insurmountable to them. The father was always available to give good, sound advice, so the problem could be solved. The mother was portrayed as being very level headed. The series remained on the air for many years. That was long enough to watch each of the children grow up. Betty and Bud went on to college in Springfield. Kathy went on the high school. Later on, after the series went off the air, the cast was brought back to do two reunion television movies. At the time the reunion movies were being televised, Elinor Donaue, Billy Gray and Lauren Chapin were interviewed about their perspective on the series. They each had personal affection for Robert Young and Jane Wyatt as their surrogate parents, because of all the time spent on the set of the show.