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Season 1

1 :01x01 - Bud Takes Up the Dance

Oct/03/1954
Bud is anxious to attend his first school dance, but first needs to learn how to. His first attempt is to try learning from a book.
Guest Stars: Claire Meade as Mrs. Larson | Susan Whitney as Marcia
Director: James Neilson

2 :01x02 - Lesson in Citizenship

Oct/10/1954
Jim would like to educate his children to be helpful people. Therefore, he admonishes them to help people any time. The three children really take his words to heart - unfortunately, in a different way than Jim had fancied.
Guest Stars: Eddy Waller as Mr. Potter | Natividad Vacio as Unknown

3 :01x03 - The Motor Scooter

Oct/17/1954
Jim decides to buy Bud a motor scooter, but Margaret thinks it isn't safe to do so.
Guest Stars: Joe Forte as Fred Hartley

4 :01x04 - Football Tickets

Oct/24/1954
Jim decides to take a friend and businessman to the football game, unaware that Betty had agreed to go in place of Margaret. But it looks like no one will be going since Jim has left the tickets inside his shirt pocket, which is headed to the cleaners.
Guest Stars: Charles Watts as Bob Harris | James Dobson as Bill | Tina Thompson as Patty

5 :01x05 - Live My Own Life

Oct/31/1954
Bud decides to move out, but finds that life on his own isn't as good as he thought it would be. Now in order to return, Bud must figure out a plan where he can still save face.
Guest Stars: Harry Tyler as Mr. Engel | Jack Grinnage as Claude (as Jack E. Stewart)

6 :01x06 - Grandpa Jim's Rejuvenation

Nov/07/1954
Jim begins to think the best years of his life are over. Can the family help him feel better?
Guest Stars: Donald Curtis as Eddie Gilbert | Burt Mustin as Old Man

7 :01x07 - Bud's Encounter With the Law

Nov/14/1954
Kathy uses the new washing machine as part of her game she is playing. Having stuffed the machine full of everything she could find, she soon discovers that the items include things Betty needs for the "Girls in Government Days," and an illegible letter addressed to Bud from the police.
Guest Stars: William Fawcett as Mr. Trumble

8 :01x08 - Thanksgiving Day

Nov/21/1954
Kathy's Thanksgiving poem wins her first prize in her class's contest and Jim thinks his daughter is on the way to being the next Shakespeare. But after hearing the poem recited his excitement soon turns disappointment as he believes the poem isn't her own work.
Story: Ed James | Screenplay: Dorothy Cooper Foote

9 :01x09 - Second Honeymoon

Nov/28/1954
Jim and Margaret go away for the weekend, but are unsure of how the kids will react to being alone. But his emotions turn around when the kids are excited to hear they are leaving, making Jim suspicious of what they have planned. His fears are heightened when a phone call home goes unanswered.
Writer: Paul West

10 :01x10 - Typical Father

Dec/05/1954
Betty begins to act strangely, and Jim assumes it means she's planning to elope with Armand.
Guest Stars: Chet Marshall as Armand

11 :01x11 - Margaret Goes Dancing

Dec/12/1954
Myrtle, a friend of the family, prompts Margaret to get Jim to take dancing lessons with her. Margaret knows that the only way he would agree is if he was tricked into doing so. The plan may have worked until Jim uncovers the scheme from Myrtle's husband.

12 :01x12 - The Christmas Story

Dec/19/1954
Feeling the children are missing the true Christmas spirit, Jim decides they need to take a trip into the mountains to cut down their Christmas tree. While on their way, they car becomes trapped by a snow storm, causing the family to take refuge in a cabin. The cabin is that of an old man who Kathy believes is the real Santa Claus.
Guest Stars: Wallace Ford as Nick | William Traylor as Les Turner

13 :01x13 - Sparrow in the Window

Dec/26/1954
A family argument has them all at odds. But Kathy brings them together when she finds an injured bird on a window sill and insists they all help nurse it back to health.

14 :01x14 - Boy's Week

Jan/02/1955
The students are given an assignment of working in a real job for a day. Bud is made a traffic court judge and must face Jim, who has received a ticket.
Guest Stars: James Todd as Judge Frank Mitchell | Dick Wessel as Police Officer
Story: Ed James | Screenplay: Dorothy Cooper Foote

15 :01x15 - A Friend of Old George's

Jan/09/1955
Kathy's excitement over her birthday party wanes when George shows up with an uninvited guest, who seems to be ruining the day.
Guest Stars: Parley Baer as Lyle

16 :01x16 - Bud the Snob

Jan/16/1955
The kids at school mistaken Bud's shyness of talking with girls as being an uppity snob. Jim tries helping him by suggesting he holds a costume party since he has no trouble speaking to the opposite sex when wearing a mask.
Guest Stars: Jimmy Bates (1) as Claude | Joyce Coates as Virginia

17 :01x17 - The Promised Playhouse

Jan/23/1955
Kathy talks an unwilling Jim into spending a night in her playhouse.
Guest Stars: Robert Foulk as Ed Davis | Vivi Janiss as Myrtle Davis

18 :01x18 - Jim the Farmer

Jan/30/1955
Jim has had enough of the stressful life of working at the office and decides he will quit to become a farmer. But when he receives no calls from the office begging him back, he really becomes concerned.
Guest Stars: Mary Young as Grace | Sarah Selby as Miss Thomas

19 :01x19 - Father of the Year

Feb/06/1955
The kids decide to nominate Jim for the 'Father of the Year' contest that the local newspaper is running.
Guest Stars: William Fawcett as Mr. Trumble

20 :01x20 - The Mink Coat

Feb/13/1955
After having a family meeting to explain to the kids about the family not being able to afford luxuries, Jim sees a sale on mink coats that he could not pass up. But how will he explain this to the children?
Guest Stars: Lester Sharpe as Morrie | June Vincent as Leslie Morell | Vivi Janiss as Myrtle Davis

21 :01x21 - The Matchmaker

Feb/20/1955
Margaret encourages her cousin and her boyfriend that married life is the way to go, but where will her butting in lead to?
Guest Stars: Lyn Guild as Louise | William Hudson (2) as Tom
Story: Ed James | Screenplay: Dorothy Cooper Foote

22 :01x22 - Bud the Bridesmaid

Feb/27/1955
Bud may be forced to stand in as a bridesmaid when the girl scheduled to for the role is a no show on the wedding day of Margaret's cousin.
Guest Stars: Lyn Guild as Louise | William Hudson (2) as Tom
Story: Ed James | Screenplay: Dorothy Cooper Foote

23 :01x23 - Proud Father

Mar/06/1955
Jim tries to instill confidence in his kids so that they can manage their problems on their own.
Guest Stars: John Gallaudet as Roger Garland | Tommy Mann as Beanie Brugendorfer

24 :01x24 - Father Delivers the Papers

Mar/13/1955
Jim gets a call from Bud's boss at the newspaper when they receive complaints about his work habits. Jim assures that Bud will be a more responsible worker from now on, but then comes home injured. Will Jim do Bud's work for him to keep his promise?
Guest Stars: Dabbs Greer as Mr. Collins | Cheerio Meredith as Old Lady | Jack Tesler as Husband

25 :01x25 - No Partiality

Mar/20/1955
Jim must intervene when Betty and Kathy both are attracted to the same fellow.
Guest Stars: Bobby Diamond as Jimmy Wood | Norman Ollestad as Howard Williams

26 :01x26 - Close Decision

Mar/27/1955
Jim is torn between keeping up with Bud's punishment or letting him play in the baseball game. Having missed doing his chores and failed to learn a poem for church, Margaret believes the punishment is fitting.
Guest Stars: Robert Lynn as Rev. Swain | Gary Pagett as Joe Phillips | Diana Christian as Virginia Harris

Season 2

27 :02x01 - Art of Salesmanship

Aug/31/1955
Bud is taught a lesson of how to be a good salesman by Jim, after he decides that selling sauce boats is going to be much harder than he first thought.

28 :02x02 - Father's Private Life

Sep/07/1955
Jim feels the only way the kids will learn how to cope with their problems is to have them work them out on their own. But his plan quickly backfires.

29 :02x03 - Lessons in Civics

Sep/14/1955
Jim gets the family interested in helping him fight city hall in order to save an old building from being demolished, so a new highway can go through.

30 :02x04 - First Disillusionment

Sep/21/1955
Bud uses a scheme of fudging on his resume to get a job after being beat out by a boy who did the same thing to him.
Guest Stars: Richard Miles (1) as Eddie Wardlow | Hal Taggart as Mr. Stagg | Peter Heisser as Joe Phillips

31 :02x05 - Woman in the House

Sep/28/1955
Jim has an old friend coming for dinner, but learns that Margaret can't stand his wife.

32 :02x06 - New Girl at School

Oct/05/1955
Bud falls in love with the new girl in school, but finds out that she is already dating his best friend.

33 :02x07 - Kathy Makes Magic

Oct/12/1955
Kathy trades a pair of skates for a magic set, and after a bit of practice believes she had transformed a cat into a bird. She then believes she has placed a magical spell on Bud after he becomes sick from smoking a cigar.

34 :02x08 - Advantage to Betty

Oct/19/1955
A mistake by the local newspaper places a picture of Betty in the sports page as the school's best player, knowing that her partner is a better player than she is. How will they fare in the playoffs when the teammates see the daily paper?

35 :02x09 - The Big Test

Oct/26/1955
Bud's teacher accuses him of cheating on a test after getting the highest score, even though he worked extra hard studying for the exam.

36 :02x10 - Father Is a Dope

Nov/02/1955
When a cold sends Jim to bed, he becomes aware of how families trick their fathers on TV sitcoms. This becomes especially shocking when a situation on the show resembles an event he has planned.

37 :02x11 - Spirit of Youth

Nov/09/1955
The kids believe that Jim and Margaret act older than they really are. Although they shrugged this revelation off, they get an eye opening experience when they attend their high school class reunion.

38 :02x12 - Bud, the Ladykiller

Nov/16/1955
Bud insults a girl at school who he feels is an embarrassing geek. But when Jim hears what Bud has done, he makes him apologize to her, an apology she refuses to accept.

39 :02x13 - Margaret's Premonition

Nov/30/1955
A number of correct predictions has the family believing that Margaret has psychic powers.

40 :02x14 - Stage to Yuma

Dec/07/1955
A flashback sequence explains how Tate Idsen saved a stagecoach from savage Indians.

41 :02x15 - Bad Influence

Dec/14/1955
Bud gets blamed when his new friend is caught stealing from a store.

42 :02x16 - Betty Hates Carter

Dec/28/1955
Betty plans to make sure the blind date her father set up between herself and the son of a business associate named Carter fails. But the more time she spends with him, the more she likes what she sees.

43 :02x17 - Jim, the Tyrant

Jan/04/1956
Jim feels the family is lacking respect for him when they ignore him after he states what a horrible day he just had. He says that the only way they would respect him is if he acted like a tyrant. but how will he act when he discovers that Kathy has broken a window after complaining of the bad day she just had.

44 :02x18 - Betty's Brother

Jan/11/1956
Bud feels lost in school trying to find his own identity after having followed Betty in the school system. Soon he is causing trouble and starting fights, all which is unexpected from Betty Anderson's brother.
Writer: Paul West

45 :02x19 - Betty Earns a Formal

Jan/18/1956
Betty gets a job to earn money for a formal gown to attend a school dance, after Jim tells her that she must buy the dress with her own money. But where she's working, no one seems to know?
Writer: Paul West

46 :02x20 - The House Painter

Jan/25/1956
Betty and Jim have a conversation about what motivates the house painter to do a good job. Jim feels it is for a sense of pride, where as Betty believes he is driven by the money. This leads to a bet to see who is right. Jim will let the painter choose between using a cheaper paint and pocketing the profit, or buying quality materials.

47 :02x21 - Bud, the Wallflower

Feb/01/1956
Bud plans a camping trip when no one invites him to attend the Sadie Hawkins dance.
Writer: Paul West

48 :02x22 - The Bus to Nowhere

Feb/08/1956
Betty uses a paper written by Bud to help her find the meaning of life. He wrote about a journey on a bus to nowhere in particular to see what life brings you.

49 :02x23 - Kathy, the Indian Giver

Feb/15/1956
Kathy makes a trade with a friend for a baby sister so that she has a real, live person to play with instead of her inanimate dolls.
Writer: Kay Lenard

50 :02x24 - The Historical Andersons

Feb/22/1956
Jim tells Bud about an ancestor, Major Nathaniel Oliver Anderson, who served in the Revolutionary War as a subject for a school paper. But when Bud discovers that the Major was a minor player during the war, he doesn't know how to tell Jim that he wants to base his paper on someone else.

51 :02x25 - The Grass is Greener

Feb/29/1956
Jim's old school buddy Charles has become a successful and renown personality. When the children watch him on television, they compare him to their father, making him feel like a failure.

52 :02x26 - The Persistent Guest

Mar/07/1956
One of Bud's new friend's doesn't seem to want to leave after a weekend sleepover ends. The Anderson's soon find out that the boy is homeless.
Writer: Paul West

53 :02x27 - Family Reunion

Mar/14/1956
Each member of the family is making an excuse to miss the family reunion that Margaret is planning.

54 :02x28 - Family Dines Out

Mar/28/1956
A problem arises when Jim make a promise to both Bud and Betty that one will miss out on. Betty asks that the family attend the opening of the country club so that she can impress her new high class friend. And Bud was promised that the family would eat at the restaurant that he just got hired at when he guaranteed he could bring in more people if he was hired. But both outings are scheduled for the same evening.

55 :02x29 - Bud, the Boxer

Apr/04/1956
Jim encourages Bud to join the boxing club after being beat up by the school bully. After becoming a quick study a match is made...his opponent is the school bully. But Margaret and Betty are disappointed that Bud has now become the bully which he once detested.
Writer: Paul West

56 :02x30 - Betty, Girl Engineer

Apr/11/1956
Betty is drawn to the vocation of engineer, a male dominated occupation. But she feels resistance not only from her friends at school, but from her male boss at her practical work experience job.

57 :02x31 - The Martins and the Coys

Apr/18/1956
Jim has an argument with the father of Betty's boyfriend which suddenly causes him to break up with her.
Writer: Paul West

58 :02x32 - Dilemma for Margaret

Apr/25/1956
When Margaret makes candid comments at the PTA meeting, the group believes that she is having trouble controlling her own children.
Writer: Kay Lenard

59 :02x33 - Hero Father

May/02/1956
Bud becomes a hero in his classmates eyes after Jim manages to get baseball superstar Duke Snider to make an appearance in town.
Guest Stars: Duke Snider as Himself

60 :02x34 - Father, the Naturalist

May/09/1956
Jim takes Kathy to the woods to help find the final items for her nature badge and can be promoted to a tribe princess. But when she arrives home, she discovers she has left her folder back in the woods.

61 :02x35 - The Ten Dollar Question

May/16/1956
In order to stop the constant tattling on each other, Jim has offered $10 to the child who can last a week without telling on their sibling.

62 :02x36 - Adopted Daughter

May/23/1956
While cleaning up the house, Kathy runs across a receipt for $25 from an adoption agency, making her believe that she is adopted and tries to get Jim and Margaret to tell the truth.

63 :02x37 - Betty's Graduation

May/30/1956
Betty fears that her best days are passed her and doesn't want to graduate.
Guest Stars: Barbara Woodell as Mrs. Tyler | Eilene Janssen as Evelyn | Sam Flint as Mr. Armstead
Writer: Kay Lenard

Season 3

64 :03x01 - No Apron Strings

Sep/12/1956
Bud's new girlfriend, Georgia, is jealous of his family since her mom has died and lives with her father in a small apartment. To prove he is not a mommas boy, Georgia wants Bud to skip his mom's birthday celebration and go out with her instead.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

65 :03x02 - Never in Twain

Sep/19/1956
Betty becomes heartbroken after falling in love with cowboy while visiting a dude ranch, a relationship which could never last.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

66 :03x03 - Betty Goes to College

Sep/26/1956
Jim and Margaret have been planning Betty's college experience for a long time now, but may be discouraged when she announces she wants to stay home and attend a junior college with her friends.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

67 :03x04 - Man About Town

Oct/03/1956
Bud convinces an older woman, Marisa, that he is really 19 years old. She wants to go on a date with him at an expensive restaurant, one which is far above his means. Will Jim and Margaret save the day by joining them on a double date?
Director: Peter Tewksbury

68 :03x05 - The Homing Pigeon

Oct/10/1956
Bud gives his homing pigeon a test by taking him 500 miles away to see if he will return. At the same time, Jim and Margaret worry that if Betty goes away to stay with her friends, she too may not return. It's a long weekend when both are late in arriving home.
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

69 :03x06 - Spaghetti for Margaret

Oct/17/1956
When an old pal of Jim's, Harper Emes, comes for a visit, Margaret worries that his stories will influence Kathy. Harper was once a school teacher who quit to follow his dream of being a published writer. Since he quit he has had little success, but makes his life seem glamorous to Kathy.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

70 :03x07 - Betty's Birthday

Oct/24/1956
Betty believes that she has outgrown birthday celebrations and has announced she no longer wants a party or gifts.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

71 :03x08 - Bud, the Millionaire

Oct/31/1956
Jim has decided to teach Bud a lesson about finances by giving him a $10 a week allowance, with the only stipulation being that he can only spend this money on himself.
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

72 :03x09 - The Old Days

Nov/07/1956
The PTA fund raising dance has been decided to hold a costume ball this year. The family have chosen their outfits as Jim and Margaret will wear modern clothes that the kids are wearing today and Bud and Betty will wear the clothing their parents were wearing when they met.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

73 :03x10 - Whistle Bait

Nov/14/1956
Betty is depressed when a new girl in school is getting all the attention from the boys that she used to receive.
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

74 :03x11 - The Great Guy

Nov/21/1956
Bud and Kippy get jobs at a publishing firm. Problem is, they cannot stand their boss and would like to quit. But how can they and not lose face with Jim?
Director: Peter Tewksbury

75 :03x12 - The Family Goes to New York

Nov/28/1956
Jim and Margaret are horrified when they see Betty and a young man they don't know listed in a New York gossip column as the newest couple. It all started when Betty attended a wedding for her rich friend as a bridesmaid, and is shown around by Tony, the brother of the groom.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

76 :03x13 - Betty Goes Steady

Dec/05/1956
Bud has an adviser try to help Betty understand that there is more to life than being a rich, social climber. He tries to show her that she has given away her free thought by siding with a group. He will need to be convincing since none of the Anderson's have been able to get through to her.
Guest Stars: Robert Vaughn as Mr. Beekman | Yvonne Lime as Dotty Snow | Ken Clayton as Roger
Director: Peter Tewksbury

77 :03x14 - The Good Prospect

Dec/12/1956
Aldus Lydum, a smooth talking old man has convinced each of the Anderson's that he is a successful businessman who can help them with their financial ventures. Jim is interested in making stock investments, Bud needs sponsors for a bowling team and Kathy wants to bake and sell donuts. But is this guy for real or just a sham?
Director: Peter Tewksbury

78 :03x15 - The Angel's Sweater

Dec/19/1956
Jim's sister, Neva, is coming for a visit at Christmas. But not everyone is happy since she doesn't like kids and may ruin the holidays. Kathy is shaken when Aunt Neva scolds her for a minor incident, and to make things worse, a water pipe has burst on Christmas Eve. Kathy is told a story by the old repairman about the spirit of Christmas, a story which changes the way she sees Aunt Neva.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

79 :03x16 - The Promising Young Man

Dec/26/1956
The vice president of Jim's company asks him to help teach his son how to become a good insurance salesman. The problem is the kid would rather be an entertainer.
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

80 :03x17 - Margaret Hires a Gardener

Jan/02/1957
A problem arises when Margaret hires a gardener to work in the lawn and the final bill is more than Jim had agreed upon.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

81 :03x18 - Swiss Family Anderson

Jan/09/1957
A boating excursion ends with the Anderson's trapped on a deserted island.
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

82 :03x19 - Brief Holiday

Jan/16/1957
Bored and tired of housework, Margaret takes a day off to shop and eat lunch at a restaurant. On her way home she comes by an artist who sketches her portrait. When Jim discovers the picture, he believes that she maybe having an affair with the artist.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

83 :03x20 - The Lawn Party

Jan/23/1957
Bud wants to throw a lawn party at his home, but failed to inform his parents until one day before the party is scheduled. Now it's a rush to get the party going on time.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

84 :03x21 - Short Wave

Jan/30/1957
Bud's new hobby of listening to a short waved radio causes excitement when he overhears a distress signal from a boater.
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

85 :03x22 - Carnival

Feb/06/1957
Bud is given money to pick up some items from a tailor. While on his way he stops at a carnival and loses the money. He takes up a job at the carnival in hopes of earning some cash.
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

86 :03x23 - Betty and the Jet Pilot

Feb/13/1957
Betty falls in love with a jet pilot, unaware that he is scheduled to transfer to Alaska someday.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

87 :03x24 - Trip to Hillsborough

Feb/20/1957
Bud is allowed by Jim and Margaret to take a trip into Hillsborough as long as he goes with Kippy. But when Kippy tells Bud he can't go, he decides to go on with the trip as planned, without telling his parents.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

88 :03x25 - An Evening to Remember

Feb/27/1957
Actor Cornell WIlde makes a stop at Jim's insurance company after having a car accident in Springfield, believe he will be targeted for a lawsuit because of his fame.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

89 :03x26 - Bud Buys a Car

Mar/13/1957
Bud buys his first automobile, the best he can find for $10. His aim is to impress a new girl. But when she sees the jalopy, she is repulsed and he is stuck with a broken down piece of junk.
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

90 :03x27 - Safety First

Mar/20/1957
Bud is made a crossing guard as a punishment after being given a ticket.
Guest Stars: Jimmy Bates (1) as Claude | Dee Pollock as Tracey | Ethel May Halls as Mrs. Brian
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

91 :03x28 - Bud, the Hero

Mar/27/1957
Bud becomes a hero after inadvertently stopping a bank robbery.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

92 :03x29 - Betty, the Track Star

Apr/03/1957
It's a big day for Betty when she wins a running event at a track meet and later that night is named the 'Flower Queen.'
Guest Stars: Tamar Cooper as Eliva Horsen | Fintan Meyler as Gloria
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

93 :03x30 - The Spelling Bee

Apr/17/1957
Kathy is terrified when she qualifies for the county spelling bee contest. In hopes of calming her fears, Betty gives her a lucky penny. But when the day of the contest arrives, the penny has disappeared.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

94 :03x31 - Bud, the Philanthropist

Apr/24/1957
Bud hopes to get even with Kippy when he discovers that he claimed the money Bud added to the church collection plate was his own.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

95 :03x32 - Baby in the House

May/01/1957
Jim and Margaret feel nostalgic after caring for a child that Betty was set to babysit, so she can keep a date she made.
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

96 :03x33 - Class Prophecy

May/08/1957
Jim and Margaret get a knock on the door from a salesman, Henry Pruett, a guy they knew in their college days who was preparing to be a doctor. Not only is he not a doctor, but he is also not a great salesman.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

97 :03x34 - The Art of Romance

May/15/1957
Bud asks Jim for advice on how to gain the attention of a new girl in town, Judy. Meanwhile, Judy decides that Margaret would be the best person to help her get noticed by Bud.
Guest Stars: Joan Freeman as Unknown
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

98 :03x35 - Margaret Disowns Her Family

May/22/1957
Margaret attempts to help a young woman who is afraid of what life would be with a baby around.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

99 :03x36 - Grandpa Retires

May/29/1957
Margaret's father feels his health is in jeopardy because of his printing press company and that it is time he quits the business. But when Jim and Margaret help him get his retirement in order, they discover what is really causing his bad health.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

100 :03x37 - Shoot for the Moon

Jun/05/1957
The Anderson's are each given a boost of confidence with the help of Sageman.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

Season 4

101 :04x01 - Follow the Leader

Sep/25/1957
Bud is faced with a decision of joining his class in a revolt against an unpopular teacher.
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

102 :04x02 - The Awkward Hero

Oct/02/1957
Betty's payment for helping a football player with his academics--he's to be her escort to a big dance.
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

103 :04x03 - The Good Neighbor

Oct/09/1957
Margaret decides to rent out a house which she just inherited.
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Andy White

104 :04x04 - Bud, the Executive

Oct/16/1957
Bud is put in charge of planning the school picnic of his high school class.
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

105 :04x05 - Sentenced to Happiness

Oct/23/1957
The Andersons try to help out their gardener when he has to appear in court.
Guest Stars: Natividad Vacio as Frank
Director: Peter Tewksbury

106 :04x06 - Mother Goes to School

Oct/30/1957
Margaret decides to tak a college English course and finds herself sharing the class with daughter Betty.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

107 :04x07 - The Indispensable Man

Nov/06/1957
Bud gets himself suspended from a big football game because he stayed up too late.
Guest Stars: Charles Tannen as Martin | William Leslie as Coach | Jimmy Bates (1) as Claude
Director: Peter Tewksbury

108 :04x08 - Kathy's Big Chance

Nov/13/1957
Kathy enters an essay contest which is to be judged by noted actress Greer Garson.
Guest Stars: Greer Garson as Herself
Director: Peter Tewksbury

109 :04x09 - Margaret Learns to Drive

Nov/20/1957
Margaret talks Jim into teaching her how to drive a motor vehicle.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

110 :04x10 - The Way of a Dictator

Dec/04/1957
After Bud criticizes their methods of raising Kathy, Jim and Margaret give him the honor of rearing his younger sister.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

111 :04x11 - Mr. Beal Meets His Match

Dec/11/1957
Betty's nightmare about a contest suddenly begins coming true.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

112 :04x12 - Kathy Makes a Wish

Dec/25/1957
Kathy finds a horseshoe and wishes for a pony for herself. Amazingly, the wish appears to come true.
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

113 :04x13 - Man With a Plan

Jan/01/1958
A girl at school mistakenly believes that Bud is going into the Army so she decides to throw him a going away party.
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Andy White

114 :04x14 - Big Sister

Jan/08/1957
At summer camp Kathy rebels against her counselor--big sister Betty.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

115 :04x15 - Calypso Kid

Jan/15/1958
Bud buys a set of bongo drums in order to impress his new galpal and proceeds to drive the rest of the family crazy.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

116 :04x16 - Father's Biography

Jan/22/1958
Jim's dilemma--an important business meeting is scheduled to be held at the same time as Kathy's recital at a PTA meeting.
Guest Stars: Robert Warwick as St. Peter
Director: Peter Tewksbury

117 :04x17 - The Rivals

Jan/29/1958
Betty finds herself with two dates on the same night and works out a plan to keep them both.
Guest Stars: Barbara Eden as Marge Corbett
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

118 :04x18 - Bud, the Mind Reader

Feb/05/1958
Convinced he has psychic abilities, Bud practices being a mind reader and nearly drives everyone crazy.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

119 :04x19 - Margaret's Other Family

Feb/12/1958
Margaret keeps helping out a furniture makes and his wife so much that it takes time away from her own family.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

120 :04x20 - The Trial

Feb/19/1958
A neighbor accuses Bud of causing damage to his property.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

121 :04x21 - Revenge is Sweet

Feb/26/1958
Betty tries to spruce up sloppy Bud when she learns that some important individuals will be visiting the Anderson home.
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

122 :04x22 - Country Cousin

Mar/05/1958
Cousin Millie arrives for a visit with the Andersons and a tour of the college.
Guest Stars: Susan Oliver (1) as Millie
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

123 :04x23 - Poor Old Dad

Mar/12/1958
Bud believes that Jim has become a henpecked hubby.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

124 :04x24 - Betty's Crusade

Mar/19/1958
Betty tries to help an old man facing eviction by Jim's company.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

125 :04x25 - Young Love

Mar/26/1958
Bud develops a crush on an older woman who happens to be married.
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

126 :04x26 - Tell It to Mom

Apr/02/1958
Betty causes all sorts of problems when she hides a pair of skates for a friend.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

127 :04x27 - A Friend in Need

Apr/16/1958
A dog show's up on the Andersons' doorstep and then refuses to leave.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

128 :04x28 - A Medal for Margaret

Apr/23/1958
Margaret decides to win herself a medal to put in a trophy case which Jim is building.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

129 :04x29 - The Weaker Sex

Apr/30/1958
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Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

130 :04x30 - Jim, the Answer Man

May/14/1958
Jim is constantly interrupted by his children when he sets out to complete several important office tasks.
Guest Stars: Kathleen Mulqueen as Mrs. Avery
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

131 :04x31 - Bud Quits School

May/21/1958
Bud decides to quit school after meeting a successful businessman who did the same thing.
Guest Stars: Adrienne Marden as Secretary | Stephen Chase as Bernard | Paul Wallace as Kippy
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

132 :04x32 - A Matter of Pride

Jun/04/1958
Much to his surprise, Bud gets chosen as most popular male at his high school.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

133 :04x33 - Betty Finds a Cause

Jun/11/1958
A man's hedge blocks the view on a road so Betty tries to get him to remove it.
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

Season 5

134 :05x01 - Vine Covered Cottage

Sep/15/1958
Betty and her boyfriend are discussing the possibility of getting married but Jim and Margaret make her see that matrimony may not be as romantic as she thinks.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

135 :05x02 - Be Kind to Bud Week

Sep/22/1958
Bud wonders what's going on when Betty suddenly starts being extra nice to him.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

136 :05x03 - Kathy's Romance

Sep/29/1958
Kathy gets herself a boyfriend but he seems to be more interested in Jim than her.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

137 :05x04 - Voice From the Past

Oct/06/1958
Bud prepares to escort his school's homecoming queen.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

138 :05x05 - Frank's Family Trees

Oct/13/1958
When Betty begins wondering about her new beau's family, he tells her they are entertainers.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

139 :05x06 - Always Plan Ahead

Oct/20/1958
Jim decides to teach the Anderson children a lesson to always plan ahead.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

140 :05x07 - Second Wedding

Oct/27/1958
Betty talks her parents into going through another marriage ceremony for their anniversary.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

141 :05x08 - Bud, the Caretaker

Nov/03/1958
A friend gives Bud his car to watch over.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

142 :05x09 - Betty, the Pioneer Woman

Nov/10/1958
Betty wins a role in a play about the founding of Springfield.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

143 :05x10 - Fair Exchange

Nov/17/1958
An Indian student from Betty's college spends the weekend with the Andersons.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

144 :05x11 - Bud, the Snob

Nov/24/1958
Jim and Margaret worry that Bud is turning into a snob when he begins hanging with an elite clique.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

145 :05x12 - Margaret Wins a Car

Dec/01/1958
Margaret wins a car in a raffle and uses it to help out an orphanage.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

146 :05x13 - The Great Experiment

Dec/08/1958
Things don't exactly work out as planned when Jim attempts to get family members to expand their horizons.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

147 :05x14 - The Christmas Story

Dec/15/1958
While putting up their Christmas tree, the Anderson family recalls how they acquired it.
Guest Stars: Wallace Ford as Nick
Director: Peter Tewksbury

148 :05x15 - The Basketball Coach

Dec/22/1958
Jim gets named coach of Bud's recreation league basketball team.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

149 :05x16 - Kathy, Girl Executive

Dec/29/1958
The family puts Kathy in charge of Bud's lawn mowing company.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

150 :05x17 - The Good Samaritan

Jan/05/1959
As part of a school assignment, Bud must do a good deed. The experience turns him into a cynic.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

151 :05x18 - The Ideal Father

Jan/12/1959
The Anderson children all forget Jim's birthday.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

152 :05x19 - Big Shot Bud

Jan/19/1959
Bud wants to buy Margaret a bottle of expensive perfume for her birthday but ends up getting himself into trouble yet again.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

153 :05x20 - Hard Luck Leo

Jan/26/1959
A visitor to the Anderson home begins taking advantage of the family.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

154 :05x21 - Bud, the Campus Romeo

Feb/02/1959
Bud finds himself blacklisted by the girls at his school.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

155 :05x22 - Crisis Over a Kiss

Feb/09/1959
Bud tries to save Betty after she makes a date with a notorious campus hound.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

156 :05x23 - Kathy Grows Up

Feb/16/1959
Tired of being treated like a child, Kathy demands to be treated like an adult.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

157 :05x24 - A Man of Merit

Feb/23/1959
Jim learns that he's been nominated for an important award by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce.
Guest Stars: Oliver McGowan as Kramer
Director: Peter Tewksbury

158 :05x25 - Betty Makes a Choice

Mar/02/1959
Betty gets overconfident of winning the lead in her junior class college basketball because she got it the year before.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

159 :05x26 - It's a Small World

Mar/09/1959
Margaret's dilemma: attend a luncheon with her women's group or go on an important business trip with Jim.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

160 :05x27 - Two Loves Has Bud

Mar/16/1959
Bud must choose between two girls to take to his prom.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

161 :05x28 - An Extraordinary Woman

Mar/23/1959
An author on African culture is the latest visitor to the Anderson home.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

162 :05x29 - The Art of Romance

Mar/30/1959
Betty finds romance in her college art class.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

163 :05x30 - Formula for Happiness

Apr/06/1959
Jim's dreams amazingly begin coming true.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

164 :05x31 - Bud and the Debutante

Apr/13/1959
Bud tries to impress his wealthy galpal by taking her to a fancy restaurant.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

165 :05x32 - The Promised Playhouse

Apr/20/1959
Flashback to an earlier episode about Jim building a playhouse for Kathy.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

166 :05x33 - The Meanest Professor

Apr/27/1959
Bud writes an ucomplimentary article about a professor for his school newspaper.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

167 :05x34 - Live My Own Life

May/04/1959
Another flashback episode about Bud going out and trying to make good on his own.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

168 :05x35 - Bud Has A Problem

May/11/1959
Bud is doing poorly in physics and blames his academic woes on the class professor.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

169 :05x36 - The Great Anderson Mystery

May/18/1959
The Andersons decide to act out a detective story themselves when their television set goes on the fritz.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

170 :05x37 - Margaret Goes Dancing

May/25/1959
Margaret tries to get Jim to take her dancing.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

171 :05x38 - The Gold Turnip

Jun/01/1959
Bud comes to the conclusion that the only good tradition is no tradition at all.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

Season 6

The Father Knows Best Reunion

May/15/1977
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Father Knows Best: Home for Christmas

Dec/18/1977
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Writer: Paul West

172 :06x01 - A Day in the Country

Oct/05/1959
The Andersons decide to take a weekend family drive in the country only to have their car break down.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

173 :06x02 - Bud Branches Out

Oct/12/1959
Bud develops a crush on his attractive French professor.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

174 :06x03 - The Gardener's Big Day

Oct/19/1959
The Anderson's Hispanic gardener is chosen to represent Springfield at the opening of a park but a couple of town council members are less than thrilled with the prospect.
Guest Stars: David White (1) as guest star
Director: Peter Tewksbury

175 :06x04 - The Imposter

Oct/26/1959
Betty gets involved with a young lawyer who's posing as the owner of a radio store.
Guest Stars: John Daly (1) as Ebert
Director: Peter Tewksbury

176 :06x05 - Bud Plays It Safe

Nov/02/1959
In order to ensure himself of a spot on the football team roster, Bud begins dating the daughter of the head coach.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

177 :06x06 - Bicycle Trip for Two

Nov/09/1959
Jim and Margaret get into an argument while taking a bicycle trip.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

178 :06x07 - First Disillusionment

Nov/16/1959
Bud recounts to Kathy about the time he lost a job due to an applicant's faked credentials.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

179 :06x08 - Margaret's Old Flame

Nov/23/1959
Jim and Margaret recall the people they once dated as they prepare for their college reunion.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

180 :06x09 - Kathy Becomes a Girl

Nov/30/1959
The rest of the family tries to feminize tomboy Kathy.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

181 :06x10 - Bud, the Willing Worker

Dec/07/1959
In order to buy a boat, Bud takes a job pumping gas at a service station.
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

182 :06x11 - Turn the Other Cheek

Dec/14/1959
Jim and Kathy both feel like their friends doublecrossed them.
Guest Stars: James Franciscus as guest star
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

183 :06x12 - Good Joke on Mom

Dec/28/1959
Margaret tricks the family into believing that she's been selected chairperson of an important hospital building project.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

184 :06x13 - Betty's Double

Jan/04/1960
Betty wins a lookalike contest due to her close resemblance to an actress. The prize is a trip to Hollywood.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

185 :06x14 - Father, the Naturalist

Jan/11/1960
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Director: Peter Tewksbury

186 :06x15 - Bud Hides Behind a Skirt

Jan/18/1960
Betty leads a campaign for safe driving only to have brother Bud accused of reckless driving.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

187 :06x16 - Togetherness

Jan/25/1960
The Andersons are paid a visit by a newspaper reporter who's doing an article on family togetherness.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

188 :06x17 - Second Best

Feb/01/1960
Betty decides to compete in the previously all-male college fencing tournament.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

189 :06x18 - Kathy's Big Deception

Feb/08/1960
Kathy makes up an imaginary boyfriend so that her family will think she has a date for the community picnic.
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

190 :06x19 - Cupid Knows Best

Feb/15/1960
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Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

191 :06x20 - The Big Test

Feb/22/1960
Betty tries her hand at matchmaking for family gardener Frank and a gal who works in a flower shop.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

192 :06x21 - Jim's Big Surprise

Feb/29/1960
Jim announces that he has a big surprise for the Anderson clan.
Guest Stars: Marion Ross as guest star
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

193 :06x22 - Time to Retire

Mar/07/1960
Bud's actions re-affirm an old man's belief in life and lead to an employment opportunity.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

194 :06x23 - Bud, the Speculator

Mar/14/1960
Never the sharpest tool in the shed, Bud loses $50 in a phony stock scheme.
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

195 :06x24 - The $500 Letter

Mar/21/1960
When the Andersons receive a $500 check in the mail from a secret admirer, they try to discover the identity of the donor.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

196 :06x25 - Adopted Daughter

Mar/28/1960
In this flashback episode, Kathy recalls the time she mistakenly thought she was an adopted child.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

197 :06x26 - Family Contest

Apr/04/1960
Kathy enters her family in a photo contest.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

198 :06x27 - Love and Learn

Apr/11/1960
Needing help in English because he's not the brightest bulb in the box, Bud is assigned an attractive tutor and soon falls for her.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

199 :06x28 - Blind Date

Apr/18/1960
Betty dates a boy whom her galpals regard as a loser.
Guest Stars: Robert Vaughn as guest star
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Writer: Paul West

200 :06x29 - Betty's Career Problem

Apr/25/1960
Betty finds herself competing against (and losing to) a boy in several collegiate contests. Now they're competing against each other for a job.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

201 :06x30 - Bud Lives It Up

May/09/1960
In order to impress a girl, Bud starts spending money beyond his means.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

202 :06x31 - Not His Type

May/16/1960
Betty gets caught up in the middle of a lover's quarrel between two of her friends who plan to marry.
Director: Peter Tewksbury

203 :06x32 - Betty's Graduation

May/23/1960
This flashback episode recalls Betty and her reluctance to graduate from high school.
Guest Stars: Yvonne Lime as Dotty Snow
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Warning: Father Knows Best guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy | Family
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: CBS ( USA)
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: October 03, 1954
Ended: May 23, 1960
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