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.
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.
Jim decides to buy Bud a motor scooter, but Margaret thinks it isn't safe to do so.
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.
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.
Jim begins to think the best years of his life are over. Can the family help him feel better?
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.
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.
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.
Betty begins to act strangely, and Jim assumes it means she's planning to elope with Armand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kathy's excitement over her birthday party wanes when George shows up with an uninvited guest, who seems to be ruining the day.
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.
Kathy talks an unwilling Jim into spending a night in her playhouse.
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.
The kids decide to nominate Jim for the 'Father of the Year' contest that the local newspaper is running.
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?
Margaret encourages her cousin and her boyfriend that married life is the way to go, but where will her butting in lead to?
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.
Jim tries to instill confidence in his kids so that they can manage their problems on their own.
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?
Jim must intervene when Betty and Kathy both are attracted to the same fellow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jim has an old friend coming for dinner, but learns that Margaret can't stand his wife.
Bud falls in love with the new girl in school, but finds out that she is already dating his best friend.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
A number of correct predictions has the family believing that Margaret has psychic powers.
A flashback sequence explains how Tate Idsen saved a stagecoach from savage Indians.
Bud gets blamed when his new friend is caught stealing from a store.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Bud plans a camping trip when no one invites him to attend the Sadie Hawkins dance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Each member of the family is making an excuse to miss the family reunion that Margaret is planning.
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.
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.
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.
Jim has an argument with the father of Betty's boyfriend which suddenly causes him to break up with her.
When Margaret makes candid comments at the PTA meeting, the group believes that she is having trouble controlling her own children.
Bud becomes a hero in his classmates eyes after Jim manages to get baseball superstar Duke Snider to make an appearance in town.
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.
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.
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.
Betty fears that her best days are passed her and doesn't want to graduate.
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.
Betty becomes heartbroken after falling in love with cowboy while visiting a dude ranch, a relationship which could never last.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Betty believes that she has outgrown birthday celebrations and has announced she no longer wants a party or gifts.
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.
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.
Betty is depressed when a new girl in school is getting all the attention from the boys that she used to receive.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
A problem arises when Margaret hires a gardener to work in the lawn and the final bill is more than Jim had agreed upon.
A boating excursion ends with the Anderson's trapped on a deserted island.
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.
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.
Bud's new hobby of listening to a short waved radio causes excitement when he overhears a distress signal from a boater.
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.
Betty falls in love with a jet pilot, unaware that he is scheduled to transfer to Alaska someday.
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.
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.
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.
Bud is made a crossing guard as a punishment after being given a ticket.
Bud becomes a hero after inadvertently stopping a bank robbery.
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.'
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.
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.
Jim and Margaret feel nostalgic after caring for a child that Betty was set to babysit, so she can keep a date she made.
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.
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.
Margaret attempts to help a young woman who is afraid of what life would be with a baby around.
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.
The Anderson's are each given a boost of confidence with the help of Sageman.
Bud is faced with a decision of joining his class in a revolt against an unpopular teacher.
Betty's payment for helping a football player with his academics--he's to be her escort to a big dance.
Margaret decides to rent out a house which she just inherited.
Bud is put in charge of planning the school picnic of his high school class.
The Andersons try to help out their gardener when he has to appear in court.
Margaret decides to tak a college English course and finds herself sharing the class with daughter Betty.
Bud gets himself suspended from a big football game because he stayed up too late.
Kathy enters an essay contest which is to be judged by noted actress Greer Garson.
Margaret talks Jim into teaching her how to drive a motor vehicle.
After Bud criticizes their methods of raising Kathy, Jim and Margaret give him the honor of rearing his younger sister.
Betty's nightmare about a contest suddenly begins coming true.
Kathy finds a horseshoe and wishes for a pony for herself. Amazingly, the wish appears to come true.
A girl at school mistakenly believes that Bud is going into the Army so she decides to throw him a going away party.
At summer camp Kathy rebels against her counselor--big sister Betty.
Bud buys a set of bongo drums in order to impress his new galpal and proceeds to drive the rest of the family crazy.
Jim's dilemma--an important business meeting is scheduled to be held at the same time as Kathy's recital at a PTA meeting.
Betty finds herself with two dates on the same night and works out a plan to keep them both.
Convinced he has psychic abilities, Bud practices being a mind reader and nearly drives everyone crazy.
Margaret keeps helping out a furniture makes and his wife so much that it takes time away from her own family.
A neighbor accuses Bud of causing damage to his property.
Betty tries to spruce up sloppy Bud when she learns that some important individuals will be visiting the Anderson home.
Cousin Millie arrives for a visit with the Andersons and a tour of the college.
Bud believes that Jim has become a henpecked hubby.
Betty tries to help an old man facing eviction by Jim's company.
Bud develops a crush on an older woman who happens to be married.
Betty causes all sorts of problems when she hides a pair of skates for a friend.
A dog show's up on the Andersons' doorstep and then refuses to leave.
Margaret decides to win herself a medal to put in a trophy case which Jim is building.
Jim is constantly interrupted by his children when he sets out to complete several important office tasks.
Bud decides to quit school after meeting a successful businessman who did the same thing.
Much to his surprise, Bud gets chosen as most popular male at his high school.
A man's hedge blocks the view on a road so Betty tries to get him to remove it.
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.
Bud wonders what's going on when Betty suddenly starts being extra nice to him.
Kathy gets herself a boyfriend but he seems to be more interested in Jim than her.
Bud prepares to escort his school's homecoming queen.
When Betty begins wondering about her new beau's family, he tells her they are entertainers.
Jim decides to teach the Anderson children a lesson to always plan ahead.
Betty talks her parents into going through another marriage ceremony for their anniversary.
A friend gives Bud his car to watch over.
Betty wins a role in a play about the founding of Springfield.
An Indian student from Betty's college spends the weekend with the Andersons.
Jim and Margaret worry that Bud is turning into a snob when he begins hanging with an elite clique.
Margaret wins a car in a raffle and uses it to help out an orphanage.
Things don't exactly work out as planned when Jim attempts to get family members to expand their horizons.
While putting up their Christmas tree, the Anderson family recalls how they acquired it.
Jim gets named coach of Bud's recreation league basketball team.
The family puts Kathy in charge of Bud's lawn mowing company.
As part of a school assignment, Bud must do a good deed. The experience turns him into a cynic.
The Anderson children all forget Jim's birthday.
Bud wants to buy Margaret a bottle of expensive perfume for her birthday but ends up getting himself into trouble yet again.
A visitor to the Anderson home begins taking advantage of the family.
Bud finds himself blacklisted by the girls at his school.
Bud tries to save Betty after she makes a date with a notorious campus hound.
Tired of being treated like a child, Kathy demands to be treated like an adult.
Jim learns that he's been nominated for an important award by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce.
Betty gets overconfident of winning the lead in her junior class college basketball because she got it the year before.
Margaret's dilemma: attend a luncheon with her women's group or go on an important business trip with Jim.
Bud must choose between two girls to take to his prom.
An author on African culture is the latest visitor to the Anderson home.
Betty finds romance in her college art class.
Jim's dreams amazingly begin coming true.
Bud tries to impress his wealthy galpal by taking her to a fancy restaurant.
Flashback to an earlier episode about Jim building a playhouse for Kathy.
Bud writes an ucomplimentary article about a professor for his school newspaper.
Another flashback episode about Bud going out and trying to make good on his own.
Bud is doing poorly in physics and blames his academic woes on the class professor.
The Andersons decide to act out a detective story themselves when their television set goes on the fritz.
Margaret tries to get Jim to take her dancing.
Bud comes to the conclusion that the only good tradition is no tradition at all.
The Andersons decide to take a weekend family drive in the country only to have their car break down.
Bud develops a crush on his attractive French professor.
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.
Betty gets involved with a young lawyer who's posing as the owner of a radio store.
In order to ensure himself of a spot on the football team roster, Bud begins dating the daughter of the head coach.
Jim and Margaret get into an argument while taking a bicycle trip.
Bud recounts to Kathy about the time he lost a job due to an applicant's faked credentials.
Jim and Margaret recall the people they once dated as they prepare for their college reunion.
The rest of the family tries to feminize tomboy Kathy.
In order to buy a boat, Bud takes a job pumping gas at a service station.
Jim and Kathy both feel like their friends doublecrossed them.
Margaret tricks the family into believing that she's been selected chairperson of an important hospital building project.
Betty wins a lookalike contest due to her close resemblance to an actress. The prize is a trip to Hollywood.
Betty leads a campaign for safe driving only to have brother Bud accused of reckless driving.
The Andersons are paid a visit by a newspaper reporter who's doing an article on family togetherness.
Betty decides to compete in the previously all-male college fencing tournament.
Kathy makes up an imaginary boyfriend so that her family will think she has a date for the community picnic.
Betty tries her hand at matchmaking for family gardener Frank and a gal who works in a flower shop.
Jim announces that he has a big surprise for the Anderson clan.
Bud's actions re-affirm an old man's belief in life and lead to an employment opportunity.
Never the sharpest tool in the shed, Bud loses $50 in a phony stock scheme.
When the Andersons receive a $500 check in the mail from a secret admirer, they try to discover the identity of the donor.
In this flashback episode, Kathy recalls the time she mistakenly thought she was an adopted child.
Kathy enters her family in a photo contest.
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.
Betty dates a boy whom her galpals regard as a loser.
Betty finds herself competing against (and losing to) a boy in several collegiate contests. Now they're competing against each other for a job.
In order to impress a girl, Bud starts spending money beyond his means.
Betty gets caught up in the middle of a lover's quarrel between two of her friends who plan to marry.
This flashback episode recalls Betty and her reluctance to graduate from high school.