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Season 1

1 :01x01 - Bud Takes Up the Dance

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

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

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

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: Tina Thompson as Patty | James Dobson as Bill | Charles Watts as Bob Harris

5 :01x05 - Live My Own Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: Dick Wessel as Police Officer | James Todd as Judge Frank Mitchell
Story: Ed James | Screenplay: Dorothy Cooper Foote

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

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

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

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

18 :01x18 - Jim the Farmer

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

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

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: Vivi Janiss as Myrtle Davis | June Vincent as Leslie Morell | Lester Sharpe as Morrie

21 :01x21 - The Matchmaker

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

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: William Hudson (2) as Tom | Lyn Guild as Louise
Story: Ed James | Screenplay: Dorothy Cooper Foote

23 :01x23 - Proud Father

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 | Tom Mann as Beanie Brugendorfer

24 :01x24 - Father Delivers the Papers

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: Jack Tesler as Husband | Cheerio Meredith as Old Lady | Dabbs Greer as Mr. Collins

25 :01x25 - No Partiality

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

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
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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