Father Knows Best: Season 6


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A Day in the Country

While on the way to visit Margaret’s parents, the car breaks down leaving the family stranded on a deserted road.


Bud Branches Out

Bud falls in love with his college French professor.


The Gardener's Big Day

Frank is chosen to represent the town at the opening of a park, but when the town council meets Frank, they want another person to represent their city- someone who looks mor…


The Imposter

Betty becomes involved with a young lawyer pretending to be the owner of a radio store.


Bud Plays It Safe

Bud decides to date the coach’s daughter in order to make sure he gets on the football team.


Bicycle Trip for Two

Jim’s plans for a quiet bicycle trip end up with Jim and Margaret arguing


First Disillusionment

Bud tells Kathy about the job he didn’t get when another boy faked his credentials.


Margaret's Old Flame

Jim and Margaret tease one another about people they dated as their college reunion nears.


Kathy Becomes a Girl

The family tries to change Kathy from a tomboy into a beautiful girl.


Bud, the Willing Worker

Bud wants a part-time job at a service station in order to get enough money to buy a boat.


Turn the Other Cheek

Both Jim and Kathy are doublecrossed by their friends.


Good Joke on Mom

Margaret tricks the family into believing that she has been elected chairwoman of the children’s clinic building program.


Betty's Double

Betty wins a trip to Hollywood because she looks like a famous movie star.


Father, the Naturalist

This is a recut version of episode 30. It is not part of the current syndication package and is considered ““lost”“.


Bud Hides Behind a Skirt

Betty is campaigning for safe driving, while Bud is accused of reckless driving.



A reporter visits the family in order to do an article on family togetherness.


Second Best

Betty competes in the college fencing tournament.


Kathy's Big Deception

Kathy, desperate for a date at the community picnic, makes up a story about a boyfriend.


Cupid Knows Best

Kathy, desperate for a date at the community picnic, makes up a story about a boyfriend.


The Big Test

Betty arranges a match between Frank and a worker in a flower shop.


Jim's Big Surprise

Jim is surprised by his family’s lack of interest when he is named Father of the Year.


Time to Retire

When Bud reaffirms and old man’s belief in life, he decides to open his own insurance company and hire Bud as his assistant.


Bud, the Speculator

Bud invests money in a phony stock scheme and winds up losing fifty dollars


The $500 Letter

The Andersons get a check from an admirer and must find out which member of the family the check was meant for.


Adopted Daughter

While Kathy is trying to repair her birth certificate frame, she recalls the time she thought she was adopted.


Family Contest

Kathy destroys a picture of a family competing against hers in a photo contest


Love and Learn

Bud falls in love with his English Tutor


Blind Date

Betty dates a boy everyone regards as a loser


Betty's Career Problem

Betty becomes frustrated when every college contest she enters, she loses to Cliff Bowman, who may even steal her job, too


Bud Lives It Up

Bud spends more money than he has in order to impress a girl in Chicago.


Not His Type

Betty is caught in the middle of an argument between two of her friends who are planning to marry.


Betty's Graduation

When Kathy refuses to graduate from high school, the family tells her about Betty’s reluctance to graduate from High School, too. This is a recut version of episode 63.…

About Father Knows Best

Father Knows Best was the classic wholesome family situation comedy. It was set in the typical Midwestern community of Springfield, where Jim Anderson was an agent for the General Insurance Company. Every evening he would come home from work, take off his sport jacket, put on his comfortable sweater, and deal with the everyday problems of a growing family. In contrast to most other family comedies of the period, in which one of the other parents was a blundering idiot, both Jim and his wife Margaret were portrayed as thoughtful, responsible adults. When a family crisis arose, Jim would clam the waters with a warm smile and some sensible advice. When Father Knows Best went on television in 1954, the three children were aged 14 [Bud], and 9 [Kathy]. As the seasons passed two of them graduated from High School, first Betty [1956] and then Bud [1959]. Neither left home, howevery, both electing to go to Springfield’s own State College.
The Andersons were truly an idealized family