Father Knows Best

1954 NR 2 seasons

Father Knows Best

1954 NR 2 seasons
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Robert Young stars as the titular dad in this wholesome 1950s family sitcom, a throwback to another era in which no domestic problem or adolescent crisis couldn't be solved within a half-hour time slot. Rounding out the Anderson clan are eminently sensible mom Margaret (Jane Wyatt) and three lively kids -- Betty, Bud and Kathy -- who turn to their wise old man for fatherly advice when the going gets tough.
Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Billy Gray, Elinor Donahue, Lauren Chapin
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2

Summary of Season 1 (1954) - 4 discs

The all-American Andersons -- patriarch Jim, homemaker Margaret and their kids, Betty, Bud and Kathy -- make their TV debut in this iconic 1950s show, with dad dispensing sage advice to his offspring whenever they face a predicament.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the classic series Father Knows Best is pretty mild when it comes to iffy topics, but reflects overtly sexist and subtly racist attitudes by today's standards. It also contains lots of positive messages about family, respect, and love. Drinking and cigarette smoking is visible. Mild sibling rivalry is featured, as well as conversations about dating, and other rites of passage.

Sexual Content

Nothing sexual, but flirting and issues pertaining to dating are often discussed. As is typical for the time, parents appear to sleep in separate beds.


Fighting and boxing is discussed, but nothing violent. Occasionally kids disagree and/or call each other names like "sissy." Arguments between Bill and Margaret are rare, but references are made to other husbands yelling and/or disciplining their wives.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

The importance of family is a major theme. It also features values and behaviors that were considered appropriate and acceptable at the time, but that may be considered racist and/or sexist today.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Occasionally hard liquor is visible. As is typical for the time, cigarette smoking is frequently shown (and usually done by men).

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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