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Robert Young and Jean Vander Pyl on NBC Radio's Father Knows Best
Robert Young and Jean Vander Pyl on NBC Radio's Father Knows Best

Father Knows Best, a popular American TV and radio sitcom of the 1950s and 1960s, portrayed an idealized vision of middle-class American life of the era. It was created by writer Ed James who made an audition disc on December 20, 1948. On the audition disc, the father is known as Jim Henderson rather than Jim Anderson. Image File history File linksMetadata Fatherknowsradio. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Fatherknowsradio. ... See TV (disambiguation) for other uses and Television (band) for the rock band European networks National In much of Europe television broadcasting has historically been state dominated, rather than commercially organised, although commercial stations have grown in number recently. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... The 1950s was the decade spanning the years 1950 to 1959. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ...

Eight months later, the series began August 25, 1949, on NBC Radio. Set in the Midwest, it starred Robert Young as General Insurance agent Jim Anderson. His wife Margaret was first portrayed by June Whitley and later by Jean Vander Pyl. The Anderson children were Betty (Rhoda Williams), Bud (Ted Donaldson) and Kathy (Norma Jean Nillson). Others in the cast were Eleanor Audley, Herb Vigran and Sam Edwards. Sponsored by General Foods, the series was heard Thursday evenings on NBC until November 19, 1953. August 25 is the 237th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (238th in leap years), with 128 days remaining. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... The 1986 Peacock logo, designed by Chermayeff & Geismar. ... Robert Young may refer to several different people: Robert Young (politician) (1834–1904), New Brunswick politician and businessman Robert Young (Biblical scholar), author of Youngs Literal Translation of the Bible Robert Young (actor) Robert Young (director), movie and television director Robert Young (linguist), co-author of the Analytical Lexicon... Jean Vander Pyl (sometimes credited as Jean Vanderpyl) (October 11, 1919–April 10, 1999) was an actress best remembered as the voice of Wilma Flintstone from the Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Flintstones. ... November 19 is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ...

Only Robert Young remained of the radio cast when the series moved to CBS television, beginning October 3, 1954. A total of 203 episodes were produced, running until September 17, 1962, and appearing on all three of the television networks of the time. The television show was a Screen Gems film production. October 3 is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 17 is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years). ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... Screen Gems is an American subsidiary company of Sony Pictures Entertainments Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group that has served several different purposes for its parent companies over the decades since its incorporation. ...

While the show is often regarded as an example of the conservative and paternalistic nature of American family life in the 1950s, it is also cited as an overly rosy portrayal of American family life. Billy Gray, who played Bud, turned out to be a vocal critic of the show years later, commenting that the show contributed to problems in domestic life: Image of traditional cultural paternalism: Father Junipero Serra in a modern portrayal at Mission San Juan Capistrano, California Paternalism refers usually to an attitude or a policy stemming from the hierarchic pattern of a family based on patriarchy, that is, there is a figurehead (the father, pater in Latin) that... The 1950s was the decade spanning the years 1950 to 1959. ...

I wish there was some way I could tell kids not to believe it - the dialogue, the situations, the characters - they were all totally false. The show did everybody a disservice. The girls were always trained to use their feminine wiles, to pretend to be helpless to attract men. The show contributed to a lot of the problems between men and women that we see today....I think we were all well motivated, but what we did was run a hoax. [1]

A feature-length live-action movie remake starring Tim Allen was announced by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies for theatrical release in 2008. Tim Allen (born Timothy Allen Dick on June 13, 1953) is an American comedian, voice-over artist, and character actor perhaps best known for his role in the sitcom Home Improvement and his roles in Disney films, such as The Santa Clause and Toy Story. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... The Nickelodeon Movies logo from 2000-present. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Robert Young (February 22, 1907 - July 21, 1998) was a popular American actor, who was the son of an Irish immigrant father and an American-born mother. ... Jane Wyatt on the 1950s television series Father Knows Best Jane Waddington Wyatt (born August 12, 1911 in Campgaw, New Jersey) is an American actress. ... Elinor Donahue (born April 19, 1937 in Tacoma, Washington) is an American actress. ... Billy Gray (born 1938) is an American actor best known as a child actor during the 1950s. ...

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Father Knows Best - Nostalgia Central (209 words)
Father Knows Best was one of a slew of American middle class family sitcoms in which moms were moms, kids were kids, and fathers knew best.
Although wife Margaret was stuck in the drudgery of domestic servitude, she was nobody's fool, often besting her husband and son, Bud.
Daughter Betty Anderson (known affectionately to her father as Princess) could also take the male Andersons to task, as could the precocious Kathy (aka Kitten), the baby of the family.
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