Father Knows Best

December 20, 1948 to March 25, 1954
197 episodes known to exist
Father Knows Best is an American radio and television comedy series which portrayed a middle class family life in the Midwest. It was created by writer Ed James in the 1940s, and ran on radio from 1949 to 1954 and on television from 1954 to 1960. More on Wikipedia
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Radio series often ran for multiple seasons and/or through many incarnations with different radio networks, sponsors, cast/crew, and revivals after many years.
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# Episodes (Known)
Network
1
December 20, 1948 - July 6, 1950
Father Knows Best
46
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2
September 7, 1950 - July 5, 1951
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43
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3
September 20, 1951 - July 3, 1952
Father Knows Best
42
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4
September 4, 1952 - February 12, 1953
Father Knows Best
23
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5
February 19, 1953 - May 21, 1953
Father Knows Best
14
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6
September 10, 1953 - March 25, 1954
Father Knows Best
29
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Father Knows Best
December 20, 1948 - July 6, 1950
46 episodes known to exist
Stars: Robert Young, Jean Vander Pyl, Rhoda Williams, Ted Donaldson,
Announcer: Bill Forman
Creator/writer: Ed James WRITERS
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Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
AUD 
December 20, 1948 
Betty's Engagement 
 
31:30 

 
August 25, 1949 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
September 1, 1949 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
September 8, 1949 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
September 15, 1949 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
September 22, 1949 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
September 29, 1949 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
October 6, 1949 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
October 13, 1949 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
October 20, 1949 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
10 
October 27, 1949 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
11 
November 3, 1949 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
12 
November 10, 1949 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
13 
November 17, 1949 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
14 
November 24, 1949 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
15 
December 1, 1949 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
16 
December 8, 1949 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
17 
December 15, 1949 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
18 
December 22, 1949 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
19 
December 29, 1949 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
20 
January 5, 1950 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
21 
January 12, 1950 
Elusive Card Game 
 
30:00 

 
22 
January 19, 1950 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
23 
January 26, 1950 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
24 
February 2, 1950 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
25 
February 9, 1950 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
26 
February 16, 1950 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
27 
February 23, 1950 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
28 
March 2, 1950 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
29 
March 9, 1950 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
30 
March 16, 1950 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
31 
March 23, 1950 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
32 
March 30, 1950 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
33 
April 6, 1950 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
34 
April 13, 1950 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
35 
April 20, 1950 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
36 
April 27, 1950 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
37 
May 4, 1950 
An Uncontrolled Dog 
 
30:00 

 
38 
May 11, 1950 
The Golf Challenge 
 
30:00 

 
39 
May 18, 1950 
Betty's Screen Test 
 
30:00 

 
40 
May 25, 1950 
Superstitious Folk 
 
30:00 

 
41 
June 8, 1950 
Time For a New Car 
Show of 6-1 Pre-Empted 
30:00 

 
42 
June 15, 1950 
Father's Day Trip 
Father's Day Program 
30:00 

 
43 
June 22, 1950 
A New Housekeeper 
 
30:00 

 
44 
June 29, 1950 
New Arrangements 
 
30:00 

 
45 
July 6, 1950 
Vacation Arrives 
 
30:00 

 
Father Knows Best
September 7, 1950 - July 5, 1951
43 episodes known to exist
Stars: Robert Young, Jean Vander Pyl, Rhoda Williams, Ted Donaldson,
Announcer: Bill Forman
Creator/writer: Ed James WRITERS
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Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
46 
September 7, 1950 
An Efficient House 
 
30:00 

 
47 
September 14, 1950 
Family Car Stolen 
 
30:00 

 
48 
September 21, 1950 
Who Has the Time? 
 
30:00 

 
49 
September 28, 1950 
The New Girlfriend 
 
30:00 

 
50 
October 5, 1950 
Family Spending 
 
30:00 

 
51 
October 12, 1950 
The Skunk Must Go 
 
30:00 

 
52 
October 19, 1950 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
53 
October 26, 1950 
A Spooky Cemetery 
Halloween Program 
30:00 

 
54 
November 2, 1950 
Too Many Problems 
 
30:00 

 
55 
November 9, 1950 
The Bad Bar-Be-Cue 
 
30:00 

 
56 
November 16, 1950 
Enterprising Kids 
 
30:00 

 
57 
November 23, 1950 
Happy Thanksgiving 
Thanksgiving Program 
30:00 

 
58 
November 30, 1950 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
59 
December 7, 1950 
A French Teacher 
 
30:00 

 
60 
December 14, 1950 
Father Becomes Ill 
 
30:00 

 
61 
December 21, 1950 
Christmas Program 
Christmas Program 
30:00 

 
62 
December 28, 1950 
Party Preparations 
New Year's Program 
30:00 

 
63 
January 4, 1951 
Taking On City Hall 
 
30:00 

 
64 
January 11, 1951 
Missing Furniture 
 
30:00 

 
65 
January 18, 1951 
Redecoration Woes 
 
30:00 

 
66 
January 25, 1951 
Sound Matchmaking 
 
30:00 

 
67 
February 1, 1951 
Jim Inherits a Ranch in Arizona 
AFRS 44 
26:30 

 
68 
February 8, 1951 
What Was His Name? 
 
30:00 

 
69 
February 15, 1951 
Orchid For a Lady 
Valentine's Day Program 
30:00 

 
70 
February 22, 1951 
Always Tell Truth 
 
30:00 

 
71 
March 1, 1951 
Rehearsing a Play 
 
30:00 

 
72 
March 8, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
73 
March 15, 1951 
Tax Interruptions 
 
30:00 

 
74 
March 22, 1951 
Helping Out the Boss 
 
30:00 

 
75 
March 29, 1951 
Both Bosses Visit 
 
30:00 

 
76 
April 5, 1951 
It Pays to Borrow 
 
30:00 

 
77 
April 12, 1951 
Carrot Costume Party 
 
30:00 

 
78 
April 19, 1951 
Anniversary Secret 
 
30:00 

 
79 
April 26, 1951 
Aunt Martha Visits 
 
30:00 

 
80 
May 3, 1951 
A Missing Salesman 
 
30:00 

 
81 
May 10, 1951 
Junk Around the House 
 
30:00 

 
82 
May 17, 1951 
Locked Out of the House 
 
30:00 

 
83 
May 24, 1951 
Anniversary Event 
 
30:00 

 
84 
May 31, 1951 
Going to New York 
 
30:00 

 
85 
June 14, 1951 
Father's Day Picnic 
Program of 6-7 Pre-empted Father's Day Program 
30:00 

 
86 
June 21, 1951 
Mother Drives a Car 
 
30:00 

 
87 
June 28, 1951 
Wedding Preparation 
 
30:00 

 
88 
July 5, 1951 
Meaning of Freedoms 
Independence Day Program 
30:00 

 
Father Knows Best
September 20, 1951 - July 3, 1952
42 episodes known to exist
Stars: Robert Young, Jean Vander Pyl, Rhoda Williams, Ted Donaldson,
Announcer: Bill Forman
Creator/writer: Ed James WRITERS
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Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
89 
September 20, 1951 
A Diet Discussion 
 
30:00 

 
90 
September 27, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
91 
October 4, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
92 
October 11, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
93 
October 18, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
94 
October 25, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
95 
November 1, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
96 
November 8, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
97 
November 15, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
98 
November 22, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
99 
November 29, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
100 
December 6, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
101 
December 13, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
102 
December 20, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
103 
December 27, 1951 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
104 
January 3, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
105 
January 10, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
106 
January 17, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
107 
January 24, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
108 
January 31, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
109 
February 7, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
110 
February 14, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
111 
February 21, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
112 
February 28, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
113 
March 6, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
114 
March 13, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
115 
March 20, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
116 
March 27, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
117 
April 3, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
118 
April 10, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
119 
April 17, 1952 
New Washing Machine 
 
28:00 

 
120 
April 24, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
121 
May 1, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
122 
May 8, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
123 
May 15, 1952 
Self Reliance 
Trip to Toledo 
29:30 

 
124 
May 22, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
125 
May 29, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
126 
June 5, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
127 
June 12, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
128 
June 19, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
129 
June 26, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
130 
July 3, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
Father Knows Best
September 4, 1952 - February 12, 1953
23 episodes known to exist
Stars: Robert Young, Jean Vander Pyl, Rhoda Williams, Ted Donaldson,
Announcer: Bill Forman
Creator/writer: Ed James WRITERS
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Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
131 
September 4, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
132 
September 11, 1952 
Watching the Dog 
 
30:00 

 
133 
September 18, 1952 
Weekend Activity 
 
30:00 

 
134 
September 25, 1952 
Should Women Work? 
 
30:00 

 
135 
October 9, 1952 
Betty and Crooner? 
Program of 10-2 Pre-empted 
30:00 

 
136 
October 16, 1952 
Bud Quits School 
 
30:00 

 
137 
October 23, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
138 
October 30, 1952 
Carnival in Town 
 
30:00 

 
139 
November 6, 1952 
Selling the House 
 
30:00 

 
140 
November 13, 1952 
The Missing Pipes 
 
30:00 

 
141 
November 20, 1952 
The Phantom Prowler 
 
30:00 

 
142 
November 27, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
143 
December 4, 1952 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
144 
December 11, 1952 
A Worried Waitress 
 
30:00 

 
145 
December 18, 1952 
The Kids Revolt 
 
30:00 

 
146 
December 25, 1952 
Shared Christmas Gifts 
Christmas Program 
30:00 

 
147 
January 1, 1953 
Southern Manners 
 
30:00 

 
148 
January 8, 1953 
Second Family Car 
 
30:00 

 
149 
January 15, 1953 
The Boy Next Door 
 
30:00 

 
150 
January 22, 1953 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
151 
January 29, 1953 
Bud Dislikes Girls 
 
30:00 

 
152 
February 5, 1953 
Aunt Thelma Visits 
 
30:00 

 
153 
February 12, 1953 
Babysitting Miseries 
 
30:00 

 
Father Knows Best
February 19, 1953 - May 21, 1953
14 episodes known to exist
Stars: Robert Young, Jean Vander Pyl, Rhoda Williams, Ted Donaldson,
Announcer: Bill Forman
Creator/writer: Ed James WRITERS
#
Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
154 
February 19, 1953 
Modernizing the Home 
 
30:00 

 
155 
February 26, 1953 
Banged Up Fender 
 
30:00 

 
156 
March 5, 1953 
Overdue Vacation 
News Break at end to announce Joseph Stalin's death 
30:00 

 
157 
March 12, 1953 
To Build a Brick Wall 
 
30:00 

 
158 
March 19, 1953 
The Missing Wedding Ring 
 
30:00 

 
159 
March 26, 1953 
Uninsured Robin 
 
30:00 

 
160 
April 2, 1953 
Bud's Panama Cat Business Venture 
 
30:00 

 
161 
April 9, 1953 
How to Face Problems 
 
30:00 

 
162 
April 16, 1953 
Family Getaway to Beaver Falls 
 
30:00 

 
163 
April 23, 1953 
Old Father Time 
 
30:00 

 
164 
April 30, 1953 
Springtime Woes 
 
30:00 

 
165 
May 7, 1953 
The Good Old Days 
 
30:00 

 
166 
May 14, 1953 
Sophisticated Bud 
 
30:00 

 
167 
May 21, 1953 
Paper Drive Management 
 
30:00 

 
Father Knows Best
September 10, 1953 - March 25, 1954
29 episodes known to exist
Stars: Robert Young, Jean Vander Pyl, Rhoda Williams, Ted Donaldson,
Announcer: Bill Forman
Creator/writer: Ed James WRITERS
#
Air Date
Title
Comments
Length
Sources
168 
September 10, 1953 
Remembering Names 
First Show of the Season Series is now Sustained 
30:00 

 
169 
September 17, 1953 
Big Inheritance 
 
30:00 

 
170 
September 24, 1953 
Mind Your Manners 
 
30:00 

 
171 
October 1, 1953 
A Date Mix-Up with Leonard & Ralph & Betty 
 
30:00 

 
172 
October 8, 1953 
The Value of Money 
 
30:00 

 
173 
October 15, 1953 
The Life of the Party 
 
30:00 

 
174 
October 22, 1953 
Too Many Peanuts 
 
30:00 

 
175 
October 29, 1953 
Halloween Blues 
Halloween Program 
30:00 

 
176 
November 5, 1953 
Moving to Chicago 
 
30:00 

 
177 
November 12, 1953 
Betty's Engagement 
 
30:00 

 
178 
November 19, 1953 
Missing Uncle 
 
30:00 

 
179 
November 26, 1953 
Thanksgiving 
Thanksgiving Program 
30:00 

 
180 
December 3, 1953 
Too Many Rabbits 
 
30:00 

 
181 
December 10, 1953 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
182 
December 17, 1953 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
183 
December 24, 1953 
Christmas Program 
Christmas Program 
30:00 

 
184 
December 31, 1953 
New Year's Sitter 
 
30:00 

 
185 
January 7, 1954 
Taking Pictures 
 
30:00 

 
186 
January 14, 1954 
An Unusual Bet 
 
30:00 

 
187 
January 21, 1954 
The Mink Coat Nose 
 
30:00 

 
188 
January 28, 1954 
Trash Can Lids 
 
30:00 

 
189 
February 4, 1954 
The Telephone Mix-Up 
 
30:00 

 
190 
February 11, 1954 
?? Title Unknown ?? 
 
30:00 

 
191 
February 18, 1954 
Betty's Freedom 
 
30:00 

 
192 
February 25, 1954 
Check Writing 
 
30:00 

 
193 
March 4, 1954 
Spring Cleaning 
 
30:00 

 
194 
March 11, 1954 
False Elopement 
 
30:00 

 
195 
March 18, 1954 
Income Tax Mix-Up 
 
30:00 

 
196 
March 25, 1954 
Rainy Day Activity 
 
30:00 

 
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