Father Knows Best Children Today

09 Dec

Father Knows Best was pictured as the perfect family during its run of 203 episodes from 1954 to 1963 on CBS and NBC. The show also ran during the days of old time radio with only an entirely different cast except for Young who also portrayed the father in the radio version.

Robert Young portrayed the father Jim Anderson while Jane Wyatt was his wife Margaret Anderson in the series. The children were played by Elinor Donahue who was Betty, Billy Gray played the role of Bud and Lauren Chapin portrayed Kathy.

They may have been close to perfect as a television family but there were some problems in real life for Young, Gray and Chapin.

Robert Young

Robert Young suffered from alchoholism and depression off screen and attempted suicide in 1991 before dying of respiratory failure in 1998 at the age of 91.

Jane Wyatt

Jane Wyatt had a long and relatively healthy life and was married to investment banker Edgar Bethune Ward for 65 years before his death in 2000. She died of natural causes in 2006 at the age of 96.

Elinor Donahue

Elinor Donahue was married to producer Harry Ackerman for 30 years. Ackerman produced Leave it to Beaver, Gidget, Donna Reed Show and Bewitched. She is currently married to contractor Louis Genevrino and has been married to him for 17 years. She is presently 72 years old.

She appeared in many television roles since leaving Father Knows Best including 12 appearances on the Andy Griffith Show as pharmacist Ellie Walker and played Nurse Hunnicut on Days of Our Lives for three years.

Billy Gray

Billy Gray would encounter some problems with the law after leaving the show and was arrested for possession of marijuana and served time in jail for the offense. Even though he had no criminal record before or after his arrest he couldn’t land acting jobs for a few years once the word was out about his criminal past.

Gray had this to say about Father Knows Best:

"I think we were all well motivated, but what we did was run a hoax. Father Knows Best purported to be a reasonable facsimile of life. And the bad thing is that the model is so deceitful. ... If I could say anything to make up for all the years I lent myself to that kind of (bad language omitted), it would be: You know best."

He makes his living today as an inventor and is co-owner of BigRock Engineering. He will be 72 on January 13th.

Lauren Chapin

Lauren Chapin who is now 64  experienced many problems after leaving the show and this article details how her life unraveled after her time on Father Knows Best:,1891754

The following website has many pages of information at the site and each next menu at the bottom of each page takes the reader to more pages of information about Father Knows Best.



Posted by on December 9, 2009 in Classic TV, Comedy, Entertainment, Nostalgia



124 responses to “Father Knows Best Children Today

  1. Frank Pilato

    February 3, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    I think Billy Gray needs to give TV audiences credit. There are so many shows on TV that would never ever happen in real life! The Partridge Family! The Flying Nun! The Brady Bunch! The Lucy Show! The Patty Duke Show! The Andy Griffith Show! The Beverly Hillbillies! The Donna Reed Show! And yes, Father Knows Best!!!!! All of these shows are far-fetched but they are all entertaining and they make us feel good….well they’re entertaining to me a they put a smile on my face:-) I can’t understand why Bill Gray feels the way he does about a harmless, situation comedy. I would embrace it and be proud of the work I did. That said and not ever being in a hit TV show, I guess there are many stresses and disappointments that the public doesn’t see. I guess Billy knows best but I’ll always be a fan of this charming series. Good luck to the surviving cast members.

    • Andrew Godfrey

      February 3, 2012 at 7:05 PM

      I agree with Frank that Billy Gray who is now 74 years old, should appreciate being part of Father Knows Best. He couldn’t have disliked the show too much, since he appeared in the 1977 TV movie, Father Knows Best: Home For Christmas. He also appeared in Father Knows Best Reunion TV movie earlier that year.

      Those reunion shows were the first time he had appeared on TV or movies since 1971 when he appeared in Werewolves On Wheels, so seems like he should appreciate being on the reunion shows after six years with no work.

      He has made only three appearances in the last 35 years, with his last movie The Vampyre Wars being released in 1996, so hasn’t been seen on TV or on movie screen for the last 16 years.

      Billy Gray should be thankful that he is part of the legacy that Father Knows Best left behind. It is sad that Father Knows Best has more or less disappeared from the television screens of America, since I can’t recall it being shown in many, many years.

      • bren

        November 3, 2014 at 4:46 PM

        Father Knows Best is shown today on CH. 717, Antenna TV here in Minden, LA. I never did like Laura Chapin’s roles on that show; they made her out to be too much of a baby, even at her age.

      • Andrew Godfrey

        November 3, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        We live in DeRidder, Louisiana, but can’t pick up Antenna TV. The only time I have seen Antenna TV is when I was in VA Hospital in Houston and got to see Father Knows Best. Really enjoyed it since it took my mind off my cancer surgery to remove a tumor.

    • sharyn

      December 25, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      Billy said Father Knows Best was not real, what about his warewolf and vampyre movies?

      • Andrew Godfrey

        December 25, 2012 at 7:12 PM

        I think the Anderson family was a typical family back then. I have yet to meet a real vampire or werewolf, so Billy can’t hardly call them real.

      • Heyward Shepherd

        June 22, 2015 at 11:12 PM

        Billy never had a career after FKB because he would always be Bud. Many child actors have the same problem. Like Chip, Earnie and Robbie Douglas. He just made bad decisions with his life. I mean Opie Taylor is doing all right these days. Also Ron Howard’s daughter is a good actress too. She was the only good thing in Jurassic Would to be sure.

      • Andrew Godfrey

        June 23, 2015 at 8:38 AM

        Billy Gray had acted in television and movies for 11 years, before appearing on Father Knows Best. He was 5 years old when he first appeared on screen. His last television appearance was 38 years ago, when he appeared in the Father Knows Best Christmas television program, then appeared in 3 movies and was last seen on screen in the movie The Vampyre Wars in 1996, so hasn’t acted for 19 years now.

        Gray is now 77 years old.

    • john-d

      December 18, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      After listening to Billy gray and watching the show since it started in 1957 I can see what he was talking about. All the plots involved a father who butt in to situations too much and made suggestions that were in some cases, the wrong ones. The older daughter acted too bitchy at times, but could be consoling at others. Bud had roles that were really, really dumb a times, like when father gave him a $10.00 allowance and he wound up buying garbage likt a paper hat and cane that even then would be laughable. The best one of the family for acting was Kathy I think. Maybe because she was the youngest, i don’t know. Too young to have much happen I guess. But it’s still a campy show and I still with it. Maybe just to be a credick.

      • john-d

        December 18, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        Please excuse the printing. My tablet likes to edit my wording without telling me.

      • Andrew Godfrey

        December 18, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        No problem….I was never good at texting on tablets.

      • Andrew Godfrey

        December 18, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        It was still one of my favorite shows, when I was growing up.

      • Heyward Shepherd

        June 22, 2015 at 11:17 PM

        I am absolutely convinced that Betty Anderson was the inspiration for Mary on Downton Abby! Think about it.

    • janice jones

      March 31, 2015 at 7:19 AM

      I would like to be able to watch a full episode of Father Knows Best movie. Like their Christmas movie or their reunion movie as adults. I’d really appreciate it if anyone could post them online. Or if anyone could get in touch with THIS movie channel or MOVIES channel. I do not have cable & live in Minneapolis MN. So it would be THIS 5.6 or MOVIES 9.3.

      • Oshia

        November 3, 2015 at 9:06 AM

        if you get an antenna father knows best comes on all the time on 17-2 from 8 to 9 Monday through Friday along with all the other old shows Archie Bunker, The Jeffersons, all in the family etc 50’s to 80’s channel LOVE THIS STATION makes me not mind not having cable!

      • Andrew Godfrey

        November 3, 2015 at 1:29 PM

        What you have is better than cable…thanks for sharing the information.

  2. Jo

    March 1, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    I agree with the statement made above about giving the audience credit for intelligence. I did not watch those shows because they were reality, you see, my family was a strange reality. My mother was an undiagnosed mentally ill woman and my father moved us around alot to avoid the problems my mother caused. I watched those shows to escape reality for a brief time every night. I think what Billy Gray lived in his real life in Hollywood was also a strange reality and I would not blame him a bit if he enjoyed himself while working in that altered reality called acting. Atleast he should be proud of a series that brought pleasure to so many.

    • Andrew Godfrey

      March 1, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      Jo, Thanks for your comment. I think those shows were showing what a real family acted like, since they solved whatever problem together. Like the time Bud had a date accidentally on his mom’s birthday. His mom told him to go ahead and go on the date instead of making him stay home because it was her birthday. Bud felt terrible, but his mom understood the situation and then his date winds up spending the night with his family after all.

    • john-d

      December 18, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      I agree a thousand percent. I would go back in a second no mater how corny the shows were

      • Andrew Godfrey

        December 18, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        john-d ….I agree….the show took us back in time, before cell phones, computers and big screen tv’s.

  3. prudence

    August 24, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    These shows from the 50’s did make everyone feel good and I have the opportunity to watch it on a program called Antenna TV where you can watch all of them daily including Bachelor Father.

    • Andrew Godfrey

      August 24, 2012 at 11:49 PM

      Wish they had that channel on DISH. I haven’t seen either show anywhere else in years, so you are fortunate to be able to still see them.

    • Terri M

      April 9, 2015 at 8:29 AM

      Im going to comment on a couple of posts ive just read. First, im also privilaged enough to have Antenna Tv and I love this channel. This is a channel that everyone should be able to watch. Most of the hit shows from 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s that were good family shows are on here including Father Knows Best. As far as Billy Gray, this show probably has paid alot of his way thru the years from royalties. No one forced him to accept the part much less stay on every season. In reality, how many shows past and present arent an imaginary world we watch and wish we could have that kind of life but is only fantasy? Most are otherwise why would we just want to watch what we see in the real world day to day. So I think he is just a bitter person in general and thats the only thing hes known for so hes blaming the shows theme and his role. I bet he cashes that royalty check with a smile on his face. Just saying…

      • Andrew Godfrey

        April 9, 2015 at 5:02 PM

        Terri, Thank you for your comments on Father Knows Best. Billy Gray was fortunate to have been in the show. The only time I had Antenna TV was when I was in VA Hospital in Houston for cancer surgery and enjoyed the Father Knows Best episodes, that I was able to watch there. Robert Young and Jane Wyatt were perfect as the parents in the show. Thanks again for posting your comment and letting readers know about Antenna TV.

      • Carl

        April 15, 2015 at 6:32 PM


      • john dunkle

        April 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM

        Your right. I love these stations, but the only draw back is the really dump sponsers they have. Eve one seems to be about some lawyer trying to rip off the public for some stupid disease or bad medical devise that’s not working right. And you know who’s going to benefit from this rip off. Right! The lawyers! Thank God for the mute button.

      • The Alan

        May 29, 2015 at 11:01 AM

        Yeh, yeh,yeh . . . ! It’s unfortunate that so many people beleive actors from the sitcom years of the 1950’s and 1960’s receive royalties, or residuals from those shows. Truth is, many have not seen anything in years! During the early years, the networks — ABC, CBS, NBC — would broadcast new episodes during the fall and winter season and repeat them during the summer. There was very little room on the schedule for additional repeats. Because ‘UHF,’ cable and satalite television was never anticipated, residual payments were generally limited to about six broadcasts. Syndication in those years was virtually unheard-of. This system would not change until the mid-1970’s. Today, it would be surprising if any actor receives anything from those early years!

      • Andrew Godfrey

        May 29, 2015 at 12:07 PM

        You got that right….Doubt if any of the sitcom stars from back then got much in the way of residuals. Somebody might be getting rich, but it wasn’t the actors. Actors from shows that go into syndication today probably are well taken care of financially.

    • Trudy

      April 15, 2015 at 9:13 AM

      I watch every morning on Antenna TV, get my feel good cry in and I’m good for the day

      • Andrew Godfrey

        April 15, 2015 at 9:19 AM

        Wish we had Antenna TV here, so we could enjoy watching Father Knows Best here.

      • Carl

        April 15, 2015 at 7:43 PM

        Isn’t there a way to watch Antenna TV online? Maybe on YouTube? To this day, age 50+, it’s in my top 5 favorite shows of all time.

  4. Dressel Don

    November 5, 2012 at 3:47 AM

    its to bad that certain people have to put down the life style of the 50s as if it was all b.s. we would all be a lot better off today if we still lived like those days! look what we have today- a tremendous gang problems drug problems and lack of morals! Just remember our maker is waiting for us when we go to the next life!

    • Andrew Godfrey

      November 5, 2012 at 8:22 AM

      Don, My best memories of are of the 50’s. I was 9 years old before we even bought a TV about 1954. Love shows like Andy Griffith, Leave it to Beaver and Father Knows Best. I even have some of the old time radio shows of Father Knows Best, when only Robert Young of the TV version was in the radio version.

    • John

      May 11, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      Those wonderful people who were the adults during those “golden years” of the 50’s were the parents of those who got into drugs in the 60s and 70s, my friend Don. They were the ones who taught them their morals! There was a lot of cr*p going on behind closed doors in the 50’s as I remember: child abuse and alcoholism were rampant. So please, stop with this “Greatest Generation” stuff and how great the 50s were. I lived in the 50s too.

      • laura

        May 28, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        I grew up in the 50’s and don’t recall “rampant” child abuse and alcoholism. I guess perhaps it depended on where you grew up, although I was in Los Angeles. Also, my dad WAS “father knows best”; what he said went, and we weren’t oppressed or anything. I think the father in the show is actually very diplomatic. I am grateful for growing up in the 50’s.

      • Andrew Godfrey

        May 28, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        Laura, I grew up in the 50’s too. Was 6 in 1950 and was glad to have grown up in the 50’s.

      • wendy

        September 16, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        Yes, I think for some reason you are bitter. I grew up in the 50’s and my father was a “Jim Anderson”!!! I had a wonderful childhood and it was real!!! Just like “Father Knows Best”. I enjoy that show and others just like it. It makes me feel good and brings good memories!!!

      • Andrew Godfrey

        September 16, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        Wendy, I agree that Father Knows Best best exemplified what life was like for us growing up. Just wish we could see the show today, since it is not on DirectTV.

      • john-d

        December 18, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        There are bad people and events in every generation, but I never had to experience much of it going up. It’s just in those days it didn’t show up on the front page or the eleven o’clock news. We had good gernalist then and not ambulance chasers trying to make a buck off of the ignorant. I would gladly go back to those great old days even with all the problems.

      • john dunkle

        April 15, 2015 at 7:12 PM

        I lived through the same decades and I would go back in a split second. Drugs and alcohol were a individual decision and I saw none of it where I lived. It seems like the freaks who were around in the late 60’s and 70’s had or are having the brain damaged kids we are stuck with today. And it all started with that first puff of pot. And it keeps going from their. Are you listening Colorado?

      • Heyward Shepherd

        June 22, 2015 at 11:31 PM

        Pretty bitter there John. I could sing the entire thyme to Davy Crockett when I was only 3 and wore my coonskin hat proudly. I also watched my dad die of untreatable cancer right in front of my eyes too. The 50s were a great time in this country. Don’t judge an entire generation by some unhappy memories.

    • MARNA Squires

      June 17, 2015 at 8:43 PM

      I’m very fortunate to be able to watch Father Knows Best 7 days a week. We get it here in Mesz AZ on ANT Tv just love these old values TV shows

      • Andrew Godfrey

        June 18, 2015 at 6:27 AM

        Marna, Thanks for the information about Father Knows Best being on Antenna TV in Arizona. Wish there was some way to get Antenna TV on cable and satellite networks, so more fans of classic television could watch Father Knows Best. There are almost no shows today on prime TV, that you can watch with your family, since the television producers today think you have to have sex, violence and vulgar language to entertain the viewers. That is what makes shows like Father Knows Best so special, since you could watch it with your family and not worry about the content, and know it would be a show, that entertained the viewers, without changing the moral values of the viewers.

      • Carl

        June 18, 2015 at 7:07 PM

        Here in the Dallas/Ft Worth area, there’s a Father Knows Best marathon on Father’s Day, and maybe everywhere else, too.

      • Andrew Godfrey

        June 18, 2015 at 8:53 PM

        Carl, Thanks for telling about the Father’s Day marathon of Father Knows Best shows.

    • Robin

      October 19, 2015 at 8:32 AM

      Dressel Don, so true, so true😉😉

  5. Andrew Godfrey

    March 27, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Reblogged this on Nostalgia and Now and commented:

    Am reblogging this article from Dec. 2009 for Father Knows Best fans.

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  7. Phil Gallagher

    September 10, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Eddie Haskell was the perfect role model not some wimp called Bud

    • Heyward Shepherd

      June 22, 2015 at 11:35 PM

      Today everybody is Eddie Haskell. Maybe your right but I doubt it. Eddie was a loser that was always scheming but it never got him anywhere in the end.

      • Andrew Godfrey

        June 23, 2015 at 8:25 AM

        Ken Osmond’s acting career more or less ended after playing Eddie Haskell on Leave It To Beaver.

        This is his own comment about the Eddie Haskell character:

        It surprises me every day that this [Eddie Haskell] character is still so popular. I don’t completely understand it, but it’s nice.

        Osmond would later be a policeman in Los Angeles – In 1970, Osmond joined the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and grew a mustache which helped to secure his anonymity.[2][7][8] He worked in vice and narcotics and as a motorcycle officer.[9][10] On September 20, 1980, Osmond was hit by three bullets while in a foot chase with a suspected car thief.[3][11][12] He was protected from two of the bullets by his bulletproof vest, with the third bullet ricocheting off of his belt buckle.[3][11][12][13] Osmond was placed on disability and eventually retired from the force in 1988.[12] The shooting was later dramatized in a November 1992 episode of the CBS series Top Cops.[14]

  8. cindy

    October 19, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    i love these old shows. would rather watch them and wish my grandchildren were growing up in families at least similar to the ones shown in the ’50’s sitcoms. Much prefer them to the crap kids watch today after school…smart aleck kids making scarcastic remarks to their parents and way too much sex. I guess i’m from the old school..

    • Andrew Godfrey

      October 19, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      I am from old school too and love the old shows.

    • Olivia

      March 4, 2015 at 11:12 AM

      I agree with you, Cindy. It is outrageous what is shown on prime time television today! My six year old grand-daughter already turns her head when a couple starts kissing and grappling on a show……any show, it seems. I always thought I was open-minded and considered myself a free-spirited woman but I cringe at television today! I feel bad for the children of today because of the open sexuality and non-moralistic attitudes of the media! I am no longer a cable subscriber and have recently bought a stick for streaming shows and found Father Knows Best and other classics! I am so happy and have good memories of those times. Thank you.

      • Andrew Godfrey

        March 4, 2015 at 11:37 AM

        It is at the point now, that you can’t leave kids watching television unattended, since the television producers today show what they think will sell, and don’t care about how it affects children or even grownups. Wish Netflix showed more of the old shows from the 50’s. At least they do show Leave It To Beaver, but they show very few other family shows from the 50’s and 60’s.

      • john dunkle

        March 4, 2015 at 12:22 PM

        I agree, but many antenna stations are going back to the great shows of the 50’s and 60’s. I live in Pennsylvania and the stations around Phila that show them are channel 17-2, 10-2 and channel 3-2. I don’t even look up my TV guide anymore.

      • Andrew Godfrey

        March 4, 2015 at 3:15 PM

        Antenna system are reviving a lot of our old shows and putting them back on the air. I was watching Make Room For Daddy on one of the antenna networks, and it brought back a lot of memories.

  9. Amanda sue

    November 25, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Dear Mr. Andrew G,
    If you un-hook your dish and plug in a digital antenna, you too will get the channel Antenna t.v.! And it’s free! :^) Have fun watching all those great oldies!

    • Andrew Godfrey

      November 25, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      We don’t have Antenna TV in our area, but we did move our outside antenna, to where we can get MeTV and it is loaded with oldies shows.

      • J. Hand

        September 29, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        Andrew Godfrey, not sure if someone has already posted this or not but another alternative is to purchase Father Knows Best on DVD and then you can enjoy anytime you please or at least as long as DVD / Blu-Ray players exist. I also believe it can be “streamed” thru Netflix and Amazon.

      • Andrew Godfrey

        September 29, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        J. Hand, Thank you for the info. We are on Netflix, but haven’t seen it on there yet. Sure wish it was. If it is someone please let me know. I might not know how to find it.

    • john-d

      December 18, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      That’s right! I have antenna and don’t need or want cable. What a waste of money. Put that money away for a Rainy day or for your kids education. You don’t need 300 Channels. I get 50 and more from antennas and they are FREE!

  10. Shirley Dillard

    January 21, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    I love Father Knows Best,I still watch all the re-runs.I always thought they portrayed a wonderful family.I have also seen the show of Andy Griffith with Elanor Donahue as Ellie the Pharmacy lady.Why don’t they show what Billy Gray looks like now?

    • Andrew Godfrey

      January 21, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      It is hard to believe that Billy Gray is now 76 years old with his birthday last week. Billy’s last TV appearance was 37 years ago when he was in the Father Knows Best Christmas show, which would make him 39 at that time. Elinor Donahue will be 77 on April 19th. She was last seen in Young and Restless playing a judge in 2011. She only played the pharmacist Ellie Walker 12 times in the first season of Andy Griffith show. Not sure why she wasn’t in more Andy Griffith shows in the last seven years of the show.

    • Don Gould

      December 18, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      Shirley . . if you Google Billy Gray’s website, you can see what he looks like today!

      • john-d

        December 18, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        He got older, not like the rest of us.

  11. James E Villanti

    May 21, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    I still enjoy the show today..Billy feels it was a hoax..perhaps he doesn’t realize that some kids like myself, I’m now 66, never had a good home life and we enjoyed the show and thought that is how family life should have been…even if only for 30 minutes a week…some of us made better lives for ourself because of Father Knows Best

    • Andrew Godfrey

      May 21, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      James, Know what you mean. I am 69 and thought of Father Knows Best as the way family life should be.

  12. Do Gould

    June 13, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    I grew up with Father Knows Best as well. I accepted it as wonderful extertainment and saw no reason why it had to reflect real life. None of the sitcoms shows then dealt with the ugliness and social problems of the time. They rather served as an “escape” and were a great example of how we really should live a moral, wholesome, and loving family life.

  13. Katheren Amy

    July 23, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    I am watching Father Knows Best as I write this. (I was very excited to find it on Antenna tv)! I was an only child and a latch-key kid in the early 60’s.. This show gave me an ‘idea’ of what a Positive nuclear family meant: members who were always there for one another.. Yes.. Very idealistic.. And for that very reason I would say it held great importance to me. My “fatherly advice” came from TV dads, and Robert Anderson was my favorite. And a big thanks to Bill Gray.. Enjoyed his character and thought he was a very good actor.. So natural — Innately talented! Hope he does appreciate that gift.

    • Andrew Godfrey

      July 23, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Katheren, Glad you are to watch Father Knows Best on Antenna TV. It is not available where we live. Father Knows Best was the kind of show, that taught us how family life should be. Jim Anderson was probably a typical father back in the 50’s, so it was easy to identify with his character. Billy Gray did a good job as Bud and was a typical teenager. Thank you for taking to share your experiences from watching Father Knows Best.

  14. Don Gould

    August 3, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Hi Andrew: I posted a comment recently relating to the Father Knows Best discussions but it was dropped. I am not upset about it, merely curious how that would happen. Many thanks for a wonderful forum of sharing thoughts on these special nostalgic shows from the past.

    • Andrew Godfrey

      August 4, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      Don, Sorry your post was dropped. You are welcome to repost and I will try to be more careful, to make sure it is posted to the comments section. I may have accidentally deleted it from my inbox. Thank you for the kind words about the blog.

      • Don Gould

        August 11, 2014 at 10:14 AM

        Hi Andrew, Thanks so much for reposting my comments. I am pleased to see so many others joining the list of satisfied viewers of such an outstanding program.

  15. Greg

    August 6, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    I am currently finishing ‘Father Knows Best’ on DVD. I’ve been getting a lot of the old shows and watching them. To me, it doesn’t matter if real life wasn’t as perfect as these old shows. To me, they are reminders of a simpler time, even if the times weren’t perfect. They also give you an ideal to work for in your own life, even if you come up short. I’m always sad when I finish a series. It’s like saying goodbye to an old friend.

  16. Andrew Godfrey

    August 11, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Don, I want to apologize again for not posting your comments the first time you sent them. I think Father Knows Best represented the 50’s in a way we could all identify with.

  17. Andrew Godfrey

    August 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Greg, I am glad you were able to find Father Knows Best on DVD. It is not an easy show to find on TV. I agree with you completely about life not being as perfect as on Father Knows Best, with a solution to any problem at the end of the 30 minute show, but it did show us how a family sticks together through good times and bad and worked out a solution to their problems. Father Knows Best, Leave it to Beaver, Ozzie and Harriet, Life of Riley and Andy Griffith were just some of my favorite family shows from the 50’s and 60’s.

  18. CijiDunne

    August 14, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    I am sad that Billy Gray feels they way he does…. after starring in the 1950 movie with Doris Day and Gordon (By the Light of Silvery Moon??) I thought Billy was great in that and quite humorous! I thought that kid had a great sense of humor. So he got tangled up with the law a time or two… no one is perfect and I don’t think that is why he couldn’t get acting jobs…. I watch “Father Knows Best” every day as I DVR all the shows. So enjoy them. Robert Young was one of my favorites always…still was a great show…. not to mention all of my other favorites like ‘Leave it to Beaver” and Ozzie and Harriett… oh Ricky….. sigh.

    • Andrew Godfrey

      August 14, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      Billy Gray was in two Father Knows Best reunion shows in 1977, then was in only 3 movies in the last 37 years and hasn’t acted in 18 years.

      He is now 76 years old, which makes me feel very old, since I remember when he was a kid on Father Knows Best. Gray had acted for 11 years before he was on Father Knows Best. Gray was in 43 movies from 1943 to 1950. quotes what Billy Gray had to say about Father Knows Best: Personal Quotes (1)
      [on his Father Knows Best (1954) years, c. 1983] “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. Father Knows Best (1954) purported to be a reasonable facsimile of life. And the bad thing is that the model is so deceitful. It usually revolved around not wanting to tell the truth, either out of embarrassment, or not wanting to hurt someone….If I could say anything to make up for all the years I lent myself to that kind of bullshit, it would be: *You* Know Best.”

      I still like the show whether Billy Gray wants me to like it or not.

      • john-d

        December 18, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        He got older, not like the rest of us.

      • john-d

        December 18, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        I would love to have the two cars he had on the show. Especially the
        Chevy convertable he got for graduation. I hope both are still around.

  19. Carl

    August 14, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Sad, because I loved that show. Even at 50-something, I watch it whenever it’s on. Certainly, every episode wasn’t really accurate, but to call it BS is just wrong.

    • Andrew Godfrey

      August 14, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      I didn’t like the BS comment either. That was totally uncalled for. That show brought a lot of happiness, into my life, so nothing anyone says that demeans Father Knows Best will make me stop liking the show. It was television at its best for me.

      • Don Gould

        August 14, 2014 at 9:06 PM

        I couldn’t agree more! A few years ago I sent away for a complete collection of all Father KNows Best shows. Unfortunately, the quality was not all that good but what was most troublesome was that it caused my DVD player to jam on certain episodes. I don’t know what would cause that.

        I had Billy Gray’s email address and I emailed him a few times, especially on his birthday which is January 13th. He is 76 years old. I told him I had a complete collection of the shows and he asked me for the website so he could get them as well. That seemed strange for someone who had such total disdain for the series. Maybe he still has good memories of those days.

      • Carl

        June 22, 2015 at 6:09 PM

        I watched almost ALL DAY yesterday, the marathon.

      • Andrew Godfrey

        June 22, 2015 at 6:56 PM

        As far as I know there is no way to put replies in date order.

        Carl or any other Father Knows Best fan is encouraged to keep watching the shows regardless, of what someone may say about the show. I have only positive things to say about the show.

  20. Andrew Godfrey

    August 14, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Don, Thanks for sharing about your communication with Billy Gray. I guess he had a change of heart after he made his original statement, so good to know, that he would be interested in obtaining all the shows. Father Knows Best had to have some good memories, for him to want to have all the shows.

    • Carl

      January 4, 2015 at 8:53 PM

      Not necessarily. As a huge fan of Father Knows Best since childhood, I wish this were the case. But actually, I suspect the reason Billy wanted those shows is for profit. He’s already made it clear that show wasn’t anything he was proud of, so maybe he can autograph them and sell for $$$.

  21. Don Gould

    August 27, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Trivia Question: Does anyone know the name of the theme music from “Father Knows Best”? If not, I will post the answer next week!

  22. Andrew Godfrey

    August 27, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Waiting For Love To Find You

    • Don Gould

      August 27, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      Andrew . . you’re fantastic! You got it!

      • Andrew Godfrey

        August 28, 2014 at 6:58 AM

        Don, I am not that fantastic. Had a little help from Google search.

  23. Mayree

    November 14, 2014 at 2:51 AM

    @andrew godfrey “father knows best” still runs on antena tv I watch it during the weekends good show:)

    • Andrew Godfrey

      November 14, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      Mayree, Thanks for sharing that info with us. It is good to know Father Knows Best is still being shown on Antenna TV like you mentioned.

  24. Andrew Godfrey

    April 15, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    The Father Knows Best shows should be on YouTube….at least some of them.

  25. Alice

    May 24, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Father Knows Best was a fun family show. It’s really great to see Elinor Donahue on reruns of The Andy Griffith Show. I spotted Jane Wyatt in “Lost Horizon” from 1937. She may have even had a brief nude scene there. That was a very unique film. Robert Young made many films early in his career. I really enjoyed “Slightly Dangerous” with Lana Turner (it’s a romantic comedy). And he’s great in “Sitting Pretty” with Maureen O’Hara and Clifton Webb. Lauren Chapin was a fine actress and always enjoyable to watch and I loved seeing her in interviews. But Billy Gray…. what a talent! Wow. We really missed out on some good work when he was pushed out of Hollywood. That kid was a natural. Has anyone seen him in “The Girl Next Door” with Dan Dailey, June Haver and Dennis Day? His timing was incredible. I can see that he would be good at car racing with timing like that. It’s understandable to me that he would feel somewhat bitter at being shoved out of the business, yet not long after that other actors were treated more kindly for such offences. He was just so natural in his acting. The two films with Doris Day and Gordon Macrae are really fun. He seems to enjoy SciFi nowadays among other things. If you check out IMDB you’ll find alot of credits during his childhood. Such a talent. I’m glad he found other things to keep his interest. And I’m glad his heart has softened toward his time with Father Knows Best. He seems to be glad he was a part of it, while still being clear that the show really could have done alot more in teaching some things to it’s audience. If you ever read this, Billy Gray, I admire your talents.

    • Andrew Godfrey

      May 25, 2015 at 8:01 AM

      Alice, Thank you very much for sharing about Father Knows Best. Billy Gray did a great job on the show.

      • Alice

        May 25, 2015 at 1:20 PM

        Thanks for letting me post Andrew! It’s nice to see other folks appreciating good ol’ shows like Father Knows Best!! :0)

  26. Andrew Godfrey

    May 25, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Alice, You are are welcome to post whenever you want. Just wish we could see Father Knows Best down here. Last time I saw it was on Antenna TV three years ago, when I had cancer surgery in VA hospital in Houston Texas, so couldn’t really enjoy the show then.

    • Alice

      May 25, 2015 at 11:57 PM

      Do you have a DVD player available to you? There are gobs of Father Knows Best dvd’s available on Ebay and at Amazon. I wish full episodes were on youtube also. Blessings!

      • Andrew Godfrey

        May 26, 2015 at 8:07 AM

        Alice, Thank you again for the info about Father Knows Best episodes being available at Amazon and eBay. Kids today need to see shows like this, instead of the stuff on TV today. Shows like Father Knows Best could be seen, without any worry about something being said that doesn’t need to be heard. There are almost no situation comedies today, that can be watched by an entire family together.

      • Alice

        May 26, 2015 at 11:47 AM

        That is true. It’s very hard to find good shows to watch. I love old romantic comedies. Have you seen the film “The Quiet Man” with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. It’s such a lovely Irish comedy with a touch of drama. Lately I’ve watched “Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife” with Claudette Colbert and Gary Cooper. It’s really fun and enjoyable to see. There are so many good old TV shows and movies. Robert Young really was great to see in “Sitting Pretty”. Clifton Webb did a series of four films where he played the part of “Mr. Belvidere”. I love watching Andy Griffith Show reruns. It’s on Netflix which we have for about $8. a month. Father Knows Best is not there… but Leave It To Beaver and some other old shows are. Here’s a free movie from youtube. It’s “My Man Godfrey” with Carole Lombard and William Powell. Perhaps you’ve already seen it. It’s kind of fun. Blessings!

  27. Alice

    May 25, 2015 at 11:58 PM

  28. Andrew Godfrey

    May 26, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    I think I saw Quiet Man many years ago and love Andy Griffith Show. We even spent a night in his boyhood home in Mt. Airy, NC. The local Hampton Inn was renting it out by the night. Wish they had more of the old shows on Netflix. I don’t care about all the original shows they are putting on now. I would rather see more of the old situation comedies.

    • Alice

      May 27, 2015 at 12:02 AM

      My husband and I enjoy seeing episodes of What’s My Line? on youtube. There are some shows I’m not familiar with. I know Ann Southern had a show right? And I’ve seen very little of Loretta Young’s show. Lots of good stuff from the past. Loretta sure was enjoyable in The Farmer’s Daughter. Be blessed!

  29. Andrew Godfrey

    May 27, 2015 at 7:11 AM

    I am amazed at how many times the panel on What’s My Line? would guess the identity of the guest on the show. My wife and me like to watch You Bet Your Life with Groucho Marx. It is a shame that show is not being shown on any TV station that I know of for years and years.

    Those old game shows were so much better than the game shows today. I get tired of all the double entendres used during game shows today. I would much rather watch shows like I’ve Got A Secret or To Tell The Truth.

    I remember the Ann Sothern show (Private Secretary) well, and even have many MP3 recordings of her old time radio show Maisie. I remember Loretta Young came on TV on Sunday with her shows. Another show not seen anywhere for years.

    Have a blessed day.

  30. Jim

    June 21, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Like t.v.’s the Rifleman, Father Knows Best provided some worth in applying some useful reason and thought in solving some problems encountered by kids of this age. The parental involvement in these problems was overdone but it was t.v. entertainment.
    This sort of interaction into our everyday lives didn’t happen in my upbringing or in the lives of my friends. We understood that. The same goes for the Ozzie and Harriet program. It was all innocent clean entertainment and offered nothing much more.
    Don’t be bitter about it Billy, it provided you with opportunity most of us never had.

    • Andrew Godfrey

      June 21, 2015 at 8:52 PM

      Jim, Thank your for sharing your comment. Wish we had more shows, like the classic TV shows you mentioned. You can’t leave kids alone to watch TV, since there is so much on TV, that teaches them negative values.

  31. Carl

    June 22, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    If anybody wants to watch a clip of one of the reunion movies, here it is: Also, a question: is there any way to put these comments in DATE order? It gets a little confusing when replying. Thanks.

  32. Carl

    June 22, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Sorry, I see they ARE in date order, just some of the replies aren’t.

  33. John Henry

    July 25, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    I saw “Bud” in a movie about a boy and his dog–He was called “Bud” in the movie. As Bud misjudged a neighbor he thought poisoned his dog, so has he misjudged the impact of family shows like FKB on this country. It may not have been like that everywhere but that’s how we wanted it to be &&& wish it was now. We’re truly messed up today. We have a president that doesn’t know how to tell the truth and families that are beyond dysfunctional!

    • Andrew Godfrey

      July 25, 2015 at 4:28 PM

      Wish there were shows on network television like Father Knows Best today, but all we get are shows, that are so loaded with double entendres, that you can’t watch them with children.


    October 4, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Mr. Godfrey, you sure anchor this comments forum and through the years have have given much insight into FKB . The one thing I noticed throughout the series is that the actors engaged in much what is termed “business” while delivering their lines . Example: doing dishes, working with tools, reading writing, sifting through mail,etc. That type of directing makes for superior production value.

    • Andrew Godfrey

      October 4, 2015 at 7:51 PM

      It goes to show how realistic this show is, since the family members kept busy while delivering their lines.

      • Carl

        October 4, 2015 at 7:56 PM

        Agreed, it shows how realistic the show was. After all, how many families in real life stand around talking when there are always chores to be done?:-)

      • Andrew Godfrey

        October 4, 2015 at 8:09 PM

        Some shows just shows characters yakking, while doing nothing, but not Father Knows Best.

  35. humorrequiresintelligence

    January 6, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Although it is sad to hear Billy’s comments about the show, I do understand. So many of the child stars come forward years later and tell of abuse within the industry, including molestation. Others never do come forward, but were still devastated and jaded by it in various ways. Many were used as commodities to make a show and not really always viewed as valuable people. It is well known that to get many places in Hollywood, you are often required to engage in illicit behavior with various big wigs. Having said that, I still do enjoy the show and love many of the ideas, although I did think the writers overdid it with the indulgent parents at times. But that is what entertainment is- exaggerated situations that make us amused. If it was like real life, it would hardly be worth watching for most people who are looking for a moment’s respite from real life.

    • Andrew Godfrey

      January 6, 2016 at 10:27 AM

      I agree 100 percent…the child actors were only being used to draw viewers, and the child actors had problems finding other acting jobs, after their show ended. Jay North like Billy Gray had a rough time adjusting to life after his show Dennis the Menace ended.

  36. Jim Strnad

    January 27, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    After all is said it was great family entertainment: no nudity,sex, or swearing and occasionally people would actually pray together. Fortunately there are some cable channels that feature TV of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s that uphold the “old” values and morals we used to admire. By this time i have probably watched every FNB episode three or four times at least. There are others from my youth like the Honeymooners and assorted westerns like The Lone Ranger but I think FKB was my most favorite. I appreciate this site and thank you for it.

    • Andrew Godfrey

      January 27, 2016 at 4:41 PM

      Jim, Thank you for the kind words. I am 71 so remember the shows of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s well. I like Netflix but there are not that many shows from the 50’s on Netflix. They seem more worried about making original shows, when all I really want is to watch shows like Father Knows Best, Gomer Pyle and Make Room for Daddy, which are seldom seen on TV today, unless you have ME TV or one of the other nostalgia channels. Honeymooners needs to be on TV today….That was television at its best.

  37. K. Simon

    March 22, 2016 at 6:58 AM

    Not sure if my last email was sent or not but just want to let you know that Father Knows Best can be found on Hulu. It is just as easy and affordable to join as Netflix. All six seasons are on now as well as a multitude of other old shows and classic movies. Hope you get this.

    • Andrew Godfrey

      March 22, 2016 at 8:23 AM

      Thanks for the info on Hulu showing Father Knows Best shows. We have Netflix, but they have very few classic comedy TV shows. In fact, Leave It To Beaver may be the only classic comedy I have seen on Netflix.


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