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Old 06-16-2009, 01:25 AM   #1
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Default Father Knows Best - Season Three DVD Review

Just in time for Father’s Day, Shout! Factory brings us more of Robert Young in the 1950s family sitcom, Father Knows Best! The series premiered in 1954 on CBS, and moved to NBC in the second season, only to later move back to CBS. The series was based upon a radio series of the same name and stars Robert Young as Jim Anderson, the father of a family that faces “real” problems. Jane Wyatt plays wife Margaret, and Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray, and Lauren Chapin play the children.

The series, as innocent as it may seem, was actually groundbreaking when it originally aired. The whole concept of a sitcom was still new to television, and Father Knows Best was among the first series to combine family problems with the sitcom genre. The Andersons were a real family that faced the real problems, paving the way for many more sitcoms about families with real problems, from The Brady Bunch to Family Ties to Roseanne and more.

Shout! Factory’s release of Season Three contains all 37 unedited episodes from the 1956-1957 season of the series on a five disc DVD set with a nice sampling of special features to go along with the episodes, which may or may not answer the question for you of whether or not father really knows best.

Read our review by Skees here:
http://www.sitcomsonline.com/fatherk...dvdreview.html

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