5 Times Father Really Did Know Best

Father’s Day is on Sunday, and over on Shout! Factory TV we’re streaming the classic sitcom Father Knows Best for free. In case you don’t have time to marathon the entire 203-episode series this weekend with dad, we put together five of the most popular episodes according to user ratings on IMDb (along with links to watch them). Don’t forget to buy a witty Father’s Day card!


5. Bud, The Executive

Season 4, Episode 4

Bud enjoys his new leadership as chairman of the school picnic committee until the power goes to his head. It’s a classic cautionary tale about the supreme power of being a picnic planner.


4. The Persistent Guest

Season 2, Episode 26

Bud has a new friend that he has invited to stay over night at the Anderson home, but he never wants to leave. Mrs. Anderson’s meat loaf really is that good.


3. Crisis Over a Kiss

Season 5, Episode 22

Bud tries to save Betty after she makes a date with a notorious campus hound, but she doesn’t want to be saved. Bud faces an intense internal struggle with his hero complex.


2. The Christmas Story

Season 5, Episode 14

While putting up their Christmas tree, the Anderson family recalls how they acquired it. It may be June, but good cheer is a year-round tradition in the Anderson family, mostly because they still haven’t thrown out last December’s tree.


1. Blind Date

Season 6, Episode 28

Betty dates a boy whom her galpals regard as a loser. They make fun of him in the soda shop, bringing a new definition to the term “soda jerk.”

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