Pleasant, clean, neat, self-controlled people are depicted in this program. The older children are shown to graduate from high school and continue on to the local college, and they behave like genuine young adults. The younger daughter is so much more innocent than today's worldly teenagers and the puffed sleeve/fitted bodice dresses emphasize the contrast. However, it's so much nicer just to hear these people's speech rather than the snide snarking of Disney channel brats. Plus the family value what the mother does as a homemaker, while the father is respected and honored.
Back in the day this was the quintessential family of the fifties, what every family was aspiring to...the good life from the fruits of good living. It is as inspirational today as it was back then. The problem? It is NOT on today, anywhere, anyhow!!! I have been attempting to start a grass roots effort to bring it to DVD and need your help...sign up at a website (tvshowsondvd.com) and cast your vote for any of your favorite shows, (hopefully Father Knows Best is one of them) and when enough votes are noticed by the bigwigs they put on DVD.
If this is a show that you do not normally watch and you are sitting at home with nothing to do, you are going to wish you had it on tape. Having it "on tape" had become the generic term for recorded programs. Today you are more likely to have the show on Tivo or DVR than VHS, or god forbid Beta!! It is kind of like how a lot of people still call CD's "records" or "albums." Anyway, back to the show. This is the type of show that is really pretty good if you would just give it a chance. So on those cold, lonely, rainy days, pop in your tape or DVR or whatever if you were smart enough to tape it. If not, check to see if it is on as a re-run. After all, as they say, if you have never seen it, it is new to you.
This show had wit, charm and heart. It showed us how life should be. The writing was so good and the humor so entertaining that it stands out as a real classic among comedies.
It is a show that everyone can watch and take something good from the experience.
It is a shame that it is not available on dvd or on television today. Maybe if people watched a family on tv where the father respects the wife and the children respect their parents we could have better role models for how families and individuals should live.
Quite simply the best American TV show of the 1950s. Beautifully written, acted and directed, this show had nothing to do "white bread" values and everything to do with what is at the heart of every true family: compassion, warmth, community, humor, guidance, and love. So few of us ever have this, which is why the appeal of this show is immense, and will grow with time. The sad thing is that, at the moment, it is not available in any form ANYWHERE. Not on tape, not on DVD, and not in syndication. A shame, because I know there is a significant group of fans out there who would be thrilled to purchase these seasons if released.