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FATHER KNOWS BEST  Opening Father Knows Best was the classic wholesome family situation comedy. It was set in the typical Midwestern community of Springfield, where Jim Anderson was an agent for the General Insurance Company. Every evening he would come home from work, take off his sport jacket, put on his comfortable sweater, and deal with the everyday problems of a growing family. In contrast to most other family comedies of the period, in which one of the other parents was a blundering idiot, both Jim and his wife Margaret were portrayed as thoughtful, responsible adults. When a family crisis arose, Jim would calm the waters with a warm smile and some sensible advice. The show originally aired on radio in 1958. CBS debuted it in 1954, but it was cancelled after one year. NBC picked it up and put it in an earlier time slot, where the whole family could watch it. The show then ran successfully for the next five years and became a television classic.
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Added: 17th August 2007
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Posted By: Naomi
Posted by: BigBoy Bob on 2007-08-17 
Despite the fact that Robert Young portrayed happy, well-adjusted characters, Young suffered from depression and alcoholism, which contributed to his suicide attempt in 1991
Posted by: Naomi on 2007-08-17 
Right, even through his series Marcus Welby, M.D., he battled his addiction and died in 1991 of respiratory failure. He should be commended though, because he often spoke openly about his problems in an effort to get the younger gereation to
Posted by: Naomi on 2007-08-17 
sorry about that, I hit the post button by accident.

What I was saying was he spoke openly about his problems in an effort to get the younger generation to seek help for their own problems. The Robert Young Center for Community Mental Health, an affiliate of Trinity Regional Health System, located in Rock Island, Illinois, is a community mental health center named after him because of his dedication and work with the passage of the 708 Tax Referendum.
Posted by: eric1957 on 2007-08-18 
I wonder how many families tried to emulate the Andersons, Cleavers, and other TV families.
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