Saturday 21 September 2013

Top 10 Father sitcoms - No 8 Father Knows Best

In the wake of BBC 1's new hit sitcom Father Figure, a remarkable number of people seem to be suggesting they could write a better sitcom than that. Really? well if you want to prove it, why not enter a script into the next Sitcom Trials - deadline October 20th, entry is free, details are here. In the meantime, we continue our look at the Top 10 "Father" sitcoms. And at Number 8 it's...

Father Knows Best is one of the earliest situation comedies as we know them. Begun on NBC radio in 1949, created by writer Ed James, it starred Robert Young as the eponymous patron of a family in the midwest. When it transferred to CBS TV in 1954, the show was sponsored by Kent cigarettes. New episodes were made up until 1960, after which the series remained in reruns throughout the 1960s (a rerun episode was interrupted on ABC in November 1963 to break the news of the assassination of President Kennedy). Reunion stories were made in 1977, the series was still being shown on the Family Channel in the 1990s, and all 6 series of the original show remain available on DVD. It has never been shown in the UK and most likely never will be.

The Sitcom Trials takes place at The Ring O' Bells, Bath, Nov 29 2013. 5 sitcoms go head to head, who wins? You decide. To enter a script, follow this link, deadline October 20th 2013.

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