Season Two arrived today. I watched the episode Kathy Makes Magic. Its great. Uncut with fine video and audio. Much improved over the quality of Season One. As many times as I’ve seen this episode it was a real treat seeing scenes I’d never seen before.
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Shout Factory and the family of Robert Young and estate of Eugene Rodney should all be given kudos for listening to our wishes for “Uncut” episodes of this classic slice of Americana- Father Knows Best! Sony also deserves credit for co-operating with Shout Factory in searching in Sony’s vaults to be able to present the Season 2 set in complete uncut episodes! This is GREAT news that should be greeted by all of the fans of this show with applause and pre-orders for this set!
Bravo to Shout Factory, Robert Young’s family, the estate of Eugene Rodney and Sony!
Here it is: the best season (in my opinion) of FATHER KNOWS BEST, with a wonderful DVD release. Every episode is complete, from the opening titles right through the “Screen Gems” logo at the end. They run close to 26 minutes each!
Video and audio quality is excellent. A few episodes even include the original sponsor cards during the opening/closing credits.
Why is this the best season? Everything clicks here: acting, writing, direction, music — the sometimes silly storylines that permeated the first half of the first season are gone, and this second season more than builds on the momentum of the end of the first season (when the show was starting to get a lot more interesting).
Lots & lots of classic episodes here, including:
* “Advantage to Betty” (Betty doesn’t play tennis as well as the team champ, but gets more attention from the press because she’s prettier)
* “Persistent Guest” (Bud’s homeless friend visits and won’t leave)
* “Family Reunion” (No one wants to go to Margaret’s family’s reunion — except Margaret)
* “Father, the Naturalist” (Kathy loses her Little Squaws nature folder in the woods)
There are very nice bonus features, too: a “flashback” episode from the final season, another episode of “Window on Main Street,” more interviews with Elinor Donahue and Lauren Chapin, and the long-missing “Stage to Yuma” Western episode that fans have been seeking for years. (The version of “Stage to Yuma” presented here is pristine, unlike the underground copies that have been floating around for awhile.)
I’m delighted that Shout! put so much love & care into this FATHER KNOWS BEST set, and recommend it highly.