Today in 1954, Father Knows Best debuted on CBS, sponsored by Kent cigarettes. It started on radio in 1949 and competed with 19 other family shows. Jim Anderson played by Robert Young, was the father and Jane Wyatt the mother. After the first year, Kent cigarettes dumped the show because of low ratings, but Scott Paper Company picked up the show, changed its time slot, and the show was a hit. It was a great show for years, one of those shows that you love it or hated it. Bearwiskers says...love Father Knows Best.