Overlooked Facts About Beloved Sitcoms That Will Take You Back In Time

May 21, 2024

Where Was "Father Knows Best" Set?

This collection of colorized images from classic 1950s and 1960s black-and-white television shows will have you reminiscing about some of your favorite past series. If you were a fan when these shows originally aired, you will love to learn the behind-the-scenes secrets, fun facts, feuds, and tragedies that were not publicly known about these classic shows at the time. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a blast from the past with these colorized screen stills from classic black-and-white television shows.


Just like the hit animated series, The Simpsons, the wholesome 1950s series Father Knows Best was set in a town called Springfield. And like The Simpsons, the audience never really knows which state the town is in. When it comes to Father Knows Best, however, there are some clues that seem to indicate that Springfield in question is in Illinois. In various episodes, there is mention of someone coming from Chicago, there is a wedding in Milwaukee, and in one episode, Bud’s homing pigeon ends up in Rockford. All of these are relatively close to Springfield, Illinois. 

"My Favorite Martian" Nearly Ruined Ray Walston's Acting Career. 


When it debuted in 1963, My Favorite Martian was the first television sitcom with a science fiction theme. It was often lumped with Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie as the earliest sci-fi series, but the later two are really based in magic, whereas My Favorite Martian is a focused on science and technology. Character actor Ray Walston was cast as the title role. Later, Walston said he regretted taking the role, but he did so because he needed the money. After the show ended in 1966, Walston had trouble landing other roles. Casting directors had trouble seeing him in more serious roles. Despite this, Walston said that the best thing about the show was meeting his co-star, Bill Bixby. Walston and Bixby became good friends.