Happy Father's Day, everybody! To celebrate, let's give a shout-out to TV's Über-Dad: Jim Anderson, the calm, thoughtful patriarch played by Robert Young on "Father Knows Best." Antenna TV must feel the same way. On Sunday, the retro channel (Ch. 114 on Cablevision) will air wall-to-wall episodes, beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at midnight. Here are five things to know about the show:

It aired on each of the three broadcast networks: CBS (1954-55; 1958-62); NBC (1955-58) and ABC (1962-63).

The show actually ceased production in 1960, when Robert Young decided he was tired of playing Jim and wanted to pursue other roles. But prime-time reruns continued to air for three more seasons -- a demonstration of the show's staying power.

During its first season, CBS aired it at 10p.m., which attracted few viewers. The network canceled the show, but after a wave of viewer protests, NBC picked it up, and "Father Knows Best" became a hit airing at the more family-friendly 8:30 p.m.

"Father Knows Best" began as a radio program; Young was the only cast member who made the transition to TV.

The Andersons lived in a quaint town called Springfield. As far as we can tell, though, they didn't know the Simpsons.

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