Behind The Scenes And Facts Of ‘Father Knows Best’

Father Knows Best Wasn’t Filmed Like Other Sitcoms

Father Knows Best opening on an antenna TV
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Most sitcom studios employ at least three cameras to capture different angles. In contrast, Screen Gems only used one camera and a closed set. Cinematographers claim that using one camera results in a more “intimate image or feel” for the viewer.

Screen Gems also devoted more time and resources to detail than other sitcoms. Instead of having only three walls, all of their sets had four. This set allowed for a broader range of camera angles that gave the impression of a real house. On top of that, Screen Gems shot with better film, 35 mm, as opposed to most networks’ 16 mm film.