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The Donna Reed Show (1958-1966)

The Donna Reed Show


Comedy / Family / Sitcom

30 minutes


Donna Reed as Donna Stone
Carl Betz as Dr. Alex Stone
Paul Petersen as Jeff Stone
Shelley Fabares as Mary Stone
Patty Petersen as Trisha Stone
Ann McCrea as Midge Kelsey
Bob Crane as Dr. Dave Kelsey

The Donna Reed Show was a sitcom which aired on ABC from September 24, 1958 to March 19, 1966. The series stars Donna Reed as Donna Stone, the matriarch of the Stone family.

The premise focused on middle class couple, Donna Stone, a housewife to pediatrician Alex Stone. The couple had two children together, Mary and Jeff. Episodes featured problems of the 1950s such as planning a bash for a retiring colleague, firing an inept housekeeper, and finding quality time away from the kids.

In 1962 Shelley Fabares recorded a single called Johnny Angel which debuted in the show 's fourth season episode Donna's Prima Donna (2/1/62). The single later became a #1 hit and sold over a million copies.

In 1963 Fabares left the show to pursue other acting and singing opportunities, and her character Mary went away to college (Mary later reappeared periodically). Paul Petersen's real-life sister Patty Petersen then joined the show as Trisha, a runaway who was eventually adopted by the Stones.

Paul Petersen also had a recording career with his biggest hit being the 1962 single My Dad. Like Johnny Angel , Petersen's My Dad was also featured in an episode of the show , also titled My Dad, from the fifth season (10/25/62).

After 275 episodes ending in the spring of 1966 the show ended following eight successful years.

Season One:

Weekend Trip 9/24/1958
Pardon My Gloves 10/1/1958
The Hike 10/8/1958
Male Ego 10/15/1958
The Football Uniform 10/22/1958
The Foundling 10/29/1958
Three Part Mother 11/5/1958
Change Partners and Dance 11/12/1958
Dough Re-Mi 11/19/1958
Guest in the House 11/26/1958
The Baby Contest 12/3/1958
The Beaded Bag 12/10/1958
The Busy Body 12/17/1958
A Very Merry Christmas 12/24/1958
Mary's Double Date 12/31/1958
Jeff's Double Life 1/7/1959
Nothing But the Truth 1/14/1959
It's the Principle of the Thing 1/21/1959
Jeff vs. Mary 1/28/1959
Have Fun 2/4/1959
Donna Plays Cupid 2/11/1959
Love Thy Neighbor 2/18/1959
The Report Card 2/25/1959
Boys Will Be Boys 3/4/1959
The Ideal Wife 3/11/1959
Mary's Campaign 3/18/1959
The Flowered Print Dress 3/25/1959
April Fool 4/1/1959
The Parting of the Ways 4/8/1959
The Hero 4/15/1959
Do You Trust Your Child? 4/22/1959
Grateful Patient 4/29/1959
The Testimonial 5/6/1959
Miss Lovelace Comes to Tea 5/13/1959
Tomorrow Comes Too Soon 5/20/1959
Advice To Young Lovers 5/27/1959
Operation Deadbeat 6/3/1959

Season Two:

That's Show Business 9/24/1959
Sleep No More My Lady 10/1/1959
A Penny Earned 10/8/1959
A Friend Indeed 10/15/1959
The First Child 10/22/1959
Going Steady 10/29/1959
The Neighborly Gesture 11/5/1959
Nothing Like a Good Book 11/12/1959
Flowers For the Teacher 11/19/1959
All Mothers Worry 11/26/1959
Jeff Joins a Club 12/3/1959
The Punishment 12/10/1959
A Difference of Opinion 12/17/1959
The Homecoming Dance 12/24/1959
The Lucky Girl 12/31/1959
The Broken Spirit 1/7/1960
The Secret 1/14/1959
The New Mother 1/21/1960
Just a Housewife 1/28/1960
The Free Soul 2/4/1960
The First Quarrel 2/11/1960
A Place to Go 2/18/1960
A Night to Howl 2/25/1960
The Editorial 3/3/1960
The Gentle Dew 3/10/1960
The Fatal Leap 3/17/1960
The Perfect Pitch 3/24/1960
Pickles for Charity 4/7/1960
Mary's Growing Pain 4/14/1960
Alex Runs the House 4/21/1960
The Career Woman 4/28/1960
Jeff, the Financial Genius 5/5/1960
Mary's Crusade 5/12/1960
The First Time We Met 5/19/1960
The Gossip 5/26/1960
Love's Sweet Awakening 6/2/1960
The Wedding Present 6/10/1960
Cool Cat 6/18/1960

Season Three:

Weekend 9/15/1960
The Mystery Woman 9/22/1960
Donna Decorates 9/29/1960
The Love Letter 10/6/1960
How the Other Side Lives 10/20/1960
Alex's Twin 10/27/1960
Worried Anyone? 11/3/1960
Higher Learning 11/10/1960
Never Marry a Doctor 11/17/1960
It Only Hurts When I Laugh 11/24/1960
The Model Daughter 12/1/1960
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions 12/8/1960
Donna Goes to a Reunion 12/15/1960
Someone is Watching 12/22/1960
The Lean and Hungry Look 12/29/1960
Character Building 1/5/1961
World's Greatest Entertainer 1/12/1961
Variations on a Theme 1/19/1961
The Stones Go to Hollywood 1/26/1961
Donna Directs a Play 2/2/1961
Trip to Nowhere 2/9/1961
The Geisha Girl 2/16/1961
The Busy People 2/23/1961
Tony Martin Visits 3/2/1961
Aunt Belle's Earrings 3/9/1961
Poodle Parlor 3/16/1961
Mary's Heart Throb 3/23/1961
Donna's Helping Hand 3/30/1961
The Merry Month of April 4/6/1961
Music Hath Charms 4/13/1961
Let's Look at Love 4/20/1961
For Better or Worse 4/27/1961
Jeff, the Treasurer 5/4/1961
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys 5/11/1961
Military School 5/18/1961
Mary's Driving Lesson 5/25/1961
The Mustache 6/1/1961
Mary's Little Lambs 6/8/1961

Season Four:

One Starry Night 9/14/1961
A Rose is a Rose 9/21/1961
The Close Shave 9/28/1961
Mouse at Play 10/5/1961
The Monster 10/12/1961
New Girl in Town 10/19/1961
One of Those Days 10/26/1961
All is Forgiven 11/2/1961
The Electrical Storm 11/9/1961
The Paper Tycoon 11/16/1961
Private Tutor 11/23/1961
Alex, the Professor 11/30/1961
The Fabulous O'Hara 12/7/1961
Way of a Woman 12/14/1961
A Very Bright Boy 12/21/1961
The Toughest Kid in School 12/28/1961
Dr. Stone and His Horseless Carriage 1/11/1962
For Angie With Love 1/18/1962
Aloha Kimi 1/25/1962
Donna's Prima Donna 2/1/1962
Explorer's Ten 2/8/1962
The New Office 2/15/1962
The Golden Trap 2/22/1962
Free Flight 3/1/1962
The Wide Open Spaces 3/8/1962
The Fireball 3/15/1962
Once Upon a Timepiece 3/22/1962
Hilldale 500 3/29/1962
Winner Takes All 4/5/1962
Skin Deep 4/12/1962
The Fortune Teller 4/19/1962
Man of Action 4/26/1962
Donna Meets Roberta 5/3/1962
The Caravan 5/10/1962
The Swingin' Set 5/17/1962
On to Fairview 5/24/1962
The Man in the Mask 5/31/1962
The Father Image 6/7/1962
Dear Wife 6/14/1962

Season Five:

Mister Nice Guy 9/20/1962
Mrs. Stone and Doctor Hyde 9/27/1962
To Be a Boy 10/4/1962
Who Needs Glasses? 10/11/1962
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary 10/18/1962
My Dad 10/25/1962
Fine Feathers 11/1/1962
Rebel With a Cause 11/8/1962
Big Star 11/15/1962
Man to Man 11/22/1962
The Baby Buggy 11/29/1962
The Makeover Man 12/6/1962
The Winning Ticket 12/13/1962
The Soft Touch 12/20/1962
Jeff Stands Alone 12/27/1962
Just a Little Wedding 1/3/1963
A Woman 's Place 1/10/1963
The Chinese Horse 1/17/1963
The New Look 1/24/1963
A Way of Her Own 1/31/1963
Three is a Family 2/7/1963
Big Sixteen 2/14/1963
Pioneer Woman 2/21/1963
The House on the Hill 2/28/1963
Where the Stones Are 3/7/1963
The Two Doctors Stone 3/14/1963
Everywhere That Mary Goes 3/21/1963
The Handy Man 3/28/1963
Friends and Neighbors 4/4/1963
Boys and Girls 4/11/1963
All Those Dreams 4/18/1963
All Women Are Dangerous 4/25/1963
The Big Wheel 5/2/1963
Day of the Hero 5/9/1963

Season Six:

The Playmate 9/19/1963
Brighten the Corner 9/26/1963
Whatever You Wish 10/3/1963
House Divided 10/10/1963
The Boys in 309 10/17/1963
The Bigger They Are 10/24/1963
It Grows on Trees 10/31/1963
Mary Comes Home 11/7/1963
Post Time 11/14/1963
Sweet Mystery of Wife 11/21/1963
What Are Friends For? 11/28/1963
A Touch of Glamour 12/5/1963
Air Date 12/12/1963
Moon-Shot 12/19/1963
Nice Work 12/26/1963
First Addition 1/2/1964
The Combo 1/9/1964
Who's Rockin' the Partnership 1/16/1964
Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Altar 1/23/1964
Today I Am a Girl 1/30/1964
Will the Real Chicken Please Stand Up? 2/6/1964
Guest in the Nursery 2/13/1964
Home Sweet Homemaker 2/20/1964
Teamwork 2/27/1964
Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be 3/5/1964
Pandemonium 3/12/1964
A Day for Remembering 3/19/1964
One Little Word 3/26/1964
Love Letters Are for Burning 4/2/1964
Four's a Crowd 4/9/1964
My Son the Catcher 4/16/1964
The Pros and the Cons 4/23/1964

Season Seven:

Operation Anniversary 9/17/1964
Dad Drops By 9/24/1964
Play Ball 10/1/1964
Who's Who on 202 10/8/1964
The Daughter Complex 10/15/1964
The Tycoons 10/22/1964
Instant Family 10/29/1964
Royal Flush 11/5/1964
Circumstantial Evidence 11/12/1964
Anyone Can Drive? 11/19/1964
Surprise, Surprise 11/26/1964
Quads of Trouble 12/3/1964
Donna's Bank Account 12/10/1964
It's All in the Cards 12/17/1964
Old Faithful 12/24/1964
Overture in A-Flat 12/31/1964
Thy Name is Woman 1/7/1965
Joe College 1/14/1965
Painter Go Home 1/21/1965
Home Wreckonomics 1/28/1965
The Windfall 2/4/1965
Now You See It, Now You Don't 2/11/1965
The Gift Shop 2/18/1965
The Stamp Collector 2/25/1965
Peacocks on the Roof 3/4/1965
Guests, Guests, Who Wants Them? 3/11/1965
The Unheroic Hero 3/18/1965
The Mysterious Smile 3/25/1965
The Rolling Stones 4/1/1965
Indoor Outing 4/8/1965

Season Eight:

Pop Goes Theresa 9/16/1965
With This Ring 9/23/1965
Boy Meets Girl Machine 9/30/1965
Think Mink 10/7/1965
Four on the Floor 10/14/1965
Charge 10/21/1965
Do Me a Favor, Don't Do Me Any Favors 10/28/1965
Author, Author 11/4/1965
Trees 11/11/1965
The Big League Shock 11/18/1965
The Gladiators 11/25/1965
Rally Around the Girls, Boys 12/2/1965
Slipped Disc 12/9/1965
Uncle Jeff Needs You 12/16/1965
Never Look a Gift House in the Mouth 12/23/1965
How to Handle a Woman 12/30/1965
My Son, the Councilman 1/6/1966
Do It Yourself Donna 1/15/1966
When I Was Your Age 1/22/1966
Calling Willie Mays 1/29/1966
All This and Voltaire Too? 2/5/1966
The Return of Mark 2/12/1966
Is There a Small Hotel ? 2/19/1966
No More Parties, Almost 2/26/1966
So You Really Think You're Young at Heart 3/5/1966
What Price Home? 3/12/1966
By-Line - Jeffrey Stone 3/19/1966

The Donna Reed Show - Opening Credits

Actors: Carl Betz, Shelley Fabares, Paul Petersen, Donna Reed
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Matinee Classics - The Donna Reed Show starring Donna Reed, Carl Betz, Shelley Fabares and Paul Peterson
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Matinee Classics - The Donna Reed Show starring Donna Reed, Carl Betz, Paul Petersen, Shelley Fabares, Patty Petersen, Ann McCrea and Bob Crane
Matinee Classics - The Donna Reed Show starring Donna Reed, Carl Betz, Paul Petersen, Shelley Fabares, Patty Petersen, Ann McCrea and Bob Crane

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