The Donna Reed Show

The Donna Reed Show

The Donna Reed Show is an American situation comedy starring Donna Reed as the upper-middle-class housewife Donna Stone. Carl Betz co-stars as her pediatrician husband Dr. Alex Stone, and Shelley Fabares and Paul Petersen as their teenage children, Mary and Jeff. The show originally aired on ABC from September 24, 1958 to March 19, 1966. When Fabares left the show in 1963, Petersen’s little sister, Patty Petersen, joined the cast as adopted daughter Trisha. Patty Petersen had first appeared in the episode, “A Way of Her Own”, on January 31, 1963.

Bob Crane and Ann McCrea appeared in the last seasons as the Kelseys, friends of the Stones, and Darryl Richard became a near regular as Smitty, Jeff’s best buddy. The show featured a variety of celebrity guests including Esther Williams as a famous dress designer, baseball superstars Don Drysdale and Willie Mays as themselves, teen heartthrob James Darren as a pop singer with the measles, canine superstar Lassie as herself, and young Jay North of CBS’s Dennis the Menace.

The series was created by William S. Roberts and developed by Reed and her then husband, producer Tony Owen. Episodes revolved around typical family problems of the period such as firing a clumsy housekeeper, throwing a retirement bash for a colleague, and finding quality time away from the children. Edgy themes such as women’s rights and freedom of the press were occasionally explored.

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The Donna Reed Show is an American situation comedy starring Donna Reed as the upper-middle-class housewife Donna Stone. Carl Betz co-stars as her pediatrician husband Dr. Alex Stone, and Shelley Fabares and Paul Petersen as their teenage children, Mary and Jeff. The show originally aired on ABC from September 24, 1958 to March 19, 1966. When Fabares left the show in 1963, Petersen's little sister, Patty Petersen, joined the cast as adopted daughter Trisha. Patty Petersen had first appeared in the episode, "A Way of Her Own", on January 31, 1963.

Bob Crane and Ann McCrea appeared in the last seasons as the Kelseys, friends of the Stones, and Darryl Richard became a near regular as Smitty, Jeff's best buddy. The show featured a variety of celebrity guests including Esther Williams as a famous dress designer, baseball superstars Don Drysdale and Willie Mays as themselves, teen heartthrob James Darren as a pop singer with the measles, canine superstar Lassie as herself, and young Jay North of CBS's Dennis the Menace.

The series was created by William S. Roberts and developed by Reed and her then husband, producer Tony Owen. Episodes revolved around typical family problems of the period such as firing a clumsy housekeeper, throwing a retirement bash for a colleague, and finding quality time away from the children. Edgy themes such as women's rights and freedom of the press were occasionally explored.

Original Name: The Donna Reed Show
Number of Seasons: 8
Number of Episodes: 274
Status: Ended

Rating: 6.7
Vote Count: 3
Type: Scripted
Network(s): American Broadcasting Company
First Air Date: September 24, 1958
Last Air Date: March 19, 1966
Episode Runtime: 30 mins
Primary Year: 1958
Genres: Comedy
IMDB Link: tt0051267
Spoken Language(s): English
Origin Countries: United States of America

Seasons:

  • Season 0 — 2 Episodes — Air Date: January 1, 1970
  • Season 1 — 37 Episodes — Air Date: September 24, 1958
  • Season 2 — 37 Episodes — Air Date: September 24, 1959
  • Season 3 — 38 Episodes — Air Date: September 15, 1960
  • Season 4 — 39 Episodes — Air Date: September 14, 1961
  • Season 5 — 34 Episodes — Air Date: September 20, 1962
  • Season 6 — 32 Episodes — Air Date: September 19, 1963
  • Season 7 — 30 Episodes — Air Date: September 17, 1964
  • Season 8 — 27 Episodes — Air Date: September 16, 1965
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