A loving mother and wife deals with situations and problems a of a middle-class family in the late 1950s and the early 1960s.


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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Donna Reed ...  Donna Stone 275 episodes, 1958-1966
Paul Petersen ...  Jeff Stone 275 episodes, 1958-1966
Carl Betz ...  Dr. Alex Stone 272 episodes, 1958-1966
Shelley Fabares ...  Mary Stone 192 episodes, 1958-1965


The Stones consist of loving homemaker Donna, her pediatrician husband Alex, and their children Mary and Jeff. Many situations arise like when they found a baby on their doorstep or take in a rebellious youth or when Donna tries to patch up marital spats among friends. Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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Comedy | Family


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Did You Know?


During all the different versions of the opening credits produced over the series' eight-year run, Carl Betz as Alex Stone is seen leaving the house wearing a business suit and carrying a briefcase, supposedly on his way to work. However, his character was a pediatrician who wore a white lab coat and ran his practice from home. In fact, he's seen exiting his office, which was the room on the other side of the pocket doors to the right of the front door. It was on the days he worked at the hospital that he wore a suit and carried a briefcase. See more »


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One of the wholesomeness family shows ever
27 October 2000 | by raysondSee all my reviews

Although it only lasted eight seasons on ABC, The Donna Reed Show was your typical sitcoms with all the trimmings. Unlike it counterparts back then(like "My Three Sons", "Ozzie and Harriet", "Leave It To Beaver") this show was about a housewife who was always into something and usually helps out and usually solve all situations within a half-hour(even within a family crisis along with her husband Dr. Stone to help out around the house). The show did have two of it stars to make it big: Paul Peterson(who is now a advocate for child actors)had a hit record back in the early 1960's with "My Dad"(for which he sang that song on one of the episodes),and Shelley Fabares who had a #1 hit record with "Johnny Angel",which stay on the top-ten charts for a record five weeks back in 1963,and had two more hit TV series after Donna with here own sitcom back in the 1970's("The Shelley Fabares Show"),and again in the 1990's with "Coach" opposite Craig T. Nelson. However,the show did manage to make the transition from black and white to color in the show's final season(those color episodes are rarely seen),and afterwards it's re-runs usually appear on TV's Nick-at-Nite if you get the chance to see them. A TV classic.

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Release Date:

24 September 1958 (USA) See more »

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The Donna Reed Show See more »

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(275 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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