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Release Date:
24 September 1958 (USA) See more »
Another popular 1950's sitcom about a close family. The Stones consist of loving homemaker Donna, her pediatrician husband Alex... See more »
Won Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 155)

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 (191 episodes, 1958-1965)

Series Directed by
Oscar Rudolph (50 episodes, 1958-1960)
Andrew McCullough (33 episodes, 1958-1966)
Jeffrey Hayden (28 episodes, 1960-1962)
Norman Tokar (22 episodes, 1960-1962)
Robert Ellis Miller (21 episodes, 1959-1962)
Barry Shear (21 episodes, 1961-1964)
Gene Nelson (21 episodes, 1962-1965)
Lawrence Dobkin (17 episodes, 1960-1966)
Frederick De Cordova (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
Alan Rafkin (3 episodes, 1965)
Hy Averback (2 episodes, 1960)
Gene Reynolds (2 episodes, 1964)
Jerrold Bernstein (2 episodes, 1965)
E.W. Swackhamer (2 episodes, 1965)
Lee Philips (2 episodes, 1966)
Series Writing credits
William Roberts (275 episodes, 1958-1966)
John Whedon (39 episodes, 1958-1962)
Nate Monaster (31 episodes, 1958-1961)
Paul West (30 episodes, 1962-1966)
Barbara Avedon (23 episodes, 1960-1966)
Alfred Lewis Levitt (17 episodes, 1959-1962)
Helen Levitt (10 episodes, 1960-1962)
Henry Sharp (9 episodes, 1958-1961)
Phil Sharp (8 episodes, 1960-1964)
Sumner Arthur Long (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Sam Locke (6 episodes, 1964-1965)
Joel Rapp (6 episodes, 1964-1965)
Bob Fisher (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
Alan Lipscott (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
Clifford Goldsmith (5 episodes, 1960-1966)
Jerry Davis (4 episodes, 1959)
Milton Pascal (4 episodes, 1962-1965)
Ben Gershman (4 episodes, 1962-1964)
Phil Davis (4 episodes, 1962-1963)
Howard Snyder (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Hugh Wedlock Jr. (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Frank Tarloff (3 episodes, 1960)
Andy White (3 episodes, 1961-1963)
David R. Schwartz (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Erna Lazarus (3 episodes, 1963-1966)
Jack Harvey (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Irving Taylor (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Phil Leslie (2 episodes, 1958-1964)
Peggy Chantler Dick (2 episodes, 1958)
William Cowley (2 episodes, 1958)
Seymour Friedman (2 episodes, 1960-1963)
Douglas Morrow (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Barney Slater (2 episodes, 1963)
Tommy Tomlinson (2 episodes, 1964)
Andrew McCullough (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Jack Raymond (2 episodes, 1966)

Series Produced by
Tony Owen .... producer / executive producer (246 episodes, 1958-1966)
Paul West .... associate producer / producer (77 episodes, 1961-1963)
Phil Sharp .... associate producer (76 episodes, 1959-1961)
William Roberts .... associate producer (36 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Original Music by
Stu Phillips (33 episodes, 1962-1966)
Van Alexander (4 episodes, 1963)
William Loose (2 episodes, 1963)
Series Cinematography by
Gert Andersen (226 episodes, 1958-1965)
Frederick Gately (16 episodes, 1965-1966)
Lothrop B. Worth (2 episodes, 1966)
Series Film Editing by
Richard Fantl (80 episodes, 1959-1961)
Robert B. Hoover (77 episodes, 1961-1966)
Fredrick Y. Smith (18 episodes, 1958-1962)
Michael Luciano (12 episodes, 1958)
Series Art Direction by
Robert Purcell (106 episodes, 1960-1966)
Ross Bellah (95 episodes, 1959-1966)
Cary Odell (22 episodes, 1959-1961)
Robert Peterson (20 episodes, 1958-1959)
Paul Palmentola (15 episodes, 1958-1959)
John T. McCormack (4 episodes, 1959)
Phillip Bennett (3 episodes, 1959-1961)
Carl Anderson (3 episodes, 1959)
Robert F. Boyle (3 episodes, 1959)
Walter Holscher (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Series Set Decoration by
Louis Diage (81 episodes, 1958-1965)
Sidney Clifford (26 episodes, 1959-1966)
Morris Hoffman (25 episodes, 1961-1962)
William Kiernan (23 episodes, 1958-1961)
Alfred E. Spencer (20 episodes, 1958-1966)
James Crowe (13 episodes, 1959-1963)
Frank Welch (13 episodes, 1960-1962)
William F. Calvert (10 episodes, 1959-1961)
Milton Stumph (9 episodes, 1958-1961)
Richard Mansfield (8 episodes, 1961)
Darrell Silvera (6 episodes, 1959-1961)
Frank Kramer (5 episodes, 1961)
Frank Tuttle (2 episodes, 1959)
Ben Berk (2 episodes, 1960)
Clarence Steensen (2 episodes, 1962)
Series Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist / makeup supervisor (205 episodes, 1959-1965)
Gertrude Wheeler .... hair stylist (171 episodes, 1960-1966)
Helen Young .... hair stylist (75 episodes, 1958-1960)
Frank McCoy .... makeup artist (21 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Production Management
Seymour Friedman .... production supervisor (202 episodes, 1958-1966)
Lawrence Werner .... post-production supervisor (133 episodes, 1961-1966)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerrold Bernstein .... assistant director (169 episodes, 1958-1965)
John D. Bloss .... assistant director (33 episodes, 1959-1961)
Bill Lukather .... assistant director (17 episodes, 1965-1966)
Carter De Haven Jr. .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1958)
R. Robert Rosenbaum .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1962-1966)
Max Stein .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1958-1959)
Herb Wallerstein .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1958-1959)
Pat Corleto .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1961)
Donald L. Gold .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1961)
Series Sound Department
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (218 episodes, 1958-1964)
Roy Siegel .... sound effects editor (74 episodes, 1961-1963)
Sid Lubow .... sound effects editor / sound effects (32 episodes, 1963-1965)
Fred J. Brown .... sound effects editor (27 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Stunts
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (1 episode, 1962)
Series Editorial Department
Richard Fantl .... supervising editor (29 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Music Department
William Loose .... composer: stock music (113 episodes, 1958-1961)
Irving Friedman .... music supervisor (74 episodes, 1961-1963)
Ed Forsyth .... music supervisor (59 episodes, 1963-1966)
Emil Cadkin .... music editor (40 episodes, 1961-1962)
John Seely .... composer: theme music (37 episodes, 1958-1959)
Igo Kantor .... music editor (34 episodes, 1962-1963)
Series Other crew
Seymour Friedman .... production assistant (53 episodes, 1958-1960)
Milton Pascal .... script consultant (38 episodes, 1964-1965)
Ray Singer .... executive script consultant (19 episodes, 1965-1966)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
30 min (275 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

During the show's early years, whenever a scene takes place in a supermarket, look very closely in the background. Chances are, you'll see large amounts of Campbell's Soup, V-8 Vegetable Juice, Franco-American Spaghetti, and various Johnson & Johnson products including their famous baby powder. Not coincidentally, those brands were the series' original advertisers during its network run.See more »
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Referenced in North (1994)See more »


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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Life as we wanted it to be, not necessarily the way it WAS..., 22 June 2005
Author: jairdo-1 from United States

Many people enjoy poking fun at all the 50s-60s family comedies such as "Ozzie and Harriet", "Leave it to Beaver" and our own "Donna Reed Show" citing how unreal and "perfect" they were.

Well, I suppose they were, however, none were intended to be taken as documentaries. They were there to entertain, and along the way, perhaps sneak in some moral to their stories, a facet sadly lacking from todays TV crop of "family" comedies. I submit that ALL television families lack realism just by virtue of their BEING television families. "Roseanne" and her ilk are no more real than the Donnas and Junes or yesteryear. And, I'd much prefer living next the Stones than I would the Connors.

Also, to those of us who were the only child, or members of a family who yelled instead of discussing, such programs provided surrogate siblings and a look at rational parenting. Being an only child, I sort of bonded with these video families who came to visit once a week, and felt better for it.

For those who've never seen it, "The Donna Reed Show" presented the Stone family: Donna, former nurse, now a typical suburban wife of the era, her husband, Alex, a pediatrician whose office was in their home, at least for the first 7 seasons, their teenage daughter Mary, whose life revolved around school dances, boys, and fashion and who could be a bit self-absorbed and selfish (no perfection there) and their younger son, Jeff, who got into minor trouble at school occasionally (once he was even suspended! - hardly perfection there, either), enjoyed sports, and driving Mary to distraction as younger brothers are wont to do. During the last couple of seasons, Mary had gone off to college, and the Stones adopted pre-teen daughter Tricia, who was the sister of Jeff in real life as well as "reel" life. Alex was played by Carl Betz, Mary by Shelley Fabares, Jeff by Paul Petersen, and Tricia by Patty Petersen.

The program ran for eight seasons 1958-66, on ABC and was enjoyable enough, though hardly as "perfect" as it seemed on the surface. Parents Donna and Alex were involved in their children's lives and usually patient and understanding with them, reasoning through problems, though Alex sometimes raised his voice to a very un50s type bellow. As a child, I watched every week, and had a slight crush on Mary, and would recommend the show to those not completely jaded by our "modern" age.

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