Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
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... See full summary »

Creator:

Reviews
Popularity
2,850 ( 423)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
1966   1965   1964   1963   1962   1961   … See all »
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Father Knows Best (1954–1960)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The popular radio show comes to life in this hit sitcom about a wise family man, Jim Anderson, his common-sense wife Margaret and their children Betty, Bud and Kathy. Whenever the kids need... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Billy Gray
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Ozzie and Harriet Nelson raise their two sons Ricky and David. As the sons age, they experience teenage dating problems, marriage and careers.

Stars: Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, David Nelson
Make Room for Daddy (1953–1965)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Danny Williams, a successful nightclub singer, encounters a variety of difficult or amusing situations in trying to balance his career with his family: his outspoken wife Kathy, teenage ... See full summary »

Stars: Danny Thomas, Rusty Hamer, Marjorie Lord
My Three Sons (1960–1972)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Widower Steve Douglas raises three sons with the help of his father-in-law, and is later aided by the boys' great-uncle. An adopted son, a stepdaughter, wives, and another generation of sons join the loving family in later seasons.

Stars: Fred MacMurray, Stanley Livingston, Don Grady
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Sensitive teenager Dobie Gillis (yes, Dobie being his real given name) exasperates his grocer father Herbert T. Gillis and is the apple of Winnie Gillis' eye, she being his mother. Dobie ... See full summary »

Stars: Dwayne Hickman, Bob Denver, Frank Faylen
The Patty Duke Show (1963–1966)
Comedy | Family | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Cathy Lane, teen-aged daughter of a globe-trotting journalist, comes to live at the home of her uncle, a newspaper editor in New York City. Curiously, Cathy is the spitting image of her ... See full summary »

Stars: Patty Duke, Jean Byron, William Schallert
Dennis the Menace (1959–1963)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Television episodes built around the same sorts of incidents found in Hank Ketcham's long-running comic strip.

Stars: Jay North, Gloria Henry, Herbert Anderson
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Widower Tom Corbett raises his young son Eddie.

Stars: Bill Bixby, Brandon Cruz, Miyoshi Umeki
My Favorite Martian (1963–1966)
Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A sarcastic Martian comes to live with a hapless young Terran on Earth.

Stars: Ray Walston, Bill Bixby, Pamela Britton
Mister Ed (1958–1966)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The misadventures of a wisecracking talking horse and his human owner.

Stars: Allan Lane, Alan Young, Connie Hines
Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The misadventures of a suburban boy, family and friends.

Stars: Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley
The Partridge Family (1970–1974)
Comedy | Family | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The humorous adventures of a family of pop musicians.

Stars: Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 September 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El show de Donna Reed  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(275 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The living room set was later used again as Major Nelson's living room on "I Dream of Jeannie". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Queens Logic (1991) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Life as we wanted it to be, not necessarily the way it WAS...
22 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

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.


15 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 12 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page