The Donna Reed Show (1958)

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.

Writing:
  • Barbara Avedon
  • Laurence Marks
  • Erna Lazarus

Stars:
Release Date: 1958-09-24
Seasons: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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  • Country: US
  • Language: En
  • Runtime: 30
Vito Scotti
Vito Scotti
Richard Conte
Richard Conte
Hal Smith
Hal Smith
John Astin
John Astin
Paul Petersen
Paul Petersen
Donna Reed
Donna Reed
Donna Stone
Arte Johnson
Arte Johnson
Kathleen Freeman
Kathleen Free...
Tony Martin
Tony Martin
Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachm...
Jamie Farr
Jamie Farr
Jesse White
Jesse White
Lori Martin
Lori Martin
Miyoshi Umeki
Miyoshi Umeki
Alvy Moore
Alvy Moore
Rhys Williams
Rhys Williams
George Chandler
George Chandl...
James Hong
James Hong
Estelle Winwood
Estelle Winwo...
Kim Darby
Kim Darby
Stafford Repp
Stafford Repp
Paul Picerni
Paul Picerni
Whit Bissell
Whit Bissell
James Darren
James Darren
Madge Blake
Madge Blake
Cecil Kellaway
Cecil Kellawa...
Doodles Weaver
Doodles Weave...
Hayden Rorke
Hayden Rorke
Alan Carney
Alan Carney
Angela Greene
Angela Greene
Raymond Bailey
Raymond Baile...
Lee Patrick
Lee Patrick
John Harmon
John Harmon
Vinton Hayworth
Vinton Haywor...
Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby
Raymond Hatton
Raymond Hatto...
Warren Stevens
Warren Steven...
Virginia Christine
Virginia Chri...
Vladimir Sokoloff
Vladimir Soko...
Esther Dale
Esther Dale
Johnny Crawford
Johnny Crawfo...
Charles Lane
Charles Lane
Marlo Thomas
Marlo Thomas
Irving Bacon
Irving Bacon
Mayor Webster
Steven Geray
Steven Geray
Irene Hervey
Irene Hervey
Charles Herbert
Charles Herbe...
Ludwig Stössel
Ludwig Stösse...
Ann Doran
Ann Doran
Hans Conried
Hans Conried
Margaret Dumont
Margaret Dumo...
Addison Richards
Addison Richa...
Stuart Erwin
Stuart Erwin
John Zaremba
John Zaremba
Paul Winchell
Paul Winchell
Murray Alper
Murray Alper
Myrna Dell
Myrna Dell
Earle Hodgins
Earle Hodgins
John Qualen
John Qualen
Amzie Strickland
Amzie Strickl...
Edmon Ryan
Edmon Ryan
Binnie Barnes
Binnie Barnes
Jack Albertson
Jack Albertso...
Ruth Terry
Ruth Terry
Will Wright
Will Wright
Fay Bainter
Fay Bainter
Jay Novello
Jay Novello
Judson Pratt
Judson Pratt
Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton
Peter Leeds
Peter Leeds
Harvey Lembeck
Harvey Lembec...
Kirk Alyn
Kirk Alyn
Barbara Luddy
Barbara Luddy
Barbara Shelley
Barbara Shell...
Sheila Bromley
Sheila Bromle...
Tommy Ivo
Tommy Ivo
Maxie Rosenbloom
Maxie Rosenbl...
Lloyd Corrigan
Lloyd Corriga...
Peter Helm
Peter Helm
Ann Rutherford
Ann Rutherfor...
Jean Vander Pyl
Jean Vander P...
Trudy Marshall
Trudy Marshal...
Esther Williams
Esther Willia...
Phil Arnold
Phil Arnold
Gigi Perreau
Gigi Perreau
DeForest Kelley
DeForest Kell...
Patricia Breslin
Patricia Bres...
Lawrence Dobkin
Lawrence Dobk...
John Stephenson
John Stephens...
Brooke Bundy
Brooke Bundy
Susan Gordon
Susan Gordon
Mimsy Farmer
Mimsy Farmer
Ted Knight
Ted Knight
Jeanne Bates
Jeanne Bates
Betsy Jones-Moreland
Betsy Jones-M...
Jay North
Jay North
Anne Sargent
Anne Sargent
John Fiedler
John Fiedler
John Banner
John Banner
Dave Willock
Dave Willock
Howard McNear
Howard McNear
Ric Roman
Ric Roman
Bob Hastings
Bob Hastings
Jim Davis
Jim Davis
Lillian Bronson
Lillian Brons...
Walter Brooke
Walter Brooke
Alan Reed
Alan Reed
Kathleen Crowley
Kathleen Crow...
Andrea King
Andrea King
Marion Ross
Marion Ross
Dorothy Morris
Dorothy Morri...
Cheryl Miller
Cheryl Miller
Nydia Westman
Nydia Westman
Chris Robinson
Chris Robinso...
Harold Gould
Harold Gould
Harvey Korman
Harvey Korman
Swoosie Kurtz
Swoosie Kurtz
Carl Betz
Carl Betz
Victor French
Victor French
Dabney Coleman
Dabney Colema...
Richard Deacon
Richard Deaco...
Arthur Hunnicutt
Arthur Hunnic...
Robert Lansing
Robert Lansin...
William Windom
William Windo...
Gale Gordon
Gale Gordon
Shelley Fabares
Shelley Fabar...
Bert Remsen
Bert Remsen
Carleton G. Young
Carleton G. Y...
Henry Beckman
Henry Beckman
Lee Aaker
Lee Aaker
Renee Godfrey
Renee Godfrey
Sandy Descher
Sandy Descher
Leonard Stone
Leonard Stone
Doreen Lang
Doreen Lang
Naomi Stevens
Naomi Stevens
Jerry Douglas
Jerry Douglas
Buddy Joe Hooker
Buddy Joe Hoo...
Crahan Denton
Crahan Denton
Diane Brewster
Diane Brewste...
James Stacy
James Stacy
Harry Cheshire
Harry Cheshir...
Bing Russell
Bing Russell
Peggy Rea
Peggy Rea
Parker Fennelly
Parker Fennel...
Marge Redmond
Marge Redmond
Hal Baylor
Hal Baylor
Roger Mobley
Roger Mobley
Dennis Cross
Dennis Cross
Mary Jane Saunders
Mary Jane Sau...
Howard Wendell
Howard Wendel...
Forrest Lewis
Forrest Lewis
Eddie Firestone
Eddie Firesto...
Karyn Kupcinet
Karyn Kupcine...
Jimmy Hawkins
Jimmy Hawkins
Charla Doherty
Charla Dohert...
Maudie Prickett
Maudie Pricke...
Paulene Myers
Paulene Myers
Melinda Casey
Melinda Casey
Joe Downing
Joe Downing
Candy Moore
Candy Moore
Michael McGreevey
Michael McGre...
Lynn Carey
Lynn Carey
John Bryant
John Bryant
Mary Shipp
Mary Shipp