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The Donna Reed Show

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7.41959TV-PG
The Donna Reed Show became one of the most popular family situation comedy series in television history during its eight season run.
Starring
Donna ReedCarl BetzShelley Fabares
Genres
Comedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Weekend Trip
    September 24 1958
    26min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Donna hopes to get away to a ski weekend, but pediatrician husband Alex's schedule makes this tricky. One of his young patients has a mysterious illness and Alex doesn't want to leave him in the care of another doctor. Not wanting to disappoint Mary and Jeff, Donna takes charge of things getting another doctor to take Alex's calls and pinpointing Eddie's mystery illness (fear of the school bully).
  2. 2. Pardon My Gloves
    October 1 1958
    26min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Jeff gets a black eye from a boy who mocked Donna's acting in a local play, so Donna tries to teach Jeff how to box.
  3. 3. The Hike
    October 8 1958
    26min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Donna uses "Girl Scout ingenuity" to prove that women are just as capable as men out in the wilderness when she takes Jeff and his friends on a camping trip.
  4. 4. Male Ego
    October 15 1958
    26min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Mary's speech about a Mother's Sacrifice brings a lot of attention to Donna and leaves Alex feeling unappreciated.
  5. 5. The Football Uniform
    October 21 1958
    26min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Jeff wants a uniform for the team picture. Jeff must work for the money to buy it.
  6. 6. The Foundling
    October 29 1958
    26min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A woman abandons her child at the Stones' place.
  7. 7. Three Part Mother
    November 5 1958
    26min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Donna tries to go to three places on the same night.
  8. 8. Change Partners and Dance
    November 11 1958
    26min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Mary would like George, the basketball star, to ask her to The Varsity Prom, but there are a couple of problems. First problem: George doesn't know how to dance. Second problem: George develops a crush on Donna.
  9. 9. Dough Re-Mi
    November 19 1958
    26min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Donna tries to get a concert pianist to perform at a benefit at the same time Jeff is trying to raise money for a football tackling dummy.
  10. 10. Guest in the House
    November 26 1958
    26min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    An ex-patient seeks refuge at the Stones.
  11. 11. The Baby Contest
    December 2 1958
    26min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Alex is judge at a Beautiful Baby contest run by Donna's club.
  12. 12. The Beaded Bag
    December 10 1958
    26min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Donna is insulted that Alex thinks she used feminine wiles to get him to give her a beaded bag for her birthday.
  13. 13. The Busy Body
    December 16 1958
    26min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Uncle Fred brings trouble to the Stones.
  14. 14. A Very Merry Christmas
    December 24 1958
    26min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Donna is fed up with how nowadays no one has the true Christmas spirit anymore. Seems like everyone is more concerned with receiving rather than giving. Her faith in mankind is restored when she discovers just who has been secretly giving the Christmas parties for the children's ward all these years.
  15. 15. Mary's Double Date
    December 31 1958
    26min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Mary's Junior prom is coming up. She feels two boys on the football team are two possible dates to choose from. She waits until the day of the prom to decide.
  16. 16. Jeff's Double Life
    January 7 1959
    26min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    After nosy neighbor Mrs. Wilgus (the inimitable Kathleen Freeman) alerts Donna and Alex about Mary having a noisy party while they were out, the kids get lectured about being the children of a doctor, and that they should behave accordingly.
  17. 17. Nothing but the Truth
    January 14 1959
    26min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    David Barker returns to the Stones home for his birthday.
  18. 18. It's the Principle of the Thing
    January 21 1959
    26min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Mr. Popkin is an overly proud man who won't let Alex treat his son until he has enough money to pay for the treatmentt. No credit or charity for him! Donna tries to help Mr. Popkin earn the money first by hiring him to do odd jobs around the house and then by marketing a toy he invented.
  19. 19. Jeff vs. Mary
    January 28 1959
    26min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Jeff feels his parents love Mary more. How can Donna get him to realize that they do love him as much as Mary?
  20. 20. Have Fun
    February 4 1959
    26min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Mary comes home from a date in tears. Donna And Alex tell 2 different stories on how they met each other on their first date.
  21. 21. Donna Plays Cupid
    February 11 1959
    26min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Donna tries to get Bo and Celia to fall in love.
  22. 22. Love Thy Neighbor
    February 17 1959
    26min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Donna And Alex help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Willber & Celia Wilgus only to find that Celia walked out.
  23. 23. The Report Card
    February 25 1959
    26min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Donna feels that Jeff is just an average student.
  24. 24. Boys Will Be Boys
    March 4 1959
    26min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    David Barker is brought to Alex to be treated for rabies only to learn that student bit David.
  25. 25. The Ideal Wife
    March 11 1959
    26min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Everyone praises Donna,"the ideal wife,"so much that she goes on a rampage and purposely loses her temper at people.After a day of this she regrets her tirade and apologizes to all.
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Directors
Andrew McCulloughOscar RudolphJames V. Kern
Supporting actors
Paul Petersen
Season year
1959
Network
MPI Media Group
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4.4 out of 5 stars

26 global ratings

  1. 73% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 9% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 10% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 0% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 9% of reviews have 1 stars
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JeanneReviewed in the United States on December 7, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Window into the past
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We watch one episode each morning with breakfast. The episodes WITHOUT guest stars are usually the least offensive from a 2017 perspective. Just watching Donna feed the family (the first three episodes she didn’t even set a place for herself) is mind bending in it’s comparison to modern day. A ton of fun, I highly recommend!
8 people found this helpful
annacolleenReviewed in the United States on October 21, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
My All Time Favorite Show
I'm shocked that anyone would find this show offensive! Donna embodies the qualities that we all saw in our mothers, back during this time. Little girls everywhere wanted to be Mrs. Reed. She was kind, loved her family, and took excellent care of them, and they of her.
This show was made, produced and broadcasted during our country's most prosperous time, when a strong family was the basis for a strong community.
It's lighthearted, nothing very heavy. No gigantic problems like teen pregnancies, drugs , alcohol, divorce. It was made to be enjoyed, no hard problems at all, just a nice family model.
I usually can't stand the Christmas episodes in tv shows because of the way Christian holidays are handled. I like this one though. They have Easter shows, Thanksgiving and even St. Valentines Day some years.
The show is a snap shot of what life was like, and it's wonderful to see it again. I looked for this since 2009.
15 people found this helpful
GSD MOMReviewed in the United States on November 1, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
I like black and white! For more than one reason
The Donna Reed Show was the black and white TV equivalent of 'Modern Family'. Scrubbed clean without rough edges usually by the end of each episode. I'm a child of 1959 so many black and white programs trigger memories. The dramas are nearly inevitably well written and acted. Comedians such as Red Skelton were amazingly funny and didn't need profanities or shock value to make people laugh.

As a social commentary, black and white television - especially situational comedy - was a venue where women influenced the 'business' of television. Lucille Ball, Donna Reed, Eve Arden and other women created a had Donna Reed and her husband produced this show. She had creative direction. The program revolved around wife and mother Donna Reed who was quite similar to Donna Reed the actress. The scene was all bright, shiny and little too 'clean'. People knew that at the time. This program evolved through 1958 up until 1965 when Reed decided to retire. It poked at some social issues but the message that Donna Reed herself intended to provide was appropriate for the time.
4 people found this helpful
Good ConsumerReviewed in the United States on December 6, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Wow...
I tried to watch this, I watched 3 episodes of season 1.
I quickly came to the conclusion that if a show like this were to be made today it would be cancelled mid way through the first episode.
I find the cheeseball, corny, no swearing factor to be nice, but they shove the old school "morality code" right up in your face, to the point that it begins to feel like propaganda.
At least shows like Barney Miller and Taxi did it in a more subtle way, but this show almost feels like an advertisement.
Then there is the sexism, which is not as bad as some other shows from this era, but it is very noticeable.

All in all, if you want a window into some plastic, propaganda filled, idealistic, impossibly "perfect" (yet very flawed) late 1950's family, then this is your show.
Otherwise, it's bound to upset you as it did me.

I could go on, but I am sure I have upset enough people already who lived through this era and have spent the past 60 years romanticizing it; and I am sure they are rearing to tell me how wrong I am...

Whatever, I have eyes, I have ears, and my parents lived through this era...
2 people found this helpful
Ason OfLibertyReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wholesome Entertainment
With so much crap on television today it’s so refreshing to watch a wholesome family show. Over sixty years old and it’s still wonderful entertainment. Donna Reed and the rest of the cast are such fantastic actors and we always get a good laugh. Too bad nobody can make such a classy show like this any longer.
4 people found this helpful
Katrina HolteReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best family shows of the 50s!
Thank you, Amazon, for giving Prime Members access to the Donna Reed show! :D One of the best family shows of the 50s - right up there with I Love Lucy and Father Knows Best.
11 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 13, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shows Great. Problem with Prime
Show is great. Seasons were free with Prime. But now all of a sudden they’re not! Disappointed that Prime keeps charging for classic TV seasons that were once free. First Munsters, then My Favorite Martian, then Gidget, next Petticoat Junction, And now Donna Reed , just to name a few. At least a handful of them I can find on other apps.
4 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 27, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
The best of the fifties and sixties TV
A classic that gets little notice in todays world. Shelly Fabares was a bright star on her way up. Paul Peterson set a high standard for future child actors. Carl Betz did a great job as a TV Dad and later on another classic show "Judd for the Defense" . Donna Reed was, as always, a class act and very touching.
13 people found this helpful
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