Sep. 24, 1958
30 min.
ABC TV Network

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The Donna Reed Show

The Donna Reed Show is an American situation comedy starring Donna Reed as the upper-middle-class housewife Donna Stone.

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  • The character 'Dr. Alex Stone' was ranked #16 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue).
  • The first season opening credits of The Munsters were an outrageous parody of the opening credits of "The Donna Reed Show", which always began with Donna Reed lovingly passing out lunches to her departing family members as they left the house one by one. Yvonne De Carlo, as Lily Munster, did the same thing.
  • 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.
  • Of the numerous family oriented situation comedies of the 1950s and early 60s, this show was the first one where the mother was the star of the show.
  • The title is based on the musical scale as taught in school: "Do Re Mi Fa So La Te Do."
  • The value of the bag ($65.00) would be equivalent to $530.00 in 2014 after adjusting for inflation.
  • The title comes from Matthew: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself."
  • The title is based on April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day which is celebrated on April 1st and is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, enemies, and neighbors.
  • The title is based on a line from Stephen Foster's song The Old Kentucky Home, "Weep no more my lady." The song is also the state song of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  • Per the title, according to philosopher Ben Franklin, a penny saved is a penny earned.
  • The title comes from the proverb: "A friend in need is a friend in deed."
  • While crossover appearances are not uncommon in television shows (it an easy way to promote a second show), this particular instance was unusual. Even though the two shows were produced by the same studio (Columbia), they were broadcast by different networks. Donna's show was on ABC while Dennis' show was on CBS.
  • Jay North and Joseph Kearns reprise their roles from the CBS series "Dennis the Menace" in this episode, which aired on ABC. This marks one of the earliest times in TV history that two scripted series on different networks cooperated on a multi-network crossover, not counting variety shows.
  • The title is a variation of the old saying about how the other half lives.
  • The title is a line from the song "It's May" from the Lerner and Lowe musical "Camelot" which opened at the Majestic Theater in New York on Dec. 3, 1960 and ran for 873 performances.
  • The title is from the old saying "Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast".
  • The title is based on the nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
  • The title is based on the musical "New Girl in Town" by George Abbott and music and lyrics by Bob Merrill from Eugene O'Neill's 1921 play Anna Christie. The Broadway production opened on May 14, 1957 at the 46th Street Theatre and ran for 431 performances starring Gwen Verdon.
  • Per the title, a horseless carriage was an early twentieth century nickname for an automobile.
  • This is where Shelley Fabares introduced the song "Johnny Angel", which went on to become a big pop hit for her.
  • First appearance of Swoosie Kurtz. Don't blink or you'll miss her.
  • While waiting for their flight to depart, Donna pulls out a book to read. Despite the attempt to obscure its title with black marks, it is possible to tell it is the first paperback printing of Ayn Rand's ""Atlas Shrugged".
  • This episode was the pilot for the proposed series "The Roberta Sherwood Show", starring Roberta Sherwood. However, the series was never picked up by the network.
  • Although Shelley Fabares does not appear as Mary in this episode, her hit song "Johnny Angel" is heard on the jukebox at the malt shop.
  • When Jeff returns Mary's radio and she turns it on, it's playing Shelley Fabare's 1962 debut pop single, "Johnny Angel."
  • The title makes reference to the novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson which has been the basis for many film adaptations.
  • The title is from the classic nursery rhyme "Mary, Mary Quite Contrary."
  • This title comes from the classic James Dean movie Rebel Without a Cause.
  • The title refers to the sputtering, smoky 1916 Dodge driven by Dr. Robey, a woman who delivers babies in Hilldale. Her friends express concern the car will eventually break down while she's trying to rush to a delivery.
  • First appearance of Patty Petersen as Trisha.

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