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, The Donna Reed Show was the first series to feature the mother as the focal point.
  • SPOILER: Recurring cast member Jimmy Hawkins played Donna Reed's son in the classic "It's A Wonderful Life" years before joining the show as Mary's steady boyfriend.
  • 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. This episode was originally broadcast on April Fool's Day in 1959.
  • 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."
  • Charles Herbert was in the movie Houseboat with Paul Petersen. This was the last of his four appearances on The Donna Reed Show.
  • 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.
  • If adjusted for inflation the $20.00 would be equivalent to $160.00 in 2015.
  • This one was broadcast three days before Christmas but did not feature a Christmas story. Instead at the end the four of them all wished the audience a Merry Christmas, while holding signs for Campbell's Soup and Johnson & Johnson, the show's sponsors.
  • 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."
  • James Darren had previously appeared on the show playing another pop star. This episode started a small trend on the show, where a new song was introduced by the record label owned by the studio. In this case "Goodbye Cruel World" was introduced and it helped the song reach #3 in the charts, which would be the biggest hit of Darren's career. A few months later, in "Donna's Prima Donna," Shelley Fabares would introduce her song "Johnny Angel," which would reach #1 in the charts. (For good measure, the song would be repeated on two more episodes.) Later on Paul Petersen would do the same with his song "She Can't Find her Keys."
  • 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 acting credit for 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.
  • First credited appearance for Mimsy Farmer in TV or film.

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