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Starring Donna Reed & Carl Betz
Season 1 (ABC) (1958-59)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
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references:
TV Guide /   Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
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UCLA Film and Television Archive


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ABC Wednesdays 9:00 EST   (37 episodes)

1.01 [--] Donna Reed Show: WEEKEND TRIP
Prod. no. 1 (copyright date 17Sep58)
24Sep58 ABC Wed 
Directed By Andrew McCullough [SC]
Written By Phil Leslie [SC] [SC]
Guest Cast: [SC]
Alice Reinheart............as Mrs Barclay
Howard Wendell............as George Heiser
Hugh Corcoran............as Eddie Barclay
Louise Lewis............as Mrs.Whitman
Jackie Kelk............as Dr.Boland
Synopsis: Donna and Alex try to arrange a family weekend.

1.02 [--] Donna Reed Show: PARDON MY GLOVES
Prod. no. 2 (copyright date 24Sep58)
01Oct58 ABC Wed 
Directed By Oscar Rudolph [SC]
Written By Alan Lipscott and Bob Fisher [SC]
Guest Cast: [SC]
Mary Shipp............as Lydia Langley
Kim Charney............as Chunky Langley
Synopsis #1: Jeff gets a black eye for defending his mother.
Synopsis #2: Donna Stone is given a leading role in an amateur
stage production. The director’s attitude antagonizes her and she gives
up the part. But then her pride is challenged.

1.03 [--] Donna Reed Show: THE HIKE
Prod. no. 3 (copyright date 01Oct58)
08Oct58 ABC Wed
Directed By Oscar Rudolph [SC]
Written By Jay Sommers and Don Nelson [SC]
Guest Cast: [SC]
Scott Morrow............as Peewee
Ricky Klein............as Boy#1
Stephen Pearson............as Boy#2
Alan Aaronson.............as Boy#3
Martin Smith............as The Ranger
Synopsis #1: Donna agrees to take a group of boys camping
Synopsis #2: Jeff is excited about the camping trip that he and his
father plan to take, but at the last minute Dr. Stone is called away on
a consultation. Donna decides that she will go on the camping trip
rather than have him disappointed.

1.04 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  MALE EGO
Prod. no. 4
15Oct58 ABC air date (probably the correct airdate)(8Oct58 copyright date)
Synopsis: Alex feels like he has no position at home.

1.05 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  THE FOOTBALL UNIFORM
Prod. no. 5
22Oct58 ABC air date (probably the correct date)(15Oct58 copyright date)
Synopsis: A friend tells Jeff that the kids on the football team should all
have uniforms. Jeff asks his parents for money, but they tell him that he
will have to work for it.

1.06 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  THE FOUNDLING
Prod. no. 6
29Oct58 ABC air date - Wednesday 9:00pm (22Oct58 copyright date)
Guest Cast:
Paul Picerni (as milkman)
Fintan Meyler (as Kathleen)
Don Hildreth (as policeman)
Synopsis: One morning the Stone family finds a baby on their doorstep.
A note addressed to Donna Stone asks that she take care of the child.

1.07 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  THREE-PART MOTHER
Prod. no. 7
5Nov58 ABC air date - Wednesday 9:00pm (29Oct58 copyright date)
Guest cast:
Ross Elliott (as Woody Graham)
Synopsis: Dr. Stone is scheduled to read a paper before the medical
society and says it is important that his wife Donna be present. But on
the same night Jeff wants his mother to watch him play basketball and
Mary is about to be initiated into a girl’s club.

1.08 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  CHANGE PARTNERS AND DANCE
12Nov58 ABC (probably the correct date)(5Nov58 copyright date)
Synopsis #1:
Donna helps Mary get a date for the varsity prom.
Synopsis #2:
Synopsis: Mary’s prospective beau develops a crush on Donna.

1.09 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  DOUGH RE MI
Prod. no. 9 (12Nov58 copyright date)
19Nov58 ABC Wednesday 9:00pm
Synopsis #1:
Jeff dates the daughter of a philanthropist.
Synopsis #2:
Donna wants a concert pianist to play at a hospital benefit.
Synopsis #3:
Donna Stone rashly promises to get concert pianist Anton Duval to play at a
benefit to raise funds for a new hospital playroom. But all of her efforts
to meet Duval fail.

1.10 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  GUEST IN THE HOUSE
Prod. no. 10
26Nov58 ABC (19Nov58 copyright date)
Synopsis:
An AWOL military academy student seeks refuge in the Stones' house.

1.11 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  THE BABY CONTEST
3Dec58 ABC broadcast date (26Nov58 copyright date)
Guest Cast:
Virginia Christine (as Margaret Lang)
Anne Whitfield (as Helen Cooper)
Dorothy Morris (as Shirley Watson)
Gerry Lock (as Myra Robinson)
Ruth Terry (as Ruth Sterling)
Synopsis #1: Donna’s club decides to hold a beautiful-baby contest, and
Alex is selected as a judge. In order to influence his opinion, the mothers
of the entrants deluge him with gifts of food.
Synopsis #2: Donna gets her pediatrician husband involved in judging a baby contest.
(ABC repeat 29Jul59)(correct repeat date)

1.12 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  THE BEADED BAG
Prod. no. 12
10Dec58 ABC air date (3Dec58 copyright date)
Synopsis:
Donna wants Alex to buy her an expensive beaded bag for her birthday.

1.13 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  THE BUSY BODY
Prod. no. 13
17Dec58 ABC air date  (10Dec58 copyright date)
Synopsis #1:
Donna’s visiting uncle causes problems in the family.
Synopsis #2:
Donna's visiting uncle brings chaos to the Stone family.

1.14 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS
24Dec58 ABC air date (17Dec58 copyright date)

1.15 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  MARY'S DOUBLE DATE
31Dec58 ABC (24Dec58 copyright date)

1.16 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  JEFF'S DOUBLE LIFE
7Jan59 ABC (31Dec58 copyright date)

1.17 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH
Prod. no. 17
14Jan59 ABC (31Dec58 copyright date)
Guest Cast:
Charles Herbert (as David Barker)
Gregory Irvin (as Mousie Myers)
Jimmy Fields (as Synder)
Synopsis #1: Donna tosses a birthday party for young David.
Synopsis #2: David, a young lad studying at a military academy, calls his
friend Donna Stone and tells her that it’s his birthday. Donna decides to
give a party for David and sets about making preparations. At the last
minute, David confesses that it really isn’t his birthday.
(ABC repeat 22Jul59)

1.18 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  IT'S THE PRINCIPLE OF THE THING
Prod. no. 18 (30Dec58 copyright date)
21Jan59 ABC 
Guest cast:
Hans Conried .... Mr Popkin
Synopsis: Donna almost ruins her husband’s nervous system when she decides
to help a proud but accident-prone inventor.
(Repeated 15Jul59)

1.19 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  JEFF vs. MARY
Prod. no. 19
28Jan59 ABC (21Jan59 copyright date)

1.20 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  HAVE FUN
Prod. no. 20
4Feb59 ABC (28Jan59 copyright date)
Synopsis: Mary hears the story of Donna’s first date with Alex.

1.21 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  Donna plays cupid
11Feb59 ABC (4Feb59 copyright date)

1.22 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  LOVE THY NEIGHBOR
18Feb59 ABC (11Feb59 copyright date)
Synopsis: Donna tries to patch up two friends’ marriage.

1.23 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  THE REPORT CARD
25Feb59 ABC (18Feb59 copyright date)
Synopsis: Jeff’s low grades disappoint Donna.

1.24 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  BOYS WILL BE BOYS
4Mar59 ABC Wednesday 9:30pm (25Feb59 copyright date)
Guest Cast:
Charles Herbert (as David Barker)
John Harmon (as Rat)
Ric Roman (as Gangster)
Darlene Fields (as Moll)
Carleton Young (as Major Ryan)
Synopsis: David Barker, a young military academy student, is brought to
Alex Stone for treatment. Alex treats the lad and invites him to stay
overnight with the Stones.
(ABC repeat 02Sep59)

1.25 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  THE IDEAL WIFE
11Mar59 ABC (4Mar59 copyright date)
Synopsis: Donna decides she is being too sweet to everyone.

1.26 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  MARY'S CAMPAIGN
18Mar59 ABC (11Mar59 copyright date)

1.27 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  THE FLOWERED PRINT DRESS
25Mar59 ABC (18Mar59 copyright date)

1.28 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  APRIL FOOL
01Apr59 ABC broadcast date (according to UCLA) (25Mar59 copyright date)
Guest star: James Darren
Synopsis: A teen-age singing idol comes to town to make a personal
appearance. But before he has a chance to perform, he gets the measles and
is confined to the Stone house.
James Darren performs “There’s No Such Thing”
(ABC repeat 26Aug59)

1.29 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  THE PARTING OF THE WAYS
8Apr59 ABC Wednesday 9:00pm (1Apr59 copyright date)
Guest cast:
Mary Lawrence (as Myra Keppler)
Melinda Plowman (as Babs Keppler)
Pat McCaffrie (as Jack Keppler)
Synopsis: The news of the impending breakup of the marriage of a pair of
friends sets Donna and Alex off on a campaign to strengthen the unity within their own family.

1.30 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  THE HERO
15Apr59 ABC broadcast date (according to UCLA) (8Apr59 copyright date)

1.31 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  DO YOU TRUST YOUR CHILD?
22Apr59 ABC Wednesday 9:00pm (15Apr59 copyright date)
Cast includes:
Kathleen Freeman (as Mrs. Wilgus)
Synopsis: Donna pitch-hits for Alex, delivering a speech at a PTA meeting.

1.32 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  GRATEFUL PATIENT
29Apr59 ABC (22Apr59 copyright date)

1.33 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  THE TESTIMONIAL
6May59 ABC (29Apr59 copyright date)
Synopsis: Donna learns a retiring doctor wants to keep working.

1.34 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  MISS LOVELACE COME TO TEA
13May59 ABC (06May59 copyright date)

1.35 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  TOMORROW COMES TOO SOON
20May59 ABC (13May59 copyright date)
Synopsis:
Donna and Alex realize their children will leave soon.

1.36 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  ADVICE TO YOUNG LOVERS
27May59 ABC (20May59 copyright date)

1.37 [--] The Donna Reed Show:  OPERATION DEADBEAT
Prod. no. 37
03Jun59 ABC (27May59 copyright date)

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Network Summer Re-Runs (approx 10Jun59-approx16Sep59)
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[--] 15Jul59 re-run of  #1.18 "It's the Principle Of The Thing" (first aired 21Jan59)
[--] 22Jul59 re-run of  #1.17 "Nothing But the Truth" (first aired 14Jan59)
[---] 29Jul59 re-run of "The Baby Contest" (first aired 3Dec58)
[--] 26Aug59 re-run of  #1.11 "April Fool" (first aired 1Apr59)
[--] 2Sep59 re-run of  #1.24 "Boys Will be Boys" (first aired 4Mar59)
[--] 9Sep59 - no details
[--]16Sep59 - no details

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