The Donna Reed Show

ABC (ended 1966)




  • Season 4 Episode 39: Dear Wife

  • The only characters appearing in this episode are the four stars (Dr. & Mrs. Stone, Jeff and Mary Stone), with all other characters appearing by reference and not physically appearing.  This episode is the only one in season 4 where no one else appears on screen other than the four main characters.

  • Season 4 Episode 37: The Man in the Mask

  • Don Drysdale invites Jeff and his family to see him play baseball with the best seats in the stadium, when they visit Los Angeles.  Unfortunately, Jeff and his family never take Mr. Drysdale up on this offer.

    Mr. Drysdales, though, does appear in several future episodes (total of 4 episodes counting this one).  They are "Play Ball" (season 7, episode 3, 10/1/1964), "My Son the Catcher" (season 6, episode 31, 4/16/1964),"All Those Dreams" (season 5, episode 31, 4/18/1963), and this episode.  All of these episodes take place in Hillsdale.




  • Season 4 Episode 36: On to Fairview

  • Jeff Stone completed the ride to Fairview (using the treadmill) in 1 hour, 12 minutes, and 8 seconds.  This is an average speed of 24.95 MPH.  During Jeff's ride, his Father (Dr. Stone) mentions to Jeff that he must be doing 25 MPH.  The racing bicycle Jeff was using didn't have a speedometer on it, so Dr. Stone's guess was very good, especially given the bike was stationary.

    Mr. Varney paid Jeff $5 for this event.  In 1961 the minimum hourly rate was $1.15, which when adjusted for inflation in 1996 dollars is $6.03.  As Jeff earned $5 for 1 hour 12 minutes and 8 seconds work (the time it took to ride the 30 miles), his hourly rate was approximately $4.16 in 1961 dollars, which would be about $21.80 in 1996 dollars.

  • Season 4 Episode 35: The Swingin' Set

  • Jeff Stone (Paul Petersen) sings to the American teenage audience the song "Just Keep All Your Love Locked," in this episode, during the prom.  The band has a special time for "Sing with the Band."  Everyone other than Jeff takes a few steps backward making him look as though he is volunteering to sing with the band.

    This opportunity for Paul Peterson to sing is the same as Shelley Fabares (Mary Stone) had in the episode, "Donna's Prima Donna" (Season 4, Episode 20).

  • Season 4 Episode 23: The Golden Trap

  • Mr. Pruitt will return to The Donna Reed Show in 2 to 3 weeks (for the characters) during the first episode of season 5 ("Mister Nice Guy"). For the viewers the time frame between these two episodes is close to 7 months (February 22, 1962 to September 20, 1962). The represents 15 to 16 episodes, too.

  • Season 4 Episode 20: Donna's Prima Donna

  • Mary Stone (Shelley Fabares) sings to the American teenage audience the song "Johnny Angel" in this episode during Mrs. Stone's reunion dance.  Mrs. Stone arranges for Mary to sing during the reunion, as a way to help Mary realize a singing career isn't all glamor nor quick money.

    This opportunity for Johnny Angel to sing is the same as Paul Peterson will get later in the season during the episode "The Swingin' Set" (Season 4, Episode 35).

  • Season 4 Episode 18: For Angie With Love

  • Paul Petersen sings "She Can't Find Her Keys" in this episode.

  • Season 4 Episode 11: Private Tutor

  • While Miss Stone is working with her French tutor, we discover she is 17 years old.  When the episode aired, the actor (Shelley Fabares b. January 19, 1944) was 1 month 27 days (57 days) short of her 18th birthday and thus was also 17 at the same time as her character.

  • Season 4 Episode 5: The Monster

  • This episode introduced a new on-going member of the Stone family, Coca, an 18 month old standard poodle.  While both of his parents are standard poodles, his owner and trainer (Don Wallace), says: "Coca is probably a freak throw back to medieval history.  He stands 42.5 inches high, weighs 135 pounds, and has bushy brown hair all over.  He resembles a lion from the front, but by nature is as gentle as a lamb."

    Mr. Wallace insures Coco for US$100,000 (as of July 21, 1961).  Coco travels to work in a white, air conditioned truck equipped for his comfort and safety.

  • The Stones' address in this episode is 1427 Elmwood Drive.  We discover this fact when Mrs. Stone calls the police to report a lost bear, oh, she meant dog (as she put it).

  • Season 4 Episode 3: The Close Shave

  • While Dr. and Mrs. Stone are discussing Jeff during the episode, we discover he is 15 years old.

    When this episode aired on September 28, 1961, the actor (Paul Petersen b. September 23, 1945) who plays Jeff Stone just had his 16th birthday 5 days earlier.  Thus during writing and filming of the episode the actor and character were both 15 years old.

  • Season 4 Episode 1: One Starry Night

  • James Darren sang "Mighty Pretty Territory There" and "Good Bye Cruel World" in this episode.

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