The Donna Reed Show

ABC (ended 1966)




  • 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 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 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 18: For Angie With Love

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

  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 5 Episode 1: Mister Nice Guy

  • Mr. Pruitt from "The Golden Trap" (season 4, episode 23) stops by at the start of this episode to check on the water heater he installed (as well as get some free medical advice).

    He says he "installed a water heater a couple of weeks back"  This means the time between this episode is around 2 to 3 weeks in the world of "The Donna Reed Show." While in the real world (Earth time) close to 7 months elapsed covering 16 episodes between February 22, 1962 and September 20, 1962.

  • Season 5 Episode 5: Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

  • A continuity error occurs during Mary's visit home from the dorm.  After reading an article, Mrs. Stone begins rearranging the kitchen and dinning room to reduce the amount of walking she does during the year.  As Dr. Stone and Jeff enter the kitchen she has everything out on the kitchen counter tops and begins explaining to them what she is doing and her plans for where everything should reside both in the kitchen and the dinning room.

    After Jeff leaves to get shelf paper from the car, Mrs. Stone realizes she needs to leave immediately in order to pick Mary up on time for her weekend visit.  As she leaves she tells Dr. Stone to put everything away in its new place.

    After dinner, Mary and Mrs. Stone are preparing to do the dishes.  Mary finds everything out of place, even the mop, which used to be outside but is now in the closet.  Mrs. Stone acts, as thought they've been using this new kitchen arrangement for quite awhile.  The reality, though, is this arrangement occurred this same day.  Additionally, Mrs. Stone left putting everything away to Dr. Stone.

  • Mary lives away from home (in the dorms that are 4.2 miles from the Stone residence) for 3 weeks.

  • Season 5 Episode 6: My Dad

  • After missing dinner-time due to a housecall, Alex has reheated dried-out lamb chops for his dinner.

  • Season 5 Episode 9: Big Star

  • Two continuity errors occur twice in the final scene, when Mary sings "Big Star."  Before she begins singing, we see Mrs. Stone retire upstairs for the night and as Mary leaves the house, she turns off the lights leaving only a small night light on.

    Later in the scene, as Mary sings the song, the camera moves indoors.  The lights are fully on in the house for the living room, entrance, and stairs.  Mrs. Stone is standing by the downstairs phone listening to Mary sing, while going through the mail.  The camera returns to the porch showing Mary singing and we can see the lights are off (other than the night light) and there is no sign of Mrs. Stone.

    After a little bit more time, the camera moves back inside again.  The lights are all on and we see Mrs. Stone walking upstairs, with the mail, and listening to Mary sing out on the porch.  As Mrs. Stone disappears up the stairs (for the second time), the camera switches to the porch and Mary continuing to sing.  The lights are again off, other than the night light, yet they were on as Mrs. Stone was leaving to go up to the master bedroom.

  • Season 5 Episode 10: Man to Man

  • Tony Owen, Jr., who played Rick, is Donna Reed's real-life son.

  • Season 5 Episode 12: The Makeover Man

  • Steve bought his sneakers for $2.95 at the local Army Surplus store (L & B).  They look to be a pair of white Jack Purcell "tennis shoes."  He has been wearing them for 3 months, at the time of the episode.

  • Season 5 Episode 13: The Winning Ticket

  • Jeff's insurance cost for the car (based upon his age, car, and location) is $180.  The episode implies this is for one year.

  • Season 5 Episode 15: Jeff Stands Alone

  • As Jeff is traveling to spend the weekend in the big city, we see a shot of a busy intersection in Denver, CO, circa 1960, showing the famous Brown Palace hotel at the corner of 16th and Broadway.

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