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The Donna Reed Show: Season 2

4.8 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

AMERICA'S FAVORITE FAMILY IS BACK WITH THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON DVD COLLECTION! Come relive precious memories with the Stone family from the critically acclaimed TV show from the '50s and '60s with Donna and her husband, Alex, and kids Jeff and Mary. This digitally remastered series comes in a 4-DVD set!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Carl Betz, Paul Petersen, Donna Reed, Shelley Fabares
  • Format: NTSC, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 960 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UN1KUU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,530 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Tante Maren TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 6, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Season 2 of The Donna Reed Show is here, and the wait was wonderfully short! There are 38 new episodes of the Stone Family's life to enjoy. Mary Stone is now 15 and brother Jeff is now 12 years old. Mary at 15, starts to date, as the high school boys and even young college men take notice of the beautiful young woman she is becoming. There are great guest stars on these episodes as well. The beautiful Esther Williams plays Donna's school friend Molly. And a young Marion Ross, the Happy Days mom plays Jeff's new teacher. This second season is just as wonderful as the first, as you follow life in the Stone household through the end of 1959 and halfway into 1960. Hopefully, the next six seasons will follow just as quickly as this one did, as each season just keeps getting more wonderful than the one before with such great stories and guest stars!

Starring as the Stone Family are:
Donna Stone.......Donna Reed
Dr. Alex Stone....Carl Betz
Mary Stone.........Shelley Fabares
Jeff Stone............Paul Petersen

SEASON 2 EPISODES:
38. 2- 1 24 Sep 59 THAT'S SHOW BUSINESS -Mary feels sorry for a short, shy boy who stutters in their school show, so she helps him with his confidence. When he is paired up with Mary for a dance in the show, Mary gets him to wear lifts in his shoes with disastrous results.
39. 2- 2 1 Oct 59 SLEEP NO MORE MY LADY-Excited Donna can't sleep when flying to a convention with Alex, where he is to give a speech, so Alex gives Donna a tranquilizer to help her sleep.
40. 2- 3 8 Oct 59 A PENNY EARNED-Donna cannot make up her mind on whether or not she should buy a new dress. Raymond Bailey (Mr. Drysdale from the Beverly Hillbillies) guest stars as George Collier.
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First of all, it's good to see this series finally make it to DVD by someone because Sony doesn't do much with classic television and they have a ton of it with the old Columbia and Ziv United Artists shows etc.(Rescue 8, Dennis the Menace, Highway Patrol, Sea Hunt etc.) unless it's in color and has always been around, but this show should have been fully remastered with the original titles in tact. The same main title is on every episode and the end credits cut short before the Screen Gems logo and what true collector want's to buy a show in that condition. Yes, it's cost's money to do a full remaster, but it's the only way to preserve these shows for generations to come. Before the masters go bad and then you have nothing. Everyone looks too much at the bottom line anymore and not enough at true quality and continuaty. At least 80 percent of the people who buy these shows are collectors and they want to see these shows as they originally aired. commercials, next week previews, logo's etc. CBS/Paramount is doing a better job in accomplishing this of late, and I hope they continue. The other guys are doing quite poorly. I respect the fact that other reviewers are appreciative that the show is out and have expressed that in there reviews but if you don't express your true feelings, the studio's will figure everything is just fine and continue down the same path. Is that what you wan't? I doubt it! Let them know!
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Though the Donna Reed Show would probably be scorned these days for its lack of sex, drugs, rock n' roll, and political correctness, this show is the essence of all-American goodness and purity. The spanking clean family values exhibited here in all their crystalline glory are out of date, true...but oh so sweet. Corny and silly too, but awfully loveable and amusing. Not out and out hysterically funny, but loaded with hometown comfort and clever verve...entertaining and uplifting and, despite 50 years down the pike, not dry or withered at all. Adorably addictive to the point of excess, the Donna Reed Show makes for a fine evening sitting by the fire, as you savor a taste of good taste. You're watching a museumpiece, true, but one that rings with simple truths now so long gone. As for the beauty of it, I'd say Donna is just about the loveliest mother I've ever seen, bar none. A fantasy worth owning up to, because watching this show may help you beat depression, sadness, ennui, pain, or anything else that ails you.
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The shows themselves are great. There are some quality issues for the manufacturer.

I am grateful to this company for putting out both the first and second seasons of "The Donna Reed Show", as this was a favorite growing up. Doubt that Sony or Shout! Factory would do the honors, though Shout! did do another Screen Gems classic in the first three seasons thus far of "Father Knows Best". Granted, the programs have not had all the polish they could have, but they are not horrible copies being used either. All shows are enjoyable to watch. My negative points go towards the opening credits and the music & effects being out of sync, and no chapter markers per show where the commercial inserts should go. If I have to stop watching at a point, I don't like to fast forward through back to where I left off. It is easier to have chapter markers per show to take you to a segment, then if you have to fast forward a little, that's fine. Not the whole show. The opening credits seem to be ahead visually than what you are hearing with the theme song. Donna is already having a conversation on the phone & ready to call Dr. Alex to it, with the phone still ringing. For the closing credit, after a Todon-Briskin or a Todon production, it cuts off, and doesn't give the Screen Gems insignia. Shout! did this on the first season of Father Knows Best, but corrected for Seasons 2 & 3. Does Virgil not want to give credit where credit is due, or does Sony not want this on the reissues since they are not doing it themselves? Before Season 3 arrives later this year, Virgil Films needs to take some of these constructive criticisms into mind, so future seasons are a little better presented.
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