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The Donna Reed Show: Season 5
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Originally airing on ABC-TV from 1958-1966, THE DONNA REED SHOW became one of the most popular family situation comedy series in television history during its eight season run. Starring Academy Awardr-winning actress DONNA REED (From Here To Eternity, It's A Wonderful Life) as homemaker Donna Stone, CARL BETZ as her pediatrician husband Alex, SHELLEY FABARES as daughter Mary and PAUL PETERSEN as son Jeff, THE DONNA REED SHOW is a humorous and heartwarming slice of Americana that earned a legion of new fans in reruns on Nick At Nite and TV Land. PATTY PETERSEN, Paul's sister in real-life, joins the cast in the fourth season as newly adopted daughter Trisha. THE DONNA REED SHOW SEASON 5 debuts on DVD with all 34 episodes complete and digitally remastered. Among the guest stars are Harvey Korman, Bob Crane, Harold Gould, Jimmy Hawkins, Don Drysdale, Paul Winchell, Jim Davis, Janet Langard, James Stacy, Hayden Rorke and Richard Deacon. Includes the hit songs My Dad by Paul Petersen and Big Star by Shelley Fabares!
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ABC executives replaced daughter Mary Stone with a new little daughter for Alex and Donna- Trisha. Trisha is an orphan who follows the Stone family home from the park, where she watches them and decides she wants to be a part of their family. Trisha's Uncle can see how much the Stone's love his niece, and let's them legally adopt her. Trisha is real life sister to Paul Petersen- Patty Petersen. In the 60's, I recall seeing these shows as a little girl, and couldn't help but wonder what are the odds of the Stone family finding a new daughter who is the spitting image of their son Jeff. When I got older and found out they were real life brother and sister, I knew I already knew that as a little girl, as what are the odds of finding a girl who looks more like son Jeff than his own sister Mary? That part of the show was always something to think about as a viewer back then. Daughter Mary (Shelley Fabares) still made a few shows this season, so she wasn't completely missed, and new daughter Trisha was so popular, she continued on until the last Season 8.
Besides a new contract and new daughter for The Donna Reed Show in 1963, the Stone family get new next door neighbors as well. Alex's colleague Dr. Dave Kelsey and his wife Midge find living with in-laws is too suffocating and buy the house next door to the Stone's. Dr. Dave Kelsey played by Bob Crane would be their neighbor until he got his own show Hogan's Heroes in 1965, remaining with the show through seasons 6 and 7. His wife Midge, played by Ann McCrea, would become Donna's best friend, and Midge would remain with the show until the end through season 8, even with the absence of husband Dr. Dave missing in the last season. With new neighbors Dr. Dave Kelsey and wife Midge, a new adopted daughter Trisha, a new contract for Donna Reed and college daughter Mary still in a few episodes, new life came into the show this Season 5 and it's popularity was as high as ever. On March 5, 1963, Donna Reed was awarded The Golden Globe Award for The Best TV Star- Female, showing that ABC executives were right in knowing to talk Donna Reed into not ending the show this season 5 and to go on yet another 3 seasons.
The show as always, had some great guest stars this season, featuring Harvey Korman, Candy Moore, Paul Winchell, Tony Owen Jr. (Donna Reed's real life son), Bob Crane, Doodles Weaver, Ann McCrea, Don Drysdale and wife Ginger Drysdale and more. In Episode 6, My Dad, son Jeff sings his hit song to dad Alex titled My Dad. This song was a hit, not on the level as Shelley Fabares' mega hit from last Season 4 Johnny Angel, but Paul Petersen fans loved it, and you will too! Shelley Fabares also sings her B-Side song BIG STAR (A-Side was her Colpix hit TELEPHONE-Won't You Ring?)in Episode 9 titled Big Star. As always, MPI, who include fantastic extra's get a HUGE THANK YOU!, as does the Estate Of Donna Reed, and her wonderful daughter Mary Owen and son Tony Owen Jr., who work tirelessly to get the rights to their mother's shows and put them on dvd for us fans. THANK YOU A MILLION MPI and especially Donna's children!!! This Season 5's Extra Bonus features are worth their weight in gold- NEW conversations with Paul and sister Patty Petersen!!!! You will not want to miss the wonderful stories Paul and Patty tell of working with the cast and crew of this season!!! I hope we get to hear more from Paul, Shelley (was on an earlier season talking with Paul) and Patty on future dvd's!!! Their stories are just wonderful and heartwarming!(And I'm keeping all my fingers crossed for the Estate Of Donna Reed to acquire the rights to give us fans the remainder of the shows Seasons 6, 7 and 8!)
Here are the episodes from Season 5:
01.) 09/20/1962 MISTER NICE GUY- Donna is suspicious of Jeff's too nice act.
02.) 09/27/1962 MRS. STONE AND DOCTOR HYDE- Donna fills in as Alex's nurse and sees another side of him.
03.) 10/04/1962 TO BE A BOY- Jeff decides on using his money for dating or boat building.
04.) 10/11/1962 WHO NEEDS GLASSES?- Jeff finds glasses give distinction. (Harvey Korman, Candy Moore guest)
05.) 10/18/1962 MARY, MARY QUITE CONTRARY- Mary moves away to a college dorm.
06.) 10/25/1962 MY DAD- Jeff pays tribute to his dad with a song.
07.) 11/01/1962 FINE FEATHERS- Jeff thinks he found a rare bird. (Harvey Korman guests)
08.) 11/08/1962 REBEL WITH A CAUSE- Donna rebels about being a typical housewife.
09.) 11/15/1962 BIG STAR- Mary helps friend Clay overcome shyness.
10.) 11/22/1962 MAN TO MAN- Is Jeff camping with Dad to be with Dad or a girl?
11.) 11/29/1962 THE BABY BUGGY- Appreciation is shown for a lifelong obstetrician in the community- Dr. Harriet Robey.
12.) 12/06/1962 THE MAKEOVER MAN- Mary plays Professor Higgins to a male Eliza Doolittle.
13.) 12/13/1962 THE WINNING TICKET- Jeff finds a raffle ticket that wins a car.
14.) 12/20/1962 THE SOFT TOUCH- Alex and Jeff need their loans repaid.
15.) 12/27/1962 JEFF STANDS ALONE- Jeff tries to find out if there is such a thing as a free life.
16.) 01/03/1963 JUST A LITTLE WEDDING- Mary's friend Marsha wants a small wedding, but her mother has other ideas.
17.) 01/10/1963 A WOMAN'S PLACE- Alex is against Donna running for city council.
18.) 01/17/1963 THE CHINESE HORSE- Mystery surrounds Donna buying a statue. (Paul Winchell guests)
19.) 01/24/1963 THE NEW LOOK- Mary wants to change her pristine image.
20.) 01/31/1963 A WAY OF HER OWN- Orphan Trisha wants to be a part of the Stone Family. (Patty Petersen debuts)
21.) 02/07/1963 THREE IS A FAMILY- Mary finds out what being a big sister is.
22.) 02/14/1963 BIG SIXTEEN- Jeff celebrates his birthday fighting with his girlfriend.
23.) 02/21/1963 PIONEER WOMAN- Donna roughs it camping. (Tony Owen Jr.-Donna's real life son guests)
24.) 02/28/1963 THE HOUSE ON THE HILL- Donna pays a visit to a woman living in a creepy old mansion.
25.) 03/07/1963 WHERE THE STONES ARE- Mary doesn't know her parents are chaperoning her on spring break.
26.) 03/14/1963 THE TWO DOCTOR'S STONE- Dr. Kelsey convinces Donna that Trisha's eating bananas doesn't mean she's sick. (Bob Crane debuts)
27.) 03/21/1963 EVERYWHERE THAT MARY GOES- Mary must shake a boy who attaches himself to her at college.
28.) 03/28/1963 THE HANDY MAN- Donna helps a handy man and ice cream man switch jobs. (Doodles Weaver guests)
29.) 04/04/1963 FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS- Alex's colleague Dr. Kelsey and wife move next door. (Bob Crane, Ann McCrea guest)
30.) 04/11/1963 BOYS AND GIRLS- Jeff's and Mary's dates would rather date each other.
31.) 04/18/1963 ALL THOSE DREAMS- When Jeff visits Chicago, he hopes to interview Don Drysdale. (Don Drysdale, Ginger Drysdale, Paul Winchell guest)
32.) 04/25/1963 ALL WOMEN ARE DANGEROUS- Jeff must choose between 2 girls to take to the dance.
33.) 05/02/1963 THE BIG WHEEL- Mary is upset that Jeff's broken down bus in the yard will ruin her party.
34.) 05/09/1963 DAY OF THE HERO- When Jeff is nominated for Senior Class President, popular and prettier Dolores wants to replace Jeff's prom date Rosemary.
Positives: I liked Jeff's maturing role as he moves from little boy antics to trying to figure out the complexities of high school romance and other teen troubles. In this season Paul Petersen's (Jeff Stone) real life sister 8 year old Patricia joins the Stone family as their adopted daughter Trisha. (Those who have been through adoption will be waiting for the adoption process to play out, but it doesn't. Trisha is adopted in one episode without any sign of paperwork! (: Still a cute addition.) Trisha disappears for a few episodes and plays more of a background part overall but still adds something to the family.
Negatives: My only disappointment in this season is Mary's character. For a girl going off to college she seemed to be more immature than the previous season. And her somewhat snotty big sister attitude seems even worse now that Jeff's character is more mature.
Additional information: This season does include 2 songs "My Dad" by Paul Petersen and "Big Star" by Shelley Fabares. There are also guest appears by: Harvey Korman, Bob Crane, Harold Gould, Jimmy Hawkins, Don Drysdale, Paul Winchell, Jim Davis, James Stacey, Hayden Rorke, Janet Langard, and Richard Deacon
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