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The Donna Reed Show 5 Seasons

America's favorite family is back with the complete Second Season! Relive precious memories with the Stone family from the critically acclaimed TV show from the '50s and '60s with Donna and her husband, Alex (Carl Betz), and kids Jeff (Paul Petersen) and Mary (Shelley Fabares). Included in Season 2 are memorable episodes like "All Mothers Worry," featuring the LA Rams football team and "The Career Woman," with special guest star Esther Williams.

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1. That's Show Business

Kenny, a short, shy boy who stutters, wants to drop out of the school show. To improve his confidence, Mary gives him a "lucky" penny, and convinces him to stay in the show. But Mary is miserable now that she is partnered with the shorter Kenny in a dance number, so she convinces him to wear shoes with lifts with disasterous results.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: September 24, 1959
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2. Sleep No More, My Lady

Donna is too excited to sleep because Alex is giving a speech at a convention. While trying to sleep on the plane Alex gives Donna a tranquilizer to help her sleep.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: October 1, 1959
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3. A Penny Earned

Donna has trouble deciding whether or not buy a new dress.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: October 8, 1959
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4. A Friend Indeed

Jeff's 'friend' Doug keeps getting him into trouble at school, and Jeff silently takes the blame for him because he knows Doug's mother constantly picks on him and wonders why he can't be more like Jeff, who behaves like an innocent cherub at their house. One day when Dr. Alex is at Doug's house, he witnesses Doug's mother berating Doug unfairly, so Donna invites Doug's mother over just before Mary and Jeff get home from school so she can be there to see Jeff's behavior at home. Doug's mother learns that Jeff is obnoxious to his sister, loud, and unruly at home (just like any other adolescent boy) and all ends well when Doug arrives and his mother sees that he too, is just like any other boy, but knows when to be polite in somebody else's house.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: October 15, 1959
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5. The First Child

Alex must contend with overly anxious new parents who constantly call him in a state of panic, thinking that there is something wrong with their baby.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: October 22, 1959
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6. Going Steady

Mary wants to meet a boy, so she talks Jeff into going to his kid sister's party.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: October 29, 1959
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7. The Neighborly Gesture

Alex is hurt that Jeff likes the new neighbor.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: November 5, 1959
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8. Nothing Like a Good Book

Donna mistakenly accepts an invitation to 'culture vulture' Lydia Langley's cocktail party, at which Lydia mentions that she also conducts a book discussion group. She goads Donna into joining it and then reporting on Tolstoy's "War and Peace" at her first meeting. Donna then attempts to immerse the whole family in culture, by buying Jeff a Dickens book, Mary a Tchaikovsky record, and a copy of Tolstoy's epic for her and Alex to read together. She then tries to read the lengthy novel in a week...

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: November 12, 1959
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9. Flowers for the Teacher

Jeff's class has a new teacher, Miss McGuinness. The boys in particular complain that she is too strict, so Donna meets with the new teacher to get matters settled.

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: November 19, 1959
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10. All Mothers Worry

Jeff's friend, Phillip, has a problem. He wants to play football, but his mother is over-protective and won't let him.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: November 26, 1959
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11. Jeff Joins a Club

Jeff finds out the reason why he wasn't made a member of a club: He is friends with a boy no one else likes.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: December 3, 1959
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12. The Punishment

Dilemma in the Stone household: How to discipline the children without having Donna look like a villian by meting out the punishments, or having Donna look like a squealer when Alex does .

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: December 10, 1959
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13. Difference of Opinion

Donna gets cornered into accepting an invitation from a couple that neither she nor Alex really care for. Alex refuses to go, sparking an argument that they try to keep quiet from the children.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: December 17, 1959
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14. The Homecoming Dance

To ease their minds about Mary having a blind date with a college man, Donna and Alex chaperone at Homecoming.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: December 24, 1959
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15. Lucky Girl

Lately all Donna has been hearing is how wonderful Alex is, and how lucky she is to be his wife. After a while this gets Donna to wondering if what people really mean is that Alex got the short end of the stick by marrying Donna.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: December 31, 1959
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16. Broken Spirit

Suddenly Jeff is acting like the model child. Donna thinks it is due to the scolding Alex gave him, but the truth is that Jeff feels responsible for an elderly neighbor's fall down the stairs.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: January 7, 1960
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17. The Secret

Mary gets an engagement ring and phone calls from Matt, a freshman at UCLA, but doesn't tell anyone in the family about the ring or why Matt is calling. So what's going on? As Donna says, "Alex, our daughter has a secret."

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: January 14, 1960
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18. The New Mother

Little David Barker is very excited. His father is getting married and he hopes this means he can leave military school and live in a real home, but things don't work out the way David thought they would.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: January 21, 1960
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19. Just a Housewife

The radio show "Housewives Corner" is broadcast from McClure's Market. Host Jerry Parker is asking the ladies if housewives find questions like "While baking an upside down cake, do you recommend standing on your head?" This presents an opportunity for Donna to defend homemakers like herself as being a bit more than "just a housewife"!

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: January 28, 1960
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20. The Free Soul

Alex's Uncle Dan takes a break from traveling all over the world. Jeff likes the idea of going to Alaska, Saudi Arabia, Malaya, Australia, and doing whatever he wants, just like Uncle Dan. Jeff decides to join him. Will Donna and Alex allow him to go? Would you believe, yes?

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: February 4, 1960
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21. The First Quarrel

Donna gets involved in a couple's spat.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: February 11, 1960
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22. A Place to Go

Jeff and his friends get into trouble when they are discovered using an abandoned house as a hang-out. This prompts Donna and the other mothers to create a nice meeting place for the children.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: February 18, 1960
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23. A Night to Howl

Donna and Alex decide to shake up their daily routine by going out on the town...and on a Monday night, no less! Nothing works out the way they planned.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: February 25, 1960
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24. The Editorial

Jeff is named Editor of the school newspaper, and his first action is to write a negative editorial about homework.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: March 3, 1960
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25. The Gentle Dew

Alex lays down the law when Jeff and Mary slack off on their responsibilities at home and their schoolwork. Now Alex is furious when it appears that Mary didn't come home from a bowling date with Roger on time.

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: March 10, 1960
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26. The Fatal Leap

Alex's wild room-mate from college is getting married, and Alex is invited to the bachelor party. Donna doesn't like this idea at all.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: March 17, 1960
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27. Perfect Pitch

Donna makes Jeff take trumpet lessons when she discovers he has perfect pitch. Jeff would rather be on the track team.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: March 24, 1960
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28. Pickles for Charity

While Alex was the "belle of the ball" with his fantastic dancing at the Woman's Medical Auxiliary Dance, the dance cost more to produce than the income from ticket sales provided. Each member agrees to contribute $27 using her skills in moneymaking to make up the budget shortfall. Donna will sell 54 jars of her famous pickle recipe at fifty cents per jar and donate the money to the Auxiliary. Will Donna's plan work?

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: April 7, 1960
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29. Mary's Growing Pains

Mary becomes infatuated with a new intern at the hospital.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: April 14, 1960
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30. Alex Runs the House

Jeff is away at his grandparents' farm, and Donna misses him so much that Alex convinces her to join Jeff at the farm. Can Alex manage the household in Donna's absence?

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: April 21, 1960
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31. The Career Woman

Donna's old school mate, who has been a single career woman all these years, is now engaged to a doctor. She visits Donna to see what life is really like for a doctor's wife.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: April 28, 1960
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32. Jeff, the Financial Genius

Jeff gets involved in a series of trades with his friends in order to repay a debt.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: May 5, 1960
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33. Mary's Crusade

Mary vows not to go to the school dance unless Ellen has a date for the dance. Ellen is rather plain so Mary goes to work to transform Ellen into a glamorous young lady.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: May 12, 1960
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34. The First Time We Met

Donna and Alex have different stories about how they first met. Also Donna plays matchmaker to a new doctor in town and a pretty nurse at the hospital.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: May 19, 1960
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35. The Gossip

Donna tells Emily, the town gossip, that Kay Watson is having a baby. Then Donna learns from Alex that Kay is keeping it a secret so that she can stay working longer. Donna is crushed, knowing that she may have let Kay's secret out.

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: May 26, 1960
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36. Love's Sweet Awakening

Sixteen- year-old Petie is home from military school and visiting the Stone family. Petie and Mary have been friends for years, but seeing how beautiful Mary has become, he would now like to be more than just friends. As Alex puts it, "springtime has come to Petie!" How can Petie catch Mary's eye?

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: June 2, 1960
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37. The Wedding Present

Aunt Lettie is coming to visit, so Donna and Alex try to find the wedding present she gave them so she would be certain to see it. It would help if they could just remember what it was! And by the way, Alex, can Donna buy a $250 Porcelain Dresden figurine?

TV-G Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: June 10, 1960
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38. The Cool Cat

Jeff wants to keep a cat that followed him home, so can Harry the Cat stay? The Stone family will decide by using the democratic process.

TV-G Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 18, 1960
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By Tante Maren TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 6, 2009
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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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