The Donna Reed Show is an American sitcom which was created by Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Donna Reed and her former husband and producer, Tony Owen. It originally aired on September 24, 1958 and lasted until March 19, 1966. When it first aired, it didn’t do very well in terms of TV ratings. The show was eventually moved from Wednesday to Thursday nights. This did help attract more viewers, but it just not as many as they aimed to achieve. This show is about a housewife named Donna Stone and her family- her husband Alex, a pediatrician, and their two children: 14 year old Mary, and 11 year old Jeff. They were said to live in the Midwestern town of Hilldale.
Donna’s character symbolized the perfect American housewife and mother, and in a way, she changed the way women were portrayed in Hollywood. She was strong, assertive and independent, but was also loving, good-natured, and thoughtful. The story in the show usually revolved around common family problems and how the family was able to overcome them. Donna, being the main character, was usually the one who saved the day and came up with solutions to all of their problems.
Music Attracts A New Audience To The Show
The show continued to air with average TV ratings until the fourth season (episode 20) when they premiered a song called “Johnny Angel” by Shelley Fabares- a hit single that was number one on the Billboard 100 Chart, and sold more than 1 million copies.
Fortunately, that hit song brought in a whole new audience to the show, and renewed the hopes of the actors and producers of the show. Following up that fortune, they featured another song called “My Dad” by Paul Petersen. The song reached no. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.