The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966)
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The Wide Open Spaces 

This episode was a back door pilot that introduced the Stones' neighbors, the Adams, whom Donna and Dr. Alex Stone pay a visit after the family moved from Hilldale to a farm in the country ... See full summary »

Director:

Jeffrey Hayden

Writers:

Sumner Arthur Long (as Sumner Long), William Roberts (creator)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Donna Reed ... Donna Stone
Carl Betz ... Dr. Alex Stone
Shelley Fabares ... Mary Stone
Paul Petersen ... Jeff Stone
Jimmy Hawkins ... Jimmy
Steven Barringer Steven Barringer ... Steve (as Stephen Barringer)
Leslie Barringer Leslie Barringer ... Les
William Windom ... David
Patricia Breslin ... Millie
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This episode was a back door pilot that introduced the Stones' neighbors, the Adams, whom Donna and Dr. Alex Stone pay a visit after the family moved from Hilldale to a farm in the country to escape the rigors of living in the city. The episode stars William Windom ("The Farmer's Daughter") as David Adams and Patricia Breslin ("I Saw What You Did") as Millie Adams, David's long suffering wife who loathed life on a farm. Two juvenile brothers from Canada, Steve Barringer and his little brother Leslie, starred as the couple's two sons. The new series was to be a fish-out-of-water situation comedy to replace The Donna Reed Show after Reed had announced her intentions to retire from television. The new series was produced by Reed's then husband, Tony Owen, who also produced The Donna Reed Show. The episodes was not picked up as a series after Reed decided to not to retire and The Donna Reed Show continued to air for four additional seasons. The concept of city folk moving to the country ... Written by Steve Barringer

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

TV-G
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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1962 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Todon, Screen Gems See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

"Jimmy" played by Jimmy Hawkins also plays "Scotty", a love interest to Mary in a recurring role in the series. Jimmy Hawkins also played "Tommy" the youngest child in "It's A Wonderful Life" with Donna Reed who played his mother. See more »

Goofs

A dark spotted chicken named Gertude is a pet of the kids out in the farmyard, but later when a solid white chicken horns in on a meal in the dining room, she's called Gertrude, too. See more »

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