The Donna Reed Show/The Wide Open Spaces

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The Wide Open Spaces
Season 4, Episode 25
Airdate March 8, 1962
Written by Sumner Long
Directed by Jeffrey Hayden
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Guest Stars: Jimmy Hawkins (Jimmy), Stephen Barringer (Steve), Leslie Barringer (Les), William Windom (David), Patricia Breslin (Millie)


Plot Overview

This episode introduced the Stones' neighbors who were packing up and moving to the country to escape the "rat-race" in the city and was meant to be a spin-off pilot.



The Show

This episode was to be a fish-out-of-water situation comedy to replace the Donna Reed Show because Donna had announced her intentions to retire from television. The new series was to be produced by her then husband, Rudy Abel. The concept of a city family of "normal" city folks struggling in the country was taken over by "Green Acres" and a bigger cast by a competitive studio when Donna decided not to retire.