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Series filming begins

July 14, 1958 - Filming begins on The Donna Reed Show.

Donna Reed came to series television at the end of the golden age. According to Jay Fultz, author of In Search of Donna Reed, filming began on the soundstage that had been used for the "New Congress Club, the pseudo-bordello in From Here to Eternity." Millions of viewers who became familiar with the interior of the Stone house have recognized pieces of it from other sitcoms. Screen Gems productions shared basically the same layout, and changes - a window here, a door there - had to be negotiated.

Watch the first episode filmed, “Change Partners and Dance”, which aired as Season 1, Episode 8.


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