In S1E14, Dean brings dinner over to Rory and Lorelai, who are watching tv. “What are we watching?” Dean asks. Lorelai replies, “The incomparable Donna Reed Show.”
The Donna Reed Show and the leading characters are mentioned many times throughout episode 14.
“The Donna Reed Show” is a sitcom that ran from 1958 to 1966. Donna Reed played housewife Donna Stone, married to pediatrician Alex Stone. Along with their two kids, Jeff and Mary, the Stones dealt with everyday problems typical of a mid-century American family. The show was noteworthy for having a female lead. It aimed to show the many roles and responsibilities of a housewife, while occasionally dealing with women’s rights issues. The character Donna Stone was an intelligent and happy nurse, mother, community volunteer, wife, and homemaker.