The Donna Reed Show revolves around housewife Donna Stone (Donna Reed) and her family--husband Alex Stone (Carl Betz) a pediatrician, 14 year-old Mary (Shelley Fabares) and 11 year-old Jeff (Paul Petersen). The Stone family resides in the Midwestern town of Hilldale, Iowa. Mrs. Stone is always neatly-groomed, thoughtful and capable. Husband Alex is handsome, well-respected and sometimes ill-tempered. Mary is a typical teenage girl, pretty and popular and her brother Jeff is the average boy, rambunctious, and prefers sports to studies. Each episode revolves around the usual family dilemma, with Donna usually saving the day in her quiet, capable way.