Show Business: The Folks at Home

Week after week, the ratings of Robert Young's Emmy-winning show, Father Knows Best, demonstrated that father really does. So it was sure as apple pie that other members of the family would gather at the festive board. Already lined up this season: one homey fracas in which mom knows best, another in which grandpa takes over the Socratic chores. ¶Donna Reed (ABC, Wed., 9-9:30 p.m.), mother of two, wife of a doctor, is an inoffensive archetype of the mythical figure whose chuckleheadedness is just a cheery wrapper around an infallible intuitive wisdom. In time for the final embrace, she usually...