The Partridge Family (1970–1974)

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 Shirley Renfrew Partridge (96 episodes, 1970-1974)
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 Keith Douglas Partridge (96 episodes, 1970-1974)
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 Laurie Partridge (96 episodes, 1970-1974)
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 Danny Partridge (96 episodes, 1970-1974)
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 Tracy Partridge (96 episodes, 1970-1974)
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 Reuben Kincaid / ... (96 episodes, 1970-1974)
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 Christopher 'Chris' Partridge (71 episodes, 1971-1974)
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Suburban widow Shirley and her kids tour the country in a wildly painted bus performing music as a family. Their agent Reuben hates kids, so Danny gives him a bad time. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Originally, the only cast member who was supposed to sing was Shirley Jones. However, after the producers heard David Cassidy's demos of the songs, they decided to let him sing as well. See more »

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Keith: ...I think the whole thing taught me a lesson.
Shirley Renfrew Partridge: What's that?
Keith: I don't know yet. But there must be a lesson in there somewhere for all this suffering.
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The voices and music of the Partridge Family were augmented by other performers. See more »

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Referenced in A Bug's Life (1998) See more »

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When We're Singin'
Music by Wes Farrell
Lyrics by Diane Hildebrand
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One of the best 70s sitcoms.
21 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Partridge Family premiered in 1970. Sure, it was sort of corny. But most TV shows back then were. It was a more innocent era then, and so was television. It revolved around the misadventures of a squeaky-clean, middle-class family, who decided to form a band and make records. It was based on the real-life rock-n-roll family, the Cowsills. David Cassidy, who was a teen heart-throb on the show, played the eldest brother, Keith Partridge. Laurie Partridge, played by Susan Dey, was his cover-girl-pretty younger sibling, and tended to annoy Keith on a frequent basis. His other siblings were cute, precocious-types, especially Danny Partridge (who was the 10-year-old financial wizard).

The family was headed by widow, and cool mom, Shirley Partridge (played by David Cassidy's real-life step-mom, Shirley Jones). The cast was rounded-out by their hapless Manager, Reuben Kincaid (played by rubber-faced comic Dave Madden), who always made a perfect comic-foil for Danny. The whole family sang and played instruments. They cut several albums during the course of the series, that spawned some hit singles. Their songs to me, were really quite good, especially if you like soft-rock and love ballads.

I could identify with the Partridge's suburban life-style, having grown-up in a solid middle-American, middle-class suburb myself. Some of the kids on the show were my age, and some were the same ages as my own siblings.

This show came on ABC on Friday night, following another family sitcom with several kids, the Brady Bunch. The Partridge Family even had many episodes that were so similar to some Brady Bunch episodes, they could only be called shameless rip-offs. Still, it was a gentle, family-oriented show, with good music and good acting by the cast. I always looked forward to Friday nights back then, just so I could enjoy the Partridge Family on TV.


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