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The Partridge Family (TV Series 1970–1974) Poster

(1970–1974)

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The Partridge Bus was painted in a style inspired by the geometric paintings of Piet Mondrian.
Susan Dey had a huge crush on David Cassidy during the entire run of the series.
The house in which the Partridges reside was a combination of a studio set for the interiors and an exterior facade on the back lot at Warner Brothers "Ranch" complex in Burbank. The exterior house was also used as Mrs Kravitz house in the TV series "Bewitched" (1964),. During the first season of the "Partridge Family" and the last season of "Bewitched", both shows used the same exterior of the house as the residence for their respective characters. The house was also seen in the movie "Pleasantville" (1998) as Margaret's house and the TV series "Life Goes On" (1989) as the residence of the Thacher family. Over the years it has been remodeled and painted different colors but is still recognizable - the front step and the shape of the roof are giveaways.
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.
During the original run of the series, all eight LPs released by The Partridge Family had paper-themed titles. In release order, they referred to a photo album, a calendar, a magazine, a Christmas card, a shopping bag, a notebook, a crossword puzzle and a bulletin board.
Rick Springfield was slated to replace an exhausted David Cassidy as Keith Partridge had the show continued after the 4th season.
Originally, the show was to star the real life musical family The Cowsills. However, they backed out when the producers decided to have Shirley Jones take over the role of the mother from the group's actual matriarch, Barbara Cowsill.
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According to Shirley Jones, "Laurie, Danny, Tracy and both Chrises" (actors Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce, Suzanne Crough, Jeremy Gelbwaks and Brian Forster) were actually given the chance to enter a recording studio, and sing and play for themselves. They weren't good enough.
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During the filming of the pilot and a few early episodes, Susan Dey had to live with a guardian until she turned 18 in December, 1970.
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Interestingly, despite the fact that they were a fictitious group, the Partridge Family was nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy Award for 1970, which was won by The Carpenters.
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The actual singers for the Partridge Family are: Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, John Bahler, Tom Bähler, Jackie Ward, and Ron Hicklin.
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Several songs credited to the Partridge Family actually charted. In fact the very first single, "I Think I Love You" went to number-one and sold over 4 million copies. Other hits included "I'll Meet You Halfway", "Doesn't Someone Want to Be Wanted" and "I Woke Up in Love This Morning".
Reuben had an airline stewardess girlfriend named Bonnie Kleinschmidt (played by Elaine Giftos) who was often mentioned and appeared on a couple of occasions.
Jeremy Gelbwaks was forced to leave after the first season when his father's job took the family out of California; he was replaced by Brian Forster. According to Bernard Slade, ABC did not receive a single letter of complaint about the change.
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During the first season, the theme song had a different arrangement, different lyrics and even a different title, "When We're Singing". However, during the second season the more familiar arrangement of the theme song with the more familiar title "Come On Get Happy" was used and remained the theme song throughout the run of the show.
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Danny Bonaduce revealed years later that during the run of the series, many people actually thought the kids played their own instruments and thought that they should perform live. However, the only member of the cast to actually tour and perform was David Cassidy who at the time had a successful singing career in the USA and UK.
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The exterior of the Partridge house is the same exterior used in "Bewitched", "The Donna Reed Show", and "Til Death".
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The character Ricky was added during the final season as it was felt a new younger child among the cast would add a boost to the ratings. Due to the popularity of the Jackson Five, Michael in particular, producers considered casting an African American Child for the part of Ricky.
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The character Danny Partridge was ranked #6 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 10 Biggest Brats" (27 March 2005 issue).
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David Cassidy is actually playing guitar in the first episode as the kids go through their sound check.
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The Partridges had a dog named Simone in the first season. However, it was gone after the first few appearances of the second season.
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The name of Shirley's late husband was never mentioned throughout the run of the series.
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In many of the early episodes, Shirley Jones would provide narration. However, after a couple of episodes the narration was dropped.
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The Patti Partridge doll was first introduced on "Dora, Dora, Dora". Tracy, was shielding the doll's ears with her fingers to block out Dora's off-key warbling. The doll, although seen occasionally on several episodes before, was never seen again. According to star Suzanne Crough, she keeps the doll in her own personal collection.
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Reuben had a nephew named Alan who was seen in one episode. He was going to be the Partridges' assistant manager; however, he wound up being a stand up comedian.
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"I Think I Love You" was recorded on 11 May 1970 at Western Recorders in Hollywood. Produced by Wes Farrell, and arranged by Billy Strange, the vocals were performed by David Cassidy, Shirley Jones, Ron Hicklin, Stan Farber, Jackie Ward, Tom Bähler, and John Bahler. The harpsichord solo was played by Larry Knechtel.
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Another interesting fact about the relationship between Shirley Jones and David Cassidy is that besides the fact that they were stepmother and stepson, Jones was only 16 years older than Cassidy.
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One episode during the first season served as the pilot for the short lived Bobby Sherman series Getting Together (1971).
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The occasional roles of Shirley's parent's Fred and Amanda Renfrew were played by Ray Bolger and Rosemary DeCamp. However, during the final season, the role of Grandpa Renfrew was taken over by Jackie Coogan and his name, with no explanation, was changed to Walter.
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The series was based on the real-life family group, The Cowsills. The children were interviewed by the producers, but it was decided that they were too old to play the parts as written for the TV series.
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Prior to getting the role of Shirley Partridge, Shirley Jones was one of the original choices to play Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch (1969). However, Jones refused the role because, as she put it, she didn't want to be known for "pulling a pot roast out of the oven every week" and at least with the role of Shirley Partridge she would be portraying a working mother, which Carol was not. Interestingly, both shows ran back to back with each other on ABC's classic early 1970's Friday night line up.
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The name of the Partridge's home town was San Pueblo, California.
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According to the 1970 TV Guide Fall Preview issue, the name of Shirley Jones' character was supposed to be Connie Partridge.
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Ruben's middle name, is Clarence.
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Besides the singles, several albums credited to the Partridge Family also hit the charts, the highest charting of which was "The Partridge Family Christmas Card", which went to #1 on the Billboard charts in 1971.
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In a few of the early episodes David Cassidy didn't sing. He actually lip synched another to another singer's voice in a couple of episodes.
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Along with Room 222 (1969), The Brady Bunch (1969), The F.B.I. (1965), Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (1971) and Here's Lucy (1968), it was one of the 6 shows to be canceled in 1974, but due to low ratings and of David Cassidy growing tired of his role.
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Shirley Jones was the first one cast for the show.
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Companies, especially Sony, were making a fortune off of David Cassidy and his image, and his contract didn't require them to pay him any royalties or even ask his permission. Even girls who paid money to join the David Cassidy fan club had no idea that their allowances were lining the pockets of people he didn't know or authorize to use his name. He was only able to change the terms of his contract when his manager realized that he'd been 19 when he signed. The legal age back then was 21, thus making his initial contract null and void. His manager was finally able to renegotiate and give him a piece of the action as well as a new weekly salary reflective of his star status. Initially, David Cassidy was only earning a flat salary of $600 per week.
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Danny Bonaduce would often struggle with his lines, especially during the script readings. It turned out that he was dyslexic. However, he also had a photographic memory, in which case, he would memorize his own lines as well as everyone else's. He stated that this would often get him on the bad side of his fellow cast members when he would correct them or state their lines for them when they couldn't remember.
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David Cassidy stated that when they recorded his voice during songs, they would record it at a quarter of a tone lower, and then play it back by raising it a quarter of a tone, thus making his voice sound higher than it really was.
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When David Cassidy announced that he was leaving the show due to exhaustion, the producers came up with two different ideas to replace him. One was to have Rick Springfield take over the role and another was to have Wesley Eure introduced as a next door neighbor who sang and replace Keith in the group.
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