Follows the Camden family as the minister father and stay-at-home mother deal with the drama of having seven children, ranging from toddlers to adults with families of their own.


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Series cast summary:
 Rev. Eric Camden (243 episodes, 1996-2007)
 Annie Camden (243 episodes, 1996-2007)
 Lucy Camden (243 episodes, 1996-2007)
 Happy (243 episodes, 1996-2007)
 Ruthie Camden (237 episodes, 1996-2007)
 Simon Camden (197 episodes, 1996-2006)
 Matt Camden (155 episodes, 1996-2006)
Lorenzo Brino ...
 Sam Camden / ... (139 episodes, 1999-2007)
 David Camden (138 episodes, 1999-2007)
 Mary Camden (136 episodes, 1996-2006)
 Kevin Kinkirk (114 episodes, 2002-2007)


This weekly television series follows the Camden family as the minister father and stay-at-home mother deal with the drama of having seven children, ranging from toddlers to adults with families of their own. The friends, neighbors, and love interests of the various members of the family weigh heavily on the plot of the series, which seeks to address a real-life issue with each episode. Written by

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There's a place only family can take you... See more »


Drama | Family | Romance


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26 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

7th Heaven: Beginnings  »

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Series creator Brenda Hampton came up with the idea of "7th Heaven" in a short amount of time. The idea of a drama about a functional family was her best story pitch when her agent scheduled a meeting with Aaron Spelling even though she was still a staff writer for "Mad About You." She merely only wanted to meet Aaron Spelling at the time as he had a great reputation and track record in Hollywood. She wasn't expecting too much on her first try when pitching the idea. The first meeting on the idea about a functional family in the late 90s with traditional family values went very well over Aaron Spelling and "7th Heaven" was born. See more »


Lucy Camden: I swear, you guys gossip more than old ladies.
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Laughably bad, yet oddly mesmerizing
19 October 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This series has all the qualities that should go into a horrid sitcom. The acting is beneath sub-par--with kids who were clearly picked more for their "look" than their acting abilities. The writing is so syrupy and pedestrian as to make "Martha Stewart's Living" look edgy and sophisticated by comparison. And the production quality looks like that of a 5th-rate syndicated show from 1987.

And, yet there is something oddly mesmerizing about this show. Maybe it's Aaron Spelling's knack for populating a world with such pretty people with such simple, easily solved problems. Maybe it's part of a secret desire to live in such an uncomplicated world where good guys are soapy pure and every house has a picket fence. Or maybe I just like to ogle Jessica Biel.

But what I really think is so appealing about this show is its camp value. Like a really cheesy B-horror film, 7th Heaven is at its best when it's at it worst. The hokier the story-line, the worse the acting; the more you have to laugh at it. It's like a train-wreck that you HAVE to watch--to find out who will introduce the next groan-inducing plot point, who will utter the next over-rehearsed bit of "spontaneous" dialogue, or what guest star has sunk so low this week.

7th Heaven is must-see TV, if for nothing else than watching desperate sup-par directors' constant cutaways to the family dog (to cover bad edits and, presumably, even worse dialogue). And the great thing is, the dog is actually a better actor than most of the kids on the show.

So, check it out. Get some popcorn, and have a good laugh.

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