The Partridge Family (1970–1974)
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A Partridge by Any Other Name 

When Danny is unable to find his birth certificate or pictures of himself as a baby, he is convinced that he is adopted and sets out to find his birth family.



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Episode cast overview:
Marty Burnes
Mike Young
Detective Harry Klein
Jim Connell ...
Mrs. Reinbolt
Sid McCoy ...
M. Young


When Danny is unable to find his birth certificate or pictures of himself as a baby, he is convinced that he is adopted and sets out to find his birth family.

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Comedy | Family | Music




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12 March 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is a variation of a quote from William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet:' "What's in a name? that which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet." See more »


When the family plays at the end of the episode at a local venue, it is clearly the same stage and performance from an earlier episode (S1, E15) when they were playing in Europe - the exact same clip was recycled. See more »


Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted
Music and Lyrics by Wes Farrell, Jim Cretecos & Mike Appel
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Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted
12 March 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"A Partridge By Any Other Name" deals with Danny's fears that he was adopted, since the group's latest promoter (Bernard Fox) has all the kids' birth certificates except for Danny's. He checks the hospital records, where the orderly (Jim Connell) finds dates for four Partridge offspring- all but Danny. Despite his mother insisting that he was born 40 miles away from home, Danny decides to go off in search of his real parents, a Mr. and Mrs. M. Young that had a boy on the same date as his birthday. A bittersweet storyline that many adolescents identified with, with Keith granted the best line: "he should know he's a Partridge, I mean, who in their right mind would ever adopt him?" Veteran character actress Renie Riano made her final appearance as the old family neighbor, best remembered as Nancy Drew's maid in the four feature Warners series starring Bonita Granville. The featured song is "Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted," composed by Wes Farrell, Mike Appel, and Jim Cretecos, issued as the second single Jan 1971 (two months before this broadcast), peaking at number 6 on the Billboard charts. Along with its B-side "You Are Always on My Mind," both were included on the Feb 1971 LP UP TO DATE (no further tracks on the series were taken from this album). We also hear for the fourth and last time "I Can Hear Your Heartbeat" (taken from THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY ALBUM), composed by the same three writers, the exact same footage previously seen in "Mom Drops Out."

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