This show was one of the most sugarcoated series of the 1970's. Not only did it rise beyond the Nielsen ratings,but also launched a mega superstar during the bubblegum era of family oriented shows.
The Partridge Family was that show. This show went toe to toe with its competitors at the time,The Brady Bunch,which were on the same network, both shows were on different time slots(one came on Friday Nights,and the other was shown on Saturday nights at the 8:00 hour),had a array of special guest stars and went off the air the same year,1974 with the exception that "The Brady Bunch" premiered a year before this show did and it was also was the competition to not only for family viewing but for bragging rights at the height of the groovy-bubblegum decade of family oriented shows of the late 1960's and early 1970's. The show made its debut on ABC-TV in September of 1970 and from there the show itself was in the top-ten of the Nielsens for its first two seasons(1970-1972). The show ended its run after four seasons in September of 1974.
The show was inspired by another family oriented musical group,"The Cowsills"(remember them from back in the day?)whom this show was based upon and was produced by the same individuals whom were behind the hit shows like "Bewitched","The Flying Nun","I Dream Of Jeannie",and so forth,under the eyes of executive producers Harry Ackerman and Bob Claver.
As far as the characters were concerned,this show has it all and then some as the family went through the day to day activities of a normal family life as musicians,but first off,the characters...............
For one,you had the ring leader and the mother Shirley Partridge(played by Broadway sensation and Oscar winning actress Shirley Jones) who was not only the head of the household but also acted as the mother and road manager.
Then,you had Keith(David Cassidy),who was the lead singer of the group,and the heartthrob of young women everywhere who were constantly following him around everywhere he went,and he was just that...the hottie every girl wanted!!!! By the way,it was Keith that was bringing in the family business,and soaring record sales and every pop-charting Billboard hit during the 1970's! Oh yes,The Partridge Family had several top-ten hits that went straight to Number One on the Billboard charts during the early part of the 1970's.
Also,you had Laurie(Susan Dey),Keith's kid sister who was just as sweet and innocent as she can be but held her own within the family business. Notice in some of the episodes that Susan Dey's talents went beyond her acting abilities as well,since she had a great singing voice too!
Then,you had Danny(Danny Bonaduce),Keith's younger brother,who was a constant pain in the neck in some of the episodes and one of the most annoyingest characters in the series....believe me,watch some of the episodes and you see why this kid didn't know the meaning of stay out of grown folks business and for once just shut up....Danny had a smart mouth too,every time and didn't know when to just shut-up when around grown folks,especially if it meant adult affairs,which meant if grown folks are talking,Danny,stay out of the way.There was one episode,where Danny said the wrong thing at the wrong time especially when it dealt with important matters pertaining to family issues and of course guests that would come by the house for visits,and Mrs. Partridge didn't do anything to keep him quiet? This kid was a total nuisance! The 70's version of Dennis The Menace! I wish there were times when she would just smack him across the mouth for being so disrespectful and close his smart-mouth,which most of the time got him into some very serious trouble....watch the episodes!!!
Then,you had the man who does the bookings for the group and more,and has the hots for Mrs. Partridge,Reuben(Dave Madden),who keeps Danny in line most of the time and the rest of the crew,and finally you had the two cute ones,who in some of the segments were so out of space they didn't know what to do.
As for the musical numbers,they were memorable and nowadays some of the Partridge songs are considered standard classics and these days you can hear them on several oldies stations,especially if they play them constantly...songs like,"Hey,I think I love you",and so forth were one of the groups biggest hits. The songs they have were million sellers and launched the musical career of David Cassidy,whom after his associated with the Partridge Family,went solo and from there self-destruct himself into an abyss of mayhem after the series was over...the same can be said for actor Danny Bonaduce too who was out of control,and almost destroyed his career after the show went off the air. Susan Dey went on to become a brilliant actress and went on to star in several TV series...including L.A. Law. This was the only actress from the series that kept her head career path straight and didn't end up like the others.
Whatever happened to Dave Madden? That is a mystery to this day.
The sitcom also launched a sorry animated cartoon("The Space Partridges",which was produced by Hanna-Barbera),and a variety hour series which lasted one season and from there the Partridge's were never heard from since. Worth seeing if it ever comes on Nick-At-Nite or TV Land. Believe me,it is worth seeing the lamest of the 70's era of family oriented shows.
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