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Eight Is Enough 

This comedy drama focused on a family with eight very independent children.

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William Blinn
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1981   1980   1979   1978   1977  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Dick Van Patten ...  Tom Bradford 112 episodes, 1977-1981
Lani O'Grady ...  Mary Bradford 112 episodes, 1977-1981
Connie Needham ...  Elizabeth Bradford 112 episodes, 1977-1981
Susan Richardson ...  Susan Bradford / ... 112 episodes, 1977-1981
Adam Rich ...  Nicholas Bradford 112 episodes, 1977-1981
Laurie Walters ...  Joannie Bradford 112 episodes, 1977-1981
Grant Goodeve ...  David Bradford 111 episodes, 1977-1981
Dianne Kay ...  Nancy Bradford 111 episodes, 1977-1981
Willie Aames ...  Tommy Bradford 109 episodes, 1977-1981
Betty Buckley ...  Abby Bradford / ... 102 episodes, 1977-1981
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Storyline

The sometimes-comic, sometimes-dramatic exploits of the Bradford family, father Tom (a columnist for a Sacramento, California newspaper), mother Joan and their eight children: Mary, David, Joanie, Nancy, Elizabeth, Susan, Tommy, and Nicholas. After Joan's death, Tom met teacher Abby, and they were married to make the family feel complete again. The kids all had friends and relationships as well, turning the Bradford Bunch into a free-for-all of loved ones and family members. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Warm New Family Comedy! From the Producers of "The Waltons"

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eight Is Enough See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Mary attended the University of California at Berkeley for her medical training. See more »

Alternate Versions

Originally, Diana Hyland was credited for appearing in ALL 9 shows from season 1. She missed half of them, due to her illness, which eventually claimed her life. In half of those shows, there were originally scenes where they explained her absence, and even voice-overs from Hyland as Joan on the phone with Tom Bradford. During the summer reruns, Lorimar aired only the shows she did not appear in. Lorimar decided to go back and reedit the shows she did not appear in, remove her credit, and all scenes featuring said phone calls and voice-overs. These are the versions of those season 1 shows that have been in use ever since. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 7th Heaven: Seven Is Enough (1997) See more »

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What is with these credits?
27 August 2006 | by beegeebrightSee all my reviews

What is with these credits? They don't contain all of the family members, and the few that are there are buried in this monstrous list and the stars such as Dick Van Patten are listed as having appeared in only one episode! Are they serious? I also agree with the comment that Betty Buckley's character would NEVER have been called "Abby", no one picks up a nickname AFTER they have been married and THAT name derived from the name of their husband, surely her husband might have been called "Abe" or some such thing short for Abbott, but the only way she would have been called "Abby" is if HER maiden name had been Abbott. I was also, as someone else said baffled by why they did not just replace Diana Hyland, that whole year of courtship was awkward and stupid and the show was all about the kids anyway. Those were the stories we wanted to follow. I enjoyed the show tremendously. I had just had my second child in 1977 and knew for a fact that it was impossible that anyone could ever have eight children and live, two were killing me, so I guess in a way, it gave me hope that I might just make it with two...


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