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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

Mark Hamill was in a one-car accident in January of 1977. He had severe facial injuries, and his scars were still visible two years later, while filming Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). 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 »

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Referenced in Awake: Kate Is Enough (2012) See more »

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Excellent family show that stands the test of time.
29 April 2014 | by lakesgirl2See all my reviews

I loved Eight is Enough growing up. Age wise, I was in between Tommy and Nicholas, so I enjoyed those two the most. Plus, I think they had more story lines given to them than the others. I think there were just too many girls for any of them to stand out to me and David was way too old for me to relate to.

I liked the balance of drama and comedy. I could be laughing about one part of the show and crying about another part. I believe the death of the mother (Joan) set this show apart from the other big family shows (The Waltons, The Brady Bunch). They dealt with it pretty realistically. And when Abby joined the family, the kids continued to call her Abby instead of mom, which was much more believable. Ironically, Abby became my favorite character and I think Betty Buckley was the best actor in the bunch. But I enjoyed pretty much every Bradford and loved their big family scenes the most.

Eight is Enough was an excellent family show that still stands the test of time.


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