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Eight Is Enough (TV Series 1977–1981) Poster

(1977–1981)

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David Bradford was originally played by Mark Hamill, who appeared in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) the year this show began.
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The death of Diana Hyland during the production of the spring 1977 episodes forced major changes on the show. She had completed only four episodes as the mother of the family and was written out of the remainder as being "away." When the series returned with new episodes that fall, Tom Bradford had become a widower, his wife having died about "a year ago."
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Even though Mark Hamill didn't like the more comedic direction in which the show was heading, he decided to honor his commitment to the show. However, the night the pilot aired, he was involved in a serious auto accident where he sustained serious facial injuries and was forced to quit the show. Hamill has stated numerous times that the full extent of his injuries was only a broken nose.
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Based on the 1975 autobiographical account of newspaper editor and columnist Thomas Braden, who also served as co-host, with Pat Buchanan, of CNN's "Crossfire."
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In a 2000 interview on the E! True Hollywood Story, Dick Van Patten stated that no one called him to inform him of the show's cancellation. Instead, he read about it in a newspaper.
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Abby's first husband was killed in Vietnam.
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The character "Tom Bradford" was ranked number thirty-three in "TV Guide"'s list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (June 20, 2004 issue).
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Grant Goodeve portrayed David, who was the oldest of the Bradford children, but in reality, Susan Richardson (Susan), Laurie Walters (Joanie) and Dianne Kay (Nancy) were older than him.
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During the first couple of seasons, an instrumental version of the theme was played during the opening. However, in later seasons, lyrics were added and the theme was sung by Grant Goodeve, who played David.
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Mary attended the University of California at Berkeley for her medical training.
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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).
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Grant Goodeve suggested to the writers that David and Janet get divorced because he felt his character wasn't being featured often enough in storylines.
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The kids, from oldest to youngest, were David, Mary, Joanie, Susan, Nancy, Elizabeth, Tommy, and Nicholas. In real-life, the actors and actresses rank thus: Joanie, Susan, Nancy, David, Mary, Elizabeth, Tommy, and Nicholas.
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Laurie Walters (Joanie) was only eleven years younger than Diana Hyland, who played her mother.
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Lani O'Grady was the younger sister of Don Grady, who played Robbie Douglas on My Three Sons (1960), which was another popular family sitcom. Tragically, she died of a drug overdose on September 25, 2001. Don died of cancer on June 27, 2012.
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Aside from Dick Van Patten, for the opening credits from seasons three through five, the main cast members, who did not appear in the pilot, were billed before those who appeared, mostly due to last name alphabetically. Betty Buckley, Grant Goodeve, Willie Aames and Dianne Kay, who did not appear in the pilot, are billed before Connie Needham, Lani O'Grady, Adam Rich, Susan Richardson, and Laurie Walters, who appeared in the pilot.
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Kimberly Beck and John Furey both starred on Eight Is Enough and the Friday the 13th franchise.
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If Mark Hamill had not quit this show he might not have been able to be Luke Skywalker in Star Wars.
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