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7th Heaven 

Eric Camden, a minister, and his wife Annie deal with the drama of having seven children, ranging from toddlers to adults with families of their own.

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Brenda Hampton
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 20 wins & 55 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Stephen Collins ...  Rev. Eric Camden 243 episodes, 1996-2007
Catherine Hicks ...  Annie Camden 243 episodes, 1996-2007
Beverley Mitchell ...  Lucy Camden 243 episodes, 1996-2007
Happy ...  Happy 243 episodes, 1996-2007
Mackenzie Rosman ...  Ruthie Camden 237 episodes, 1996-2007
David Gallagher ...  Simon Camden 197 episodes, 1996-2006
Barry Watson ...  Matt Camden 155 episodes, 1996-2006
Lorenzo Brino Lorenzo Brino ...  Sam Camden / ... 139 episodes, 1999-2007
Nikolas Brino ...  David Camden 138 episodes, 1999-2007
Jessica Biel ...  Mary Camden 136 episodes, 1996-2006
George Stults ...  Kevin Kinkirk 114 episodes, 2002-2007
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Eric Camden, a minister, and his wife Annie deal with the drama of having seven children, ranging from toddlers to adults with families of their own.

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Drama | Family | Romance

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

The CW Network

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

7th Heaven: Beginnings See more »

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Spelling Television See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Series creator Brenda Hampton got the idea of Rev. Eric Camden and his wife Annie Camden becoming pregnant and having twins in the third season from her sister who had recently given birth to twins at the time. See more »

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[to her friend after agreeing with Eric to a subtle approach]
Gladys Bink: You are such a liar!
[Eric looks dumbfounded]
Gladys Bink: Subtle never really worked for me.
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Referenced in The Secret Life of Zoey (2002) See more »

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"Nice" characters fail to make drama ignite
18 November 1999 | by Kevin-94See all my reviews

Lots of people talk about how "nice" the family in this show is, and that's certainly its most striking feature. Even those who like the show will probably concede that the family in the show is "nicer" than almost any family you'll find in real life. I suspect that the people producing the show were motivated to create an idealized family as a role model, rather than a "real" family most people would recognize as familiar. Whether you enjoy seeing an "idealized" family or whether you prefer something more realistic is a matter of personal preference. I personally don't feel there is anything necessarily wrong with unrealistic. Is "7th Heaven" any more "unrealistic" than "Friends" or "Seinfeld" or "The Phantom Menace"? Personally, I don't have a problem with "nice" characters, but I do have a problem with "nice" story telling.

In a well written story, be it a TV show, film, novel or play, you have a character faced with a series of seeming insurmountable problems. At some point in the story, the character will generally feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff they have to deal with. There's an escalation of tension in all good story telling. An element of chaos.

I find that missing from "7th Heaven". Solutions to problems are thought of the moment the problem occurs. The solutions are instantly implemented. Problems never pile on or overwhelm the characters. Everyone is in touch with their feelings, and can articulate whatever they feel. No communication problems exist. Everyone gets along just fine. There's no escalation of tension in a "7th Heaven" episode. In an effort to create a nice tone and positive role models, they have robbed their stories of all tension and conflict. They've made them dull. Nice is OK but dull is not.


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