The Partridge Family (1970–1974)
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The Undergraduate 

Shirley enrolls in college using her maiden name so her real name does not draw unwanted attention. A younger classmate develops a crush on her. He tells his parents and they do not approve of his dating an older woman.

Director:

Ralph Senensky

Writers:

Bernard Slade (created by), Susan Silver
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Shirley Jones ... Shirley Partridge
David Cassidy ... Keith Partridge
Susan Dey ... Laurie Partridge
Danny Bonaduce ... Danny Partridge
Brian Forster ... Christopher 'Chris' Partridge
Suzanne Crough ... Tracy Partridge
Dave Madden ... Reuben Kincaid
Michael Burns ... Paul Bruner
Norman Fell ... Mr. Bruner
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Mrs. Bruner
Carol O'Leary Carol O'Leary ... Margo
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Shirley enrolls in college using her maiden name so her real name does not draw unwanted attention. A younger classmate develops a crush on her. He tells his parents and they do not approve of his dating an older woman.

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Comedy | Family | Music

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Both Reuben and Paul's father (Norman Fell) mention seeing The Graduate (1967), in which a 21-year-old man gets involved with a middle-aged woman. Fell had a small role in The Graduate as the landlord of a rooming house. See more »

Quotes

Christopher "Chris" Partridge #2: [Shirley tells kids she and her date got home late because she ran out of gas] I don't get it, what's so funny about running out of gas.
Danny: You know about the birds and the bees?
Christopher "Chris" Partridge #2: Kind of.
Danny: Birds and bees run out of gas.
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References The Graduate (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Come On Get Happy
Music by Wes Farrell
Lyrics by Danny Janssen
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Michael Burns and Norman Fell
13 March 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Undergraduate" finds Shirley taking a college course in psychology, careful to use her maiden name of Renfrew to avoid being identified. Learning the ropes from classmate Paul Bruner (Michael Burns), Shirley's sweet and encouraging nature has the 19 year old quickly enamored, especially when they run out of gas following a lecture out of town. Shirley only becomes aware of his feelings when she receives a visit from his concerned parents (Norman Fell and Ann Morgan Guilbert), telling her how they saw "The Graduate"- twice! (quite a few references are made to the Dustin Hoffman-Anne Bancroft movie). And all this while an embarrassed Shirley is fetchingly dressed in hot pants, to the father's (and the male viewer's) obvious delight! The best way to gently discourage her young suitor is to invite him to dinner with the entire family, totally unaware that she's the mother of five children. Michael Burns was a former child actor from WAGON TRAIN, Ann Morgan Guilbert was best remembered for THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW, and Norman Fell's greatest fame soon came on THREE'S COMPANY. The featured song is "Brown Eyes," composed by Wes Farrell and Danny Janssen, from the LP SOUND MAGAZINE.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1971 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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