Eight Is Enough
- 5 Seasons
Eight is Enough is a show which is inspired by a real life family. The Bradford family is headed by Tom and his wife Abby. The family also includes eight children who range in age from 22 year old David, all the way down to 8 year old Nicholas. The majority of the kids are in the teenage bracket which means the episodes revolve around a lot of the activities and events teens get involved in. David is the oldest, followed by Mary, who is the most practical member of the family. Mary is college bound while David seems content to work in construction. Each child has their own unique personality which blends into the stories in each episode. Elizabeth, as the youngest girl, often tries to grow up faster than her older sisters would like her too. Joanie has a poetic soul and tends to date guys who do not always meet with her father's approval. The dating scene is a major theme in most episodes because of the ages of most of the kids. The Valentine's Day episodes revolve around the chaos which ensues in a house full of young teens all looking for romance. Tommy, who is in high school, shares a bedroom with Nicholas, who is in elementary school. There are often fights and disagreements which occur between the two brothers. This sibling rivalry also goes on between the sisters who have a tendency to borrow each other's clothing without asking. The show takes a serious look at how families interact. There are many serious and dramatic moments, but there are also moments filled with humor and love. The family interactions show how siblings often rely on each other for support and encouragement. Tom and Abby also have lives and personalities which become intertwined within the stories. Both parents work outside of the home and need to deal with situations which arise involving cars, school and bad choices on the part of their kids. Abby works as a school counselor, so she often takes a gentler approach to dealing with the situation's the kids get into than Tom does.