Partridge Family

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  • TV-G
  • 1970
  • 4 Seasons
  • 6.5  (4,684)

The Partridge Family was a hit American musical sitcom that aired on ABC from 1970 until 1974, produced by Screen Gems. The show revolves around a widowed mother, Shirley Partridge, and her five children, who form a rock band and travel around in a colorful school bus, performing at various venues across the country.

Shirley Jones plays the role of the matriarch, Shirley Partridge, who manages her children's budding music career, as well as single-handedly raising her kids after the death of her husband. Jones's character is the driving force behind the band, whose laid-back demeanor and ability to connect with her children and their audience are a significant factor in the band's success. Jones shines in the role, bringing a combination of charm, wit, and warmth that quickly won over audiences.

David Cassidy plays Keith Partridge, Shirley's oldest son and the lead singer of the band. Cassidy's breezy charisma and musical prowess quickly made him a heartthrob for millions of young girls. He was a natural-born performer and had an incredible voice that was a major draw of the show. His chemistry with Shirley Jones was also a highlight of the series.

Danny Bonaduce plays the role of Danny Partridge, the precocious and mischievous middle son of the Partridge family. Bonaduce played the part to perfection, bringing an infectious energy and wit to the show that made him a fan-favorite. His character's antics and shenanigans were a constant source of amusement for viewers.

Susan Dey plays the role of Laurie Partridge, the band's attractive and introspective eldest daughter. Dey's character was a crucial part of the band, providing vocals and often serving as the focal point of the group's performances. She brought a depth and complexity to her role that added another layer to the show.

Suzanne Crough plays the role of Tracy Partridge, the youngest member of the family and the tambourine player. Crough was adorable in the part, bringing a childlike wonder and innocence that made her character endearing.

Jeremy Gelbwaks was originally cast as Chris Partridge, the middle child, but after one season, he was replaced by Brian Forster, who played the role for the remainder of the show. Both actors brought their unique qualities to the character, with Gelbwaks playing the role more for humor and Forster bringing a more reserved, thoughtful vibe to the role.

Dave Madden plays the role of Reuben Kincaid, the band's manager and Shirley's love interest. Madden's character provided a source of comic relief, with his pompous attitude and failed attempts at wooing Shirley.

The show's signature style included bright, colorful outfits and a funky school bus that became an iconic part of the show's image. The group's performances showcased their musical talent, which included Cassidy's smooth vocals, Dey's delicate harmonies, and Bonaduce's comedic stylings.

The Partridge Family was a family-friendly show that portrayed a loving and functional family unit, bucking the trend of the troubled and dysfunctional families that had traditionally been the focus of television sitcoms. The show's emphasis on music was also a significant draw, with many viewers tuning in for the catchy tunes and enthusiastic performances.

The show was a massive hit, running for four seasons and inspiring a number of spin-offs, including an animated series and a comic book. The show's legacy has continued to endure, with its catchy theme song, "C'mon Get Happy," still being recognized and loved by audiences today.

In summary, The Partridge Family was a beloved musical sitcom that captured the hearts of audiences with its engaging characters, catchy songs, and positive message. Led by the talented cast, the show was a cultural phenomenon that continues to hold a special place in the hearts of fans.

Partridge Family is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (97 episodes). The series first aired on September 25, 1970.

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Last Of Howard, The
81. Last Of Howard, The
October 27, 1973
Keith and Danny are convinced that Laurie's shipboard suitor is not what he pretends to be.
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March 23, 1974
Shirley's memories of a high school romance are stirred when Navy Capt. Charles Corwin arrives in town. She sees the Captain's picture in the newspaper and recognizes him as "Cuddles," an old flame. When Keith and Danny overhear part of a phone conversation, they think Capt. Corwin has a girl in every port, and their mother will get hurt.
Pin it on Danny
21. Pin it on Danny
March 16, 1974
Danny finds a brooch and gives it to his mother for her birthday. He is dismayed when he sees a newspaper ad offering a $50-reward for it's return -- from his school teacher, Mrs Bullock! Danny then involves Keith and Laurie in an ill-fated plan to get the brooch back from their mother without Shirley's knowledge, and buy her a duplicate with part of the reward money.
Morning Becomes Electric
20. Morning Becomes Electric
March 9, 1974
Scheduled to appear at a rally for energy conservation, the Partridge Family is chagrined when Danny's guitar blows all the fuses in the auditorium. To make amends they decide to be the "model" family, showing everyone how easy it is to cut down the use of electricity. But Danny's miscalculation has the family living with no power for the final day of the month.
Keith and Lauriebelle
19. Keith and Lauriebelle
March 2, 1974
Keith agrees to take over Laurie's babysitting gig if she will come to his party as his date in order to make a new girl at school jealous. But when Laurie hears of his plan, she comes dressed as a Southern belle.
Miss Partridge, Teacher
18. Miss Partridge, Teacher
February 23, 1974
Laurie is appointed student-teacher of Miss Halstead's 7th grade English class, which includes her brother, Danny. She becomes hard on Danny and may just interrupt the families plan for a Summer tour by failing him.
Danny Converts
17. Danny Converts
February 9, 1974
Danny is so smitten with Renee, the daughter of Rabbi Stern, that he pretends to be of her faith, and attends a Purim bizarre at Temple Aaron. Convinced that the family is Jewish, the Rabbi invites them to perform before the congregation.
Queen for a Minute
16. Queen for a Minute
February 2, 1974
Laurie cries sexism after her girlfriend doesn't make the high school basketball team. After Keith overhears her scheme to win as homecoming queen in order to give her own view on sexism, he and Danny convince a guy to run for homecoming queen too.
Danny Drops Out
15. Danny Drops Out
January 26, 1974
Danny, bored with school, wants to drop out and become a song writer. The school psychologist tells Shirley to let him believe he's dropped out but he soon gets bored and thinks he made a mistake. That is until he meets a self made millionaire who encourages him to go with his dream.
Two for the Show
14. Two for the Show
January 19, 1974
Reuben has discovered a new singing act, 14-year-old twin brothers Andy and David, and he brings them to live with the Partridges until they cut their first record. The boys have a crush on Laurie which causes a rift in their act.
Art for Mom's Sake
13. Art for Mom's Sake
January 12, 1974
Shirley Partridge joins an art class and is encouraged by her teacher, Lorenzo Bernard, who says she shows a natural artistic ability. The family doesn't share the same opinion but need to tell her after the enamored teacher sets up private showing.
Maid in San Pueblo
12. Maid in San Pueblo
December 8, 1973
Shirley, advertising for a maid has an unexpected applicant, her mother, Amanda Renfrew. Seems her parents are arguing and leaves to live with Shirley. The family plots to get them back together if they can keep the house so clean that she will have nothing to do.
Al in the Family
11. Al in the Family
November 24, 1973
Reuben Kincaid's nephew, Alan, comes to live with him and becomes his assistant. It's evident right from the start that Alan is eager to learn but always fails at everything.
A Day of Honesty
10. A Day of Honesty
November 17, 1973
Danny gets caught trying to sneak into a movie theater without a ticket and is punished by losing his movie privileges for a month. Upset by this Danny writes down all the dishonest things his family has done. Shirley decides they need to try a day of being totally honest.
Heartbreak Keith
9. Heartbreak Keith
November 10, 1973
Keith enrolls in a Sociology class in college and discovers one of his favorite subjects, a beautiful girl, 23-year-old Dory Kimmel. He soon finds himself in love only to find out that Dory is married.
The Diplomat
8. The Diplomat
November 3, 1973
A presidential ambassador and well-known ladies man asks Shirley out on a date. But after arriving 2 hours late and talking on the phone most of the night, she declines a second date. He then showers Shirley with gifts trying to make her reconsider.
The Last Howard
7. The Last Howard
October 27, 1973
Keith and Danny believes Laurie's new boyfriend stole the bracelet that he gave her from a passenger on the cruise ship they are aboard. With the help of Reuben the try stealing it back so Laurie won't get caught smuggling it through customs.
Double Trouble
6. Double Trouble
October 20, 1973
Keith wants a date with a beautiful new girl but she already has one with a basketball player, but sets him up with her plain looking friend. After her date falls through, she agrees to go with Keith who now has two dates for the beach party.
Reuben Kincaid Lives
5. Reuben Kincaid Lives
October 13, 1973
Reuben believes he's is dying because everyone is suddenly being too nice to him. To cheer him up, Shirley sets up a surprise birthday party, complete with Reuben's mother.
The Strike-Out King
4. The Strike-Out King
October 6, 1973
Shirley thinks Danny needs to be around friends his own age so Reuben suggests little league baseball. Problem is Danny hates baseball. To his surprise he becomes a star pitcher.
Beethoven, Brahms, and Partridge
3. Beethoven, Brahms, and Partridge
September 29, 1973
Keith's new girlfriend has him believing his style music is meaningless and gives a try at writing his first classical piece.
None But the Lonely
2. None But the Lonely
September 22, 1973
Laurie gets a advice to the love lorn column in the local papers and soon Keith writes in to help get a date with the new girl in school, who's been forewarned of Keith's reputation.
Hate Thy Neighbor
1. Hate Thy Neighbor
September 15, 1973
New neighbors arrive and soon trouble ensues when they call the police complaining of the noise. The neighbor admits she doesn't like show biz people.
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Partridge Family is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Partridge Family on demand at Amazon and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 25, 1970
  • IMDB Rating
    6.5  (4,684)