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The Partridge Family is a show about a mom and her kids who form a musical group as a means of staying together while earning money. Shirley Partridge is a widow with five children of varying ages. Keith is the oldest and performs most of the groups lead vocals. Laurie is the second oldest and contributes to the group by playing piano and keyboard. Danny is the middle child at ten, who plays bass guitar. Chris is the youngest boy and he plays drums while Tracy, as both the youngest girl and youngest member of the family, plays tambourine.

The group also has an agent named Mr. Kincaid who often becomes the butt of many pranks pulled by Danny. Each member of the family has their own personality which adds to the story content for each episode. Most stories revolve around the older children with Keith and Laurie often having romantic interests. Keith is a classic teenage boy sensation and is often hounded by young teenage girls who dream of dating him. Keith and Laurie both attend the same high school so some of the stories revolve around activities in school. Danny is definitely the troublemaker in the family who often talks Keith into following his plans even though they usually turn out badly.

Danny is also very smart and does all of the negotiations with Mr. Kincaid. He also keeps track of the family's finances. Some other characters who show up from time to time include Shirley's parents. The family has to travel quite a bit for the shows they put on. In order to accommodate all the members of the family and their instruments, Shirley buys a retired school bus. The kids get busy transforming it by painting the outside a variety of different colors in geometric squares, which becomes the trademark symbol for the group. The matching outfits they wear when performing on stage have also become a trademark for the Partridge Family.

ABC
4 Seasons, 96 Episodes
September 25, 1970
Comedy
6.4/10
Cast: Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce
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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Keith's new girlfriend has him believing his style music is meaningless and gives a try at writing his first classical piece.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Partridge Family attend a lecture by Michelangelo Rezo, a famous mystery writer. He makes a challenge that he could find them in 24 from anyplace they hide.

  • Reuben books the Partridges in what they all believe to be a mountain resort called Rose Mansion. At the family's first performance, they realize there is only one person seated in the audience, a millionaire recluse named Sidney Rose.

  • Keith runs for school president against a homely girl that Laurie is campaigning for. After a challenge to a debate, Keith changes his mind about running.

  • Danny gets caught stealing a yo yo from a store. After feeling better about himself he gets in trouble again when Punky steals a bottle of perfume for his mom's birthday and uses Danny as the front man.

  • All havoc breaks loose when Shirley buys a cuckoo clock for $29 at Bartlet's Department Store but the bill reads $290 instead. The more they try fixing the snafu the worse the problem gets.

  • America's "heartthrob", Keith Partridge, is failing his sex education course at school. Everyone finds this funny until they realize the world tour is in jeopardy.

  • Reuben arranges for the Partridge Family to make a TV commercial for Uncle Erwin's take-out chicken outfit. Everyone one is satisfied with the commercial except Uncle Erwin who misses the chicken suits. The family tries making the worst commercial possible but instead Erwin loves it.

  • An old friend of Shirley's comes to town with his 11 year old daughter who's fond of Danny. He isn't as happy though dodging her all day long.

  • The Partridge Family do a show at a large amusement park in Cincinnati leaving Keith feeling motion sickness. He perks up after seeing the park director, a beautiful 30 year old woman.

  • At school, the Principal's daughter asks Laurie to drop an envelope into the math teacher's mailbox for her. Problem is she gets caught with the math test in her hands.

  • Reuben surprises the family with a burglar alarm, but it's a thief who really shocks them after taking them hostage.

  • Shirley goes out on a date with an old acquaintance but she soon regrets it after he only allows her to order healthy food. To complicate matters he brings his mother to meet the family.

  • The Partridge house just doesn't seem big enough but Shirley can't seem to find it in her heart to move out. After Reuben finds them a larger house Danny decides to sabotage their own open house.

  • Danny wins second prize in a raffle, a racehorse named F. Scott Fitzgerald. After deciding to race him the family find out the horse has insomnia. Now they must figure out a remedy if he is to have any chance at the San Pueblo county fair.

  • Laurie falls in love with a handsome young man only to find out he is a minister. After confiding in her mother that she is in love and leaving a confusing letter behind, has Shirley believing she has eloped.

  • A vacation in the mountains near Lake Tahoe soon turns into a disaster after torrential rainfall and a stay in a rustic cabin ... with no electricity or heat.

  • Keith begins campaigning for an enthusiastic congressional candidate who soon has romantic feelings for Shirley.

  • Grandma and Grandpa come to the Partridge house having rediscovered themselves, or so they think, through an experience with an encounter group. After telling the family to express their true feelings about each other the kids begin to constantly argue.

  • Motorcycle gang member Snake is suicidal over his girlfriend hanging up the phone after he proposes to her.

  • Danny suddenly becomes self-conscious about being overweight and wants to diet. But Reuben's comments over will power has the two in a contest... cigarettes vs. food.

  • Reuben announces that a princess who is visiting the United States wants to spend a few days with Keith. But the princess gets tired of chaperons and Keith plots to help her escape them for a date.

  • Shirley is named "Mother of the Year", but a disaterous trip to the ceremony makes her look anything but that.

  • A bet lands Keith cooking in the kitchen and turns Laurie into a garage mechanic.

Partridge Family News

David Cassidy Leaves Daughter Out of Will

Most of the pop star's estate will go to his son.

David Cassidy Dies at 67

The 70s teen idol died surrounded by family in Florida.

'Partridge Family' Manager Dave Madden Dies at 82

Reuben Kincaid didn't care much for kids, but that didn't stop him from doing everything he could to take care of Keith, Laurie, Chris, Tracy and even that rascally Danny Partridge. Dave Madden, who portrayed the manager of "The Partridge Family," died this week.

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