The Partridge Family

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The Partridge Family is an American television sitcom about a widowed mother and her five children who embarked on a music career. The family lived in San Pueblo, a small fictional town in Northern California. The series originally ran from September 25, 1970 until August 31, 1974 on the ABC network, as part of a Friday night lineup. It had subsequent runs in syndication.



Created by Bernard Slade, the series was inspired by and loosely based on The Cowsills,[1] a real pop music family famous in the late 1960s. In its early development, the Cowsill children were considered by the producers to be featured on The Partridge Family, but because they were not trained actors, the producers decided to abandon that idea.[2] Shirley Jones had already been signed as mother Shirley Partridge and star of the show.


In the pilot episode, a group of musical siblings convinces their mother to help them out by singing with them as they record a pop song in their garage. Through the efforts of the 10-year-old son Danny, they find a manager who helps make the song a Top-40 hit. After some more persuading, Mom finally agrees that the family can go on tour. They acquire an old school bus, paint it and depart to Las Vegas for their first live gig at Caesars Palace.

The Partridge children were played by David Cassidy (Jones' real-life stepson) as her eldest son Keith, Susan Dey as Laurie, Danny Bonaduce as Danny, Jeremy Gelbwaks as Chris and Suzanne Crough as Tracy. Dave Madden played Reuben Kincaid, who was their manager and family friend. At the end of the first season, Jeremy Gelbwaks' family moved out of the Los Angeles area, and the part was recast with a blond child actor, Brian Forster.[3] A dog named "Simone" was featured in the first season, but was phased out of production early in the second season.

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