I can't stand Danny Bonaduce as a kid or as an adult.
Or that idiot Reuben.
Come on get happy!
"Wasn't David Cassidy supposed to monstrously hung?"
A groupie who fucked him described him as being "long but slender."
And yes, several of their songs were quite nice little pop tunes.
My first crush when I was 4.
Funny, OP. I just bought an antenna the other day & caught the Partridge Family today on AntennaTV. First time I'd ever seen it. There was a close up of David's nipples. It's a cute show.
They also show Gidget & The Flying Nun. Gidget is truly horrifying. Within the two episodes I've seen, Gidget is bent over a couch & spanked by her brother-in-law. In the next episode, the final lesson is how women should depend on men for their survival, because they can't really do anything for themselves, nor should they try. I couldn't believe this was real!
Their music even melts the hearts of NOW man haters.
I think they suck. Well, they were good for the first year, but after that, they sucked.
Loved the show and can still sing many of their songs.
A couple of years ago, we had a thread asking for the oldest tv series where every major cast member was still alive, and I believe The Partridge Family was the winner.
R13 is a classic of example of a DL post that you think will make you think 'what an ass-hole' and then you smile when you see the author.
I always enjoyed Suzanne Crough's Tamborine-Slapping style!!!
[quote]Wasn't David Cassidy supposed to monstrously hung
No, but Susan Dey was.
I have all three seasons on DVD. I watched the show as reruns when I was a kid and loved it. Good times!
Were the songs written for the show? They're pretty good and I can still hum "I Think I Love You". Certainly, much, much better than the piling steam of shit that's "Glee".
It was pretty witty too. Shirley looked good. She was so mod.
David Cassidy was smoking hot; he just lit up the screen.
We had a dream, we'd go travelin' together,
We'd spread a little lovin' then we'd keep movin' on.
Somethin' always happens whenever we're together
We get a happy feelin' when we're singing a song...
I don't think I could watch it now. The clothing would date it terribly. For some reason the fifties, early sixties sitcoms hold up better for me.
Some of the best Brill Building songwriters contributed to this show, so it makes sense that the songs were above average.
I can feel your heartbeat.
And you didn't even say a word.
I can feel your heartbeat.
And you didn't even say a word.
Oh I know pretty woman that your love can be heard.
Shirley Jones is LEGENDARY among old Hollywood royalty types (she was a successful movie actress in the musicals of the 50's and 60's pre-Partridge Family) for her apple pie, which her crazy husband Marty Ingels calls, "Shirley Jones Road-Apple Pie."
It's amazing they are still married and I think Shirley was quoted in People magazine when they first got married something like, "I just hope I'm not anti-semetic after all this!"
Ingels has had a NUMBER of weirdo legal problems over the years but this is the best:
In 1993, Ingels publicly charged actress June Allyson with not paying his large agency commission for obtaining her a job as spokesperson for Depend adult incontinence products. Allyson denied owing any money and in August 1993, she and husband David Ashrow filed a lawsuit against Ingels for slander and emotional distress. The suit said Ingels had harassed and threatened them, including 138 phone calls during a single eight-hour period. In February of that year, Ingels had pleaded no contest to making annoying phone calls
The real band that played those songs was called "Love". They made one Lp before the Partridge Family that is now a collectors item. At first they didn't know if David Cassidy could sing and the first Partridge Family album had already been recorded. They dubbed in his voice right before the LP was issued. For the first few albums they had him sing the songs slow and then sped up the tapes to make his voice sound younger. Shirley Jones sometimes sang on the recordings used on the TV show but almost never on the actual records.
R30, I thought Shirley and Marty had broken up years ago. I remember hearing she filed for divorce. But apparently they did stay together. According to IMDB, she had said she didn't want to throw away 27 years. That's why she withdrew the divorce petition.
Both David and Danny did memoirs, which were made into TV movies...and yes I watched both. One thing I noted is that Shirley comes off very well in both. She was married to David's father, and it's implied that David and Shirley got along better than he did with his father; she supported and encouraged his career. According to Bonaduce, it was Shirley who quietly helped him get out of an abusive home situation during the run of the series, and even took him home to stay with her family on the weekends.
r13 I really dug them. The Partridges were groovy. The first season kinda sucked, but the last three were way cool. Far, far superior to the first year.
It was adding Ricky Segall that ultimately killed the show, just like Cousin Oliver killed the Bradys.
David could sing.
Good harmonies, catchy beats.
David recorded all of the material with studio session singers, but Shirley was rarely on the records. Contractually, she had to be on everything, but they rarely mixed her in the final master that was released.
That show makes me nostalgic for the USA in the pre-Reagan era. Part of it could be just childhood nostalgia. I know things weren't perfect then. But people were more civil, we didn't have a fear-based culture, and there wasn't this weird knee-jerk antigovernment sentiment. Even pop culture could be more subtle and edgy because the rightwing hadn't dumbed everything down yet.
They had the episode where the artist paints a mural on their garage door and causes a neighborhood uproar on yesterday. A very young and pretty Meredith Baxter played a vagabond hippie in one ep. I like "Rollercoaster" - fun song. "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" copied some of their nightclub lipsynch appearances.
David Cassidy was one of the biggest teen idols in history. And he hated it! He disliked being on the show because frequently his character was made out to be a buffoon (Danny was the precociously smart one). One of the shows had the whole family dressed up in chicken suits for some commercial they were doing which he considered humiliating and stupid. He wanted to be taken seriously as a rock star, like Jimi Hendrix or Mick Jagger. It never happened. He thought being on the cover of the Rolling Stone naked would make people see him as a sex symbol, a MAN, not a teenage boy. But it backfired like crazy, upsetting his fan base and making a laughingstock out of him. He probably deserved it. Cassidy always had the idea that he was more than what he was.
Wait, r31--Love? There was already a band by that name, and they were NOTHING like the PF in sound. Maybe you're confusing them?
Sound Magazine us a great pop album & was their most critically claimed...
The first side(first 6 tracks) of "Up to Date" their second album is some really good pop. It even reached #3 on the charts.
I might very well have confused the name of the band, it's been a long time since I read that article.
Something always happens whenever we're together.
Spread a lot of loving and we keep moving on.
If you pay attention there is ample evidence over the course of the 4 seasons, in the form of vpl, that David Cassidy is quite well hung.
This show was a little before my time. But my cousin gave me a bunch of records and "Sound Magazine" by the Partridge Family was one of them.
I listened to "Summer Days" over and over again.
Cassidy toured nonstop when he wasn't working on the show. He did this over the 4 years the show ran. He was physically and mentally exhausted because he had no free time.
Why did they travel in a school bus? 5 people, so that would be the driver plus 4 people. Those bus benches sat 2 on each, so the first row was full and the rest was empty?
Loved Summer Days! And David Cassidy was my first crush when I was 8 years old.
My 7 year old daughter names Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, the Beatles and the Partridge Family as her favorite music.
[quote]Why did they travel in a school bus? 5 people, so that would be the driver plus 4 people. Those bus benches sat 2 on each, so the first row was full and the rest was empty?
Plus all their equipment and instruments and luggage.
[quote]"We had a dream, we'd go travelin' together..."
All my life I've heard it as "shopping together..."
The family that inspired the Partridge Family concept was the Cowsills. They were very talented and were originally going to play themselves, but the producers wanted Shirley Jones to play the mother, not the actual mother (Barbara Cowsill). Because of that, the Cowsill children declined the offer.
Which Chris was hotter?
Ruben's first name was originally Chester but they had to change it for obvious reasons.
Let's face it: the Cowsills were NOT an attractive bunch. For tv, you need cuteness. So there was Shirley Jones (blonde and beautiful), David Cassidy (so cute he was pretty), and Susan Dey (a teen model). The two youngest children were attractive in an ordinary little kid type way. I noticed they got rid of the bulgy-eyed Jerermy Gelbwaks after the first season; in addition to being googly-eyed, he was alsom rumored to be quite a pill. Danny Bonaduce stuck out like a sore thumb with his fire-engine red hair and doughy face, but that was all part of his comedic charm.
The last season featured what the producers must have thought was an irresistably cute kid singer by the name of Ricky Segall. He was unbearable. Nobody cared much about the show after that; it was aired opposite "All In The Family" and that was it for the Partridge Family.
The Cowsill mom looks a bit like Lindsay/Dina Lohan.
Did you know it was originally called the Tridepar Family, after Alton Tridgepar.
Then Shirley noticed it was an anagram of Partridge so they changed it.
Also Shirley despite being a so called movie star, was too dumb to learn her lines, so they had to change the name
It went from Agnes Tridgepar to Agnes Partridge to Shirley Partridge.
Shirley demanded that she be the lead singer in every song. That was until the contract was signed then the producers told her basically "Go to hell, we got a your step son."
David Cassidy was supposed to lipsync all his songs but threw a hissy fit that he was too talented to do that.
Then Shirley put her own job on the line to get him the ability to sing his own songs.
Then Cassidy spent the next four years threatening to quit as the songs he had to sing were not up to his standards.
So the guy bitches about not being able to sing, then the bitches about having to.
The two older Cowsill boys may not have been picture perfect but the two younger ones were very cute - much cuter IMO than Danny Bonaduce.
They were the two who got the most press in the teen mags, but they all regularly had their pictures plastered over the teen mags of the day. They also had a cute younger sister.
They couldn't have been worse actors than flat-voiced Susan Dey and the totally expressionless two younger kids (who may as well have been dubbed) who were cast.
I enjoyed the running bit where every time Reuben was about to get laid, the kids showed up at his apartment and cock blocked him.
NOtice the HUGE bulge in David's tight pants!
Susan Dey was gorgeous back then.
I miss Susan Dey onscreen.
[quote]They had the episode where the artist paints a mural on their garage door and causes a neighborhood uproar on yesterday.
If I'm not mistaken, wasn't the artist played by Arte Johnson from "Laugh-In"?
TPF had quite a list of guest stars:
Louis Gossett, Jr.
Mary Ann Mobley
Jodie was on TPF? She must have been a young 'un.
I remember Jodie's character liking Danny.
Years and years ago I worked for a man, a producer, who started out as an entertainment attorney. One of his first jobs was working for the team that produced the Partridge Family and he told me the REAL reason why Chris #1 was let go. It wasnt because of what Danny B claimed, that the kid was a monster and terror on the set. It was because his mom was the classic stage mother from Hell. She made life miserable for everyone connected to the production, pestering the producers, the directors and writers trying to get more lines and more screen time for her kid. When she was informed that state law restricted how many hours her kid could work and thus limit his screen time, her reply was, "dont worry, I wont tell anyone." As the first season filming was wrapping up, the producers were pretty confident the show would be renewed, but there was no official announcement yet to that regard. Then stage mom from Hell informed the producers that her husband had been offered a job in another state and they needed to know RIGHT AWAY if the show was going to be picked up. Sensing that she was setting up a squeeze play, and eager to be rid of her, they told her it wasn't likely and her husband should take the job. They quickly drew up the papers to release him from his contract and to everyone ones relief, Chris #1 and his meddlesome mother were gone.
I woke up in uncut this morning
Went to bed with Jews on my mind.
[quote] I noticed they got rid of the bulgy-eyed Jerermy Gelbwaks after the first season; in addition to being googly-eyed, he was alsom rumored to be quite a pill.
Well the official story is his father, a government employee, was transferred out of LA after the 1st season. And I think Jeremy was a cute kid, cuter than his bland replacement. Maybe you're confusing him with the kid who played DJ in the pilot of Roseanne. They dumped him because they thought he was too bratty, he and Sara Gilbert fought constantly.
Until I saw it again, I had forgotten how Keith was perpetually exasperated.
Shirley Jones said David was a zombie the last couple years. Supposedly because a girl had died at one of his concerts.
They should have just called it "Danny", about a precocious little ginger who plays in a band with his family.
The kids couldn't be bothered with learning the lyrics, or faking playing instruments.
It's a little known fact that the expression "eating crow" became popular because I was such a trashy l'il whore who would give up my muff to anyone.
Thanks r52 for bring up The Cowsills. The memories!
I knew The Partridge Family was loosely based on them but I'm skeptical that Screen Gems ever seriously considered casting the whole family as themselves. That might have worked for a variety show of the era but not for a sitcom. Wrong mix of ages and appeal for the comic premise of the show. I suspect the mom being cut out being the reason the rest didn't do the show is a face-saving gesture to gloss over other issues.
And thanks twice r52. I googled The Cowsills to refresh my memory I found there's a documentary on them on Showtime Showcase that's running until the end of the month.
I'll be enjoying watching it on my sub zero stay home Wed.
Chris and Tracy were so unimportant, the actors who played them couldn't even get air time on a Partridge Family "Reunion" on Arsenio Hall.