10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Partridge Family’
The Partridge Family was a highly successful musical-sitcom starring Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey and Danny Bonaduce. It told the story of a widowed mother who quits her job and embarks on a music career with her five children which was loosely based on the real-life musical family, The Cowsills, who were a popular band in the ’60s and ’70s. The Partridge Family premiered in 1970 and ran as part of ABC’s Friday night line-up for four seasons until 1974, but now it’s been over 40 years since the series finale! Here’s a look back at 10 things you probably didn’t know about the series!
10. Two Chris Partridges
In the first season of the show, Chris Partridge was played by Jeremy Gelbwaks, but he was forced to leave when his father’s job took him out of California. He was replaced with Brian Forster and no one seemed to notice. According to show creator Bernard Slade, ABC didn’t receive a single letter of complaint about the change.
9. Susan Dey had a Crush On-Set
Susan Dey was 17-years-old when she was cast in the role of Laurie Partridge and according to Shirley Jones, the teenage girl had a huge crush on the actor who played her on-screen brother, David Cassidy, but it was unrequited. Cassidy saw Dey as more of a sister than a love interest. “Throughout the series, Susan Dey continued to be crazy about David, but he didn’t handle her emotions for him particularly well or sensitively,” said Jones. Of course, it didn’t help that Cassidy was a teen idol who had an overwhelming amount of female fans. Jones wrote in her memoir: “She wouldn’t listen to my advice to stay away from David, and I found myself warning her over and over against getting involved with him.”