7th Heaven: 7 Behind The Scenes Secrets

  
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7th Heaven was the most all-American, family friendly, religious sitcom on television between 1996 and 2007. The series was created and produced by Brenda Hampton and featured the well-rounded Camden family. 7th Heaven revolved around Eric Camden, a Protestant minister who lived in the fictional town of Glenoak, California and his wife Annie and their seven children. Surprisingly, the show was a huge success and became the longest-running family drama ever with 11 seasons under its belt! We can’t believe it’s been over two decades since the show first premiered, so here’s a look back at 7 behind the scenes secrets from the set!

7. Happy was Scared of the Male Actors

Remember the Camden’s cute family dog named “Happy?” He was actually a rescue dog who was adopted after it was discovered he was being abused by his former owner. The stray began appearing on the show 7th Heaven, but he still had a fear of men due to his history. Before the taping of each new season, the male actors — Stephen Collins, Barry Watson and any other male actors who were set the appear on the show — had to spend time bonding with Happy so that the dog would be comfortable in their presence.

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6. The Story Behind George Stults Character

George Stults played the character of Kevin Kinkirk, a police officer who turns out to be Ben Kinkirk’s (Mary’s boyfriend) older brother. In an interview with Thought Co, he said that he was originally hired as a small, brief character. “I randomly auditioned to be a high school senior, who was supposed to peer pressure Simon into drinking and doing stuff he wasn’t supposed to do. Somehow, they [the producers] figured out that Geoff and I were brothers on the show. They brought me on to play Beverly’s love interest on the show for a couple episodes and all of a sudden, it turned into a marriage. It was weird how it happened, I thought I was going to be on for a couple episodes and that was it!” said Stults.

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