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.