7th Heaven: 7 Behind The Scenes Secrets
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.
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.