The Partridge Family is an American television sitcom series about widowed single mother Shirley Partridge (starring Shirley Jones), and her group of musically talented children who live in the fictitious city of San Pueblo, California. The children, Keith Partridge (co-star David Cassidy), Laurie Partridge (Susan Dey), Danny Partridge (Danny Bonaduce), Tracy Partridge (Suzanne Crough), and Chris Partridge (Jeremy Gelbwaks—season 1, Brian Forster—season 2-4) convince their mother to sing as they record a pop song in their garage. Through the efforts of precocious 10-year-old Danny, they find a manager named Reuben Kincaid (Dave Madden), who helps make their song a Top 40 hit. After more persuading, Shirley agrees that the family can go on tour. They acquire an old school bus for touring, paint it with Mondrian-inspired patterns, and head to Las Vegas, Nevada, for their first live gig at Caesars Palace. Subsequent first season episodes usually feature the band performing in various venues or in their garage. The show often contrasts suburban life with the adventures of a show-business family on the road. After the first season, more of the show’s action takes place in their hometown than on tour. The show was inspired by and loosely based on The Cowsills—a family pop music group that was famous in the late 1960s.
Original Air Dates: ABC (1970-74)
Created by: Bernard Slade