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Partridge Family House
Warner Bros. Ranch
Remember The Partridge Family? It was a memorable TV show about a widowed mother and her five children, living in a small fictional town in Norther California. In the pilot episode, the musical family records a pop song in their garage. Through the marketing efforts of the 10-year-old son Danny, the song becomes a hit, and the family begins touring the country in a colorful school bus, performing their music I various types of venues. The episodes would often contrast their suburban life with the adventures of a show-biz family “on the road.” The series originally ran from September 25, 1970, until August 31, 1974, on the ABC television network, as part of the Friday night lineup with The Brady Bunch. It had several subsequent runs in syndication.
The story was inspired by, and loosely based on the Cowsills, a real singing family in the late ‘60s. In fact, in its early development the Cowsill children were approached to be featured on the show, though the idea was quickly discarded. The show starred Shirley Jones as mother Shirley Partridge and David Cassidy (Jones’s real life stepson) as her son Keith. The remaining Partridge children were played by Susan Dey as Laurie, Danny Bonaduce as Danny, Jeremy Gelbwaks (later replaced by Brian Forster) as Chris, and Suzanne Crough as Tracy Partridge, Dave Madden played Reuben Kincaid, who was their manager and family friend. Today, the Partridge Family house on the Warner Ranch still stands, and nearby is the sound-stage where interiors for the show were filmed.