In the meantime, primetime TV had a new success more in line with the Monkees, with a musical family loosely based on real-life family singing group, the Cowsills, called The Partridge Family. The Partridge Family aired from 1970-1974 on ABC. And their albums initially sold as well as the Monkees' and the Archies' albums did. They had a #1 hit with "I Think I Love You."
In 1968, Harvey Comics gave the family-friendly Cowsills a one-shot double-length 25 cent-priced comic. The band consisted of several brothers, a sister and (much to their chagrin) their mother. With hits like "The Rain, the Park and Other Things," “We Can Fly,” and “Indian Lake,” the Cowsills had attracted the attention of TV producers who watned to fashion a new sitcom out of them.
The real-life inspiration for the Partridges, the Cowsills got their own Harvey one-shot (Oct 1968) The Partridge Family #1 (Mar. 1971). The Cowsills © Cowsills-Stogel, Inc. The Partridge Family © Sony Pictures Television.