'Partridge Family' Behind-the-Scenes: 14 Fun Facts about the Fan Famous Sitcom
This beloved 70s show changed fashion trends, song interests, and launched the careers of some great stars... But there may be some facts that surprise you. Let's find out all the details, from what happened to the family's yellow bus and the dog, Simone!
14. David Cassidy Went On A Tour Inspired By His Life And The Sitcom
In 2012 one of the main stars on the show, David Cassidy, spoke about how his current music tour was autobiographical to a certain extent. He said:
"I would say it is a combination of my hits and the music that inspired my career, which took a different direction from what I was originally intending when I was starting out. My career path took a very different turn from what it was originally going to be. I wanted to be an actor but the same I saw The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, that first appearance, and wanted to play guitar."
13. Which Kid Star Was Very Excited To Join The Cast
Brian Forster was the lucky child who landed the role of any actor's dreams when he was still just a young boy. He starred as Chris, the drummer, and kid in The Partridge Family. When he was cast he remembers being ecstatic and hasn't looked back on his career since. He said:
"I remember being in fourth or fifth grade, dancing around to 'I Think I Love You' and all of a sudden I was going to be on the show, so I was pretty excited,"
12. The Show Won Two Awards
The show was a clear fan fave but what many may not know is that the show also bagged a few awards. In 2003 and 2004 it walked away with not only, one, but two TV Land Awards. The first was for "Hippest Fashion Plate" and the second was for "Favorite Teen Dream."
11. This Cast Member Has No Regrets
Did you know that Shirley Jones was told not to accept the role of the matriarch on The Partridge Family? Her agent said that the role would limit her future career opportunities... More recently Jones has responded to this comment, she said:
"When my agents came to me and presented it to me, they said if you do a series and it becomes a hit show, you will be that character for the rest of your life and your film career will go... which is what happened. But I have no regrets."
10. The Small Paychecks Will Surprise You
Fans of the show might think that the cast was walking away with bags full of money as the series began to gain traction... But the opposite is true. The starting years saw stars like David Cassidy, a celebrity who has become an overnight sensation, earn small paychecks.
The star was selling out live shows and merchandise but didn't really reap the rewards. No royalties were paid to him and the famed actor was given a meager salary of $600 a week! There was even a David Cassidy fan club but the man himself never got a penny from it.
9. The Very Impressive Guest Stars That Joined The Partridge Family On Set
One of the things that made the series so special was the list of impressive guest stars... From Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd, and Jodie Foster, popular faces kept popping up. These minor roles gave the show the upper hand and kept fans intrigued.
8. Danny B Kept Life Behind The Scenes Very Interesting
Danny B. was well-loved on the show but behind the scenes, he certainly made for some entertainment as well. The star had quite the attitude and sometimes his real-life behavior was incorporated on the screen! The star also often forgot his lines, needing to do 36 takes for one scene!
7. Wait, What Happened To The Family Dog?
If you were an avid watcher of The Partridge Family you'll notice that one member of the family was missing in the later episodes... Yes, that's right, the dog named Simone added his bark to some screen time but disappeared without a second mention. Where are you, Simone?
6. Chris Partridge Times Two
Jeremy Gelbwaks is probably not a name you recognize from the series but he took on a role early on. He was initially cast as Chris Partridge. For 25 episodes, he reprised his fun-loving role... But the nine-year-old actor didn't stay on the show for long...
He was swiftly replaced by Brian Forster. While it was never clear why Jeremy left the show, it has been said that he was too young for the role and couldn't remain professional on the set. Either way, most of us can't imagine the series without the beloved Brian Foster now!
5. The Star That Gave Up A Role On The Brady Bunch
Shirley Jones is the strong lead female character on the show but fans may not know that she was meant to be on The Brady Bunch! The actress was offered the role but want to star as a typical housewife and resonated with the working Shirley Partridge more.
"The Partridges took a different look at a mother and family than The Brady Bunch, which I turned down because I didn't want to be seen as the mother at home, taking the roast out of the oven... I took the Partridge Family role because it meant I would be playing the first working mother ever portrayed on TV."
4. The Family Bus Is No More
The Partridge Family bus was a notable characteristic of the beloved series. It became a regular symbol on the show just as much as the music and the fashion. But where is the bus now? Well, initially it spent a few years near the University of Southern California campus.
But then the bus made its way to its final home. It ended up in a garbage dump... By 1987 the once-famous bus was in a junkyard, in a very bad condition. The yellow paint had become dull and the big vintage symbol was basically unrecognizable.
3. The Bond Between Danny Bonaduce And David Cassidy
Danny Bonaduce and David Cassidy have an interesting back story. Danny always looked up to David as the older brother figure he never had. Their almost 10 year age gap meant that Danny was always mimicking the older and more popular David.
Sadly the two never become real friends off-screen, much to Danny's disappointment. Whenever he tried to hang out with David Cassidy and his crew, the actor was called a kid and told to leave. In a way, this was simply David's way of looking out for him.
The Actors Looked Out For Each Other
David Cassidy told Danny Bonaduce the following:
"If no one is going to watch out for you, I will! You know, Danny, you should be in on the joke; you shouldn't become the joke. It's going to be fantastic, we're going to go on my tour bus, and at the end you're going to get a job out of it."
A Tribute to David Cassidy
When the star actor, David Cassidy passed away, his old groupie, Danny Bonaduce shared a sweet sentiment on social media:
"I have known, loved, and admired David Cassidy for 48 out of my 58 years. He has been as kind to me as any real brother could ever be. We’ve been through a lot together and he was always there for me. This loss is huge. RIP my dear friend."
2. The Beatles Came In Second To This Hit Family And Their Album
“I Think I Love You” is a song almost anyone will recognize... The beloved track was released in the 70s as part of The Partridge Family Album. This specific song would, however, go on to do something great... Not only did the fans love it but the song also ranked well.
It went all the way to the number one top spot on the Billboard charts. This meant that the song was even more popular than a hit number released by the Beatles around the same time. The Beatles single, “Let It Be” was beaten by the Partridge's hit. It even sold more copies!
1. Who Inspired The Story Of The Partridge Family
We may think of The Partridge family as a real-life family because we spent so much time watching them on screen. But while they are actually an on-screen group of actors and actresses, the TV series was actually inspired by a real-life family known as The Cowsills!
This group of brothers, a sister, and their mother had some great tracks under their belt and soon their real-life circumstances were transformed into a script for The Partridge Family. So we all have the Cowsills to thank for the many seasons of the beloved show!
The Partridge Family had a lot going on both on the screen and behind the scenes. Which fact surprised you most? Leave us a comment and remember to click share!