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Eight Is Enough: The Complete First Season
Running on ABC from 1977 to 1981, this family comedy classic revolves around Sacramento journalist Tom Bradford (Dick Van Patten) and his eight very independent and individual children (David, Mary, Joanie, Susan, Nancy, Elizabeth, Tommy and Nicholas) forced to deal with life's ups and downs, while living under one roof. Winner of a People's Choice Award for Favorite New Program as well as two Emmy® nominations, this often comical, but always touching family drama was the heir apparent to the television mantle of The Brady Bunch. Anchored by Dick Van Patten's Everman's father and husband, the serialized show made stars out of many of its underage actors and guest stars – including The Karate Kid's Ralph Macchio, Star Wars' Mark Hamill and more. There's more than enough laughs and life-lessons in the first season of this television classic.]]>
Before the extended families that came to dominate prime time, from Full House to Parenthood, ABC launched Eight Is Enough, an adaptation of Crossfire host Thomas W. Braden's memoir. The pilot sets the tone: parenting is serious stuff, but a little humor never hurts (consequently, a redundant laugh track occasionally comes into play). Tom Bradford (Dick Van Patten, who sports TV's cutest comb-over), a Sacramento columnist, and his wife, Joan (Diana Hyland), are imperfect, but involved parents. As the series begins, oldest son David (Mark Hamill, Star Wars), a construction worker, leaves the nest, but there would be a few cast changes by the second episode. Notably, Grant Goodeve would replace Hamill, while Willie Aames took over as Tommy. With women's lib in full effect, the Bradford women spend much of these nine episodes trying to find their way in a changing world: Joan takes up photography, Susan (Susan Richardson) goes on a ski trip with a male coed, and Mary (Lani O'Grady) opposes her father during a newspaper strike. Other episodes revolve around Tommy's crush on an indecisive classmate (Charlene Tilton) and David's affair with an older woman (Adrienne Barbeau). That leaves Joanie (Laurie Walters), the drama student, Nancy (Dianne Kay), the cheerleader, Elizabeth (Connie Newton), the typical teenager, and Nicholas (Adam Rich), the elfin pipsqueak. Once you get past the flared jeans and wide lapels, Eight Is Enough holds up surprisingly well, since the primary concerns are timeless. If the acting can be uneven, the chemistry between cast members papers over the cracks. Sadly, Hyland only filmed four episodes due to illness (she passed away in 1977). In the second season, Betty Buckley stepped in as the newest member of the Bradford clan. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
I love watching the shows I grew up on. I can't wait for the rest of the seasons to be available for streaming, and hopefully on PRIME.Published 11 days ago by leachman74
Love this show, buy PPV kills me on price. I know it's 1.99 per episode but it should be free.Published 1 month ago by Hollywood8675309
i have always loved that show.i didnt think i could find it anywhere i just wish i could get the rest of them.Published 2 months ago by carol
It was a good episode, but I was looking for Robin Williams. It said in his list of TV appearances that he was in this episode, but I didn't see him.Published 2 months ago by K. T. Crowe
This was one of my favorite shows when I was younger. It was well written and well acted. It promoted family values such as honesty, integrity and caring more about others than... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tom P
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and i am going crazy because by the time they do release it, i will be gone and haunting those jerks. why have stupid shows that have no value released without a thought, and quality shows like this one held back. any answers?
Aug 23, 2009 by Victoria Weber | See all 11 posts
Don't know if you'd be interested, but I have dealt with a guy who has all but 2 eps of EIE on DVD. This is his website: www.classics2dvd.com.
Back in June I ordered EIE from him for $80 + $5 shipping. The set was said to be complete, but it is missing the series-ending episode... Read More
Nov 30, 2011 by Claudia McCall | See all 3 posts
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All I know is it is some type of MG.
Aug 12, 2009 by B. Hannan | See all 3 posts