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The Partridge Family 3 Seasons 1971

Season 1
(127) IMDb 6.6/10

16. Old Scrapmouth TV-NR CC

Mum's the word with Laurie when she becomes hung up with dental braces and a baffled boyfriend.

Starring:
Shirley Jones, David Cassidy
Runtime:
25 minutes
Original air date:
January 15, 1971

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Music, Comedy, Kids & Family
Director Herbert Kenwith
Starring Shirley Jones, David Cassidy
Supporting actors Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce, Jeremy Gelbwaks, Suzanne Crough, Dave Madden, Alan Oppenheimer, Jonathan Daly, Mark Hamill, William Wintersole
Season year 1971
Network Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Producers Bob Claver, Paul Junger Witt, Mel Swope
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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104 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Michael Rogers on May 13, 2005
Format: DVD
The first thing that must be said after watching these shows (in full for the first time)is that I was impressed with the writing. Keeping in mind that it was a sitcom, the writing is pretty sharp, much sharper than The Brady Bunch.

Look fast, not only for the "Before they were famous" pop ups of people like Farrah Fawcett, Louis Gossitt Junior(with hair!), Richard Pryor and others but for the houses. The Partridge family lives on the "street" with the houses from "Bewitched", "I Dream Of Jeannie", "Hazel" and others.

You even see Keith Partridge drop off a date of his in front of the "Bewitched" house. Reusing these house facades was done over and over again in Screen Gems shows. It's fun to pick them out.

The shows are nicely cleaned up and sharp but fall short when it comes to the color.

On most shows, the color is not as rich as I'd expect from other releases of late 60's, early 70's color shows (which were made to showcase color TV which was newer and more expensive). Most properly done DVD releases of color shows of this era have a rich technicolor sheen (like The Brady Bunch, Star Trek and Here's Lucy).

Here, it looks like the color was dialed back a bit. While this doesn't make it an inferior transfer, it makes it less reflective of the time it was shown. The biggest effect of this is the lack of color in the skin tones. Where most shows of this period show skin tones looking pretty rich and colorful, on this DVD they are subdued.

The mono sound is fine and represents the soundtrack well.

The set loses a bit on the restoring of ephemeral bits that probabaly weren't seen since the original airings. Both Hogan's Heroes and Brady Bunch releases restored the opening "In Color" bumpers to beginnings of all the shows.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Music Fan-atic on May 10, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It only took until their 35th anniversary for Sony to loosen the locks on their vault to finally present one of the best TV sitcoms to come out of the seventies! The Partridge Family was a money making phenomenon and it makes me wonder why the Sony execs have taken so long to bring this show out of seclusion. Due to extremely high syndication rights, this show has only seen limited airplay on classic television, much to the dismay of its fans. Well, now the time is here to "C'mon Get Happy!" once again. This set features 25 episodes of the first season, including the series pilot which captured the nation by storm!

Starring Oscar nominated actress/singer Shirley Jones and her real life stepson, 70s pop icon David Cassidy, the show focuses on the exploits of a single widowed mom and her five children who tour the country in a Mondrian painted school bus and play their hearts out for audiences from Caesars Palace to local night clubs. Rounding out the cast is fifteen year old activist/feminist, Laurie (played wonderfully by NY model Susan Dey), 10 year old finanacial mogel, Danny (played to the tee by comedic genius Danny Bonaduce) and seven year old Chris (them played by Jeremy Gelbwaks later replaced by Brian Forster) and tamborene banging, five year old Tracy (played by Suzanne Crough). As a kid, I loved this group and was disappointed to learn they didn't really sing. But the songs and stories were quite good and funny and they won me over! Despite comments by ney-sayers, the stories were fun, solid and actually quite well written. The family was not perfect by the standards of their fore-runners and actually fought and argued and played pranks on each other, but in the end, there was a solid family foundation of love and togetherness sadly lacking in today's television.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b VINE VOICE on April 17, 2007
Format: DVD
This is my favorite season of the Partridge Family. The show was very different the first year with the band on the road and the shows' centered around young Danny and Mr. Kincades' antics more.

The show became a big hit and because David Cassidy was a huge part of that, they started to write more lines for Keith. Keith and Danny were very funny together, but unfortunately the show became a "living room" comedy in the following years. The DVD transfer is not bad, but there is some room for improvement.

The extras are cool with a featurette on the casting and one on the sound and music of the group. There is an episode of the short lived cartoon 'The Partridge Family 2200 A.D.' which is hilarious to see now! A 4 song hits CD of the group and some more stuff round out the extras.

The best thing about this release is that they were able to obtain the rights to two of my favorite songs which were never released on record or any form from the first episode "Together" and "Let the Good Times in" I hope they will be able to obtain the rights from future seasons so they can release the rest of the series intact. Come on! Make us happy!

***Review Update***

As fans probably already know, the remaining seasons have been released with all music intact!

***End of Update***
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John P. Morgan VINE VOICE on September 2, 2006
Format: DVD
The Partridge Family was cool. Whereas the Brady kids thought they were cool, the Partridge family really were. I loved this show. I like the writing, the music, the acting. Danny Bonaduce is a classic. My favorite episode is when Keith moves out of the house to prove he's independent so he rents the house next door. Shirley is all proud of Keith for making it on his own even though secretly he is buying food from Danny. The scene is something like this,

"What did you get me?"

"A peanut butter sandwich and some potato chips..."

Keith inspecting the bag of chips, "These aren't chips, this is potato dust. You want me to pay five bucks for a peanut butter sandwich and a bag of potato dust?"

"Suit yourself, Keith..."

I have a friend who was so influenced by the show that he became a musician and named his first daughter, Cassidy, because of it. Now that's love.

Unfortunately, this show isn't on in syndication, any more...at least not in California. We just get the Brady Bunch...yuk...oh, look, Greg's hair turned orange from Bobby's magic hair conditioner...wow...I've only seen that a billion times...

Watch a real show...watch the Partridge Family and yeah, I'll say it..."C'mon, get happy..."
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