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Eight Is Enough 1 Season 1977

Season 1
4.7 out of 5 stars (150) IMDb 6.5/10

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 who are forced to deal with life's ups and downs, while living under one roof. There's more than enough laughs and life-lessons in the first season of this television classic.

Starring:
Dick Van Patten, Diana Hyland
Original air date:
August 10, 1977

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Season 1
1. Never Try Eating Nectarines as Juice May Dispense (Pilot)

Tom learns the importance of family relationships when David moves out

CC TV-NR March 15, 1977 47 minutes
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2. Schussboomer

Mary brings home a pregnant friend, Matilda, whose attitudes towards marriage upset Tom. She learns the joys of parenthood, and paternal Tom helps deliver the baby.

CC TV-NR March 22, 1977 49 minutes
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3. Pieces of Eight

Tom becomes the editor-in-chief at his newspaper, but he quickly runs into trouble when the printers go on strike. The whole family pitches in to help earn extra money.

CC TV-NR March 29, 1977 49 minutes
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4. Women, Ducks and the Domino Theory

Things get a little tense around the Bradford home when Tommy is stood up and neither David nor Tom want to go on their annual duck hunt.

CC TV-NR April 5, 1977 49 minutes
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5. Turnabout

David learns about life at a party the family hosts to celebrate Doctor Maxwell's 25th anniversary -- when David's date and Maxwell don't get along.

CC TV-NR April 12, 1977 49 minutes
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6. Quarantine

Togetherness can be really funny when the whole Bradford household is quarantined, including Nancy's blind date, after Mary's boyfriend comes down with a mysterious ailment.

CC TV-NR April 18, 1977 48 minutes
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7. V is for Vivian

Tom's sister arrives for a visit and disrupts the Bradford household when she encourages the kids to pursue their dreams and goals.

CC TV-NR April 25, 1977 48 minutes
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8. Hit and Run

Joanie has a fender-bender with a real estate developer who is already upset with the Bradford's column opposing his project. Meanwhile, Elizabeth goes from three prom dates to none when they all show up at the same time.

CC TV-NR May 3, 1977 49 minutes
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9. The Gipper Caper

Tom's dentist challenges the family to a touch football game.

CC TV-NR August 10, 1977 48 minutes
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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy, Kids & Family
Director E.W. Swackhamer
Starring Dick Van Patten, Diana Hyland
Supporting actors Lani O'Grady, Susan Richardson, Laurie Walters, Connie Needham, Adam Rich, Mark Hamill, Kimberly Beck, Chris English, Charles Aidman, Morris Buchanan, William Kirby Cullen, Larry Golden, Jennifer Kulik, Brett Marks, Lucy Saroyan, Michael Thoma, Virginia Vincent
Season year 1977
Network Warner Bros.
Producers Merv Adelson, Philip Capice, Lee Rich, Hal Sitowitz
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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While growing up, Eight is Enough was one of my favorite shows. It was a rare family drama that was humorous and real without being too sappy. I would buy all of the seasons of this series in a heartbeat.
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This is one of the best family shows of all time. I was 12 back in 1977 when the Bradfords first hit the air.I was a faithful viewer. Please release this show on DVD,so that I can go back to the 1970's with the Bradfords.Its been long enough,the time has come.Lets go people!!
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I love this show! It often would tackle serious subject matters and never failed to entertain. There have been two television series that i have wanted to see come out on DVD more than any others. One was "Family Affair" which finally came out and the other is "Eight is Enough". This show always made me feel warm inside as did "Family Affair". They were a family you would of liked to be a part of or at least visit for a while. Maybe that's part of it's appeal to me. I just hope we don't have to wait much longer to enjoy this wonderful show. Please release this quality show on DVD!
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They just released "Medical Center" the first complete season available on their website only at this point. Maybe they could do the same for "Eight Is Enough" if we pester them enough!
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I can't believe that with the popularity of -- and push for -- family programming, this marvelous show isn't on the shelves available for purchase. I sure loved it as a young kid, and I would love to have this one in my home for the rest of my family to enjoy.

Even though Betty Buckley wasn't on the show until the second year as Abby, the first short season was a decent offering. Dick Van Patten as Tom Bradford was maybe one of the best TV dads on television ever.

The first year was so brief, so it would be great if whoever owns the rights would release seasons one & two TOGETHER (like the "Dallas" set). Betty Buckly, after all, was one of the best things to ever happen to this series.

01 - Never Try Eating Nectarines Since Juice May Dispense (3-15-77)

Elizabeth is arrested for drug possession, and David (played by Mark 'LUKE SKYWALKER' Hammil in this episode only - Grant Goodeve took over in episode 2) moves out on his own.

**The title of this episode is really just a clever way that Tom and Joan remember the names of all their 8 kids - Nicholas, Tommy, Elizabeth, Nancy, Susan, Joanie, Mary & David (from youngest to oldes)**

02 - Schussboomer (3-22-77)

Mary's single friend (who's also pregnant--GASP!) stays with the Bradford family and clashes with Tom. Apparently Diana Hyland who played Tom's wife Joan, passed away around the time this episode first aired, forcing them to eventually have the mother character die--and allow Betty Buckly to join the cast as the woman Tom would soon marry!

03 - Pieces Of Eight (3-29-77)

Tom and Joan argue when she insists on continuing her photography career while his newspaper is shut down by a strike.
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Eight is Enough is one of the best family shows from the 1970s. Almost everyone you talk to has fond memories of the series and it should be released in boxed sets. It's one of the last '70s family series yet to be released, even though it is ranked #40 in WB series people would like to see on DVD -- out of their entire stable -- and ranked high on Amazon. Please write WB and ask them to release it!

So THRILLED to see the first season finally being released! Everyone post about it, blog about it, tweet about it -- do whatever to get the word out there so that we get MORE than just 9 episodes on DVD! This is an anticipated release, but we must make sure we get the entire run on DVD, so it's not just a one shot one hit wonder.
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this is one of my favrite shows from the 70s sure was nice seeing on tvland . like to see it on dvd starting with first seasons. who do we have to email to get it on dvd ?SO PLEASE PUT ON DVD SOON AS YOU CAN ? thanks ..
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I was excited to recently get the long-awaited first season of Eight is Enough. I feel it's worth the money for the Diana Hyland episodes alone, which have been rarely seen in syndication until just a few years ago. I was also looking forward to seeing the non-Joan episodes, since I have only seen some of them once or twice. According to producer William Blinn in the book "The Show Must Go On," when Diana was unable to work anymore, the writers wrote Joan as visiting a relative who was having a baby. He went to her home several times and tape recorded her side of phone conversations with Dick Van Patten. Blinn is quoted as saying, "And to her everlasting credit, Diana's energy and her intelligence and her performance in those off-camera telephone conversations was terrific." These conversations with Diana's voice originally aired during the show's first run and explained Joan's absence from the second part of the short first season. However, when the episodes were rerun in the summer, to not get viewers too acclimated to Joan, the powers that be reportedly only aired the non-Joan episodes, filmed and presented a new opening sequence (the pyramid in the front yard) and eliminated any references to Joan. I was expecting to see the originally aired phone conversations. To my surprise, when I watched the first non-Joan episode, "Women, Ducks, and the Domino Theory," it played exactly as it did that summer - no phone calls or mention of Joan, with the new opening credits. Does anyone know what happened to the phone call footage? If they still have it, I think it would be a tribute to Diana to include it and somewhat disrespectful not to (don't get me started on the miniscule photo of Diana on the DVD cover). What the heck were they thinking?Read more ›
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