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The Partridge Family - The Complete First Season

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It's TV's favorite family of rock ' 'rollers, who hit the road in their groovy bus and turn the world on to the catchy pop songs such as "I Think I Love You," "I Woke Up In Love This Morning," and "Somebody Wants to Love You." The Partridge Family's six members feature mom Shirley (Shirley Jones) and her five kids: Keith (David Cassidy, who is also Jones' real-life stepson), Laurie (Susan Dey), Danny (Danny Bonaduce), Tracy (Suzanne Crough), and Chris (Jeremy Gelbwaks). And who can forget the Partridge's frequently exasperated manager, Reuben Kincaid (Dave Madden), who would become an important member of their family whether he liked it or not? The show debuted in September of 1970 and made a teen idol of David Cassidy, selling millions of records along the way. They may have parked that bus a long time ago but The Partridge Family is still making fans happy.

Like a groovy Family von Trapp, The Partridge Family arrived in 1970 with matching velvet outfits and wholesomeness bursting from every pore. Watching it now, you expect little more than kitsch--but the show, though certainly a sitcom representation of the world, is curiously fresh and appealing. This sheer likeability comes partly from the cast--Shirley Jones (The Music Man) looks foxy in miniskirts while still being the cool mom everyone wishes they had; teen idol David Cassidy is unexpectedly engaging as an actor (his charisma is all the more apparent when another teen idol, Bobby Sherman, makes a wooden appearance); and Danny Bonaduce's child-star rise sprang not from cuteness but his genuine comic timing. It doesn't hurt that many of the troubles the characters faced--swelled heads, rivalry, groupies (!)--were undoubtedly problems the actors were facing as their show became a hit.

Sure, there are utterly ridiculous episodes, such as when Danny is tutoring a mob boss's girlfriend about the stock market and the gangster, not knowing Danny is only 10 years old, gets jealous--but most episodes feature ordinary show business conflicts or straightforward family issues, like how the kids cope when their mother starts dating or how teenager Laurie (Susan Dey, who later went on to L.A. Law) feels ugly when she gets braces. This simplicity, combined with some classic vaudeville-style humor, proves surprisingly durable. Plus, the list of guest stars ranges from Ray Bolger (best known as the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz) to a young Richard Pryor, as well as other soon-to-be-famous folk like Charlie's Angels' Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith and a pre-Star Wars Mark Hamill. The first season collection includes a bonus CD with four of the Partridge Family's actual radio hits; their sound, a fusion of the Monkees and the Mamas and the Papas, is pure pop sugar (created by a host of Brill Building songwriters like Neil Sedaka). If the Mondrian-inspired paint job on the Partridge Family bus gives you childhood flashbacks, you'll happily regress when you watch this box set. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

  • Featurettes: Boarding the Bus; The Sound of the Partridge
  • Jump to the musical performances
  • Audio commentaries: Shirley Jones and Danny Bonaduce
  • Includes a 4-song music sampler CD

Product Details

  • Actors: David Cassidy, Brian Forester, Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce, Dave Madden
  • Producers: Paul Junger Witt, Larry Rosen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (PCM Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005
  • Run Time: 655 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007V6IWQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,769 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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
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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
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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 least not in California. We just get the Brady Bunch...yuk...oh, look, Greg's hair turned orange from Bobby's magic hair've only seen that a billion times...

Watch a real the Partridge Family and yeah, I'll say it..."C'mon, get happy..."
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Why the Partridges were WAY COOLER than the Bradys
I have said on other boards, that PF is way cooler because they handled topical issues of the day. Such as the Women's Movement, saving the whales, inter-religious dating, Indians living on name a few?

The Brady's went no where NEAR anything like that.
Dec 25, 2006 by TriviaGeek463 |  See all 3 posts
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